Legends of Action

July 30, 2012

Legends of Action: Bruce Willis

One of the action genre’s most unlikely of heroes, turns out to be one of its biggest and best! Bruce Willis began his career in the 80’s, with more light-hearted and even comedic turns in wine cooler commercials and eventually a starring role in Moonlighting opposite Cybil Sheppard.

Then in 1988, the action gods would shine down on Bruno, when he was shockingly offered a then unheard of 5 million dollars to star in a little action movie called Die Hard. The film was a worldwide success and it catapulted Willis into superstardom! Willis has returned to the role that made him most famous three times so far. The sole reason for the success of the Die Hard franchise is Willis’ performance as John McClane. The “everyman” action star is just what the world was craving after a decade of action heroes that portrayed the “one man army”.

Willis has had his share of missteps over his career. (Bonfire of the Vanities anyone?) But, he has not only continued to pump out action greats such as Armageddon, The Last Boy Scout, Last Man Standing and Hostage, but also showed Hollywood that he does indeed have some acting chops with impressive performances in critically acclaimed films such as Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys and The Sixth Sense.

With a larger role in Expendables 2 this summer and an upcoming fifth turn as John McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard coming in February 2013, it would appear that Bruno still has that action star appeal. I think I speak for all action fans when I say “Thank you Bruce! Oh yeah… and YIPEE KI-YAY MOTHER FUCKER!!!”

About the Author

Brian M
Movies have been a big part of my life since the creation of the VCR. They have always been a way for me to escape. The action genre allowed that feeling more than any other, because the heroes in these films were living in an ordinary world, but were doing extraordinary things. Watching action movies encourages my imagination to explore while I am doing even the most mundane thing and make it exciting. Don't be afraid to use your imagination and keep action alive, no matter how old you get.



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