Hundreds line up to see Jerry Bruckheimer during book signing


by Rachel Platt

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 6:47 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- He's a big shot Hollywood producer with films like Pirates of the Caribbean and Top Gun, and TV shows like CSI.

We're talking about Jerry Bruckheimer who also calls Bloomfield, Ky. home. His wife grew up in Louisville.

This weekend his star power was shining with hundreds flocking to the small town for his book signing.

He says he loves the people of Kentucky.

In fact the iconic logo on Bruckheimer films, the tree struck by lightning, is a tree on his property in Bloomfield.

It's also the inspiration for his new book, When Lightning Strikes-Four Decades of Filmmaking.

His 40-year career is so prolific and inspiring because he said he truly is the American dream.

He said he grew up in Detroit with no ties to the movie industry, but he wanted it badly.  It shows if you try long and hard enough you can get it done.

Bruckheimer spends most holidays in Bloomfield, his wife even more. Together they own many buildings in Bloomfield, historic buildings--like the Olde Bloomfield Meeting Hall. His wife is a preservationist.

Bruckheimer says she loves saving things and showing you can make it a thriving business.

Bruckheimer says unlike Los Angeles, Bloomfield is America and he loves the people.

His hope is to one day film a project here and there are plenty of projects on the horizon, like another Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun and another pirates.

Lightning is still very much striking for Jerry Bruckheimer who is not a Kentucky boy but pretty close to it!