A Good Day to Die

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: Bruce Wil­lis and ris­ing Aussie star Jai Court­ney. NEALA JOHN­SON A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Now show­ing Vil­lage Cinemas

THERE is some­thing kind of sad about watch­ing Sly Stal­lone try­ing to pull Rocky off the mat one more time, or Arnie try­ing to pre­tend the Gover­na­tor years never hap­pened and blast his way back to the top.

But Bruce Wil­lis never stopped. He got older, sure, and took the mickey out of that fact, but he never did any­thing to cause us to stop be­liev­ing he was the guy who could take on a Ger­man ter­ror­ist and his hench­man and sin­gle- hand­edly save the day.

So here he his, 25 years later, strap­ping on John Mc­Clane’s guns and world- weary de­meanour for a fi fth go on the merry- gor­ound. Though some might think

marks a pass­ing of the ba­ton in­tro­duc­ing Aussie 26- year- old Jai Court­ney as Mc­Clane’s equally tough son Jack, Wil­lis is not ready to give the fran­chise away. And who’d be game to take it from him?

“I never thought about stop­ping,” he says. “I al­ways think that there’s one more to do.”

In years of si­lence be­tween the Mc­Clane men is bro­ken when Ju­nior winds up in a Rus­sian jail. Se­nior fl ies into Moscow to bail his son out, but fi nds Jack is not as hope­less as he seems.

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Mc­Clane wor­ries in the fi lm that Jack’s fail­ings are his fault: “I spent too much time work­ing, I screwed the kid up.”

In real life, Wil­lis doesn’t have such re­grets. He has three girls with ex- wife Demi Moore ( Rumer, 24, Scout, 21, Tal­lu­lah Belle, 19) and one with his model wife of four years, Emma Heming ( baby Ma­bel turns one this month).

“I tried to bal­ance it out,” says Wil­lis of his work ver­sus home life with the older girls. “I would say, ‘ I am go­ing to need to have th­ese two weeks off and you have to go shoot with some­one else’. I didn’t know that that was an un­usual thing, but it turned out it was.”

Nowa­days, his re­la­tion­ship with Rumer, Scout and Tal­lu­lah Belle is strong: “I am learn­ing about what it’s like for them to be young adults.” With Ma­bel: “I am just try­ing to make my lit­tle baby laugh.”

And he’s taken the time to savour father­hood 2.0: “In the past few years I have cho­sen to work less. I used to work all the time; now I just like hang­ing out with my kids.”

Movies still get a look- in, of course. This year alone sees the re­lease of

A Good Day to Die Hard, G. I. Joe: Re­tal­i­a­tion, Red 2 Sin City A Dame to Kill For.

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se­quel And a seems more a mat­ter of when there’s a good story than whether Wil­lis’s body can hack it.

“Bruce is the most avari­cious guardian,” di­rec­tor John Moore says.

“Think about it: 25 years, there’s only been fi ve movies. That’s a pretty high stan­dard.”

Wil­lis con­cludes: “There is a cer­tain amount of good­will out there, peo­ple want to see you do well. I know that ev­ery­one is not into ev­ery one of th­ese fi lms, but we try.”

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