Something fishy, but undeniably entertaining, has been going on over at AICN for the past few days. Faithful readers of both FDM and AICN will know that myself and AICN’s Vern, uber-fans of all things Willis (I even own BLIND DATE on DVD), wrote impassioned pleas to prevent FOX from giving Live Free Or Die Hard a PG-13 rating. Is Bruce responding (to Vern anyway) himself? Read on for details.
After Vern's rant appeared, another story appeared on AICN, concerning Harry getting a phone call from Bruce. Apparently Bruce wanted to do some sort of Q&A/chat with AICN, similar to what Sly did for Rocky Balboa last fall. That much we know is 100% true.
But in the talkback for Vern’s article, a poster named Walter B has began posting, claiming to have seen the film and that despite the PG-13 rating, it is just as action-heavy as the other three, and that the ‘line’ will indeed remain intact (MPAA supposedly allows 2 usages of the word ‘fuck’ in a PG-13 film). After awhile, the poster began more or less admitting that he was in fact, Bruce himself (Bruce’s real name is Walter Bruce Willis). This was all but confirmed today when Walter B’s posts were given the “black box” that is synonymous with site admin personnel (i.e. Harry, Mori, Vern). It seems unlikely that they would do that for a crazy poster. But at the same time, Walter B is VERY blunt about other folks in Hollywood (“Fuck Joel Silver”, for example) which is not like Bruce at all. In the mid 00s, Bruce ran his own website and posted frequently, and was always very diplomatic and never slammed anyone personally, which makes a strong case for the ‘its not him’ side.
Either way, it’s hilarious. I stand by my claim that a PG-13 Die Hard film can not possibly hold up to the others and that FOX is doing the franchise a huge disservice by saddling the film with that rating (see my entire original rant HERE), but if nothing else, it has given us this amusing time-killer.
I should also note that Walter B expresses disdain for Michael Bay. Anyone who knows me is well aware that I consider Armageddon to be one of the finest films ever made, so whether it’s him or not, that part made me sad inside.
Whatever the rating, Live Free or Die Hard opens June 27th, 2007.
UPDATE - After telling my good friend Jay about the situation, he became the 1st to irrevocably prove that it IS indeed Bruce Willis posting on the talkback. Using Ichat, Bruce sent him this pic, which Freezedriedmovies is now hosting for the world to see.