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Red 2 - Bruce Willis interview

Red 2

Interview by Rob Carnevale

BRUCE Willis talks about reprising his role of Frank Moses in Red 2 and why he enjoys making these kinds of movies and how Red actually offers something a little bit different.

He also reflects on his former singing career, what the key ingredients are in maintaining a long-term relationship and why being able to bring his family along to every shoot is of paramount importance. He was speaking at a UK press conference…

Q. Are you a comic book fan since this is a DC franchise?
Bruce Willis: I wasn’t a comic book guy. I spent most of my time outside, so no there was not much of a connection with comics. Unless you want me to just make it up… I’m a big DC Comics fan, let me tell you, nobody’s bigger than me.

Q. Presumably sport was more important to you in those days – and you’ve clearly stayed in good shape?
Bruce Willis: Vanity plays a big part in that.

Q. Do you spend a lot of time staying in shape for these roles?
Bruce Willis: Well, I have to think about the food I eat, and also have to think about lifting weights and barbells and things like that.

Q. Still, on the subject of vanity, do you still want to do it yourself or do you now let the stuntmen take over?
Bruce Willis: I do let the stuntmen take over. I don’t do that many stunts. I’d do the stunts if I could, but I am not allowed to ever, ever be hurt.

Q. In the movie, a vintage bottle of wine proves a distraction for one villain, who will stop at nothing to bid for it. Is there anything you’d be extravagant for on an auction site?
Bruce Willis: Cars, old cars. I like vintage cars. But you can only drive them one at a time.

Q. Is there a dream car?
Bruce Willis: Chevrolet… the Corvette.

Q. You had a UK chart hit with Under The Boardwalk many years ago, which reached No.2. Have you ever considered going for a No.1? And why have there been no singing roles on screen for you?
Bruce Willis: Fortunately not, I shout in key. There are a lot of really good singers in the world, and I’m very happy to let them handle all the heavy lifting, singing really well.

Q. But why never any singing roles?
Bruce Willis: Well, I just can’t stand to hear the sound of my own voice when I sing. It really is excruciating.

Q. How did you enjoy working with Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones, two Welsh icons, on this one?
Bruce Willis: I like to work in ensemble casts. I like to work with this group of actors especially, and I think we’re very fortunate to get Tony Hopkins back and Catherine Zeta-Jones and the cast of the first film. All we try to do all day long is just make each other laugh and hopefully that gets onto the screen, and you’ll find some of it funny as well. But I loved that we were always laughing. I’m a big fan of Sir Anthony Hopkins.

*Q. As a veteran of this type of blockbuster, how do you keep your action movies so fresh?(
Bruce Willis: Well, I don’t take it very seriously. It’s just a difficult thing, you take yourself seriously, you take the film seriously, but you’re really just trying to be entertaining. The action sequences and things like that are part of a certain kind of entertainment – not my favourite – I’d rather try to make people laugh than fight, but I have done a lot of them.

Q. What excited you about coming back, and what has changed about these characters?
Mary Louise Parker: I just love these actors, you know. It was legendary, and Bruce and I have a really easy… it’s so easy to work with him and hang out with him, and a lot of my scenes are with him. I just feel, like Helen said, like I’ve gotten lucky so many times. I’ve had more than my share.

Q. What do you like about the Red franchise that may be different from other franchises you’ve been a part of?
Bruce Willis: Well, when we did the first film it was very ambitious… they tried to make a film that had romance, action and comedy all in the same film. I always thought that one part of it was going to have to be kicked out, but it all stayed in, So, this time the writers just added more romance, more action and more comedy. When we all got back together I think it was just about two years in between, or a year and a half in between, when we started back to work and it was as if we had just seen each other the day before.

Q. Could you identify with Frank’s desire to keep his relationship fresh? And what is the key to a successful relationship, in your opinion?
Bruce Willis: Well, I’m fortunate in that I get to bring my family with me when I travel. It’d be impossibly unbearable for anyone I was working with if I didn’t have my family with me. I’d just be moaning about that. I have a little baby, and I’d go back and hang out with her every day. I hope I answered your question, I don’t think I heard all of it.

Q. If you could give us a recipe for a happy relationship…
Bruce Willis: Oh Christ! Did I just say ‘oh Christ?’ I would have to excuse myself from trying to answer that. I don’t know what it is, I think that attention must be paid to your family and your friends and how you treat them. I don’t think there’s anything more important.

Q. *What other of your characters would you like to revisit?
Bruce Willis: I was thinking what my answer might be while I was listening to you guys talk. My favourite part of making films is the actual day-to-day process of getting in front of the camera and trying to make it seem life-like and trying to make it funny. All of this is [junkets], I know, is a part of films. It’s the sales, it’s the explanation of how we made the movie and how we did it. But my favourite part is actually making the movie and going to work every day.

Q. Will we see you in Red 3? Is there going to be a Red 3?
Bruce Willis: I’ve heard that rumour too.

Read our review of Red 2

Read our interview with Dame Helen Mirren