What's Happened to Die Hard 4 - Even Bruce Willis Doesn't Approve?!
by Alex Billington
May 2, 2007
The guys at Ain't It Cool News pointed out an interesting statement made by Bruce Willis in regards to Live Free or Die Hard (4) being rated only PG-13 that's really worth mentioning. We know that Bruce Willis is kind of an asshole in real life, despite appearing in just about every movie this year and last year, but he's the frontrunner in the Die Hard series, and he should be the one making sure this 4th one lives up to all of the first 3. However there was an alarming statement made by him in Vanity Fair, which we'll reprint here for you.
"In June's VANITY FAIR, it states that Bruce Willis was initially disappointed that his fourth DIE HARD film will likely be cut to get a PG-13 rating rather than an R. 'I really wanted this one to live up to the promise of the first one, which I always thought was the only really good one.' And he's not happy about it. 'That's a studio decision that is becoming more and more common, because they're trying to reach a broader audience. It seems almost a courageous move to give a picture an R rating these days. But we still made a pretty hardcore, smashmouth film.'"
This isn't the first time a studio has really gone overboard with their controlling hand on a film, it happened with Julie Taymor's Across the Universe (read the story here). It looks like Zack Snyder with 300 is the only one who really could pull off a harsh R-rating with the studio and look what happened, it was an immense success! I really hate 20th Century Fox, I really do, and this just proves to me again that they don't know how to do anything right. Even worse is that the first 3 Die Hard movies were all rated R! Why change the pattern in 2007?!
Hopefully the movie is at least somewhat enjoyable, despite being rated PG-13 and butchered by the Fox execs. Either way they've just put themselves in a pot of boiling water with this news, let's see if they can pull themselves out now.