Bruce Willis, co-star of the "Hostage" Movie!
Burly, thick-featured, and balding, Bruce Willis looks as if he would be perfectly at home behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler. Instead, he is one of Hollywood's more popular action heroes, thanks in part to the success of the Die Hard series. But to peg Willis into such a narrow category is to deny his versatility, for he has proven himself at home in lead and supporting roles in dramas, comedies, romances, and adventures. Though he was born on an American military base in West Germany on March 19, 1955, Willis was raised in New Jersey from the age of two. As a youth, Willis had a stammer that only disappeared when he was performing, something he continued to do during high school as the class clown. He had less to laugh about after his participation in a racial incident during his senior year that got him expelled until his father hired a lawyer and Willis was allowed to graduate. After his graduation, Willis worked several odd jobs and played the harmonica for a local blues band by the name of Loose Goose. While attending Montclair State College, he performed in a production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and his love of acting blossomed. He spent much time in New York trying out for various off-Broadway productions, finally succeeding in 1977. He left school to work in the play Heaven on Earth, but his subsequent acting career was spotty, with a commercial here and a small theatrical role there.
However, in 1984 he landed the lead in an off-Broadway production of Fool for Love and then, during a trip to Los Angeles, was selected out of 3,000 auditioners to co-star in Cybill Shepherd's romantic sitcom Moonlighting as the egotistical, self-assured private detective David Addison. Though the show experienced trouble behind the scenes, in large part due to a long-running conflict between Willis, Shepherd, and the show's creator, Glenn Gordon Caron, it was a major hit during most of its 1985-1989 run. In the early '80s, Willis had bit parts in two major features, but did not make his official big-screen debut until he starred opposite Kim Basinger in the Blake Edwards farce Blind Date (1987). He again worked with Edwards for his sophomore effort playing cowboy star Tom Mix opposite James Garner's Wyatt Earp in the Western spoof Sunset (1988). Both films reaped modest profits, but did little in the way of making Willis a major star.
Then came Die Hard (1989), in which Willis played a low-key New York cop who ingeniously takes on a group of international terrorists who have taken hostage the corporate L.A. office where his estranged wife is attending a Christmas party. The movie was slick, fast-paced, and filled with amazing stunts. Its tremendous popularity put Willis on Hollywood's A-list, and naturally suggested that Willis would have followed up his success with another blockbuster, but he instead appeared in Norman Jewison's drama In Country as a psychologically damaged Vietnam vet who must care for his orphaned niece. Willis next lent his vocal talents to the voice of the baby in the inventive comedy Look Who's Talking (1989) and its sequel, Look Who's Talking Too (1990). He went on to reprise his role as a cop in both Die Hard sequels. In 1991, he made his screenwriting debut for the much-panned Hudson Hawk. Since then, his film career has continued to be prolific but uneven, with lows such as The Color of Night (1994) and Four Rooms (1995) and highs such as Pulp Fiction (1994) and 12 Monkeys (1995). In 1998, Willis' reputation as an action hero was reinforced with the big-budget, big-box office Armageddon, but following this success, Willis opted for a smaller project, this time in the form of the long-delayed production of Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions (1999). Though Breakfast failed to live up to the expectations likely imposed by comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut's source material and remained largely unseen, it was Willis' next small project that would find him, as well as a relatively unknown child actor named Haley Joel Osment, in what would become a phenomenally successful sleeper-hit in box-office history. As a haunted child psychologist who reaches out to a troubled young boy harboring a terrifying secret, Willis brought a subtle compassion to his role in newcomer director M. Night Shymalan's The Sixth Sense that audiences may have been sorely missing (sans his performance in Disney's The Kid as he cemented his stature as a tough-guy action icon. He continued the trend the next year, as he re-teamed with Shymalan for the similarly eerie and enthralling, yet sensitive Unbreakable. The following year found the star appearing alongside Hollywood eccentric Billy Bob Thornton in the popular crime/\|comedy flick Bandits.
