Wachoo talkin' bout Willis?! No, not that Willis
Bruce Willis is a man of many talents. He's been everywhere on the big screen from big hits like "The Sixth Sense" to unheard of little gems like "
Willis became a mega superstar practically overnight with his breakout role on the hit show ‘Moonlighting’ and his memorable, career-making role as John McClane in the summer movie blockbuster ‘Die Hard.’ With his latest action flick, ‘Looper,’ out, we decided to take a look back at some fun facts you might not know about one of Hollywood’s most memorable leading men.
He was born in Germany.
Yup. Which means he wont be President of the US anytime soon.
His father was an American soldier and met his mother while stationed in West Germany. He was born in Idar-Oberstein in 1955 and didn't come to America until he was about 2 years old.
He had a severe stutter as a child.
He was always an outgoing, outspoken child and as a teen, but he had a hard time with speaking due to a small stuttering problem he had until the age of nine. According to an interview he gave to Reader’s Digest, Willis discovered a way to overcome his stutter by accident — he tried out for a part in his high school’s drama club production of ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ and as soon as he took the stage, he noticed his stutter was gone. “When I stepped off the stage, I started stuttering again,” Willis said. “And I went, ‘This is a miracle. I’ve got to investigate this more.’"
He sported military fatigues and spiked hair to his 'Moonlighting' Audition.
Willis ditched college his Junior year and pursued a career in acting. When he tried out for ABC's 'Moonlighting' the executives didn't think he had what it took, since his sense of fashion was just...well, bizzare. However, Glenn Gordon, the show's creator, saw something brash and dashing in the young actor and had him do a screen test with the show's leading lady Cybill Shepherd. The two had great screen chemistry and Willis won the part.
He starred in his own video game.
‘Die Hard’ blasted his movie career but it was films like ‘Armageddon’ and ‘The Fifth Element’ that turned him into one of the world’s biggest action stars. It was very easy to see that his qualities were very marketable and the game industry jumped on this. Following ‘Armageddon,’ Willis was offered the chance to appear in a video game as the main character’s sidekick, a third-person sci-fi shoot ‘em up called ‘Apocalypse’ on the Sony PlayStation. That idea was scrapped and Willis got the leading role and a character modeled after him. Not only did he provide the voice for the character’s witty one-liners, but his face was also molded on to the character making him one of the first stars to have his own video game that wasn't based on a preexisting movie.
He starred in 'The Sixth Sense' because he owed Disney for sinking another Film.
Willis was supposed to star in a Disney-backed hockey movie called 'The Broadway Brawler' but things became heated with some of the Hollywood producers, which inevitably lead to the cancellation of the whole film. Disney chairman Joe Roth didn’t want to see Willis or the studio embroiled in a lengthy legal battle, so he convinced Willis to make amends by committing to at least two other films with the Mouse House. Those movies ended up being the sci-fi comedy drama ‘The Kid’ and the far-more-memorable blockbuster ‘The Sixth Sense.’
He suffered permanent hearing loss during the film 'Die Hard'.
The director had the actors use blanks in his movies to amplify the sound effects and to create a real live setting. Unfortunately, during this table top scene, Willis lost 2/3 of his hearing in his left ear.
He pitched Seagrams wine coolers while battling a drinking problem.
Yeah. This was perhaps not the smartest idea, since he was busted for a DUI soon after.
He had a Top 5 Hit Song.
Hard to believe this stone cold killer could be so smooth and have an awesome hit single.
He had his Own cartoon.
He did the voice of his own 11 year old character as well as the theme song.
Can you say: bad ass?