"The Giver," based on the beloved 1993 YA novel by Lois Lowry, opened with an underwhelming $12.8 million, becoming one of the biggest box office bombs of 2014. It was an unfortunate outcome for actor Jeff Bridges, who spent nearly 20 years trying to make the film a reality.
In many ways, "The Giver" floundered because of the decision by its filmmakers to make significant changes from the book -- changes that didn't sit well with fans who cherished Lowry's novel, including Bridges. (For starters, the film aged protagonist Jonas from a 12-year-old boy to a 16-year-old young man played by a good-looking 25-year-old named Brenton Thwaites. And then there was the odd casting of Taylor Swift as The Giver's ill-fated daughter Rosemary.)
Speaking to HuffPost Live, "Giver" star Bridges, who also produced the film, opened up about the decades-long struggle to bring "The Giver" to the big screen and the regrets he has about the embattled film.
"It was difficult because I love the book, you know, and I’d been through many, many scripts trying to get the book right, and I knew there were all these fans,” said Bridges. “And then finally Harvey Weinstein said, ‘Oh, I'll make [the movie],’ but I knew getting Harvey involved [meant] I was going to have to let go of my vision, because he had ideas.”
When asked if he had any regrets, Bridges replied, “Oh yeah, plenty!” But instead of giving up on his dream project, he decided to "take an adventure" and see how the dystopian film turned out.
“I had a choice. I came to a fork in the road when they said, ‘We’ll make this film but this is the way we want to make it.'" he said. "I could have said, ‘Thank you very much but bon voyage.’ Or just kind of take an adventure and realize it wasn’t going to be exactly as I had imagined it.”
We're glad Bridges is channeling his inner "Dude" and being zen about all of this.