Increasingly drawn to the porduction aspect of filmmaking, Willis continued to develope his skills behind the camera as producer of such features as The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) and Hostage (2004). Turning up in such military themed features as Hart's War (2002) and Tears of the Sun (2003) in the early years of the new millennium, Willis would next step back into the role of hit man Jimmy 'The Tuip' Tudeski for the comedy sequel The Whole Ten Yards.
In addition to acting, Willis has recorded a music CD, produced movies and a children's animated show, and taken part in the Planet Hollywood venture. Willis was married to actress Demi Moore from 1987 until 1998. They have three children.
I'm still hot: Bruce Willis
BIG screen action hunk Bruce Willis has admitted he's thrilled he still has what it takes to delight the ladies between the sheets. The Sixth Sense star, who turns 50 next week, has also revealed he's enjoying the best sex of his life.
"You're in less of a hurry. You know a few more tricks. For me, you make it more about the woman," he said in People magazine.
“And just the simple fact that at 50 you can still do it. That's a nice little bonus by itself."
Willis - who divorced actress Demi Moore in 2000 after 13 years of marriage - also boasted he was in great shape and fit enough to entertain his three young children.
"I remember when I was a kid, 50 was pretty old. I feel great. I look after myself. I can still run around and keep up with my kids," he said.
"Everybody, no matter how old you are, is roughly around 24, 25 in their heart."
The balding star is certainly reported to have been acting like a man half his age.
Last week it was claimed he was involved in an eyebrow-raising "mutual gropefest" with luscious teen starlet Lindsay Lohan, at the launch party for his new movie Hostage.
Things apparently got extremely hot and heavy between the 18-year-old actress/singer and the Hollywood veteran.
"Bruce had Lindsay's pants down far enough to reveal a tattoo," an eyewitness told the New York Post.
The pair's representatives moved swiftly to deny the eye-watering rumours and insisted the relationship was purely professional.
"She is not interested in Bruce Willis in any way but as the producer of her next film," Lohan's spokesperson said.
Bruce Willis's 'Solace' To Be Directed By Kapur
Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) is to direct the Bruce Willis starrer Solace for New Line Cinema, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Solace tells the tale of a doctor with psychic abilities (Willis) who is enlisted by the police to help track down a serial killer who turns out to have psychic abilities as well.
Kapur directed Elizabeth, which earned him a Golden Globe best director nomination and a David Lean Award for direction at the BAFAs. He also directed 2002's The Four Feathers.
Bruce Willis shuns Oscar
Bruce Willis refuses to be drawn into the competitive side of Hollywood, and has never campaigned to win an Oscar.
The actor - famous for roles in fast-paced action movies like Die Hard and his latest offering Hostage - hates the promotional work that studios undertake in a bid to get their movies nominated.
And rather than dreaming of Academy Award glory, Willis merely focuses his skills on making the film popular with cinema audiences around the globe.
He tells Britain's Empire magazine: "I don't really think about it. The Oscars have become so much about marketing. I watch the Oscars and I think, for the most part, that the people who win deserve the Oscar.
"But I don't spend my time worrying: 'Oh man, I should have been nominated for this and that.'"
Bruce Willis gives up on finding love
'Die Hard' star Bruce Willis has given up on finding love because he thinks that his standards are too high.
"The slice of the pye chart that lines up with the criteria that I have set for myself is about two per cent of the population. So I've kind of given up," Fox News quoted Willis, who recently split from actress Brooke Burns, as saying to Contactmusic.com.
"There are a lot of cute women out there. But it's difficult to be with someone who works in show business, who travels and moves around the world as much as I do," said 'The Sixth Sense' star, who was married to Demi Moore for 13 years before they divorced in 2000.
Bruce Willis: Hostage
“ Wait till you see Sin City. It is going to blow your mind! ”
Bruce Willis made his name saving the world in movies like the Die Hard series, but between sparkling moments in Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense, attempts to shed his dirty-vested image have met with mixed results. His last film, black comedy The Whole Ten Yards, went straight to video. Perhaps then it's not surprising that Hostage sees him back in action-man guise. Still the actor is keen to emphasise that this flick is about more than just the body count.
