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Bruce Willis says he's "bored" of making action movies in new interview

Aug. 13, 2013by:

While the jury is still out on Bruce Willis' trial in our own Movie Jail, the 58-year-old actor has been making waves in a string of interviews while promoting his latest efforts in the action genre, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and RED 2. His latest interview comments, following a cryptic Tweet by THE EXPENDABLES star Sylvester Stallone, reveal what many have suspected for a long time now; Bruce Willis is bored. Bored of what, exactly? In an interview with the Spanish Magazine XLS, the actor was asked for his opinion on action movies and was quoted as saying:

"Explosions are one of the most boring parts of my job. When you have seen a few fireballs, it's not exciting anymore. I know part of my audience enjoys the explosions, but to be honest, I’m a bit bored of it now."

Not a surprising comment given his recent lackluster appearances while promoting his latest jaunts in the genre. He went on to say:

"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, megaprojects, medium sized, even science fiction."

Willis continued, saying that he's not "someone who spends the whole day counting bank notes" or "dance for joy" when he received payment for his films. It's hard to decipher what that means, especially within that context, but one thing is for certain and that's that Willis is definitely showing his lack of enthusiasm for the action genre both in the promotional interviews and the films themselves.

Really, I think it's a good thing that he's bored with the genre and perhaps he can move forward into some other material that suits his sensibilities. The problem is that Willis was made famous by the action genre, not his small, dramatic turns. That said, he did a fine job for Wes Anderson in last years MOONRISE KINGDOM and I'd be happy to see him move in another direction. The question is, can he separate himself from those huge paydays in order to do less bankable work? That's the dilemma, I'd think.

Willis will next be seen in Robert Rodriguez's SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR on August 22, 2014, as well as the action pics AMERICAN ASSASSIN, EXPIRATION, and of course, DIE HARDEST.

Of course, Willis getting out of the action genre would really put a hurtin' on these guys...

Extra Tidbit: Do you think Willis could have a stable career outside the action genre?
Source: The Telegraph

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2:29AM on 08/15/2013

no doubt

sure any body would get bored. especially his recent ones are just not upto the mark.
sure any body would get bored. especially his recent ones are just not upto the mark.
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1:18PM on 08/14/2013
So I guess he want to sit around, smoke some cigarettes and watch Captain Kangaroo?
So I guess he want to sit around, smoke some cigarettes and watch Captain Kangaroo?
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10:37AM on 08/14/2013
If he hates it so much, he should stop making movies with explosions. I'm sure he's not bored of the paychecks. It's too bad. At a point, he was one of my favorite actors.
If he hates it so much, he should stop making movies with explosions. I'm sure he's not bored of the paychecks. It's too bad. At a point, he was one of my favorite actors.
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9:54AM on 08/14/2013
He is basically JCVD just in a much longer career arch..
He is basically JCVD just in a much longer career arch..
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3:42PM on 08/15/2013
So incorrect !
So incorrect !
9:34AM on 08/14/2013
We can tell he is bored. His films are paydays, not passion. I think he needs to stop acting for a while. Go out and play some harmonica, get out there and perform music live. Do something else that fires himself up.
We can tell he is bored. His films are paydays, not passion. I think he needs to stop acting for a while. Go out and play some harmonica, get out there and perform music live. Do something else that fires himself up.
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9:19AM on 08/14/2013

Change it up

I'm a HUGE Bruce Willis fan, the guy just has natural charisma & screen presence, but he has been phoning it in for a while now... I actually caught part of Death Becomes Her on tv recently, and he was really good in it, playing completely against type. I'd love to see him work with the Coen brothers on something really out there
I'm a HUGE Bruce Willis fan, the guy just has natural charisma & screen presence, but he has been phoning it in for a while now... I actually caught part of Death Becomes Her on tv recently, and he was really good in it, playing completely against type. I'd love to see him work with the Coen brothers on something really out there
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9:00AM on 08/14/2013

