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It was a reunion of sorts at the Monkey Bar in New York on Wednesday night, where an intimate group of actors, directors and producers gathered to toast one of its own, Jerry Bruckheimer, who has put together a new, heavy, nearly seven-pound coffee-table book befitting of the king of mega blockbusters.
The self-titled book looks back on the movie and television producer’s four decades of box-office hits, which include “Pirates of the Caribbean,” the “National Treasure” franchise and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” TV shows.
Asked if any of his films was particularly sentimental, he said it’d be too hard to choose.
“It’s like going to summer camp. You remember all of the great things, and every year is a different year, different group of kids. But you love it all,” he said.
Many of those kids were in attendance — Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy, Bridget Moynahan, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Josh Lucas and Cuba Gooding Jr., as was another longtime charter member of the Hollywood establishment, Michael Douglas, who cohosted the party for Bruckheimer.
“Jerry gave me my first big movie gig, ‘Coyote Ugly,’” Moynahan said. “It was one of those projects where I didn’t know what I was getting into and it became larger than life. I feel like I owe him a lot for introducing me to the movie community.”
Sigourney Weaver, who befriended Bruckheimer and his wife, Linda, after a trip to the Kentucky Derby, hasn’t written off the idea of working with the producer in the future. In fact, she already an idea for a part she’d be perfect for. “There are a lot of women in the 'Pirates' movies,” she said. “I think I’d be a good pirate. I like parrots.”