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.
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
Ah Brucie, not cool man. I can understand him being bored of these projects 100%. But the Expendables movies are there for action movie fans, and it was only 4 days of work. If you really wanted to do your career a service, you shouldn't have agreed to Die Hard 5. Way to let the side down.
Guy who comments on things on Aug 14, 2013
Meanwhile I think I struck gold if I find money in the washer. Yippee ki yea Bruce
mooreworthy on Aug 14, 2013
The Expendables is a fun franchise with a bunch of great action stars from the past. I don't understand why Bruce would deny being in what will most likely be the final installment of that franchise. Why not finish it out strong? It was 4 days work for 3 million dollars. I think this article was simply created to cover up the fact that he made a very greedy and selfish decision by trying to show us that he has some sort of artistic integrity and that he's just bored of the action genre. What a joke. This guy is completely over rated and has been for a good ten years. I used to love this guy.
batsupe on Aug 14, 2013
... and yet he is coming back for G.I. Joe 3...
Yahzee on Aug 14, 2013
How does Hollywood still see this guy as a viable action hero anyway? He's shit and boring to watch.. perhaps he realises this too and can't compete with the likes of Sam Worthington and a younger breed. He was shit in Die Hard, shit in GI Joe and the Magic FM interview just sums him up really. Give the money and the chance to some new guy who can bring something fresh to the screen. This guy needs to retire, thanks for Die Hard 1, now move on.
poster_guy on Aug 14, 2013
the second you listed Sam Worthington as a new breed of action star proves that you dont know what ypur talking about.
Action Fan on Aug 14, 2013
I was merely mentioning an actor who is getting cast in most action films of current. If I was to pick a favourite action man I'd go with The Rock or Statham. This makes for interesting reading.. http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/young-action-stars-071513
poster_guy on Aug 14, 2013
but Worthingtons 15 minutes are already over. He is not in much anymore. But ya Statham is staight outa the 80s and 90s and The Rock is proving why he should be put into more r rated action movies.
Action Fan on Aug 15, 2013
Yup. But I kind of see what he means...
cobrazombie on Aug 15, 2013
More movies like Looper, less like Red or Die Hard please!!!
dawko on Aug 14, 2013
He's so rude in his interviews, he should just not accept those roles not like he's being forced to do the movies (I think)
Fidel Reyes on Aug 14, 2013
He's a douche. When Die Hard 6 and G.I. Joe 3 rolls around we'll hear a different Willis.
Nielsen700 on Aug 15, 2013
And Now the Bruce Willis bashing begins!...do you see that guys that's the band wagon why don't you just go and jump right on! douche bags!
Jimmy Love on Aug 15, 2013
Well, you know, there would be less Bruce bashing if Bruce weren't such a douchebag.
Dorito McFeces on Apr 4, 2014
Watch any video interview with him and you'd be disgusted that you ever liked him. He clearly doesn't give a shit about acting anymore. I wish he would retire.
SkyNet300 on Aug 15, 2013
Getting bored? He looks bored in just about everything he's starred in over the past 10 years or so. Of course he'll quickly change his mind when the money truck pulls up at his home again.
cobrazombie on Aug 15, 2013
He's the biggest douche bag in the entire industry. I can't stand him anymore. I walked out of his last Die Hard film that I was forced to watch.
Liderc on Aug 19, 2013
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