Robert Crais' book seems to lend itself quite easily to a movie, but what drew you to the story when you read it?
It's a really complicated novel. Turning the novel into a film was a big opportunity for me to make a movie that had some action and that was also a psychological thriller that wasn't 'A Bruce Willis Movie'. Because of the success of a couple of films I've done, like the Die Hard series and Armageddon and things like that, I've saved the world six or seven times now, so I think that audiences have expected me to win and save the day and this story was about a guy who doesn't look like he's going to win. It looks like he's going to lose. The director Florent Emilio Siri and I worked very hard at constructing a story that had multiple obstacles in it, both emotional psychological and physical obstacles.
Whose idea was it to have your daughter [Rumer Willis] in the movie?
It was my daughter's idea to ask to be in the film. In years past all three of my kids have appeared in films with their mom [Demi Moore] and myself. In this film I insisted that Rumer come in and audition for this part. I said, "I'm not going to give you this part, you have to earn it." So she came in and auditioned and won the part. It was a great audition.
Did having Rumer there help you to realise the anguish of what your character goes through when his daughter is taken hostage?
You bet. It just took that whole storyline to a much more emotional level. I think that I got to some places emotionally that I might not have been able to get to if I was working with another actress that was not my daughter. All I had to do was think about any one of my kids being held hostage and you had to dry me off. It is an emotional movie and I think that anyone that has kids can relate to having one of your kids snatched. Not only that but the logline of the film is, "Would you sacrifice another family to save your own?" which is a difficult dilemma on its own.
You've taken your shirt off many times before, but how did you feel about doing that again for the van scene?
I was reading the script saying, "shirt on, shirt on, shirt on, ah, shirt off..." so I had to go and work out and get myself in shape because nobody wants to look like - and no offence to the other guy... but nobody wants to look like the other guy in the van. Nobody wants to look like that on film! I turn 50 this month and I just felt...… I hate working out. Because I work out solely for movies I just come to associate it with work. I did a film with Robert Rodriguez called Sin City where again I had to be completely naked and hung by the neck, standing on my tiptoes on a glass coffee table - it was shot tastefully so the good parts won't be seen! So I had to stay in shape for that, but as soon as that shot was done I stopped working out. That was almost a year ago now so I've let myself fall apart.
Presumably you'll have to get back into shape for Die Hard 4.0...
Ah, Die Hard 4.0. You know I just did about five days of work for a film called Alpha Dog, directed by Nick Cassavetes, and I had to do what would have been, ten or 20 years ago, a really simple stunt. I had to run and get away from the Feds and in one move climb over a six-foot concrete wall and hop down and land on the sidewalk. It was the first time I ever thought, "Oh, I don't know about this. I could fall and land on my ankle and turn my ankle over, or break a bone..." I actually took pause and then to make matters worse, the character that I'm playing in Alpha Dog is a real-life guy and he was there and Nick said, "Jack, show Bruce how to go over the wall!" And this guy just hopped right over the wall - perfect! - so no pressure on me, right? I embarrassed myself, but I'm okay. But jumping off the roof of Nakatomi Tower? Those days are done.
You said a while back that you never wanted to do an action movie again. What changed your mind?
This film solved the puzzle for me. It was widely reported and very misquoted, but what I really meant when I said that was that I was going to take a break from action movies. Anyway what we call action movies now are nothing more than what they used to call cowboys-and-Indians movies, then they called them gangster movies, then they called them WWII movies and Korean war movies and Vietnam movies and cops-and-robbers. It's all just stories about good triumphing over evil. And look, this goes back to the Greeks. They were telling the same kinds of stories and Shakespeare was telling those stories. That's what these films are and when I did the first Die Hard and Mel Gibson did the first Lethal Weapon we both set templates for the modern version of good guys versus bad guys.
