Tossin’ It Out There: What do YOU think of Bruce Willis?

bruce-willis-04What’s going on, everyone?

It’s been awhile since we’ve had an actor/actress focused Tossin’ It Out There, and with “A Good Day to Die Hard” on everyone’s minds this weekend, I thought we might turn our attention to Mr. Willis.

Willis broke on the scene in the 1980s with ABC’s “Moonlighting”, and made the jump to feature films with 1987’s “Blind Date”. It was only a year later that he would be catapulted to movie stardom with 1988’s “Die Hard”, and he’s been a big name ever since.

His great films have been few and far between, but he does have them. From 1994’s “Pulp Fiction” to his two collaborations with M. Night Shyamalan, “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable”, Willis definitely has some great films in his filmography. He’s been super prolific, though, racking up 95 credits on his IMDb page. And certainly, not all of them have been good.

So what’s your take? Did he earn your loyalty eternally via his role as John McClane, or as Butch in “Pulp Fiction”? Do you prefer your actors with a little more range? Has he had one too many flops for your taste?

Let’s hear it! What do YOU think of Bruce Willis?

Daniel Fogarty


141 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What do YOU think of Bruce Willis?

  1. I like him a lot. He’s a lot more credible than a few of the other aging stars out there. Die Hard is arguably the best action film ever made so for that reason I’ll forgive him for ‘Red’.

  2. He is often the same in a lot of his roles. it’s true. But it works for him and I like it (Hey, Denzel has had success doing pretty much the exact same thing.) But he still ventures out of his “comfort zone.” Moonrise Kingdom anyone?

    I still remain a fan of Willis and am one of the few giving DH5 a higher rating than most (even though it still was a disappointment).

    Keep on trucking, Willis. Just don’t do things like Cold Light of Day.

    • Mmmmm… Denzel has a lot more range than Willis I think. Just sayin’.

      Cold Light of Day was atrocious. Did you see that one? I feel like I’m the only one that did. That, movies like Cop Out… they keep me in check on this guy. There’s a lot of times when he’ll show up and just punch the clock in order to collect a check. Thats not cool.

      Meanwhile, so YOURE the guy who liked Die Hard 5, huh? ๐Ÿ˜€

      • agreed that Denzel has more range. of course. my point was just that many of his roles were the same and he has seen success regardless. and, nope, you’re not the only person who saw Cold Light of Day…but I’m not one of em. haha

        and I enjoyed Die Hard 5 more than a lot. it just wasn’t a “Die Hard” movie.

  3. I never cared for many of Bruce Willis’s early movies and didn’t think much of him as an actor until I watched 12 Monkeys, Pulp Fiction and Sixth Sense. I thought he was amazing in these movies and forgot that it was Bruce Willis that I was watching. Many times when I watch a movie with one of the more popular movie stars I always see them instead of the character they are supposed to be portraying.
    I also admire him for taking on different roles instead of just portraying an action hero all the time but agree with everyone else that he does need to be more selective in his roles.

    • Yeah, a lot of people are citing that he’s not afraid to take on all kinds of different roles, which is cool. Youre right. I think I’VE been the one more than anyone saying he needs to be more selective! LOL ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      What you’re saying early on is the old Star vs Actor argument. There are people who are stars, and you just see them in different movies but seeming like themselves again and again, and then there are people who are actors and they seem totally different each time out. Those folks are rare though, thats why we celebrate ’em so much.

      12 Monkeys, Pulp Fiction and Sixth Sense are three of his best! No wonder they were opinion changers for you! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Seems like he’s been onscreen forever, doesn’t it? Apparently no one has any problems with him… I’m pretty surprised by the hater free response here today to be honest. I mean, just the odds say you’ll get one or two, you know?

  4. Lol. I’ve seensome pretty disappointing movies, but Willis has been and will always be one of my favorite actors. I just enjoy him. He makes me laugh and smile even if the movies a flop. ๐Ÿ™‚ He just brings a lot of additude to his characters, something I never get tired of.

  5. He’s had a few hiccups in the last few years. His recent films like Red do nothing for me. But then he was brilliant in last year’s Looper. Though I never see him as an actor who has a huge range. Saying that, you gotta love his comedic-ness in Death Becomes Her. Great in that one!

    • He was good last year in Moonrise Kingdom, too. But you’re right, I totally think of him as a Star and not an Actor, you know? He’s not exactly a chameleon. LOL. Its been too long since I’ve seen Death Becomes Her. Someone else brought that up too. Maybe I should check it out agaain!

  6. I really like Bruce Willis and I always have. Unfortunately he’s entering that stage of his career where the action movie pigeonholing has made his really good roles a bit more scarce. I think that’s why you’re seeing him in a lot of stuff that he probably should pass on. But he’s still great and a lot of people don’t realize the range he had. One of my favorite supporting performances from last year came from Willis in Moonrise Kingdom.

    • “Unfortunately heโ€™s entering that stage of his career where the action movie pigeonholing has made his really good roles a bit more scarce.” Sad but true. Plus, getting up there in years isnt helping said action movies much. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      I guess I’m still the hater in the house when it comes to his “range”, I think he takes on a wide variety of projects, but he’s not exactly one of our generations finest actors or anything…

      • Now I agree with that. I wouldn’t call him one of our generation’s finest either. And when I say range I don’t mean like Day-Lewis. But I do think he’s more than just an action star. He’ll never win an Oscar (at least I’ll be stunned if he does) but he is able to put out good films IF he makes the right choices.

