The Hollywood legend discusses acting, family, and Alex Trebek
By Jennifer Miller
When Hitting the Cycle’s principal photography in Lexington concluded last summer, filmmaker J. Richey Nash intended to shoot the final two scenes on a hospital soundstage in Los Angeles. Yet again, like the movie’s anti-hero Jimmy “Rip” Ripley, Nash learned that there’s no place like home: University of Kentucky HealthCare, which previously hosted two HTC overnight shoots in its hallways and lobbies, provided exceptional access to a transitioning patient area at UK Good Samaritan Hospital.
For this shoot, the West Coast representatives on Team HTC now included Hollywood royal Bruce Dern, playing James Ripley, Senior. While cinephiles can rattle off dozens of Dern’s memorable performances—ranging from blue-blood Tom Buchanan opposite Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby, to his Oscar-nominated turn as a Vietnam Vet in Hal Ashby’s Coming Home, to his recent portrayal of polygamous patriarch Frank Harlow on HBO’s Big Love—twenty-somethings on the HTC set admired Dern even more for his real-life role as the father of acclaimed actress Laura Dern.