Action hero Bruce Willis always be remembered for the role of John McClane in the Die Hard franchise, but to many he will always be David Addison, the character he played in the ‘80s television series Moonlighting.
For me, Willis did the best work of his career in the mid-late ‘90s, starring in the likes of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Nobody’s Fool, 12 Monkeys and The Sixth Sense. That’s an impressive run of critically acclaimed movies that made some good bank at the box office (The Sixth Sense is the biggest commercial hit of Willis’ career) Willis always felt he was a character actor trapped in the body of a star and, much like Sean Connery, he spent a lot of time trying to subvert his image by taking roles in off-beat films.
Since the early 00s Willis has been in something of a career no man’s land, starring in the type of action movies that he railed against for so long. Still, last year he made Moonrise Kingdom and Looper – that’s a pretty good run – having said that, 2013 sees Willis star in sequels to 4 different franchises.