Bruce Willis Getting Bored with Starring in Big Action Movies Again
Shortly after the news surfaced that Bruce Willis was out of The Expendables 3, but Harrison Ford was stepping in as a viable and exciting substitute, the reason behind this casting switch surfaced. Sylvester Stallone didn't directly call out Willis, but he wrote on Twitter, "GREEDY AND LAZY...A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE." Then news came from THR that the reason Willis didn't reprise his role was that he wanted $4 million for four days of work, but production was only willing to pay him $3 million. That makes Willis look like a whiny, greedy action star, but it sounds like there might be a bigger reason behind his demands since the actor recently revealed that he's bored with action movies right now. More below!
The Guardian stumbled upon some comments that Willis made to XLS Magazine while promoting RED 2, Willis lamented, "When you have seen a few fireballs, it's not exciting any more. I know part of my audience enjoys the explosions, but to be honest, I'm a bit bored of it now." And almost as a way of potentially explaining why he wanted a seemingly exorbitant payday for a very limited amount of work, Willis said:
"I am very clear with who I am. I work in all sorts of films, but the action movies are the ones that generate the most revenue. I like to earn lots of money from those, but I do all types: small productions, mega-projects, medium-sized, even science fiction."
Willis also pointed out, seemingly with a bit of contradiction, that he doesn't "dance for joy" upon receiving those paychecks and isn't "someone who spends the whole day counting bank notes." But it seems like he was careful enough to count the difference between $3 and $4 million for four days of work, and that just didn't work for him. We can understand wanted to be paid handsomely for your work, but when you're not the lead in an action film, and you're getting paid a small fortune for four whole days of work, maybe you can think of your fans and friends like Sylvester Stallone and just make a fun movie? I guess not.
The only upside of this is that the last time Willis took a break from action, he made The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Whole Nine Yards, and The Kid. So if Willis is thinking of taking a break from action, if he decides to make some more dramas and comedies instead, then that would be nice. As long as he doesn't want a million dollars a day, I'm sure he can find plenty of good work outside of the action genre.