Jeff Bridges Teases Major Shift in 'The Old Man' Season 2

Jeff Bridges shares health update and acting insights

by Zain ul Abedin
Jeff Bridges Teases Major Shift in 'The Old Man' Season 2
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The series’ stars, Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow, along with some of its creative team, shared a surprise development for the second season of FX's espionage drama "The Old Man." In the second season, the two will finally be seen acting in the same scenes together as an important change from last year's first season.

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Lithgow said he was excited about working more closely with Bridges. "I so wanted to work with Jeff," Lithgow explained. "And there is an abundance of it in the second season.

We have such a fantastic time." Season Two’s plot, Lithgow revealed, has the pair teaming up to save Bridges' daughter, played by Alia Shawkat, who was abducted in Afghanistan. This new dynamic offers intense and stimulating moments on screen.

Bridges and Lithgow would love to work together. "As much as you guys wanted to work together, we wanted to see you together," Steinberg shared. "And, in a way, it’s driving the show [now]. It’s such a treat to be able to write scenes for these two."

Bridges' Health Update

When it came time for roles, Bridges noted how closely he and Lithgow saw things.

"We’re both second-generation actors and we approach it the same way," Bridges said, the late Lloyd Bridges' son and the late Arthur Lithgow’s son. "There are a lot of actors who say, ‘Please only call me by my character’s name’ or, ‘Let’s not have any contact.’ We’re the opposite of that.

Let’s be friends. Let’s get to know each other. Let’s do it quite aggressively!" Bridges, who took a break in the first season because of his struggle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and COVID-19, also gave an update on his condition.

"I'm feeling great now," Bridges added. "I’m coming back for more punishment. What is so bizarre to me is that [filming fight scenes in season one,] I had a 9- by 12-inch tumor in my stomach that didn’t hurt at all." Steinberg made it clear that the show wouldn't be ending with this second season.

"I have thought about a number of different ways that it could end," he explained. "I don’t believe in asking a story to try and outlive its shelf life. But I don’t feel that about this show. I feel like it still has a lot of things to say." Steinberg concluded by giving an account of his personal connection with the character.

"I'm an old man," the writer said."I don’t have to play it. I bring that to the party." Season Two of "The Old Man" starts on September 12.