After the unfortunate news that he suffers from aphasia is published, actor Bruce Willis announces that he is retiring from acting. We review five fundamental films from the filmography of this Hollywood icon.
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LatinAmerican Post | Joshua Radesca
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Leer en español: 5 películas para celebrar la carrera cinematográfica de Bruce Willis
For decades, Bruce Willis has been a leading figure in the film industry. He is a performer who has managed to move successfully through various genres, such as comedy, action, and drama. The result is a versatile career that has made him a pop culture icon. Throughout his artistic career, Willis acted in several modern classics such as "Pulp Fiction" and "The Sixth Sense".
Recently, one of his daughters, through a post on Instagram, revealed that the actor suffers from aphasia, a disease that attacks a person's linguistic abilities. Those who suffer from this condition may have difficulties expressing themselves and understanding both spoken and written language. Because of this, Willis announced that he is retiring from acting. The news shocked relatives, co-workers, and fans of the actor, who were quick to send their messages of support.
As a way to celebrate his cinematographic career, we bring you five fundamental films from the filmography of this actor.
Bruce Willis' most emblematic role is that of Officer John McClane in the "Die Hard" saga. His performance in this film would make him world-famous as an action hero. In the film, we follow a New York police officer who attends a Christmas party for a major company. Suddenly, an armed group takes control of the building. Thus, this policeman will find himself in a situation in which he will have to use all his skill and ingenuity to find a way to stop these criminals.
"Die hard" is appreciated as one of the best action movies in recent cinema. On the Rotten Tomatoes portal, we can see which critics and audience agree to give the film a rating of 94%.
It is one of Quentin Tarantino's most important films, considered by many to be his masterpiece. From a non-linear narrative, various stories have been presented that end up intertwining. This is a production with multiple highlights. Just to point out some we can mention the construction of the script, the skillful handling of dialogues, and the stylized use of violence.
The film was deserving of the Oscar for best screenplay. It brings together Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Maria de Medeiros, and Bruce Willis.
The film would give a new boost to the career of Willis, who plays Butch Coolidge, an elderly and unsuccessful boxer, who is paid by Marsellus Wallace, a dangerous figure of organized crime, to lose his last fight. However, things will not develop in the most ideal way for any of the parties involved.
“The Fifth Elements”
The film was directed by Frenchman Luc Besson, responsible for titles such as “Nikita” and “Léon: The Professional”. "The Fifth Element" places us in the XXIII century and gives us a mixture of science fiction, action, and comedy. In the film, Willis plays Korben Dallas, an ex-military man turned taxi driver who crosses paths with Leelo, a strange and enigmatic young woman who is revealed to be the key to stopping an ancient evil that threatens life on earth. Mila Jovovich, Chris Tucker, and Gary Oldman accompany Willis in this film.
“The Sixth Sense”
This is another contemporary classic, a story that ingeniously leads us to one of the most surprising plot twists in recent cinema. The direction was carried out by the controversial M. Night Shyamalan, whose outstanding works, apart from this title, include “Unbreakable” and “Split”.
“The Sixth Sense” is a supernatural horror thriller that introduces Cole Sear, a nine-year-old boy who lives in fear and claims to see dead people. Bruce Willis will take on the role of a child psychologist looking to help this boy. In carrying out his work, the psychologist will discover several disturbing facts both for his patient and for himself.
“Unbreakable” is another movie that brings together M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis. This time the plot focuses on a security guard named David Dunn, who surprisingly has survived a train accident without a scratch in which all the other passengers died.
This will lead to Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) contacting the security guard. Elijah suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, a disease that makes his bones extremely brittle, a blow or a simple fall could disable him. The character has the theory that if there is a person as fragile as him, there must also be an individual who is the opposite, that is, with greater than normal resistance and strength. This will plant the suspicion that Dunn has extraordinary qualities and that, therefore, the idea that there is a real superhero is not so unlikely.
“Unbreakable” is the first installment of a trilogy that would continue with “Split” and close with “Glass”.
With his retirement, Bruce Willis culminates an extensive artistic career. As can be seen, a brief review of his filmography reveals a collection of titles that are among the best in Hollywood and that every movie lover should see.