Jeff Bridges & Lois Lowry

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Jeff Bridges and Lois Lowry chat about the film adaptation of "The Giver" and ponder the pros and cons of human memory. (6:19)

>> Stephen: MY GUESTS TONIGHTARE HERE TO DISCUSS "THE GIVER,"

THEIR NEW FILM ABOUT A WORLDWHERE EVERYONE IS FORCED TO

CONFORM.

SO, HIGH SCHOOL? PLEASE WELCOMEJEFF BRIDGES AND LOIS LOWRY!

(Cheers and applause)JEFF, MS. LOWRY, THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR BEING HERE!

JEFF BRIDGES, YOU ARE AN ACADEMYAWARD WINNING ACTOR, PRODUCER,

MUSICIAN. LOIS LOWRY, YOU ARETHE

NEWBERRY AWARD WINNING AUTHOR OFOVER 30 BOOKS --

(APPLAUSE)-- ONE OF WHICH IS "THE GIVER"

AND NOW THE TWO OF YOU HAVEGOTTEN TOGETHER TO MAKE A NEW

MOVIE IN WHICH YOU STAR AS "THEGIVER" AND IT OPENS IN THEATERS

AUGUST 15.

WHY DID YOU WANT TO MAKE THISMOVIE, MAN?

>> WELL, IT WAS ALL ABOUT THEPHOTOGRAPH ON THE COVER THAT

LOIS TOOK.

>> STEPHEN: IT KIND OF LOOKSLIKE YOU.

>> WELL, YEAH, BUT I THOUGHT ITLOOKED LIKE MY FATHER, LLOYD

BRIDGES -->> THIS WAS MANY YEARS AGO.

-- THIS WAS 18 YEARS AGO.

AND I SAID, YOU KNOW, I WANT TOMAKE A MOVIE THAT MY KIDS CAN

WATCH.

THIS LOOKS LIKE IT HAS THENEWBERRY STAMP AWARD ON THERE.

MY DAD'S UP FOR IT AND, YOUKNOW --

>> STEPHEN: DID YOU MAKE IT?

WELL -->> STEPHEN: YOUR DAD PASSED

AWAY MANY YEARS AGO.

>> WE MADE THE VIDEO VERSION OFIT.

>> STEPHEN: OKAY.

AND YOU MAY SEE IT AT SOMEPOINT IN TIME.

WE DO THIS PAST-FUTURE THING.

YOU NEVER KNOW HOW IT MIGHT WORKOUT.

>> HE'S TRYING TO FIND IT, IT'SIN HIS GARAGE SOMEPLACE.

>> STEPHEN: ARE THERE A LOT OFOLD FILMS OF YOURS YOU DON'T

KNOW WHERE THEY ARE?

(LAUGHTER)LOIS, MY KIDS LOVE THIS BOOK.

THIS BOOK HAS BEEN READ MILLIONSAND MILLIONS OF TIMES.

IT'S ASSIGNED IN SCHOOLS.

IS THAT A BADGE OF HONOR THATIT'S ASSIGNED IN SCHOOLS OR,

WHEN YOU HEAR THAT, YOU GO, OH,MY GOD!

DON'T MAKE THEM READ IT!

>> WHEN I HEAR FROM KIDS BYEMAIL WHO SAY, TELL ME ALL THE

SIMILES AND METAPHORS IN THEBOOK, I NEED THIS INFORMATION BY

THURSDAY. THEN I HATE IT.

ARE THERE A LOT OF SIMILES ANDMETAPHORS IN THIS BOOK? WHAT I'M

ASKING IS, WILL THIS INTERVIEWBE ON THE TEST?

>> Stephen: IS IT A METAPHORFOR SOMETHING?

FOR THE FEW PEOPLE OUT THERE WHODON'T KNOW THE STORY OF

THE GIVER -- OBVIOUSLY, I DO --(LAUGHTER)

-- TELL THE PEOPLE WHAT IT'SABOUT.

>> IT'S ABOUT AN OLD GUY PLAYEDBY JEFF BRIDGES

WHO HAS AN ENORMOUS JOBTRANSMITTING TO A YOUNG BOY

PLAYED BY BRENTON THWAITES --WHO'S NOT HERE, TOO BAD

HE'S VERY SWEET AND CUTE,TRANSMITTING TO HIM ALL THE

MEMORIES OF THE CULTURE FOR THEWHOLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD.

