Man, what’s with Bruce Willis lately? First, he reportedly demanded too much money to reprise the role of Mr. Church in Expendables 3 (to be replaced by Harrison Ford) and now he’s giving weird interviews all over Europe as a weird way of supporting Red 2 and telling us that explosions are dull, Deadline reports.
The actor talked about his growing action movie fatigue with Spanish magazine XLS. “Explosions are one of the most boring parts of my job,” Willis said. “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.” The next rational question, then, is why does he bother to keep making these films? He answered that question very pragmatically. “I am very clear with who I am,” Willis said. “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.”
Look, we’ve got no problem with an actor taking jobs for the money. That’s how the business works. But there’s something off-putting and diminishing about a guy trashing the genre we love while also essentially saying we’re the ones who help him out by buying tickets and buying Blu-rays. It feels kind of like he’s saying, “I make my money off you explosion-loving goofballs, but it’s super boring.” Let’s be real, here, Bruce. No one’s remembering you for your dramatic work. You’re a good actor. We saw that on Looper. But the legacy of Bruce Willis on film isn’t Moonrise Kingdom, it’s Die Hard. Either make a shift towards more serious, cerebral roles or stop complaining.