Bruce Willis, who has been struggling with aphasia and was recently diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, announced his retirement from acting last year. The actor’s legacy, however, as one of the most recognisable action stars in Hollywood history, will live on forever.
Now, a fellow Hollywood celebrity has spoken out about Willis’ retirement, and he’s heaping praise on the action icon as if he were the greatest of all time.
On July 14, 2018, in Los Angeles, California, Bruce Willis attended a roast of himself hosted by Comedy Central at the Hollywood Palladium. (Image: Rich Fury/Getty Images)
Bruce Willis’s role as John McClane in the action classic Die Hard and its numerous sequels will forever be his most recognised role, despite his many other notable film appearances (such as Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense).
Many consider Die Hard to be among the finest action pictures ever made, and some even rank it among the finest Christmas films. Willis was a real action movie star because to his roles in blockbusters like Armageddon, Sin City, and Red.
The 1988 film “Die Hard” has a chase sequence with Bruce Willis carrying an automatic rifle. (20th Century Fox/Getty Images))
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the few action stars who can be considered an equal of Bruce Willis’, and when questioned about Willis’ retirement from acting, the Terminator actor had some kind things to say about Willis’ legacy.
To put it simply, I believe he’s great. He has been a major celebrity for a long time. Arnold Schwarzenegger told CinemaBlend, “I think that he will always be remembered as a great, great star.” He also praised the late actor, calling him a “kind man.”
“I understand that he had to retire because of his health problems. However, in reality, we never really retire. Heroes in action, they reload.
With his retirement, Willis was the last of the real action megastars in Hollywood. In 2017, Sylvester Stallone dubbed himself and Arnold Schwarzenegger “the last two tyrannosaurus,” bonding with Schwarzenegger on their shared experience as action veterans.
Stallone expressed his sympathy for Willis in the same interview, saying, “Bruce is going through some really, really difficult times…” I can’t stand it. He told the Hollywood Reporter, “It’s very tragic.
The Expendables starred Stallone, Schwarzenegger, and Willis in a triple bill. Moreover, these three famous people were the first to invest in the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain.
On December 13, 2006, in Hollywood, California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis showed up to the premiere of “Rocky Balboa” (produced by MGM) at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. This is a picture of Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.
While it’s unfortunate that Bruce Willis will no longer be appearing in films, Schwarzenegger is correct in saying that he will be regarded as one of Hollywood’s greatest action heroes.
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