Bruce Dern Starring Actor Statement on Nation’s Fire
What attracted you to this Movie?
Early in my career, I did about eleven biker films. Most were for Roger Corman. We had a group of about four or five of us, Jack Nicholson, myself, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Michael Parks. We would be the guys and there was a lot of acid and stuff in those movies, they were kind of drive-in movies.
Nobody has ever made a great biker movie, ours were more exploitation films. What attracted me to this material was the dialogue and care for relationships that weren’t working, that were broken. I have had people in my life who have done these things in this story and I’m sure a lot of other people have too. I like the fact that somebody wrote that down with a passion to get that on screen. There is something going on there that we saw in this movie and it makes sense, it works and the most interesting thing about it is that it’s audience orientated. There’s no age group you see for this movie.
The bikes aren’t what this movie is about. The movie is about behavior and people and heart and courage. It’s about this girl going out there to get *** done.
When I was younger, I didn’t have a great relationship with my mother. She would say to me, “what do you do that’s more important than coming home and being on time for things here?” In my house, you had to wear white gloves and a suit for dinner every single night for eighteen years. “I tell ya what I do mother, my friends and I like to go and F*** sh*t up!” And that’s what I love about this script, he’s saying, “Hey folks, if you want to go these routes, this is what can happen.”
What is neat is that, this is not a western, but it’s what the westerns were about. You take that song, “The Bear Went over the mountain, and what do you think he saw?” He saw the chance for a bigger tapestry. They get on their bikes and they are risking to find what they are setting out to find.
On set there is a history here, and the moviemakers and the crew and the productivity…my one day here and I saw 20 days of work done because everyone pulled their oar. It is a joy to see. It was smooth and that is very rare. There is an energy here that is really interesting. The biggest thing here is the story itself and the pictures that the story will show you. Because a man didn’t make a movie about bikes…he made a movie about people.
This movie has got to get out there. Any distributor would be nuts not to pick up a movie like this. This is going to get the folks’ attention, and not just folks who go to biker movies, but all people who want to know why we behave the way we do in times of crisis.
This movie is Lightning in a Bottle.
Two Time Academy Award Nominee Bruce Dern on why he chose to be a part of Nation's Fire.