He may be 55, but Hollywood superstar Bruce Willis can give any action hero a run for his money. His latest action film,
, is being hailed as one of his all-time bests. In an interview to
, Willis says working on the film was “incredible”.
RED, has quite a cast! What was it like working with this ensemble?
It was really incredible. I think when people see the film, the big shining light is that every five or ten minutes in the film a new movie star shows up as part of the team. It was like Christmas for the producers! I have worked with Morgan (Freeman) on a couple of movies before, but not John Malkovich. We had a lot of laughs. I don’t think you’re allowed to have so much fun while shooting a film.
RED, you play a character past his prime. Do such roles hit a note with the audience?
I think they do. Science has been able to extend our lives way past 65 years of age. People are still vital and can do their job, and want to do a good job. If we put a bunch of kids in the film it wouldn’t have been the same story. Everyone has their own version of being kicked off the old team, and not having much to do.
Are comic book movies easy or hard for actors?
They are very helpful. It’s like having a map that otherwise the actors or director or someone else would have to create — of the action and drama and so on.
What comics did you read as a kid?
I probably read some Spider-Man and the superhero things. And I read Archie. Then I kind of fell out of it. I enjoyed this series on the Metal Men. They haven’t made a film on that. It was all the elements ... like there was Lead, Silver, Tin, Gold, Platinum, and Mercury. I read them all.
How was it working with Marie Louise Parker?
She’s really funny! Working with her gives me the lease to try something a little outside of my comfort zone.
What about working with Helen Mirren? She said she had a huge crush on you!
Yes, well, fortunately she’s married, and I’m married. She’s an incredible actress and is great in the film. But yes, there’s something incredibly sexy about seeing Helen with a 50 calibre gun. Very hot.
Did you coach her on how to use a gun?
No. Someone else did. But she didn’t need much coaching.