What a perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day – all cuddled up with your loved one watching Bruce Willis as John McClane, our reluctant, foul-mouthed vigilante, back in action. This time he’ll be in Moscow with his son in A Good Day to Die Hard. Watch the latest trailer.
Willis has made a career out of playing the action guy since his Moonlighting days and has really kicked his career in action with eleven movies either currently filming or in release just this past year, including Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. Nearing sixty years old, he’s not only busier than ever, he’s still taking on roles that require him to be in great shape and he talks about it with Huffington Post.
Oh, OK, now I’m this age and trying to tell that action movie – but I’m a little older. How fast can I run? How well can I fight? So that’s a challenge and, you know, it’s a fun thing to do.
Willis recently starred in two other action movies, Hostage and The Set-Up which are now available as a double feature.
In Hostage, Willis is devastated by an unspeakable tragedy while on the job as a hostage negotiator for the LAPD. He resigns and accepts a low-profile job as the chief of police in a sleepy town. On a slow Monday morning, a random crime turns into a hostage standoff, putting Talley in a situation he never wanted to face again.
In The Set-Up, a group of friends plan out a detailed heist that turns deadly when one betrays the other by taking off with the goods. Taking matters into his own hands, Sonny seeks out his revenge teaming up with the most dangerous mob boss in town to get back what is rightfully his. When he finally comes face to face with his longtime friend he will be forced to make a life changing choice. (summary via imdb.com)
When Willis is cast in a film, it pretty much guarantees a certain box office success since he’s not only a domestic star, he’s an international superstar. Harvey Weinstein knew that when he cast Willis in Pulp Fiction and Wes Anderson has seen his biggest box office to date, with Willis cast in his Moonrise Kingdom. This confirms that although he’s made a name for himself as one of the best action stars in film, he can choose more diverse roles and work in studio and independent films. So, for an actor that can choose whatever project he wants at this point in his career, what does he prefer doing?
I like challenges. I like trying to do things where there is a risk of failure. There’s a risk of going, “I didn’t quite do what I wanted with that.” Or, it didn’t quite live up to what I thought I was going to get to.” So I like challenges. It’s me competing with myself. You know, it’s a solitary game for most actors — you really are competing with yourself. I don’t feel like I’m competing with any other films out there.