5 great Bruce Willis performances
It is not his finest hour. At 57, he still wreaks havoc and looks great in a tight T-shirt but he doesn't seem to be enjoying himself very much. Still, it's a good opportunity to look back at five of the best performances in Willis' eclectic, enduring career:
_ "Die Hard'' (1988): I had a huge crush on him as the quick-witted David Addison on "Moonlighting,'' which seems kinda creepy in retrospect, given that I was in junior high when the series launched and he's 17 years old than I am. But that role set the stage for the character that would go on to define his career: wisecracking New York cop John McClane. Willis is at his charismatic best in this `80s action classic: swaggering, smart-alecky and resourceful, but, at his core, just a regular guy trying to outwit the Euro baddies. The fact that he's not a superhero actually gives the character more power.
_ "Pulp Fiction'' (1994): One of the most important and influential movies of the 1990s, of course, with Willis in a role that lets him put all his talents on display at once. As a boxer named Butch who's supposed to throw a fight but ends up winning it instead, Willis is tough but tender, powerful yet vulnerable. Quentin Tarantino is in love
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