Everyone knows actor Jeff Bridges from his starring role in “Arlington Road,” and so he was a natural to visit Barcroft Elementary School in Arlington Tuesday to talk about child hunger, right? What, no “Dude” reference?
“Arlington Road” was a quickly forgotten “thriller” from 1999 that Alexandria native Ehren Kruger wrote, and Bridges starred in along with Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack. The movie is set in Reston, though it wasn’t filmed there, and there’s also no Arlington Road there. But there is a Michael Faraday Drive in Reston, and that’s Bridges’ character’s name, so obviously he’s got the whole NoVa thing going on. Or not.
Anyways, some other guys named Gov. Bob McDonnell and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack also spoke at Barcroft Tuesday as part of the No Kid Hungry campaign. The program seeks to obtain more free food after school and during the summer for an estimated 218,000 hungry Virginia children. Less than 20 percent of kids who qualify for food help during the school year get similar support in the summer.
And the Dude will not abide a hungry kid. Sorry. Here’s a nice video package from WTVR-TV in Richmond on Bridges’ visit: