Marriage gets better with time says veteran actor Jeff Bridges

London: Academy award winning actor Jeff Bridges firmly believes in the notion that marriage gets better with time.

The Hollywood veteran wed wife Susan Geston 33 years ago and expected the relationship to become less passionate as they grew older but was pleasantly surprised to find that it
has only grown stronger over the years, a website reported.

"What I didn`t count on with this whole marriage thing was that the passion, the sparks, it gets better! I was thinking it was going to go the other way, but it gets cooler and hotter all at the same time," said the `Crazy Heart` star.

"I think one of the things about staying married is just not getting a divorce. To go through some of those difficult times and stay together, you`ve got to expand your concept of love. If you`ve been married a long time, you`re going to get tested," said the 61-year-old actor.

However, the actor quipped that his marriage may demand more perseverance from his wife as he can be selfish at times.

"I look at what my wife has to put up with and she`s got to be more forgiving. She puts up with me, you know? Me saying I put up with her doesn`t even fit in my mouth. I`m a pretty selfish cat. Self-involved. I get pretty swept up in my own trip," he added.