Bruce Willis “Bored” With Action Films

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When on the promotional trail, producers want their actors and directors to be upbeat about the project they are out flogging to the public.

I don’t supose that the folks behind RED 2 are too thrilled with star Bruce Willis then. According to Deadline, the actor was in Europe promoting the action sequel as it rolled out across the continent when he told Spanish magazine XLS, he was probably a bit too forthcoming for their tastes.

Explosions are one of the most boring parts of my job… When you have seen a few fireballs, it’s not exciting anymore. I know part of my audience enjoys the explosions, but to be honest, I’m a bit bored of it now.

You know what Bruce? I think we’ve started to figure that out on our own. For several years now it seems as if you’ve been more and more just walking through your films. Relying more on a standard set of acting tricks rather than any kind of acting process, it feels as if we’re watching a Willis-bot rather than an actor invested in what they are doing.

I would recommend that Willis just take a year off. Don’t read a script. Don’t take a meeting. Just walk away from everything. And then, after that year, sit down and take his time to find a project that really ignites his excitement again, something that gives us a Bruce Willis who doesn’t appear to be sleepwalking and sleep=smirking his way through another two hours of cinema. If that means he just re-invents himself as a character actor only appearing in films like Moonrise Kingdom, then so be it. I would much rather see that than yet another dilution of the once fun and exciting Die Hard franchise.

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Joe Kalicki
August 15, 2013 8:24 am

Audiences Bored With Bruce Willis Action Films.

Michael C Lorah
August 15, 2013 8:26 am

I just checked IMDB and apparently I’ve not seen any movies that he’s been in since Sin City in ’05. Moonrise Kingdom and Looper are both in my overly large Netflix queue, and I witnessed about 20 minutes of the horror that was Die Hard 4 on some movie channel while visiting my folks once. He fought an fighter jet with a truck – then I turned it off. I was also bored.

Paul Clisham
August 15, 2013 8:29 am

The feeling about Bruce’s movies is the same.

Joe Kalicki
August 15, 2013 8:45 am

Moonrise Kingdom and Looper are both great.

Joe Kalicki
August 15, 2013 8:46 am

Unfortunately he followed them up with GI Joe 2, RED 2 and Die Hard 5.

Michael C Lorah
August 15, 2013 8:53 am

I’ve heard those two movies are good. It’ll still be a while until I get to them. My queue tends to run close to 500 DVDs most of the time. I recently noticed a trend toward 2006 movies now creeping to the top of the pile, so I’m a little bit behind. I just watched Blood Diamond (pretty good) and see Children of Men coming due in a turn or two. I almost forgot how much I wanted to see that when it was out.

Debbie Kinyon McLain
August 15, 2013 9:01 am

This is so funny, because I’m totally into Bruce Willis movies right now – I LOVE explosions!!

Michael G. Rushton
August 15, 2013 9:18 am

I wish Bruce Willis died in Die Hard so there would not be any Die Hard Sequels LOL

Joe Nazzaro
August 15, 2013 9:19 am

I don’t think Willis had to tell us he was bored with action movies. The last Die Hard film was pretty much phoned in, and seeing his behavior during the press tour for Reds 2 made me decide to give that one a miss. I’m not going to spend my hard-earned money to see someone who’s heart isn’t in it.

Greg Korin
August 15, 2013 9:59 am

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Steve Lewis
August 15, 2013 10:06 am

He should head into the recording studio again. Am I right? :)

Morey Kunin
August 15, 2013 10:17 am

What’s Cybil Shepherd up to these days? It’s all sequels and reunions these days anyway…

Steve Lewis
August 15, 2013 11:14 am

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Steve Price
August 15, 2013 12:56 pm

I figured. I’ve been bored of him doing them latelty. you can tell he’s been phoning it in for a few years now.

William Gatevackes
August 15, 2013 1:51 pm

Maybe now he can do those Shakespearian costume dramas we’ve always wanted to see him in–said no one, ever.