Does Jeff Bridges Make a Better ‘Dirty Grandpa’ Than Michael Douglas?

Back when Universal was looking to get a script together for a Bad Santa sequel, one of the names they were looking at to write was John Phillips, who got on the studio’s radar by selling them a script for a comedy called Dirty Grandpa. It turns out this guy knows a lot about filth. While the Bad Santa sequel isn’t said to be filming until the fall, and there’s yet to be any word on whether Phillips’ version of the script is the one the studio chose, things are starting to gear up for Dirty Grandpa now.

Vulture has a report that Universal has offered Jeff Bridges the starring role, which tells the story of an uptight college kid who gets conned into taking his perverted, recently widowed grandfather with him on a spring break trip to Florida. If Bridges accepts the offer, he’ll be bringing the method approach to stinkiness that he perfected in films like Crazy Heart and True Grit to a comedy, where he’ll theoretically get plenty of chances to rub his hairy, dirty body all over a bunch of buxom, young co-eds.

But if Bridges isn’t game, Universal has a back-up plan. Their second choice for the role is Michael Douglas. This is interesting, because Bridges and Douglas are very different actors, and this movie would most likely end up playing very differently depending on which ended up taking the role. While he doesn’t have much experience playing characters that look physically gross, Douglas does have a long history of playing skeevy sleazebags. Which kind of dirty old man do you prefer, the ones who tell you a dirty joke while wearing stained sweatpants, or the ones who leer at you while dressed to the nines in leisure suits?

I guess, either way, you can’t lose.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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