Can you give me an update on Bruce Willis?
—Dorothy Adams, Newberg, Ore.
The release earlier this year of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “A Good Day To Die Hard” proves that Willis, 58, still has what it takes to be an action hero. In fact, this is the fifth time he has played the “Die Hard” character of John McClane over a 25-year period.
“Every one of them we tried to make as good as the first film,” Willis says of the sequels. “Sometimes we got close; sometimes not close enough, but the character has remained pretty stable. He can’t get out of his own way. He is still struggling with issues. He thinks he knows everything. I think, he is starting to mellow in this film.”
Next, the actor, who was born on a military base in Germany, will reprise two more roles: Frank Moses in “Red 2,” coming this summer, and tough cop John Hartigan in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” due in theaters in early October.
“I’ve had a really good career,” he says. “I get asked to work in all kinds of films. I get asked to work on independent films, like ‘Fast Food Nation.’ I get to do big studio films. I get to work on animated films like ‘Over the Hedge.’ I get to work with some of my favorite actors and I’ve taken a handful of films simply because of the actors that I get to work with.”
On the personal side, Willis, who married for the second time in 2009, and wife Emma Heming, 34, became proud parents to daughter, Mabel Ray Willis, born April 1, 2012. She’s the fourth daughter for Willis, who has three girls with ex-wife Demi Moore, 50: Rumer, 24, Scout, 21, and Tallulah, 19.