Jeff Bridges had no idea that his role as Dan Chase in the FX thriller "This Old Man" would pack a punch. The actor, who stars as a former CIA spy in the series, recalled how he played many of his fight scenes while fighting another real-life battle – cancer. "What makes me laugh, I’m doing this scene, all that fighting and I’ve got a 9-by-12 inch tumor in my body, taking those punches," the 72-year-old told The New York Times on Thursday. "But it didn’t hurt; it had no pain, so I didn’t feel them." In 2020, the Oscar winner announced he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. "The Big Lebowski" star quickly began chemotherapy by infusion, as well as oral chemo, which prompted the tumor to shrink.
But during chemotherapy, he was infected with the coronavirus. Bridges said the cancer went into remission, but COVID nearly killed him.
He spent five weeks in an intensive care unit. Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow developed a closek-knit friendship on set after "The Big Lebowski" star faced a scary health battle. (Steve Granitz/WireImage) "[It] made the cancer look like nothing," he said.