Touched by the sad news, many celebrities reacted to the announcement of Bruce Willis’ retirement for health reasons.
All-Hollywood has sent messages of support and love to the actor and his family, who announced on Wednesday March 30 that the star of the ‘Die Hard’ saga has been diagnosed with aphasia. A disorder that can occur after a stroke or trauma to the head that prevents the patient from communicating normally.
“It is for this reason, and with great consideration, that Bruce is stepping down from the career that has meant so much to him,” said his wife Emma Heming Willis, his ex-wife Demi Moore and their children.
Page Six reveals “cognitive issues” have been mentioned about certain productions in 2020. Sources revealed to the US site that the comedian then used “earphones” to have his lines dictated to him and “body doubling, not just for them [séquences] action, but to maximize his screen time. “Everyone knew, cast and crew,” the sources explained.
Kevin Smith, who directed Bruce in Cop Out (2010), expressed regret at having spoken publicly about the difficulties he encountered working with Bruce on the film.
“Well before the ‘Cop Out’ stuff I was a huge Bruce Willis fan so this is really heartbreaking to read,” the director wrote. He said Willis “loved acting and singing and the loss of that must be devastating for him. I feel like an asshole for my little ailments in 2010. I am so sorry for BW and his family.”
Well before the Cop Out stuff I was a huge Bruce Willis fan – so it’s really heartbreaking to read. He loved acting and singing and the loss of that must have been devastating for him. I feel like an asshole about my little grievances from 2010. I am so sorry for BW and his family. https://t.co/npSgvkb5v7
– KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) March 30, 2022
Commenting on Rumer Willis’ Instagram post, Sarah Paulson said that Bruce Willis, who she starred with in Glass, “was an amazing acting partner to me and he’s the most handsome, sweetest man and the most hilarious.
Taking to Twitter, director M. Night Shyamalan, who has worked with Bruce Willis many times, most notably on Sixth Sense, underscored his admiration for his “big brother”: “All my support and respect for my big brother Bruce Willis. I know that his wonderful family surrounds him with their support and strength. He will always be the hero of that poster that used to be on my wall as a kid,” the director wrote.
Len Wiseman, who directed Bruce in Live Free or Die Hard (2007), sent “love and strength to Bruce” and his “lovely family.”
“A great man and an asshole. I pray for him and his family,” wrote Dean Norris, with whom he made Death Wish in 2018.
I’m so sorry to hear the news about Bruce Willis. I worked with him on Death Wish and he was a lovely badass man. Prayers for him and his family. Legend pic.twitter.com/28QKIoeMac
— Dean Norris (@deanjnorris) March 31, 2022
Seth Green tweeted that he had “so much love” for Willis and was “grateful for every character he’s given us.”
I have so much love for Bruce Willis and am grateful for every character he gave us. Hugs and love to all the family – thanks for sharing it with all of us https://t.co/ct0HE1Ti2N
— Seth Green (@SethGreen) March 30, 2022
Julianne Moore, Busy Philipps, Cindy Crawford and Debi Mazar sent prayers and heart emojis.
“Awfully sad news. I’m just glad Bruce has such a great support system. Great guy, great actor, great family. A winning combination,” tweeted Kristie Alley.
Terribly sad news. I’m just glad Bruce has such a great support system. Great guy, great actor, great family. Winning combination for https://t.co/1e1QlKgbVz
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) March 30, 2022
“I haven’t spent time with him since, but I’m sad to hear that he has been diagnosed with aphasia,” said actor Jim Beaver, who played Bruce Willis in A Hero Like So Much, and it’s no joke. I send my best wishes to Bruce and wish him the best possible outcome,” he added.
“Sending love and strength to your beautiful family,” Helena Christensen wrote.
“Bruce and I have worked on over 20 films together. He’s a great actor, a legendary star, an incredible father and a close friend,” Randall Emmett told People magazine.
“I love you very much, may angel wings surround you and your family,” said Soleil Moon Frye. “Sending you big hugs,” wrote Hilarie Burton.
Words that will go straight to the heart of those close to him, including his ex-wife Demi Moore, who a few days ago posted a birthday message to the actor, who was born 67 years ago on March 19.
Happy Birthday Bruce! Grateful for our blended family pic.twitter.com/CZ8Gm2Zsrh
— Demi Moore (@justdemi) March 20, 2022
Scout Willis thanked the personalities, but also the many anonymous people who have shown their support. “I am overwhelmed by the exquisite outpouring of love I am feeling,” Bruce Willis’ daughter wrote. “Thank you all for coming with so much tenderness and love for my father and all my family.”