An Alien? A Harvard graduate? A musical genius? An astronomer? Who is Bruce Hampton? If you ever get the honor (and yes I do mean honor) of meeting Bruce Hampton, it’s one you won’t soon forget. Everything you’ve read about him… it’s all true. The first thing he’ll do is guess your birthday. Within 10-seconds he’ll have it pegged down to the month, day and year. You’ll wonder, ‘is this even real?’ and question things in your life you thought were true. Maybe he’s half-alien and hails from the planet ‘Gongaminio.’ Could be… or he looked you up before you met. But then, how did he know you were about to meet?
Bruce can’t send a text without sounding like an alien. Is it just his given language? He’s technologically challenged, or so far advanced as a half-human, half-alien, that he has no need for electronics. Hand him a sandwich, and he’ll tell you he doesn’t eat pizza because it’ll hurt his stomach. You’re confused. It’s okay. This is normal. “What’s your sign?”, Bruce says, and as you open your mouth to answer; “a Scorpio.” Why, yes… a Scorpio. Then you’ll think, ‘wait he just guessed my birthday so he already knew… BUT, maybe he forgot 2 minutes ago and guessed again just to show his off his powers.’ Yeah, you’re probably right. This half-man, half-alien with a contagious persona couldn’t have been a bolder choice to play Dicky St. Jon in “Here Comes Rusty.”
Bruce is… an accomplished musician, father figure to some incredible bands (Widespread Panic, Phish, Dave Mathews Band), and in his words, “a mix of Babe Ruth, Charlie Daniels, and Dwight Eisenhower.” He is on the road touring year round, and otherwise, in Atlanta practicing and playing. Performing consumes him 365 days a year. The man is a rock’n’roll workhorse and an undeniable talent in front of the camera.
If Bruce lived a 2nd life, aside from being a friend of Elvis in the 70s, he might actually be Dicky St. Jon – the broke, part-time musician and dog track owner trying to save his business in “Here Comes Rusty.” Magnolia Greyhound Park used to be the talk of the town, but lost the spark, and income, that kept it running for 2 generations. The future of MGP comes down to one bet, one handshake, and one race. If Dicky wins and beats Mak Hoffstadt, played by Fred Willard, there’s still a future, but lose and Mak will own the track and “run the town.” Regardless of the victor, one thing is for certain, shenanigans will ensue.
Director | “Here Comes Rusty”