Bruce Willis admitted he was a ‘Knucklehead’ for turning down this movie
Of Die hard at Armageddon, Bruce Willis has starred in some of Hollywood’s biggest hits. But even the most famous movie stars carry their share of regrets. For example, Willis once took on the task of shooting a 1990 movie that went on to become one of that year’s most famous movies.
Bruce Willis became a prominent movie star thanks to 1988’s ‘Die Hard’
1988 Die hard transformed Willis into a leading man of good faith. But before this film, the actor was best known for television Moonlight. Suddenly, thanks to his role as John McClane, Willis had found a signature franchise, a franchise he would revisit four more times over the next 25 years. And he took the opportunity to build his movie star character.
In fact, throughout the 1990s and beyond, Willis was one of the most bankable stars out there. Blows such pulp Fiction, The sixth sense, Unbreakable, 12 monkeys, and The fifth Element has proven himself to be good at comedy, drama and action as well. But one genre that Willis rarely exploited is romance. This is precisely where the category of his missed opportunity falls.
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But the actor passed on “ Ghost, ” one of the biggest hits of 1990
In 1990, Willis starred in a pair of hit sequels – Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Look who’s talking too – as well as an infamous flop The bonfire of vanities. But he could have appeared in the second highest grossing film of this year, Ghost. In 1996, Willis confessed to having The New York Times (Going through People), he couldn’t understand the movie when the script came to him.
“I just didn’t get it,” Willis told The Times. “I said, ‘Hey, the guy is dead. How are you going to have a romance? Famous final words. “The actor would have even called himself a” knucklehead “for the decision. Ironically, one of Willis’ most famous films centered around a character who died most of the movie. Perhaps a- did he see The sixth sense like his way of straightening things out.
In any case, Patrick Swayze continued to take the lead role. And Ghost went on to earn $ 217 million at the box office, according to Mojo ticket office. This total puts it behind Alone at home but before other monsters such as Dance with the wolves, A pretty woman, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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Bruce Willis’ wife at the time, Demi Moore, was playing with Patrick Swayze
Adding even more irony to Willis ‘decision to pass on Ghost, Swayze’s romantic lead role played opposite Demi Moore, Willis’ wife at the time. The couple married in 1987 and divorced in 2000. And during their relationship, they only appeared onscreen together once in 1991. Deadly thoughts. They will both appear – Willis in a cameo – in 2003 Charlie’s Angels: full blast.
Fans will never know if Willis really ended up staring alongside his real wife in Ghost. Perhaps the filmmakers would have hoped to avoid putting the Hollywood power couple on screen for fear it would distract audiences. In all cases, Ghost remains beloved by many, and it’s crazy to consider how the cast of Willis could have changed the movie.