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“Mark it ZERO!”

From time to time I pull out the DVD of “Big Lebowski” for an entertaining view of life. Great movie, it was $14.95 last I checked.

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Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), reprimands Donny (Steve Bucemi) "Forget it, Donny, you're out of your element!"

One of my favorite characters in the movie is “Walter Sobchak” as played by John Goodman. Walter has never really come home from his tour in Viet Nam, an experience that left an indelible mark on his life, such that everything in life somehow relates to the merits being judged by the death of his comrades “who died face down in the mud”.

Walter, at first glance is “that Viet Nam War nut” – but Walter assures us that he too “once dabbled in pacifism“, but that the experience of war, and the death of his comrades has shown him that pacifism only gets you so far, that ultimately, a strong opinion must be backed up by force.

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Smoky (Jimmie Dale Gilmore) is confronted by Walter (John Goodman) "MARK IT ZERO!"

The comedy in this movie though is that Walter doesn’t always know when to stop. However, it might not be a good idea to pull a gun in a bowling alley.  However, I always admired Walter’s character in that he stood up and spoke what he believed, and didn’t just allow the truth to get brushed aside.  He really believed Smoky was “over the line” and was adamant about standing up for what he believes.

Walter epitomizes the spirit of The IDFC.

P.S. Check out this Rolling Stone interview with Steve Buscemi:

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/22722865/behind_the_dude_steve_buscemi_on_the_big_lebowski/1

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