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Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer helping bring attention to Ky. community

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Hundreds of people waited in line for hours on Saturday in Bloomfield, Ky., to see well-known Hollywood producer, Jerry Bruckheimer.

They were all waiting to get their hands on the book, “When Lightning Strikes,” from the famous Hollywood producer, and to get the chance to meet him.

“We bought about 17 books and he signed every one of them - took the time to sign them, which was really great,” said Bob Shehan from Florence, Ky.

Bruckheimer has had many blockbuster movies over the years, like Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Armageddon and Pirates of the Carribean. The list goes on and on.

“It celebrates my career of 40 years. A lot of the movies I've worked and pictures that people haven't seen before, and kinda tells you how I got here,” Bruckheimer said.

He's also known for television shows, like CSI.

“They’re all your kids. You love them all,” Bruckheimer said.

However, it was another movie where he became friends with another Hollywood celebrity that also now calls Kentucky home.

“I remember he said I have a little movie called Flashdance. I was wondering if you'd play one of the songs from the movie, and I said, well yeah. And that started a friendship that goes back so long,” Rick Dees said.

Dees, radio personality of the Weekly Top 40, lives in Danville and stopped by to see Bruckheimer at Saturday’s event.

It was Bruckheimer and his wife who helped Rick Dees find a home in the bluegrass state.

"We have fallen in love with the Bruckheimer’s and Kentucky,” Dees said.

Bruckheimer says he was surprised to see so many people at his book-signing this weekend, including Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.

“We're really happy we can draw people to Nelson County,” Bruckheimer said.

He and his wife, Linda, who is a Kentucky native, own a farm in Bloomfield. Bruckheimer says when he’s not in Hollywood, he also calls Bloomfield home.

“It is my home. It's great to come here. I don't get here enough but my wife spends a lot of time here,” Bruckheimer said.

He says Bloomfield was founded in 1790, and that he and his wife are working to restore and preserve it.

He's hopeful that this book-signing allowed people to get a look at what he's come to love.

“You got to celebrate Kentucky's history and this is one of the town's that celebrates it,” Bruckheimer said.

Bruckheimer was scheduled to sign his books from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, but there were so many people waiting in line that it went well past the set deadline.

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