Bruce Willis Has Struggled On Set For Years, Co-workers Say


Actor Bruce Willis confirmed indicators of decline on film units lengthy earlier than his household’s announcement Wednesday that he was retiring as a result of cognitive dysfunction aphasia, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The “Die Hard” star forgot his dialogue to the purpose he wanted to have his strains fed to him by way of an earpiece, required a physique double for gun scenes and appeared oblivious to his environment, the newspaper famous after interviewing dozens of filmmakers and colleagues.

On the lately filmed film “White Elephant,” two crew members stated Willis advised them: “I know why you’re here, and I know why you’re here, but why am I here?” the Times famous.

Bruce Willis at a Philadelphia Phillies sport in 2019.

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Willis, whose decadeslong fame started on TV’s “Moonlighting” and accelerated by way of movies like “Pulp Fiction” and “The Sixth Sense,” appeared in dozens of movies in the previous few years, according to IMDb.

Filmmakers discovered it significantly necessary that Willis have a fill-in for gun scenes, in response to the report. In one disturbing incident on the 2020 set of “Hard Kill,” Willis fired a gun clean on the improper cue, rattling the cast and crew, in response to folks with information of the mishap. (A producer denied the allegation.)

Willis’ household issued a statement Wednesday on the actor’s standing however didn’t reveal the doable reason behind his aphasia, which might outcome from a stroke or head harm.

“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” they stated within the assertion, which appeared alongside a photograph of Willis in a bathrobe and sun shades. “As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”

Mike Burns, who directed Willis in “Out of Death” (2021), was unaware of the severity of Willis’ impairment when he was tasked with drastically compressing the star’s dialogue. “After the first day of working with Bruce, I could see it firsthand and I realized that there was a bigger issue at stake here,” he advised the Times.

HuffPost didn’t instantly hear again from a rep for Willis.