Wasn't really cut out to be an action guy anyway

John McClane was supposed to be an everyman thrown into an extraordinary situation, and that worked up to Die Hard with a Vengeance. But his other action roles have been pretty meh, because he isn't that intimidating physically, and there are just some parts he can't sell. Maybe he needs to go back to tv, personally I believe he would be happy being the diva again on a Moonlighting reboot or something modeled for him.
John McClane was supposed to be an everyman thrown into an extraordinary situation, and that worked up to Die Hard with a Vengeance. But his other action roles have been pretty meh, because he isn't that intimidating physically, and there are just some parts he can't sell. Maybe he needs to go back to tv, personally I believe he would be happy being the diva again on a Moonlighting reboot or something modeled for him.
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2:45AM on 08/14/2013
Time for...Hudson Hawk 2!!!who's with [link] I guess its just me.
Time for...Hudson Hawk 2!!!who's with [link] I guess its just me.
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1:22AM on 08/14/2013

Well... okay

So how much did they offer him to do Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard? Did he say he wanted 4 million for each movie and they gave it to him? I can't blame him for taking the paycheck he's offered. If he told Stalone he wanted 4 million for Expendables 3 then he wasn't being lazy or greedy: he just didn't want to do it. Look at how people complained when Jean Claude Van Damme turned down Stalone. Sometimes people don't want to take certain jobs.
So how much did they offer him to do Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard? Did he say he wanted 4 million for each movie and they gave it to him? I can't blame him for taking the paycheck he's offered. If he told Stalone he wanted 4 million for Expendables 3 then he wasn't being lazy or greedy: he just didn't want to do it. Look at how people complained when Jean Claude Van Damme turned down Stalone. Sometimes people don't want to take certain jobs.
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12:45AM on 08/14/2013

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Yes! Willis' career was stable (he was a name, just not a superstar) before hand, and he's had enough variety since them for him to easily slide into something else.
Yes! Willis' career was stable (he was a name, just not a superstar) before hand, and he's had enough variety since them for him to easily slide into something else.
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11:33PM on 08/13/2013
"How about a movie with Liam Neesons 'and' Bruce Willy?"
"How about a movie with Liam Neesons 'and' Bruce Willy?"
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11:33PM on 08/13/2013
Willis seems bored in general. I think the guy's lost interest in his career. I can't blame him. He's been at it for 30 years, he's getting old, and his movies aren't really doing all that well. He used to be a major star, now people are getting pretty negative about his work. I think he realizes it. All those years of being one of Hollywood's biggest A-holes is finally catching up to him.
Willis seems bored in general. I think the guy's lost interest in his career. I can't blame him. He's been at it for 30 years, he's getting old, and his movies aren't really doing all that well. He used to be a major star, now people are getting pretty negative about his work. I think he realizes it. All those years of being one of Hollywood's biggest A-holes is finally catching up to him.
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11:00PM on 08/13/2013

Douh!

He's been phoning it in for years... wasted talent.... big ego..... lot's of DTDVD
He's been phoning it in for years... wasted talent.... big ego..... lot's of DTDVD
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9:48PM on 08/13/2013
Now I'm just waiting for the other foot to drop, and Willis to release a statement denying everything he said here.

Seriously, he's the most transparent actor right now in that everything here seems right in line with what I expected about him. I just didn't expect him to articulate it. And I want him to do what he wants. He's a lot more fun when he is.
Now I'm just waiting for the other foot to drop, and Willis to release a statement denying everything he said here.

Seriously, he's the most transparent actor right now in that everything here seems right in line with what I expected about him. I just didn't expect him to articulate it. And I want him to do what he wants. He's a lot more fun when he is.
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9:33PM on 08/13/2013
Yeah, as if Hudson Hawk The Musical could be your biggest hit outside Action Movie.
Yeah, as if Hudson Hawk The Musical could be your biggest hit outside Action Movie.
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9:32PM on 08/13/2013

