A Good Day to Die
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.
A Good Day to Die Hard
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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.
Die Hard 6.0
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.”