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No Slowing Down for Hollywood Walk of Famer Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern as Frank Harlow HBO photo

There’s no slowing down for Bruce Dern.

The septuagenarian actor is not only splitting his time between “Big Love” camera calls in the L.A. area and emoting in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Twixt Now and Sunset” horror flick that’s shooting on the filmmaker’s land in Napa, California. He also has several
independent features in the pipeline. Those include the 3D thriller “The Hole” and the Word Wrestling Entertainment-produced “Killing Karma” action flick he completed in New Orleans recently.

The WWE “is trying to find a new Rock,” notes Bruce, referring to Dwayne Johnson. “They made four $4.4 million movies in New Orleans. One has Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. Mine has Parker Posey and Michael Rapaport. The main guy is Paul Levesque, who’s married to Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of Vince and Linda McMahon,” notes Dern, referring to the professional wrestling magnates (turned politico, in her case) of the WWE, wherein Levesque is also known as Triple H.

Dern gives credit to his manager Alan Somers for his work surge. “He’s been fabulous. My agents at CAA are great, but it doesn’t hurt when you get older to have a manager to remind people that you’re still out there. You don’t want someone saying, ‘I saw Bruce Dern today,’ and someone else saying, ‘You did not. He’s been dead for years,'” he jokes off-handedly.

It’s been a memorable week for Dern — what with the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, along with those of his daughter Laura and his former wife Diane Ladd. The trio are situated near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, at the entrance of the W Hotel. It is, he acknowledges, a dream come true.