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What Bruce Willis Actually Thinks Of The Die Hard Prequel

The Internet didn’t necessarily stand up and cheer when word got out that Len Wiseman was negotiating a deal to direct Die Hard 6, which might be called Die Hard: Year One. In fact, the opposite happened. Don’t worry though, fans, because Bruce Willis doesn’t sound all that enthused when asked about the pending sequel while attending a red carpet for Rock the Kasbah.

We’ll get to his energy levels in a minute. For now, let’s focus on what he said. Willis was asked by ET what he could tell them about Die Hard 6, and he slept through a response that included the following words:

It's a very good idea, a really tricky idea, and I'm very happy about it. It's a really cool idea, because it's the origin story. It's gonna happen at the beginning of this. We're going to bounce back and forth.

This essentially confirms the rumor that Bruce Willis will play his older version of John McClane in this sixth Die Hard movie, with the action in his storyline flashing back to a younger McClane, who is a beat cop in New York City in the late 1970s. My source contacted me with info that’s still fluid, suggesting that the threat attacking Willis’ version of McClane will somehow be connected to an earlier case, and the grizzled veteran has to remember back to the old confrontation in order to survive his current, dire situation.

ET asked Bruce Willis who they thought should play a younger version of his classic action hero character, and he admitted:

Wow, we’ll see. I don’t know. We're not there yet. Hopefully he's got a hard head.

Cute. But listen to Bruce Willis in the clip. He barely registers a blip of excitement when talking about this potential movie, Die Hard 6. And when you couple that reality with the fact that he barely pretended to want to be any part of A Good Day to Die Hard, it has me wondering why anyone thinks this is a good idea? Click here to hear Willis speaking with ET.

With Bruce Willis officially commenting on Die Hard 6, it seems that Len Wiseman’s production is a lot closer to reality. The sequel will try and revive the character of John McClane, who survived a Moscow mission but was savaged by critics and largely ignored by audiences. We’ll continue to track the progress of Die Hard 6, whether you want us to or not. 

Sean O'Connell
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