Bruce Willis “Bored” With Action Films


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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A film fan since he first saw that Rebel Blockade Runner fleeing the massive Imperial Star Destroyer at the tender age of 8 and a veteran freelance journalist with twenty-five years experience writing about film and pop culture. He is a member of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle.
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