James Woods Pays Touching Tribute To Bruce Willis After Learning Of His Career-Ending Diagnosis
James Woods is honoring Bruce Willis after he announced that he is retiring from acting due to a degenerative brain condition.
Yesterday, we reported that the beloved action movie star Bruce Willis was retiring from acting after being diagnosed with the degenerative brain condition known as aphasia. Now, Hollywood star James Woods and other celebrities are speaking out to share memories and send love to Bruce Willis.
Original story: Bruce Willis Retires From Acting After Devastating Diagnosis
James Woods Posts Tribute To Bruce Willis
“If you love movies, you love #BruceWillis,” Woods wrote on Twitter. “He has embodied everything good about the word ‘entertainment’ for decades. Kudos to his loving family for handling difficult news with dignity and grace. I speak for the world when I say, ‘We love you, Bruce.'”
If you love movies, you love #BruceWillis. He has embodied everything good about the word “entertainment” for decades. Kudos to his loving family for handling difficult news with dignity and grace.
I speak for the world when I say, “We love you, Bruce.” https://t.co/pzVFdFENW2
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 30, 2022
James Woods Joined By Other Celebrities Honoring Bruce Willis
Other celebrities have been paying tribute to Willis as well:
Bruce Willis has consistently been strong, steady, and classy. He’s one of my favorite’s. Sending love and prayers to him and his family through this very difficult time. 🙏🏼💪🏼❤️
— Kristy Swanson (@KristySwansonXO) March 31, 2022
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Not many actors or movies actually changed the culture, the genre. John Wayne did. Clint Eastwood.
Bruce Willis as well. Legend.
— john jackson (@pvtjokerus) March 30, 2022
All my love and respect to my big brother Bruce Willis. I know his wonderful family is surrounding him with support and strength. He will always be that hero on that poster on my wall as kid.
— M. Night Shyamalan ⌛ (@MNightShyamalan) March 31, 2022
I wanted to send some love to #BruceWillis. He’s the first celebrity I ever met. Back in the 90’s, touring with Second City at a show in Sun Valley,ID. Imagine our delight when we found out he was in the audience! He came backstage and couldn’t have been sweeter to us wannabes.❤️
— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) March 31, 2022
Bruce Willis news is so sad. What a talent.
Just remember – we never know how long we get in this life.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 30, 2022
Willis’ family announced on Wednesday that the 67 year-old former Die Hard star had been diagnosed with the brain condition that is known as aphasia, “which is impacting his cognitive abilities.”
“As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” the family added.
Bruce Willis Seemed Off For Years
The Los Angeles Times reported that those who worked with Willis suspected for years that something was wrong with him cognitively. Days before production began on Willis’ 2020 movie Out of Death, director Mike Burns sent out an urgent email to the film’s screenwriter saying that the actor’s role needed to be made smaller.
“It looks like we need to knock down Bruce’s page count by about 5 pages,” Burns wrote in the email in June of 2020. “We also need to abbreviate his dialogue a bit so that there are no monologues, etc.”
Burns added that Willis’ lines needed to be “short and sweet,” and he did not elaborate on the reason behind this. The director said yesterday that after he began working with Willis, he could quickly see that something was off.
“After the first day of working with Bruce, I could see it firsthand and I realized that there was a bigger issue at stake here and why I had been asked to shorten his lines,” he said.
Aphasia Affects Ability To Communicate
Aphasia often develops in people who have suffered strokes, and it greatly affects their ability to communicate. However, Willis’ family has not yet revealed what led to him developing aphasia.
The production team on the Willis movie White Elephant, which is currently in post-production, also noticed that the former Sixth Sense star was not his usual self.
“He just looked so lost, and he would say, ‘I’ll do my best.’ He always tried his best,” said Terri Martin, the production supervisor on White Elephant. “He is one of the all-time greats, and I have the utmost admiration and respect for his body of work, but it was time for him to retire.”
James Woods certainly hit the nail on the head – we all love Bruce Willis. He will forever be one of the greats that helped shape the action genre.
This is obviously an extremely difficult time for Bruce Willis and his family. Please join us in saying a prayer for them.