As much as I like Bruce Willis

... He doesnt seem to be trying anymore, Looper was cool as well as Moonrise Kingdom, but he wasnt the lead and I mean RED 2 and the last 2 Die Hard sucked balls, He was my favorite action hero of the 90s, and he has proven that he is great at comedy (Moonlighting , Blind Date, Moonrise Kingdom) or at playing layered characters (6th Sense, 12 Monkeys, Pulp Fiction). My point is that he can be a great versatile actor if he wants to, He just seems to dont give a fuck anymore.... Cmon
... He doesnt seem to be trying anymore, Looper was cool as well as Moonrise Kingdom, but he wasnt the lead and I mean RED 2 and the last 2 Die Hard sucked balls, He was my favorite action hero of the 90s, and he has proven that he is great at comedy (Moonlighting , Blind Date, Moonrise Kingdom) or at playing layered characters (6th Sense, 12 Monkeys, Pulp Fiction). My point is that he can be a great versatile actor if he wants to, He just seems to dont give a fuck anymore.... Cmon Bruce at least try
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9:26PM on 08/13/2013
pshhh...he'll be promoting a new die hard in like 2 years
pshhh...he'll be promoting a new die hard in like 2 years
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9:07PM on 08/13/2013
...and it shows.
...and it shows.
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8:30PM on 08/13/2013
i want to see another 5th Element movie
i want to see another 5th Element movie
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7:48PM on 08/13/2013
You are bored?? well we are dissapointed with your lack of effort and material with the last few movies...eventually he will have to walk away anyhow due to his age..but if he wants to turn to more dramatic roles, thats fine..he needs variety anyhow.
You are bored?? well we are dissapointed with your lack of effort and material with the last few movies...eventually he will have to walk away anyhow due to his age..but if he wants to turn to more dramatic roles, thats fine..he needs variety anyhow.
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7:27PM on 08/13/2013
Why not. I didn't love him in Moonlighting and Die Hard 1-3 because of his action chops, I love watching him because he was funny and witty. He looked like a normal Joe who got sucked into an action movie, and that was his charm.
Why not. I didn't love him in Moonlighting and Die Hard 1-3 because of his action chops, I love watching him because he was funny and witty. He looked like a normal Joe who got sucked into an action movie, and that was his charm.
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7:27PM on 08/13/2013

What you talkin' bout Willis?!

Sorry. Couldn't resist.
Sorry. Couldn't resist.
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7:26PM on 08/13/2013

We're bored too, Bruce.

While I still think if he actually put any effort forward, his last two Die Hard movies would've been decent, but whatever, walk away from action Bruce. I'm okay with that.
While I still think if he actually put any effort forward, his last two Die Hard movies would've been decent, but whatever, walk away from action Bruce. I'm okay with that.
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7:25PM on 08/13/2013
So why is he making them? Nobody is forcing him to. Other people can fill those roles and at least show they are trying hard.
So why is he making them? Nobody is forcing him to. Other people can fill those roles and at least show they are trying hard.
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3:19AM on 08/14/2013
You mean dying hard.
You mean dying hard.
6:55PM on 08/13/2013
And why is he still making them? he needs the money? I dont believe that he was paid a lot of money for small movies like FIRE WITH FIRE, CATCH.44, COLD LIGHT OF DAY... so why did u do that? Maybe if you just made one action film per year, youre not going to be bored and movies are going to be better.
And why is he still making them? he needs the money? I dont believe that he was paid a lot of money for small movies like FIRE WITH FIRE, CATCH.44, COLD LIGHT OF DAY... so why did u do that? Maybe if you just made one action film per year, youre not going to be bored and movies are going to be better.
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6:31PM on 08/13/2013

Well...

I think it is time for Bruce to reevaluate his career and stop shitting on his fans and Die Hard. I mean, A Good Day to Die Hard was the worst.
I think it is time for Bruce to reevaluate his career and stop shitting on his fans and Die Hard. I mean, A Good Day to Die Hard was the worst.
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6:19PM on 08/13/2013
Exactly! Everybody could see that he was bored in his last couple of movies. But he will be milked by the studios as his franchise Die Hard did. Until there is nothing left.
Exactly! Everybody could see that he was bored in his last couple of movies. But he will be milked by the studios as his franchise Die Hard did. Until there is nothing left.
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6:10PM on 08/13/2013

Willis is bored with making action movies?

After seeing him in A Good Day to Die Hard, I'd say that's pretty damn obvious.
After seeing him in A Good Day to Die Hard, I'd say that's pretty damn obvious.
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5:50PM on 08/13/2013
I'd like to see him do some more dramatic off beat roles like he did for Moonrise Kingdom. Also, maybe a couple of Sci-Fi films too.
I'd like to see him do some more dramatic off beat roles like he did for Moonrise Kingdom. Also, maybe a couple of Sci-Fi films too.
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5:00PM on 08/13/2013

Ha!

