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Happy Birthday, Bruno!

March 19, 2011

What better way to celebrate the birth of Bruce Willis, but with a clip show…

Tweeted after reading a fatuous piece of trivia about Bruce’s musical interests on his wiki page.

There is always a moment in a Bruce Willis film (except perhaps The Jackal and Unbreakable) where he flashes that iconic shit-eating smirk at the camera, which contrary to popular belief is not his default facial setting. At rest, Willis’ face is as impassive as a slab of granite, but – you know – in a good way. I don’t recall it every showing up so early in a film! We’re talking less than six minutes in and the ink on the credits hadn’t even dried. That was really exciting. I love seeing age on actor’s faces and Bruce has such a great face. It was nice enough when he was on Moonlighting and seems to have gotten much more cuter as he’s gotten older. I love the lines and folds and that starburst of crinkles that border the outer corner of his eyes. Willis doesn’t really have to do much talking; his face can do most of the talking for him.

– From Bruce Willis Master Class: Live Free or Die Hard

As I mentioned, Bruce’s performance is not the problem here. In fact, he’s quite engaging – given the flimsy story and character development – as “The Jackal”. Willis is adept at making otherwise stock characters informed by malevolence and apathy feel well rounded and even a bit charming. In an early scene The Jackal meets with a forger and while there is tension because often a character as ruthless as The Jackal’s supposed to be usually wastes lots of time offing anyone who might be traced back to him, Willis’ Jackal makes calculated decisions about which of his contacts are worth the bullet.

– From Bruce Willis Master Class: The Jackal

Did we get Bruce in the racial draft? I love him and used to love watching this video whenever it came on BET, but c’mon now. This is so awful. Oddly, the worst part isn’t even the singing; it’s the acting. This is the kind of thing Make a Wish does, so at the time, I’m sure there was probably some concern that Bruce was ill or something. Why else would anyone willing allow a man who cannot sing to collaborate with The Temptations – even if he is Bruce Willis?

– From This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: But What I Really Want to Do is Sing!

Have a great birthday, Mr. Willis. I’m going to watch Unbreakable to celebrate.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. cath permalink
    March 22, 2011 12:06 pm


  2. March 22, 2011 12:15 pm

    LOL. Bruce in the = drunk, singtastic good times.

  3. March 22, 2011 5:47 pm

    omg, this one has Sharon Stone!

  4. March 23, 2011 10:11 am

    Hah! Artists have always been selling-out so they can sing!
    I love me some Bruce, but I always just call him “Die Hard”

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