Bruce really was. a. shit. ''actor''...
Never liked the cocky, talentless c*nt.share
When did he die?share
In a way he is dead. He now has a memory ailment that prevents him from remembering who everyone around him is. He's physically alive but mentally, he's gone. Just like my Grandma.share
I got to see him playing with one of his two youngest daughters. He's not a shell of a human being. He was running around like a maniac with the girl on his back, laughing and having himself a time. He likely doesn't remember everyone's name or the next line perfectly, so he can't act. He can laugh and feel his OWN emotions, but not those written on a page.
And that's okay, because chances are you can't, either, and you don't consider yourself dead.
Sorry. It's just I have a Grandma who has had dimentia quite a few years and she can't remember who me or anyone in my family is anymore. I assumed it was like that with Bruce Willis. I am glad Bruce is at least able to enjoy being around his grandkids. But it's still a terrible thing that everyone in his family has to endure. My Grandma is at the point where she can't even remember her own name or where she is.share
I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandmother. As you know, it's progressive, and possibly Bruce is merely in the early stages. But he may not even have the kind of dementia that, sadly, your Grandmother has or that most people have heard about, Alzheimer's. That's the one that Glen Campbell had. One of the members of Monty Python, Terry Jones, died recently of a different kind of dementia -- Primary Progressive Aphasia. Robin Williams suffered from a different disease called Lewy Body Dementia. I think with all of them, though, once it's progressed far enough, it's as bad as what you described.
Thing is, the family is being pretty tight-lipped about exactly WHAT is causing Bruce's aphasia -- and that's all they're copping to, aphasia. That means he has trouble with words -- understanding them, recognizing their meaning, remembering the right one. A stroke could do that. Sadly, so far as I can tell, nothing that he could recover from could do that.
I'm praying for your Grandmother! And for your family. As Glen Campbell's song, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," points out, the person with the dementia has it easy compared to the family. Hang in there! (And sorry for being such a snot in my earlier response, but I feel protective of Bruce in his current condition. Fanthink and all that. Not that it's an excuse.)
Thank you and it's okay. I can see how my words might have sounded rude if taken in the wrong way.share
He retired. Now he spends time with his extended family.share
i like broose but i always prefer stallone and arnie far more. in fact, i even like dolf lundgren more!share
He's not the best actor, but not the worst. What made Die Hard so great was that he was in it. Not some indestructible muscle man like Ah-hold or Sly, but someone human, vulnerable, an everyman. He showed his fear and his pain, but he overcame it. That's what makes the movie so great, and the title so apt. Especially since he did his own stunts.
And, I would say, he's also got great comedic timing. He was great in Moonlighting. That's something that actors talk about as being difficult.
I agree his later movies and performances were nothing to rave about, but Die Hard is one of the best action movies of all time, and he's a big reason why.
Bruce Willis is extremely charismatic. It's hard to imagine anyone else as John McClane, one of the most iconic heroes in cinema history. And I certainly think he's a more appealing and relatable action film lead than Schwarzenegger or Stallone (who sadly shed his 'everyman' Rocky persona quite early in his career, preferring to be a steroidal He-Man type figure to rival Schwarzenegger), not to mention b-listers like JCVD, or Segal (who by all accounts is a rather nasty individual in real life).
Yes, Willis made more than his fair share of complete duds (even before he sank into straight-to-video/dvd/streaming hell, which I understand was a conscious decision on his part to earn as much moolah as possible, before retiring, in view of his health issues), but he's also made a good fair number of bona fide classics, including Die Hard (The Best Action Film of All Time), Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and the underrated Death Becomes Her (which demonstrated Bruce's range in a very cast-against-type part as a weak-willed schlub).
I for one am sad he's been forced into retirement, but I hope, despite his serious health problems, he has a peaceful and pleasant good few years ahead of him, for his own benefit (much like Gene Hackman).
Nice post. I also loved The Last Boyscout. Yeah, it is a "buddy movie," but it's one of the best buddy/action films out there, if not THE best.share