Celebvocate: Jeff Bridges asks National Press Club to feed the children
Another day, another star descended from the heavens to shine light on a favorite cause in Washington. Wednesday's boldfaced angel: Jeff Bridges.
Setting: A sold-out National Press Club media luncheon.
Cause: Trying to end childhood hunger in the United States by 2015.
Bona fides: Oscar-winning actor ("Crazy Heart") who has played the president of the United States ("The Contender"), a messianic alien ("Starman") and the slacker standard-bearer The Dude ("The Big Lebowski"). Helped found the End Hunger Network in 1983.
Wingmen: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Share Our Strength founder Billy Shore.
What he wants: More cash to expand school lunch and other nutrition programs to keep poverty-stricken kids fed.
How he looked: Hollywood-somber -- black suit, slicked-back silver hair, scruffy gray beard.
How he sounded: Passionate and direct, yet increasingly Dude-like as the hour stretched on, reports our colleague Aaron Leitko. Got noticeably choked up near the end of a Q&A when the host asked, "What is the greatest challenge you've ever faced as a 'famous person'?" Bridges's tear-streaked answer: Ending childhood hunger, of course.
Quote: "I'm just a guy out there trying to make the world ....," he said, letting his words trail off. "It's like the man says, 'I have a dream.' Well, me too."
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| November 11, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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