Over 15 - 20 years that kind of got done so much - I did three of them and Mel Gibson did four - it just got bastardised. They ran so many by me that I said "no" to and other people turned into films. It was Die Hard on a plane, Die Hard at the White House, Die Hard at a Delicatessen, Die Hard everywhere! I just got sick of it. I got sick of running down a street with a gun in my hand going, "NOOOO!" So I needed to take a little break and what I also said, that got reported less, was that I thought it was time for the genre to reinvent itself and for the stories to get a little smarter and I really think Hostage is a smart story. I don't really see it as an action film. It's more like a psychological thriller. And wait till you see Sin City. It is going to blow your mind!
Hostage is released in UK cinemas on Friday 11th March 2005.
Bruce Willis' 'Hostage' falls apart in final act
Redemption has a heaping-huge body count in Bruce Willis' "Hostage," whose passable opening and middle chapters promise a decent action thriller before all credibility is destroyed by the take-no-prisoners excess of the final act.
Willis, who hasn't had anything approaching a hit in five years, returns to tried-and-true "Die Hard" mode as an ex-hostage negotiator forced to bargain and maneuver for his wife and daughter's lives.
But this is "Die Hard" with a bullhorn as French director Florent Siri, in his English-language debut, apparently assumes American audiences are hard of hearing and doubles the decibels.
The explosions, gunshots, blows to the head and especially the uproarious score by Alexandre Desplat -- which you'll feel disagreeably rippling through your chest in the most strident sections -- all are cranked to ridiculous volume to complement the overblown action.
After a painful opening-credit sequence booming with Desplat's bass notes, "Hostage" settles into a fair little cop drama for a time.
Willis plays Jeff Talley, a crackerjack L.A. hostage negotiator with the long stringy hair, grizzled beard and laid-back demeanor of a former Grateful Dead groupie. When his latest case, a jealous hubby holed up with his wife and son at gunpoint, ends tragically, Talley packs it in, shaves his head to Willis' familiar chrome dome, and takes a job as police chief in a sleepy California community where he prays every day will be "low-crime Monday."
A year later, three punks in a battered pickup -- semi-deranged Dennis (Jonathan Tucker), his levelheaded brother, Kevin (Marshall Allman), and seriously deranged buddy Mars (Ben Foster) -- see an SUV they really like and follow it home.
A silent alarm and two gunshots later, one of Talley's cops lays dead and the punks are holding widower accountant Walter Smith (Kevin Pollak) and his son and daughter captive in their lavish fortress of a mountainside home.
Unable to stomach another standoff, Talley turns command over to county sheriff's officers and flees the scene. He's almost immediately -- and absurdly -- dragged back in by masked gunmen who grab his wife and daughter, threatening to kill them unless Talley resumes command and obtains a DVD hidden in Smith's house that contains vital organized-crime financial data.
From here, implausibilities mount exponentially, the characters become dumber and dumber, and the action hurdles to preposterous limits.
Adapted from Robert Crais' novel by screenwriter Doug Richardson, who also is working on the script for Willis' fourth "Die Hard" flick, "Hostage" devolves from the merely farfetched to action so lurid it's practically demented.
In the span of a couple of minutes, director Siri hurls Molotov cocktails, immolations, barrages of bullets, rappelling G-men and other frenzied action on to the screen. The bodies pile up so fast, it's hard to tell if anyone but Willis is still standing.
At this point, Willis probably could do the stoically reluctant hero thing in his sleep, which seems to be what he's doing here (his trademark smirk is particularly off-putting shortly after his cop is slain).
The supporting cast is forgettable, save for Foster, whose attempts at playing the restrained wacko come off like a burlesque, as though deadpan comic Steven Wright were having a go at looney gunman.
Bruce Willis loves being friends with ex-wife Demi Moore
Bruce Willis has admitted he loves being friends with ex-wife Demi Moore and her toyboy lover, Ashton Kutcher.
The 'Die Hard' actor, who split from the stunning actress in 1998 after 11 years together, says the trio regularly congratulate themselves on having such an amicable relationship.
He told British chat show host Michael Parkinson: "It's an amazing thing - all three of us give a lot of compliments."
Last year, the 50-year-old - who has three daughters with Demi - confessed he still loved his ex-wife.
He said: "We both still love each other."
He also revealed that he got on well with Ashton, who, at 26, is 15 years younger than Demi.
