And then the interpreter said something Hollywood could barely believe. His mother ran her own business — a restaurant and bar she named Bruce.
“And I thought, ‘This is either the most incredible story I’ve ever heard or this woman is crazy, and these things aren’t true,’ ” Hollywood said.
It turned out, that in a gesture from one mother to another, his adoptive mother went to Nobue before they moved back to the United States and gave her a photograph of the baby. She said they had named him Bruce, and she promised to give him a good life.
The photo of Bruce Hollywood that his adoptive mother gave to his Japanese mother. (Courtesy of Bruce Hollywood)
That was how Nobue knew to name her restaurant Bruce.
His mother said she wanted to come visit.
“I said, ‘No, it’s my mother,’ ” Hollywood said. “ ‘I will go see her.’ ”
Ten days later, he was in Shizuoka, Japan — a couple hours by train from Tokyo — where she lived. Every bit of what she said was true.