Bruce Willis is retiring from movies. His family has announced that the 67-year-old actor, known for the emblematic ‘Jungla de cristal’ saga and for titles such as ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘The fifth element’ or ’12 monkeys’, is forced to leave the profession after have been diagnosed with aphasia, a language disorder caused by brain damage that affects your ability to communicate. This same year, the interpreter had eight projects in post-production and another in pre-production.
It has been on social networks where Willis’ relatives have announced his retirement. “To the incredible fans of Bruce. As a family, we want to share that our beloved Bruce has recently experienced some health issues and has been diagnosed with aphasia, which is affecting his cognitive abilities,” the statement read. “As a result of this, after much thought, Bruce has decided to leave a career that has meant so much to him,” he continues.
“This is a truly challenging time for our family and we are so grateful for your continued love, compassion and support,” he continues. “We are facing this as a strong family nucleus and we want to take into account his fans, because we know how much you mean to him and vice versa. As Bruce always says, ‘Live it’, and together we have planned to do just that, “he concludes.
Willis’ acting career began in the early 1980s, with uncredited roles in films such as Sidney Lumet’s “The Final Verdict.” His career was boosted years later, in that same decade, thanks to his leading role in the fiction ‘Luz de luna’, in which he shared the poster with Cybill Shepherd. The production had five seasons and a total of 66 episodes. However, what defined him as an action actor was his role as John McClane in ‘Jungla de cristal’, the first installment of the saga, released in 1988.
One of the great stars of the 90s and 2000s
Willis and his John McClane starred in four more installments between 1995 and 2013, thus defining his profile as an action hero. However, he worked on important and emblematic productions of the 90s such as ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’, ‘The Last Boy Scout’, ‘The Hollywood Game’, ‘Death suits you so well’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Four Rooms’, ’12 Monkeys’, ‘Jackal’, ‘The Fifth Element’, ‘State of Siege’, ‘Armageddon’, ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘The Protected’.
He has worked with filmmakers such as Brian De Palma, Robert Altman, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Zemeckis, Rob Reiner, Terry Gilliam, Luc Besson, Michael Bay, M. Night Shyamalan, Robert Rodríguez and Steven Soderbergh, among others. Although he has excelled as an action actor, he has also excelled in other genres such as Richard Linklater’s ‘Fast Food Nation’; ‘Something Happens in Hollywood’, by Barry Levinson, or ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, by Wes Anderson.
Among his recent relevant works has been his time in the sagas ‘The Mercenaries’, ‘Red’ and ‘GI Joe’, as well as titles such as ‘Looper’, by Rian Johnson; ‘Multiple’ and ‘Glass’, where he was reunited with M. Night Shyamalan, or ‘Orphans of Brooklyn’, Edward Norton’s second film as director. This year, precisely, his name was one of the controversies of the 2022 Razzie Awards, as the organization created an exclusive award for him, which included almost all the film productions that premiered in 2021.