-You´re doing another thing
that I always dreamt of doing. This new series, limited series,
“Godless” is a Western. -Yeah.
-I would — Oh, I would love
to be in a Western. -No, you wouldn´t.
-Oh, yeah. No, it is like my dream
to be in a Western. -Can you ride a horse? -No. -See, that´s not
what actors say. -Oh, yeah, exactly. Oh, yeah,
sure, I can ride a horse. -And that´s the problem.
That´s the problem. And I had done “Gettysburg”
years ago where I had to walk on a horse. So I knew that when they go,
“Can you ride a horse?” and you say, “Absolutely,” when
you can´t, go out and learn. Because on “Godless,” you are in
the Kentucky Derby on day one. 30 horses across, you´re going, and it´s only a matter of time before you are either thrown off
or fall off. -I know you told me this story,
and this is a true story. You won´t believe this.
This is an amazing story. You´re in a scene
and you´re on your horse, and what take is this? -Well, we did one, and then
we had to do a second one because there was an actor
behind us who was riding like this. [ Laughter ] He did.
Because you — you go — Scott Frank, the director,
you go, “Scott, take one, everyone survived.” -Yeah, let´s take this as a win.
We´re good. -Yeah, and he goes, “Well,
the guy was back there doing… Okay, all right, we´ll frame him
out, do it again.” They move the camera car
15 yards. Now we´re in, like,
a different lane on the highway through the prairie
kind of thing. -Now the horse doesn´t know
where to really go. -Oh, you´re riding,
riding, riding, and I´m riding and I´m shooting
over the top of the horse and I´m John Wayne
and I´m just — All the training is working.
-Yeah. -And then there´s this sagebrush
pile as big — bigger — twice as big as your desk,
and we´re heading right for it. And the horse is going to jump. He´s going to jump it.
-Oh, no. We haven´t done jumping.
We haven´t trained jumping. -No, no. -I got a wrangler right
next to me and a wrangler — Mark and Ricky,
and their job is to save my butt when things go wrong, and things
are about to go wrong. And I get right up to the thing, and I´m going to jump to him,
and the horse veers. -You´re going to jump off
your horse onto another horse? -I´m jumping over
to Mark´s horse, which we never rehearsed,
hadn´t even talked about. -How could you even think
about doing this? -Because it was either that
or voom and we´re airborne. -They´re like, “Bye, Jeff.” -I´m not doing that. -But we have photos
of you doing this. -Yes, yes.
-Look at this. -They chronicle every take. -So look how fast
and all the dust coming up. -There´s the sagebrush.
-That´s the wrangler. -I am now off the horse,
looking at Mark, who rodeoed around
the other side to get to me. -Your horse is zoned out.
He has no idea what´s happening. -My horse was Jeff Bridges´
horse on “True Grit.” My horse is so over me
because — He´s making comparisons,
going, “Bridges can ride. What´s this — This guy was in ´Dumb and
Dumber,´ for God´s sake.” -He´s making comparisons.
-Yes. [ Applause ] -Then you actually do —
Jeff, you actually make it. -I survive it.
Yeah. Now there´s a groin problem
there, obviously. We´re popping a groin, man,
yeah. Survived. -Can you explain
what the show is about? You play a bad guy. -It´s a Western,
good guys, bad guys. I play an incredibly bad guy who needs — needs a team
of therapists. He really does, and they just
aren´t available in the 1880s. -You don´t think.
Isn´t that crazy, right? -So he´s wandering around with
a lot of mental health issues. But, yeah, I have a son
that I´m chasing down. I´m also trying to parent him, even though
I´m a complete nutcase. And, yeah,
there´s a bunch of stuff where I got to teach my son
how to — how to kill a guy, you know. Merry Christmas.
-Yeah. Any dad would do. Yeah, merry Christmas.
-Any dad would do.