Bruce Dern honoured at AFI premiere
Veteran actor Bruce Dern has said he was excited to simply land the lead role in his latest awards-tipped movie.
The 77-year-old received a special tribute at the gala premiere of Nebraska at the American Film Institute Festival in Los Angeles, but the Monster star said scoring the lead role was the biggest thrill he could hope for.
Speaking on the red carpet, the father of actress Laura Dern said, "Maybe it will go further, I have no idea, but the biggest thrill for me was to get in the movie, that was the biggest win I will ever have with this. It was a competitive role, a lot of people would have wanted to play it."
Asked about the tribute that was paid to him at the premiere, he said: "If there is a full theatre in there it shows me there is a lot of folks out there who have gotten together to say Bruce Dern could play, that's all I ever wanted folks to say, that I had game and I could play.
"To single me out is wonderful, it's like if I'm a ball player and I finally made the all-star team."
In the movie, directed by The Descendants director Alexander Payne, Bruce plays a cantankerous father who thinks he has struck it rich after receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail.
He then wrangles his son, played by Will Forte, into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.
It will be released in the UK on December 6.