  7. I love Brucie. Even when Brucie stars in bad movies, I tend to dig everything he does so long as he approaches the material from the right angle. For example: he tackled Moonrise Kingdom seriously, not in terms of turning out a serious performance but in terms of turning out a performance that was appropriate for the story being told. On the other hand, he dove into Die Hard 5 with a I-could-give-a-shit attitude, so even though that movie wound up being awful, I still liked Brucie.

    Brucie showing casual, jovial contempt for the bad movies he stars in thrills me. Brucie taking those movies seriously thrills me. When Brucie responds to dumb questions with straight-faced, one-note answers, I am in awe. (“Is there going to be a Die Hard 6?” “Yes.”) So, basically, go, Brucie– go.

    • Brucie. LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

      Ok, ok, I can see that. I’m on the other side of the coin, I’m not all that thrilled when he pulls that “I cant be bothered” stuff. I understand that actors can probably spot the fact that theyre in a crappy movie from a mile away, but he doesnt have to help out by mailing it in as obviously as he does. There’s a part of me that gets pissed off, especially knowing he’s getting paid big bucks.

      The way he handles the press does occassionally amuse, though, I’ll admit that. LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. his movies always bring me to cinemas. He doesn’t make good movies all the time but for example as an “action hero” he is still more enjoyable to watch than Stallone who I think has passed his “used by” date. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aww, cmon. We dont have to bash Sly here, now! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He’s the man!

      His name definitely carries weight though… he totally makes you want to check out whatever project he’s attached himself to. I kind of wish he’d try to break the action hero typecasting a little more, but I guess he knows where his strengths lie.

  9. Bruce Willis might be the number one actor who if I see his name attached to a movie, I want to see it and will. A majority of his films I thoroughly enjoy and not just the classics like Die Hard and Sixth Sense. I really liked The Jackal, Hostage, and Blind Date. Has he had some stinkers? YEAH! I hated Last Man Standing and the most recent Die Hard (A Good Day to Die Hard). But overall like Rian Johnson director of Looper said, when you see Willis in a movie you expect to see him kick ass in search of the bad guys. Plus unlike other action icons like Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Willis can actually act and make you appreciate his character. And I don’t know what it is but the older he gets the cooler he gets haha! He embraces being the bald action star.

    • I dont think he has any choice other than embracing the bald action star. LOL ๐Ÿ˜€

      I guess Willis is a better actor than the other two, although I might say he just steps out of the action genre more often and does dramatic fare, unlike the other two, so that gives him his perceived edge.

  10. Even thought he has had some bad movies, the man can act. We don’t really see his range very often because he is somewhat type cast. He plays an awful lot of police officers or former police officers. Things like Sixth Sense and 12 Monkeys show that he is a skilled actor, althought those movies also then to focus on some of his strengths such as an ability to act very brooding without pushing it over the tops. His comedic rolls are movies that are not so great yet good fun to watch. He does comedy well but he doens’t always land in the best funny scripts. (Hudson Hawk anyone? Funny but a touch to far into the silly side.) I liked Sliven a lot and I thougth R.E.D. was really funny. How many people think about what happens to old spies when they retire? It was a great idea with excellent casting. Even the best actors have bad movies. He isn’t one of the ‘greats’ of Hollywood. But he isn’t a ‘hack’ actor either. He is solid.

    • Yeah, he’s definitely not a hack or he wouldnt have gotten where he is today. He’s a decent actor, but the projects he’s chosen may reflect his limitations. There’s a reason his filmography is mainly action movies…

      Still, you’re right, he’s immenently watchable. His movies are worth h checking out just to see what he’s up to.

      Brooding certainly is one of his go to skills, LOL. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • I think it is because he is what was once called a ‘working’ actor. They took more movies to keep working, to keep their name around. In the hopes they would be offered more, better, parts. It may have started early in his career and it became a habit or something. Or he just really likes to be working. The result of more movies is the likelihood of Hits, Bombs, and everything in between. As a contrast to ‘artist’ actors who are all about the ‘art’ and as a result do fewer movies. They may have more award winning films, but not all those will be as popular.

        It is sort of like the difference of mass produced fiction and the ‘fancy’ fiction that is only released hard back or the larger formated ‘Trade Paper’ editions. These are the writers who are trying to write the next Great American Novel and only write stand alone books.

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  12. I like Willis more now than back in the nineties. Die Hard was obviously great but a lot of the films that followed had him cast in pretty much the same role. Over the last decade he has taken more chances, worked with up and coming directors and as a consequence has been in a couple of underwhelming films. His acting style has changed as well. He now does as little as possible on screen instead of trying to fill the screen with his personality. RED was OK. Catch 44 not so good but Brucie was the best thing in it.

    • I still have to check that one out. I like Forest Whitaker, too. Sorry to hear its not all that great. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Meanwhile. I’m fine when Bruce wants to give a restrained performance (Moonrise Kingdom) but when ” does as little as possible on screen” equates to mailing it in, like Cold Light of Day, say… then I wind up a bit miffed.

    • No, you’re right, he doesn’t have the widest range, but he definitely does have charisma. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thankfully for him, he’s scored a number of really great movies where he can just let that shine through.

      Even the diabolical ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

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