Sunday, April 14, 2024

What’s Up with Bruce Willis? MIA Action Star Has Made 8 Bad Movies in 3 Years, Total Critics Score 72


It’s time for a Bruce Willis Renaissance.

If you add up the critics score on Rotten Tomatoes of the 8 movies Willis has made since 2015, the total is 72.

Of course, some of them have 0’s– zeroes. That would include a new one scheduled for release somewhere tomorrow, called “Acts of Violence.” Remarkably, Willis, once the top grossing actor anywhere, is second billed. Some reviews say it’s a “paycheck” movie, although Willis– currently selling a New York aerie for $17 million– hardly needs a paycheck.

Where is Bruce Willis? Once a glib PR magnet, Willis has been slowly vanishing while he makes film after mind-numbingly bad film in which he co-stars with a gun, has little dialogue and a lot of explosions. I miss the fast-quipping Bruce of “Moonlighting” and “Die Hard” fame. I’ll bet others do, too.

Some of the movies on his imdb list may have gone straight to video. There’s no report of a box office release. His last run of movies that mattered in theaters and maybe to audiences was a trio in 2013– “Red 2,” “A Good Day to Die Hard,” and “GI Joe: Retaliation.” Not the stuff of Oscars, but still, something.

Of course, in there Willis made his Broadway debut in the poorly reviewed “Misery” for three months from November 2015 to February 16th. At the same time he was supposed to shoot Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” but dropped out or was let go after the first week. (Steve Carell replaced him.) Willis said he couldn’t concentrate on the play and deal with the movie.

Last March, Bruce did participate in a lively R&B concert at the Beacon Theater called Love Rocks. But since then, even with several stealth movies, he’s mostly been off the canvas save for a couple of Instagram posts from his wife. In one, he’s getting his fingernails painted by his young daughter.

Come back, Bruce! We need some wisecracks for 2018.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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