Bruce has been saying this for at least 20 years. Check out this interview: [link]
Bruce has been saying this for at least 20 years. Check out this interview: [link]
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4:48PM on 08/13/2013
Well he could make a better Die Hard by concentrating far far far far far far less on the action and more on the drama, character, plot and relationships.
Well he could make a better Die Hard by concentrating far far far far far far less on the action and more on the drama, character, plot and relationships.
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4:44PM on 08/13/2013
He made the same statement what 10 or 12 years ago? Thereafter he did Tears of the Sun, Hostage, Live free or Die making a generic PG 13 movie, Cold Light of Day, Expendables 1 + 2, Red 1 + 2 and a good day to make another horrible die hard sequel.
He made the same statement what 10 or 12 years ago? Thereafter he did Tears of the Sun, Hostage, Live free or Die making a generic PG 13 movie, Cold Light of Day, Expendables 1 + 2, Red 1 + 2 and a good day to make another horrible die hard sequel.
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6:32PM on 08/13/2013
Tears of the Sun and Hostage were good. Expendables 1 and 2 were good. Red 1 was alright.

Tears of the Sun and Hostage were good. Expendables 1 and 2 were good. Red 1 was alright.

1:36AM on 08/14/2013
Just saw Expendables 2. Schwartenager: "I'll be back". Wills: "You always say that. Tell you what. I'll be back." Schwartzenager: "Yippeekaiyea". They both looked bored saying those lines. It took me right out of the movie. I don't blame either of them for not wanting to have to do stuff like that: it's embarrassing.
Just saw Expendables 2. Schwartenager: "I'll be back". Wills: "You always say that. Tell you what. I'll be back." Schwartzenager: "Yippeekaiyea". They both looked bored saying those lines. It took me right out of the movie. I don't blame either of them for not wanting to have to do stuff like that: it's embarrassing.
1:38AM on 08/14/2013
Yeah, some of them were not that bad but they were all part of the action genre, which Willis doesn´t want to be part of anymore. And acting wise he sucked in pretty much everyone of those movies.
Yeah, some of them were not that bad but they were all part of the action genre, which Willis doesn´t want to be part of anymore. And acting wise he sucked in pretty much everyone of those movies.
1:58AM on 08/14/2013
When all is said and done I think actors are going to start to turn on Stalone. Except for Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, Nan Yu and Jason Stratham, everybody got shafted: Jet Lee disappeared after the first scene and Dolph Lundgren's only memorable line was when he hit on Nan Yu's character. I suppose it is inevitable with an ensemble cast that some actors are going to have smaller roles and because Jet Lee and Dolph Lundgren had big roles in the first one they were going to have
When all is said and done I think actors are going to start to turn on Stalone. Except for Chuck Norris, Jean Claude Van Damme, Nan Yu and Jason Stratham, everybody got shafted: Jet Lee disappeared after the first scene and Dolph Lundgren's only memorable line was when he hit on Nan Yu's character. I suppose it is inevitable with an ensemble cast that some actors are going to have smaller roles and because Jet Lee and Dolph Lundgren had big roles in the first one they were going to have smaller roles in the sequel.
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4:43PM on 08/13/2013
That's funny because I'm bored of watching him in action movies
That's funny because I'm bored of watching him in action movies
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4:42PM on 08/13/2013
I think he wants to go back to doing voice overs and make Look Who's Talking 3.
I think he wants to go back to doing voice overs and make Look Who's Talking 3.
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7:35PM on 08/13/2013
I don't find it a coincidence that my favorite Bruno performances are ones where the action takes a backseat. Pulp Fiction, Unbreakable, 12 monkeys, and Looper are the immediate ones that come to mind. Stretch those wrinkled wings Bruce...there's gotta be a happy medium.
I don't find it a coincidence that my favorite Bruno performances are ones where the action takes a backseat. Pulp Fiction, Unbreakable, 12 monkeys, and Looper are the immediate ones that come to mind. Stretch those wrinkled wings Bruce...there's gotta be a happy medium.
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