(NewsNation) – Bruce Willis’ aphasia diagnosis was made public by his family on Wednesday, but new reports suggest the 67-year-old actor’s declining health, which caused him to walk away from the acting profession, affected his work on the set for years.
Actress Lala Kent, who played Willis’ daughter in the 2020 film “Hard Kill,” told the Los Angeles Times in a scene they had together, Willis’ character had to protect her from the bad guys.
His back was to Willis in the scene, and the actor was supposed to deliver a cue as a cue for Kent to duck before firing the gun at a “bad guy” in the film.
But Willis ended up firing the gun, which was filled with a blank, before delivering his line, and Kent didn’t dodge.
The same thing happened on the second take. A crew member on set confirmed Kent’s claims, telling the Los Angeles Times that Willis “fired the gun on the wrong line.”
The film’s gunsmith denied it happened, but other filmmakers who worked with Willis on his latest projects also said they were alarmed by his condition.
Aphasia can cause varying degrees of impairment in speech or language comprehension. It currently affects more than 2 million Americans, estimates the National Aphasia Association.
Worries about Willis’ health didn’t cause him to do fewer movies, though — he just had less work on set.
“Out of Death” director Mike Burns emailed his screenwriter, asking him to cut the movie stars, and they filmed all of Willis’ scenes in one day.
Burns made another film with Willis the following year, after being assured that the actor was in better health.
But Burns told The Times he didn’t come to think Willis was bitter.
“I thought he was worse,” he told the newspaper.
Another filmmaker told the Los Angeles Times that he was so concerned about Willis’ mental state that he approached the actor’s team. They told him that it was better to finish filming early.
Two crew members said Willis, on set, asked them, “Why am I here?”
Many wonder if Willis used a body double, received lines through an earpiece, or had cut scenes. They also want to know why no one from his team intervened sooner.
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