Although 28 years have passed between “Tron” and the new “Tron: Legacy,” it didn’t exactly feel that way for star Jeff Bridges. “It’s like we had a long weekend and we’re just back doing the same work. It’s crazy,” he says. Bridges adds that making the decision to return to the computerized world of “Tron” wasn’t easy — but then no decision is, for him.
“I have a lot of hesitation, making any kind of decision in my life, really. I’m really slow at it,” he says. “My mother says that I have abulia. It’s like a mental disorder, I guess — having difficulty making decisions.” One of the factors aiding Bridges’ indecision was the technology used in the new film — which, like its predecessor, pushes the technical boundaries of filmmaking. “With this one, I thought, ‘Oh God, are they going to pull it off?’” Bridges says.
The most high-profile technical trick on display involves Clu, one of the two characters Bridges plays in the film — only Clu looks like the actor did decades ago. The filmmakers used the techniques that made Brad Pitt age in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” to rejuvenate Bridges. It’s something that leaves Bridges’ mind blown, to put it lightly.
“It’s wild to be able to go back there and play different ages. It opens up a whole world,” he says. “And they’ll be able to combine actors. I don’t know quite how I feel about this, but that’s coming up, too. Just to say, you know, ‘Let’s get Boxleitner and Bridges, and put a little Brando in there. See what happens.’ And then they can hire some other actor to drive that image that they’ve created. It’s getting pretty crazy.”