He said: "We hang out. He's a pretty cool guy. I love Demi, we are still friends. I wish her nothing but the best and much happiness."
Meanwhile, Bruce - who was recently linked to a US soap actress 25 years his junior - told Parkinson he would like to remarry and have more children.
He said: "As much as I'd like to say f**k love, I'm a romantic. I'd like to have some more kids."
Bruce Willis is set to star in a new action drama called '16 Blocks'.
Production Weekly reports that the film is directed by 'Lethal Weapon' helmer Richard Donner and tells the story of a troubled NYPD officer who has to escort a down-on-his-luck but optimistic witness 16 blocks to court.
However, no one wants the mismatched duo to reach their destination.
Production Weekly says that the film is due to begin shooting on 18 April in Toronto.
Willis' new film 'Hostage' opens in Irish cinemas on 11 March.
Bruce Willis breaks the mould
Every screen action star wants to be taken seriously as an actor, but in reality few get the chance. Bruce Willis is one of the exceptions. The star of the Die Hard series has a lot to thank The Sixth Sense for. The drama about a little boy who could see the dead was a huge worldwide hit. So the 46-year-old actor had no qualms about signing up for Manoj Night, director Shyamalan's follow-up project and agreed to do Unbreakable even before the script was started.
Certainly Disney hope the Indian-American writer and director has come up with another paranormal hit. This time Willis plays a survivor of a train crash who finds out he's one of the Unbreakable - people who are saved from disasters to serve some higher purpose.
There is a lot of expectation for Unbreakable because of the success of The Sixth Sense, admits Willis. "We're feeling a responsibility to all those people who loves the first film and have been anticipating this one," he says. But it makes a nice change that he's not expected to be an action hero again. It's a genre Willis is decidedly bored with now.
"It's great not to have to run down the street with a gun in my hand," he jokes. "After I did the first Die Hard I said I'd never do another, same after I did the second one and the third. The whole genre was running itself into the ground."
He's admits he's lost his enthusiasm for doing those kinds of films and says: "I'm bored with them, I'm waiting for the genre to reinvent itself.
"I think I'm at a time in my career and place in my life when I'm far more interested in the acting side, than in playing guys saving the world."
It's interesting that kids seem to pop up in several of Willis's recent movies. In The Kid he was a middle-aged man replaced with the child he was at 10 while in The Sixth Sense he was a sympathetic child psychologist dealing with an unusual boy.
A bit of a kid himself, with his trademark smirk and wisecracking bravado, Willis believes he understands children and has three daughters by his former wife, actress Demi Moore.
"I think I know how their minds work. I have compassion and empathy and most of all sympathy for them," he smiles.
What Willis is less enamoured with is public intrusion into his private life. During his break-up from Moore, the actor found himself hounded by the press all wanting to dish the dirt on the split.
"Whether it is Bruce the troublemaker, or Bruce the film star, it really has very little to do with who I am as a man or a father," he says.
And if he seems cocky and self-assured both off-screen and on screen, that's because he is - and the actor would be the first to admit it.
"Before I was famous that confidence got me into trouble," he smiles. "Now I'm famous it still does, but the voice I've always listened to and trusted is my own, for good or bad."
Willis admits his voice has guided him towards some pretty dubious film choices in the past and certainly Hudson Hawk or Color Of Night were panned by the critics. Willis won't name specific movies claiming, "I don't have to say them, you know the ones."
But he does have complete confidence in the work of director Shyamalan and says he was happy to let him take control of his performance. "I just gave up to him, I told him I'll do whatever you want. I put myself completely in his hands and trusted him.
"After all, Unbreakable is really a film about a guy pushing things to the limit to see what his potential is," he says.
For his part, Shyamalan is also a fan of Willis and says he likes him as his leading man because the actor is a guy's guy. "Bruce has a balance of humour and ruggedness that I need," he says.
The one-time bartender from New Jersey who fancies himself as an R&B singer, thinks his success comes from his roots. "I'm really just a regular guy who has had an incredibly blessed life. Every day I work at not taking this fame thing seriously. Fortunately I have a great group of friends who help me do this."
