It seems like out of the blue, Bruce Willis suddenly remembered that he has some scheduling conflicts due to his work on stage adaption of Stephen King's Misery, and had to pull out of Woody Allen's most recent period piece.
But we know better. He was fired.
And so do many others.
Allen has previously fired actors from his films, regardless of star status. He doesn't seem to be worried about any negative influence on the film, as it also stars Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp, and Paul Schneider. Talk about an incredibly superb cast.
Woody Allen is not the first to find Willis difficult to work with. Many artists in the industry have commented (as well as declined to comment) on the struggles that come with hiring Willis.
Smith has used the words "soul-crushing" when describing what it was like to direct Willis in the action comedy called Cop Out. Even though promotion is a crucial and necessary part of being an actor, Smith revealed that Bruce refused to be a part of any promotional photos for the movie's poster.
"It was difficult. I’ve never been involved in a situation like that where one component is not in the box at all. It was f*****g soul crushing."
Long went about it a very different way; he decided to dodge any questions asking about Willis's unsavory behavior.
"I will say this, I have worked with people who are difficult in the past and I've made an effort to not talk about it publicly. I just don't think it serves anybody. I know that's a really lame, boring answer. I'm sorry."
Sometimes saying nothing really just says everything.
If there was an award for most passive aggressive Tweet, Stallone would definitely be nominated.
Of course, Stallone isn't exactly telling us to whom he is referring with his tweet, but I think it's pretty damn obvious. While working on The Expendables 3, Stallone cut Bruce Willis's part and replaced him with Harrison Ford. It makes a person wonder...
I suppose the most important lesson we can learn from this is that one should always remain a hard working individual and cut out the diva behavior, even if you are Bruce freakin' Willis.
Even if you are a celebrity A-lister, many directors don't have time for that kind of draining negativity. And there are more famous, more talented actors out there with incredibly humble and hard-working attitudes.