>> Stephen: AND THE REASON HEHAS TO DO IT IS, IN THE FUTURE,

THERE IS THIS PLACE CALLED "THECOMMUNITY" AND IN IT THEY DON'T

HAVE MEMORY.

>> THEY HAVE FOUND A WAY TOMANIPULATE HUMAN MEMORY FOR

THEIR PURPOSES.

>> Stephen: IS THAT A GOOD ORBAD THING NOT TO HAVE MEMORY?

BECAUSE THERE IS STUFF I WOULDLIKE TO FORGET.

>> WE WOULD ALL LIKE TO FORGETSOME THINGS.

>> Stephen: HONEST TO GOD. THISGUY FORGOT WHERE HIS FILM WAS

JOHN KLEIN WROTE, TODAY I WALKDOWN THE STREET I USED TO

WANDER, SCRATCHED MY HEAD ANDMADE MYSELF A BET, THERE ARE ALL

THESE THINGS I DON'T THINK IREMEMBER, HOW LUCKY CAN ONE MAN

GET.

WOULDN'T IT BE NICE TO REMEMBERTHE THINGS THAT HURT US?

>> YOU REMEMBERED FOUR LINES OFPOETRY.

I CAN'T DO THAT!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WHAT'S THE VALUE?

WHY DOES THIS SOCIETY, THISCOMMUNITY, WHY DO THEY

PURPOSEFULLY INJECT PEOPLE WITHSOMETHING TO MAKE THEM FORGET?

>> THEY'RE GOING FOR PERFECTION.

>> Stephen: IS THAT BAD?

YEAH.

IT DOESN'T WORK.

WE'RE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT, YOUKNOW.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE BLOWING MYMIND.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)OKAY.

WHAT DO THEY ACHIEVE?

LET'S TALK ABOUT THE DOWN SIDES.

WHAT DOES A SOCIETY ACHIEVE?

WHAT ARE THE PROS?

>> THEY ARE COMFORTABLE, SAFE,THEY'RE HAPPY.

>> Stephen: ALL OF THAT SOUNDSPRETTY GOOD, I'VE GOT TO SAY.

I WOULDN'T MIND BEINGCOMFORTABLE AND SAFE AND HAPPY.

>> WOULD YOU LIKE TO NOT LOVE?

BECAUSE, AS THE SONG GOES, LOVEHURTS.

♪ LOVE HURTS...♪>> Stephen: LOVE IS A

BATTLEFIELD.

>> OH!

>> Stephen: OKAY.

SO YOU HAVE TO SUFFER TO LOVE?

>> SUFFERING IS A PART OF THEWHOLE DEAL, MAN.

IT'S HUMAN.

WHEN YOU TRY TO GET RID OF THAT,IT CAUSES A LOT OF DIFFERENT

PROBLEMS.

WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS KIND OFBEAR WITNESS TO OUR SUFFERING

AND TRY TO GET SOME EMPATHY FOREACH OTHER.

>> AND ALONG WITH THE THINGSTHEY GAINED, THE COMFORT AND

HAPPINESS, THEY HAVE LOSTSOMETHING OF THEIR HUMANITY BUT

ALSO THEY LOST ART, MUSIC,LITERATURE.

THERE'S NO BOOKS EXCEPT IN THEPLACE WHERE HE LIVES.

HE LIVES IN A PLACE WITH 22,000BOOKS ON THE SHELVES AND WALLS.

>> I HAVE ONE BEEF WITH THE BOOKAND I'M SURE THE MOVIE, TOO, IS

IT'S A LITTLEANTI-AUTHORITARIAN, OKAY?

IT'S GOT A PROBLEM WITHAUTHORITY, AND I THINK YOU

SHOULD HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT,TOO, BECAUSE SINCE THIS BOOK IS

ASSIGNED, SHOULDN'T KIDS REBELAGAINST AUTHORITY AND REFUSE TO

READ IT BECAUSE THEIR TEACHERSTOLD THEM TO?

>> THERE IS THAT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: "THE GIVER" IN

THEATERS AUGUST 15th.

LOIS LOWRY, JEFF BRIDGES.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK!