Bruce Willis Invades the Internet and Chats with Fans!
by Alex Billington
May 10, 2007
Let it be known that this is the best thing to happen to the internet medium since… who knows when! The promotional and publicity success of this is going to be immense, and finally, after all the sludge the world of online press has had to go through recently, we've struck solid gold. I hope Hollywood is keeping a close eye on this one!
Over at Ain't It Cool News a mysterious person starting commenting in their "talkback" section under the name of Walter B. It was soon discovered by Harry Knowles and the guys who run the site that it was indeed the real Bruce Willis! Further proof came when a few fans chatted with him via iChat and took some photos (see one above - that's not me - from FreezeDriedMovies). SlashFilm reported some of what he had to say, which was a brutal attack on the nonsense of Michael Bay and Joel Silver, and now that he's been discovered, AICN has opened up a new post where he's responding to many of the questions people are firing at him.
For anyone who's a fan of Bruce Willis, big or small, you'll definitely enjoy almost everything he has to say. Here are a few of his quotes from the first talk back. I'd also suggest checking out what he had to say about Michael Bay and Joel Silver at SlashFilm. It's a low blow, but it's probably the most accurate thing you'll hear!
The first one is in response to the Vanity Fair article and his statements about Live Free or Die Hard being rated PG-13:
What I said in the VF article, and what actually got printed were 2 different things. I said that INITIALLY, along with len and a few others working on the film heard about the rating, I was a little bummed, but once we got shooting, I never thought about it again.
We shot a hard-ass movie, not a rating. And I had not seen the movie when I did the VF interview. Writers often need to present a "thesis" to their articles, and Peter Biskin chose the rating as his. And while you can't imagine how a PG-13 movie can be a rough as an R, you will just have to wait and see this movie.
If you need swearing to make you happy at the movies, there are plenty of those out there. But if you want a new action movie that will rock you, go see LF or DH.
And this second one in general is about his own thoughts on the Die Hard series.
I forgot to mention that MaClane is a lot crankier in this Film than in any of the previous Films.
As i am still working on LF orDH, it is hard to say what my response would be to a 5th installment. I said I wouldn"t do another one after the first Film, so all I really learned is to never say never. But right now, I cannot see myself doing another one. The 'wrong place,wrong time' gag has pretty much run it's course.
The first DH was the most fun, because it was all very new, and at that time I had no idea it would become a quartet of Films spanning 22 years.
The second was my least favorite, and the least fun. Far too self-referentially precious, the story was all over the place, and suffered from severe un-claustrophobic-ness.
This last one was the most draining, physically, and mentally. I will have been working on this Film for an entire year by the time it opens, but most definitely the most rewarding from an artistic standpoint. And I have already gone on record as saying it will be as good, if not better than the first Film.
The second post is the one where you can fire away some new questions and cross your fingers that he'll answer them. Just scroll down to the very bottom and fire away!
I won't deny that I'm a bit jealous of AICN, but this is only going to help the internet medium be accepted and start to be recognized for the power and unique capabilities it has a method of promotion. This is honestly one of the coolest things I've ever seen happen, so bravo to Ain't It Cool News and Bruce Willis for together opening a big door for the world of the internet!
Absolutely incredible. What a way to get people excited for movie. This needs to become common practice by a lot of actors. I've heard of smaller actors doing this sort of thing, but no one as big as Bruce Willis.
Foshi on May 10, 2007
Finished reading the whole thing. Nice post of the pic. Of course its nice reading it after the fact and not hating on the guy when no one was for sure.
Heckle on May 10, 2007
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