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Jeff Bridges ‘feeling great’ 3 years after COVID and chemotherapy
Jeff Bridges said that he’s “feeling great” three years after his illness, and still loves doing fight scenes.

  • Jeff Bridges says that he’s “feeling great now,” three years after his cancer went into remission.
  • Bridges was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2020, and caught COVID-19 in early 2021.
  • He stars in the second season of “The Old Man” on FX, opposite John Lithgow.

Jeff Bridges is set and enthusiastic for the season two premiere of his FX series “The Old Man,” three years after battling COVID-19 while undergoing chemotherapy.

Appearing on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Bridges joined his “Old Man” costar John Lithgow and executive producers Jonathan Steinberg, Dan Shotz, and Warren Littlefield. He discussed the anticipated second season of the show and provided an update on his health.

“I’m feeling great now. I’m coming back for more punishment,” Bridges shared.

Bridges had announced in October 2020 that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. Early the following year, while undergoing chemotherapy, he contracted COVID-19. Bridges was subsequently hospitalized for five weeks and revealed to People magazine that he was “pretty close to dying.”

In “The Old Man,” Bridges plays Dan Chase, a former CIA operative with a haunting past. The first season of the show, which started strong, halted production after Bridges’ diagnosis. It resumed in 2022 after Bridges announced in September 2021 that he was in remission, according to Deadline.

“In the first season when I was doing these fight scenes, I had a 9-inch by 12-inch tumor in my body, in my stomach, that didn’t hurt at all,” Bridges recalled. “So that’s surprising to me, but I’m feeling great now.”

Bridges commended “The Old Man’s” stunt coordinators for aiding him during fight scenes. Lithgow encouraged viewers to watch Bridges in the 1972 film “Bad Company” to truly “appreciate” his current work.

“Some of the greatest scenes in ‘The Old Man’ are Jeff’s fight scenes, an old man having to summon up the strength and skill he had 50 years ago,” Lithgow mentioned.

Season two of “The Old Man” will premiere on FX on September 12.

Source: Business Insider