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Jeff Bridges: Renaissance Man

In Jeff Bridges' latest role in the movie The Muse, he portrays a screenwriter whose friend (Albert Brooks) has lost his creative edge, so he suggests the help of a slightly eccentric muse.

But as he shares with CBS News This Morning's Mark McEwen, in real life he has managed to perform in a wide variety of creative endeavors.

"Albert Brooks calls, and he wanted me to play a small part in his film," recalls Bridges. "He described the premise to me. It was a wonderful premise."

"And it was a chance to work with Albert. I have been a fan of his for a long time. He's always made me laugh," he adds.

The message of the movie, according to Brooks, is that anybody can be in charge and it's also about the never-ending search for success in Hollywood.

But having been born into show business, Bridges says his view of Hollywood was that it was a normal way of life.

"My dad, you know, who was in Sea Hunt and everything, he didn't really go in for much of the parting aspects of it. He was pretty much a stay-at-home kind of guy and go away to work and come home," Bridges says.

Bridges adds that most people think Hollywood is crazy, maybe too wild. But that wasn't his view.

Working with his dad was also a wonderful experience, says Bridges.

"Doing The Baker Boys with Beau was such a gas," he says of his brother. Beau, who is 57, played sort of a surrogate dad to Jeff and sister Lucinda, a painter.

Bridges is now working on a movie in Virginia and has another film coming out in January, Simpatico with Sharon Stone and Nick Nolte.

And he gets his creative juices going in other areas, too. Bridges is an accomplished photographer, noted for his photos on the sets of films. He also enjoys painting and ceramics.

Interested in writing and playing music as early as 1969, he has continued to write music and play regularly in a makeshift band with his friends.

"I got shook out of L.A. with this earthquake, four, five years ago and ended up in Santa Barbara. It turns out there [are] all kinds of musicians around there that started to be very supportive of my music dream."

"Thank God that aspect of my creativity hadn't completely, you know, atrophied," he says.

He wrote most of the songs for a new album that should be out in a month or two on his own label and sold on the Web. It features vocals by Michael McDonald and David Crosby, his friend Chris Polonis. Bridges plays piano and guitar on all of the songs.

Visit the official Web site for The Muse.

For an interview with Albert Brooks, see "Brooks Muses On The Muse."

To read about Andie MacDowell, also in the film, visit "MacDowell: Movie Star? Nope."

And for an interview with Sharon Stone see "The Goddess Plays The Muse."

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