Everybody loves Bruce Willis, right? After a five year hiatus, the action movie veteran is reviving his role as the legendary hardman John McClane in ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’. But with a career that spans four decades, we wanted to look back at the many faces of our dear old Bruce (please don’t tell him we used the word ‘old’) and the roles he’s undertaken over the years. Carly-Ann Clements
1. ‘Pulp Fiction’
Back in 1994, Willis took a Hollywood risk by taking a role in a relatively low-budget film. Luckily Tarantino’s cult classic earned Bruce major brownie points and relaunched his slowly dipping career. It also relaunched his signature badass-but-brooding face.
2. ‘Twelve Monkeys’
Braving the complex role of a tough guy with a vulnerable side, Willis proves that one face can have many (imperceivable) layers in the 1995 sci-fi thriller.
3. ‘Fifth Element’
Willis jumped even further into the sci-fi genre with this futuristic, colourful film, but managed to retain the face despite the excitement (and remarkable eyebrow movement) from the rest of the cast. What a pro.
4. ‘The Jackal’
Returning to his comfort zone, Willis showed yet another side to his repertoire by playing a bad boy in this 1997 thriller. Without moving anything but his eyelids.
At 43, it was time to show his softer, more emotional side in the 1998 apocalyptic classic. His brow is furrowed! We can’t stand the heartbreak!
6. ‘The Sixth Sense’
This psychological horror launched M. Night Shyamalan into the spotlight and provided one of the biggest twists in 90s cinema. The shock ending must have really challenged Willis, but he steadfastly maintained the poignant lack of expression we know and love him for.
His second outing with Shyamalan and a venture into superhero land. The face, too, proves unbreakable.
8. ‘Die Hard 4.0’
This was his fourth performance as John McClane, so it would have been wrong to change anything now.
9. ‘Moonrise Kingdom’
Even in comedy, such as Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ last year, Willis can work the sternest of deadpans. Is it appropriate? Do we care?
A film where all Bruce’s favourite genres came together and he gave a solid performance like none other we’ve seen. Except when he was in all those other genres.
In conclusion, Bruce might not have the widest range of facial expressions, but we still love him. Read our interview with the legendary Bruce Willis.