Bruce Willis, sick, deprived of film awards

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Hollywood star Bruce Willis has been stripped of a less than prestigious honor after being diagnosed with a harrowing brain disorder.

Willis’ family announced this week that the star of die hard franchise and dozens of other action movies would retire after being diagnosed with aphasia, a brain condition that hampered his “cognitive abilities.”

Days earlier, Willis, 67, was named the unfortunate winner of the Razzie Award for Worst Cinematic Performance of 2021 for his role in the sci-fi action flick. cosmic sin.

On Friday, the organizers of the Razzies – a parody awards show that generally “honors” cinema’s worst underachievements – said they would rescind the title, following a statement from Willis’ family.

“After careful thought and consideration, the Razzies have made the decision to rescind the Razzie Award given to Bruce Willis, due to his recently revealed diagnosis,” said co-founders John Wilson and Mo Murphy.

“If someone’s medical condition is a factor in their decision-making and/or performance, we recognize that giving them a Razzie is not appropriate.”

Willis’ distressed condition was revealed in a statement on Instagram by his ex-wife Demi Moore and one of the couple’s daughters, Rumer.

“This is a really difficult time for our family and we very much appreciate your continued love, compassion and support,” he said.

“We’re going through this as a strong family unit and we wanted to bring in his fans because we know how much he means to you, just like you mean to him.”

Willis and Moore were one of Hollywood’s hottest celebrity couples in the 1990s until their divorce in 2000, but they remained close after the split. He is currently married to model and actress Emma Heming and has five children with both women.

The star rose to fame in the 1980s comedy-drama television series Illegal workand appeared in around 100 films over his four-decade career, garnering critical (rather than Razzie) praise for his roles in pulp Fiction and The sixth senseand winning a Golden Globe Award and two Emmys.

But he’s perhaps best known for playing the tough New York cop who chased down bad guys in five die hard films, released from 1988 to 2013.

Brenda Rapp, a professor of cognitive science at Johns Hopkins University, said aphasia was a disorder most commonly caused by stroke that could also be caused by head trauma or, in rare cases, stroke. a neurological disease.

Willis had been particularly active in recent years. He appeared in eight films released in 2021 alone, none of which received critical acclaim.

In fact, Saturday’s Razzies award for Willis was in a special category — “Bruce Willis’ worst performance in a film of 2021” — and he was nominated for his seven other roles as well.

In the same statement on Friday, Mr Wilson and Mr Murphy said they would also resume their nomination of Shelley Duvall for her performance in the brilliant. Duvall was nominated for the first Razzie Awards 42 years ago.

“We have since discovered that Duvall’s performance was affected by Stanley Kubrick’s treatment of him throughout production,” the couple said.

“We would like to take this opportunity to rescind his 1980 appointment as well.”

Since the brilliant, considered a horror classic, was released in 1980, it was revealed that the notoriously difficult Kubrick was particularly hard on the cast. Duvall, in particular, was traumatized by his bullying.

-with AAP