Fresh off the heels of his Giro d’Italia victory, Ryder Hesjedal has caught the eyes of Hollywood in his adopted United States home thanks to the lobbying efforts by “Slacker Pack” member Owen Wilson.
While Hesjedal has been simultaneously recuperating from his Giro efforts in his Spanish enclave in the northern parts of the country and eschewing attempts by Canadian officials to lure him home, Wilson has managed to achieve success with the Cohen Brothers. It seems the filmmaking duo have been eyeing a Big Lebowski prequel, tentatively titled “The Big Lebowski: The Dude Begins,” focusing on the character played by Jeff Bridges in the original film.
“Man, I tell you, there’s no one as chill as Ryder. He elevates chilling out to an art form. He’d be a natural for the role as The Dude. He even says ‘Mind if I do a J’ the same way Jeff says it,” commented a relaxed Wilson.
Pundits agree, especially after the Canadian’s latest interview with Velonews scribe Andrew Hood where Hesjedal was quoted as saying, “I only took three days off the bike. I’ve been taking it real easy. I wasn’t doing much. I’ve just been chilling out…” That boy is hella chill,” noted Hood.”He’s a natural. The amount of chilling out he does in a day would make him perfect as The Dude,” concurred the journalist to this correspondent.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone besides Jeff Bridges wear a poncho with the same flair as Ryder,” declared Eurosport’s David Harmon. “Possibly Patrick Swayze in ‘Point Break,’ but that movie gave off a different vibe entirely,” mused the British sportscaster.
There are a few roadblocks to Hesjedal participating in the rumored production, the most important being July’s Tour de France, and potentially the Olympics afterwards. With the ‘Slackadian’ himself having confirmed his participation in the Tour as well as a possible shot at the Olympics, one must ask the question: Where does this leave his potential turn on the big screen?
“I’m just really enjoying the chill part of my season. Man, if it works out I can be The Dude after the Tour de France. I’d be stoked to be in the movie. I’m hoping they’ll move production to either Spain or Maui, as it would be a bit of a hassle if the filming was somewhere else,” commented Hesjedal.
He then paused for 20 minutes, inhaled a few hits of J, and watched the wind blow for another 15 minutes before finishing his initial thought.
“Not that I’d mind going somewhere else, cuz I’ll just go with the flow and it all should just work out. I’m chill,” Hesjedal concluded.
The laconic Norwedian concluded the interview by moving from the hammock in his yard and sauntering down to the terrace. There he continued his chillaxin’ at a barbecue with Slacker Pack members Laird Hamilton, Owen Wilson, Kelly Slater, and other notables from Maui who had joined Hesjedal for a month-long celebratory Spanish luau following his Giro victory. Rumor has it that Lance Armstrong flew in with a special New Belgium Brewing Company beer for the celebration, which he’d had specially made up by the Fort Collins company. No word if “Ryder Vibe Ale” would be hitting retail stores for the general public.
Following the conclusion of his post-Giro festivities, Hesjedal will prepare for the upcoming Tour de France with a training program that includes beer, blues music, and Tantric yoga. No word yet on whether this plan features plenty of “J” or not.
Cyclismas will continue to monitor this story as it develops.