Yippee-ki-yay! Bruce Willis is back!
“Yippee-ki-yay!” Bruce Willis is back - in A Good Day To Die Hard, 25 years since bad-ass John McClane was first introduced in Die Hard in 1988. To commemorate the anniversary of the blockbuster franchise, 20th Century Fox has installed a giant mural of Willis as McClane on its studio lot in Century City. The unveiling of the mural was celebrated with a special screening of the new film and an after party at the high rise building infamous as Nakatomi Plaza from the original Die Hard.
“I hadn't seen it in advance,” says Willis the next day. “That was really shocking. I mean, it's very nice and it's a great honor. They say you can see it from outer space, from up in the space shuttle.”
But doesn’t it look a little like Mel Gibson?
“It does looks a little like Mel,” he laughs. “I thought the same thing. Well, you know, Mel's a handsome guy. I’m sure that he'll go over there and go hmm… It was the same year, you know, LETHAL WEAPON and the first DIE HARD. When I did the first DIE HARD I had no idea what I was doing. I relied completely on John McTiernan and what he was doing and most of the time I had no idea what the shots were about. There is a certain novelty to being able to play one character over 5 films over 25 years. You can never see that from the beginning. You can only see it at the end of that time and you can look back. I think there's a great amount of goodwill that is shined upon DIE HARD that people still enjoy the way we do it, that there are big car crashes and things that are meant to scare you and things that are very familial and very much based on relationships with family and how families get along – how a father gets along or doesn't get along with his son or doesn't get along with his daughter or his ex-wife and those things are all very understandable. And there's still a lot of the same things: not knowing what to do, fish out of water and yet trying to do the right thing. It still it has the same kind of nobility to it and we just we've expanded a little bit since then.”
The 35-foot mural was installed on the side of Soundstage 8 by muralist Van Hecht-Nielsen and painter Fernando Cepeda. “If you look around the lot, there’s Star Wars, The Simpsons, The Sound of Music, all classic properties that have defined the studio’s history," Fox chairman Jim Gianopulos told the crowd gathered for the unveiling. "This is another iconic film with a singular and enduring legacy. At the heart of it is a character who’s a combination of Everyman and Superman. He’s the classic reluctant hero who finds himself and rises to the occasion.”
What do YOU think - does it look like Mel Gibson, or Bruce Willis?
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