Bruce Willis’s cognitive decline was evident for years to directors and crew on film sets, helped by a protective entourage of wizards, as he made 22 low-budget films in four years, sometimes earning as much as $2 million for just two working days, according to a new report in the newspaper. Los Angeles Times.
More than a dozen filmmakers told The Times they were concerned about the health of the “Die Hard” icon, seeing the 67-year-old struggle with his streaks and memory, seemingly unaware of his surroundings, and even in one movie filmed in January In 2020, he fired a pistol at the wrong signal, before his teammate could turn.
The Times report was published hours after the Willis family released a statement on Wednesday, saying that the “Pulp Fiction” star is walking away from his long and beloved film career because he “was recently diagnosed with aphasia, which affects his cognitive abilities.”
Aphasia can deprive a person of the ability to communicate through speech, writing, or understanding language, according to the Mayo Clinic.
If Willis has struggled for so long and his colleagues are anxious, it raises questions about why he keeps working, whether people around him have tried to interfere and why studios keep flooding him with work on what Esquire called “VOD trash.” According to The Times and other reports, it appears that Willis’ struggles may have been an open secret in Hollywood.
On Wednesday, Page Six cited a source who said “everyone knows” about Willis’ “cognitive issues.” That’s why one production used a dual body, not just for action sequences, but in order to maximize screen time. However, another project did the opposite, “reducing” Willis’ viewing time due to reported issues, Page Six said.
Film director, YouTuber and critic Chris Stockman said he learned about Willis’ suffering about a year ago from a director he worked with.
I first heard about Bruce Willis’ condition last year from a director he worked with, and I’ve felt bad about him ever since. I hope he and his family are well. I’m glad he got the help he needed. Thanks for all the specials. pic.twitter.com/aN8gIPYrhb
– Chris Stockmann (@Chris_Stuckmann) March 30, 2022
In their statement on social media, Willis’ family talked about how his career means “a lot to him”. Family members who signed the statement included Willis’ wife, Emma Heming, his first wife, Demi Moore, and Willis and Moore’s three adult daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.
Perhaps, as the Willis family said, the Golden Globe winner and once a top box office star in the world resisted any pleas for him to retire because he loved acting and being on movie sets. A Page Six source said the Willis family “finally intervened, and they moved to look after him.”
Bruce Willis 💔 pic.twitter.com/sCas5m5Br9
– Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) March 30, 2022
But the LA Times story also notes that there was money a lot of different people could make when Willis even worked a few days off work, allowing him to top a low-budget action movie that would instantly be thrown into the livestream. Services.
According to documents reviewed by The Times, Willis was often paid $2 million for being on set for just two days. His directors seemed to try to get around Willis’ needs, making sure his film footage was limited to two days, with contracts stipulating that he worked no more than eight hours a day. Production sources told the newspaper that Willis could only stay for four hours.
Meanwhile, Willis’ “participation in films – even for a few minutes – has helped low-budget independent filmmakers sell their films internationally,” The Times reported. Willis’ face on a movie poster or set of thumbnails for streaming services helped draw viewers to his movies.
Respected writer Chris Nashwati said Willis didn’t do much in the 2020 movie ‘Hard Kill’. But his role was “large enough to give the impoverished distributor the legal justification to put his globally recognized name and iconic mug on the movie poster”.
– Jodi Long (@RogueReigns4) March 31, 2022
The Los Angeles Times reported that Willis appeared to rely on his entourage to help him get production. Willis’ former captain, his former “turned therapist” assistant, Stephen J.
A member of the “Hard Kill” crew told The Times that Eads “guided Bruce everywhere. He carried him in a wagon and watched her.” Eds did not respond to a request from the Times for comment.
Jesse in. Johnson, the director of Willis’ upcoming movie “White Elephant,” approached Eads and expressed concern about Willis’ mental state. That’s because, crew members told The Times, they saw Willis wondering about his whereabouts.
“I know why you are here, and I know why you are here, but why am I here?” Crew members said Willis asked out loud.
Eads replied to Johnson that they were “happy to be there, but it would be better if we could finish shooting him at lunch and let him go early.”
The Los Angeles Times said another actor in Willis’s entourage earned $4,150 a week to do small parts in Willis’ films, but also acted as a “talenter” for the actor, feeding the actor his lines through his earpiece.
In light of the fatal shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Western movie, “Rust,” perhaps the most disturbing incident regarding Willis’s presence on a movie set and the safety of others was the filming of the action scene in “Hard Kill.”
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the action hero Willis, armed with a pistol, is supposed to save his daughter from some bad guy. Actress Lala Kent, who played the daughter, said Willis was supposed to deliver a line that was a nod to the duck before he fired his loaded pistol, but Willis fired the gun before he could say the line, and Kent was not able to get away. Kent said she asked the principal to remind Welles to turn over the line before firing the gun, but Willis fired the pistol again first, causing Kent to shake.
The Los Angeles Times said Randall Emmett, co-founder of Emmett/Furla Oasis, one of the production companies Willis worked with, declined to comment on the actor’s condition, but suspected the gun was prematurely fired. The film’s gunsmith also denied the incident.
“We always made sure no one was in the line of fire when he was holding the guns,” a crew member told the Los Angeles Times.
The way Willis has directed low-budget action films in the past few years has begun to gain attention in Hollywood, which has been mostly negative. My rant from Esquire, who calls himself a “serious fan” of Willis, is desperate that the actor, who has plenty of talent and charisma, “now routinely squanders his talent and hard-earned box office capital on a forgettable live video on The spot. Excitement and movement.”
In February, the Razzie Awards created a special category for Willis’ worst performance in his eight films in 2021, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In light of Willis’ diagnosis, the Razzies announced Thursday they would rescind the award, acknowledging that it would not have been appropriate to award an actor a Golden Raspberry if their “medical condition was a factor in their decision-making and/or performance,” The Hollywood Reporter said.