Willis certainly isn't resting on his laurels since the success of The Sixth Sense and following Unbreakable, he's starring in the crime comedy Bandits. Once he has finished shooting that he will feature in the World War II drama Hart's War, which will begin filming later this month in Prague. But if he's enjoying the reworking of his image as a serious actor, Willis still doesn't rule out one day returning to Die Hard. "If a really great script came along, of course I'll consider it," he winks.
Bruce still hasn't Died Hard
Good news for fans of sleeveless vests - Bruce Willis will be back in a fourth 'Die Hard' movie.
He's currently in London to talk about his new film 'Hostage', but he also told us about the progress of the next instalment in his action series:
"'Die Hard 4.0' is being written as we speak, and if all goes well we'll be shooting it in Autumn on the east coast of the United States."
"John McClane has retired as a cop, and that's all that Fox have allowed me to tell you about it."
Fame blows for Bruce
Bruce Willis has been moaning about the price of fame whilst promoting his latest movie.
He stars in 'The Whole Ten Yards', the sequel to 'The Whole Nine Yards', which again stars Matthew Perry.
Bruce has revealed he's had enough of fame and reckons no-one can really appreciate the pressure of constantly being in the public eye:
"Just put yourself in that position. Just imagine if you can what it's like to live a life where you have no privacy and everything that happens to you happens in a public forum."
"A public forum world of instant news and it's, you know, like your privacy is taken away, forever. And your private life is used, a great deal of the time, as entertainment. That blows."
Bruce Willis overcame speech impediment
Bruce Willis has revealed he had to see a therapist when he was younger - to help overcome a speech impediment that could have blighted his acting career.
The 'Die Hard' star says that everybody has something wrong with the way they talk and was relieved when he beat the stutter he had developed as he was worried it was going to harm his career.
He said in an interview with Britain's Maxim magazine: "I was one of the people who grew out of it. Everybody has some kind of vocal flaw.
It's what makes us unique.
I was lucky enough in college to work with a speech therapist for a very brief amount of time, and he gave me some exercises to work on.
"The key to it was the fact that when I got onstage and when I was an actor, I didn't stutter.
That was a miracle in itself."
Bruce Willis romancing Croatian model
Bruce Willis is romancing stunning Croatian model Miranda Vadek.
The 'Die Hard' actor was spotted canoodling with the beauty at New York nightspot Pink Elephant at the after-show party following the premiere of new movie 'Taxi', according to America's New York Daily News newspaper.
Other party guests included supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who stars in the film, and hip-hop mogul Damon Dash.
In June, Bruce split from sexy girlfriend Brooke Burns.
The couple, who had been dating for ten months, blamed the break-up on the difficulty of maintaining a long-distance relationship.
Former 'Baywatch' babe Brooke had been filming in Hawaii for the two months before the split, while Bruce had been spending time with ex-wife Demi Moore and their three daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.
Earlier this year, Bruce, 49, sparked rumours he had proposed to Brooke, 26, after he was spotted buying her a Cartier diamond ring.
Sources claimed Bruce - who is still close to ex-wife Demi - asked Brooke to marry him while holidaying with her in Paris in April.
Bruce Willis fined 12K for digging an island!
Bruce Willis has been fined almost 12,000GBP for digging up an island in a pond at his home.
The 'Die Hard' star broke environmental laws when he cleared the half-acre plot to install a sprinkler and dump soil in the water to make a walkway.
However, the 49-year-old actor stopped work at the property in Hailey, Idaho, when he realised he was breaking the law. He has now begun to put the damage right.
However, the 49-year-old actor stopped work at the property in Hailey, Idaho, when he realised he was breaking the law. He has now begun to put the damage right.
The site must now be returned to its original state by the end of October and will be monitored for 10 years.
This is not the first time the father-of-three has had a run-in with the law over work he has carried out on his property. In 1998, water officials threatened to charge him after he installed rocks to alter the flow of a river running past his home.
However, charges were dropped when he agreed to move them.