Bruce Dern, Emmy nominated for his guest-starring work on “Big Love,” tells us that the recognition took him completely by surprise.
“I never had that much to do on the show,” explains the esteemed actor — who certainly made a lasting impact as the manipulative, nasty, sometimes downright frightening polygamist, Frank Harlow.
Bruce says he’ll be at the awards, though his work schedule couldn’t be much fuller. He has Francis Ford Coppola’s upcoming “Twixt” gothic horror picture making a lot of noise. In September, he reveals, and daughter Laura will begin production on the drama they’ve been planning to do together for awhile: “Hart’s Location,” with Joe Dante directing the film and Laura’s mother (his ex-wife) Diane Ladd also cast.
“It’s a father-daughter story,” says Bruce. “My character divorced her mother when she was three and went off to pursue life as a big-time photographer.” He goes on to explain that when the characters eventually do reunite, she’s a grown woman just getting out of jail — and anxious to get her five-year-old son back. She finds her father not the bad, dangerous person she’s been led to believe. “I tell her I’ll take her to get her son back on one condition – that I drive.”
They’ll shoot in Georgia.
Bruce also has an independent feature just about to start production in upstate New York, “Love Orchard” with Kristanna Lokken (“Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”). “Her father wrote the script. It’s his story,” Bruce reports, and describes an incident in which a three-year-old girl was arrested by the immigration and naturalization services, though her parents were in the country legally, working in his orchard.
With five decades in his career at this point, Bruce keeps finding himself on the receiving end of accolades – including his star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame last fall, his Legend Award at the inaugural Gold Coast International Film Festival in June, And – possibly – an Emmy. “Is it sacrilegious to say it? The nomination is the win in itself,” says Bruce.