Jerry Bruckheimer, right, and Jake Gyllenhaal, left, who stars in Bruckheimer’s new movie “Prince of Persia,” talk with Vince Vaughn during a Kings-Sharks game at Staples Center last January.
The man known around Hollywood as “Mr. Blockbuster” and in constant playoff beard mode is in Miami this weekend instead of L.A., so Jerry Bruckheimer says he won’t be in his usual Staples Center seats to see Game 6 of the Kings-Canucks Stanley Cup playoff series.
Expanding on today’s Q-and-A (linked here):
Q: We’ve also seen you at USC football games … how are hockey fans different from any other sport?
Bruckheimer: It’s a matter of growing up with it and appreciating it for what it is The hot bed is still Canada, and we kind of took that over with New York, Detroit and Boston, and now it’s down south in L.A., on its way back. I am a Laker fan, but I’m a bigger hockey fan than basketball fan. But I do enjoy a lot of different sports.
Q: One of the ways you stay close to hockey is this annual “Bad Boys of Hockey” tournament we’ve heard about each year in Las Vegas (linked here). We’ve heard that Tom Cruise and Keifer Sutherland are involved. That’s still on for this year?
Bruckheimer: Yup, still doing that, and we get to play on Sundays once and awhile over at Toyota Center (in El Segundo, where the Kings train).
Q: And you still own a farm in Kentucky that has its own ice rink?
Bruckheimer: Yes, it’s a small barn and we have people over with their friends. We’ve found some really good little players in Kentucky to come over and play with us.
Q: And what position do you play?
Bruckheimer: Anything going forward. I can’t go backward. And not goalie. I don’t like having things fired at me.