November 16, 2005, - 10:42 am

Thanks, But No Thanks: Bruce Willis “Moonlighting” on Bin Laden Bounty

Former “Moonlighting” and “Die Hard” star Bruce Willis’ acting career is basically washed up. So is his social life–no Baywatch Brooke, no Demi. So, with too much time on his hands, he’s entering a new industry: bounty hunting Osama Bin Laden.
Bad idea.
Willis, himself, is not actually trying to find Bin Laden. But he told MSNBC’s Rita Cosby that he is offering a reward of $1,000,000 for the person who finds/hunts down Bin Laden. Since no-one turned in Bin Laden for the $25 million the U.S. is offering, it’s hard to see that they’d do it for the $1 million Willis is offering.

Bruce Willis: Die Hard or Find Bin Laden

So what’s the point? I’m not sure–other than some free publicity for a flagging acting career. When I’ve called for leftie Hollywood celeb airheads to stay out of politics, their leftie (equally airheaded) fans have asked if I’ll ask the scintilla of Republican “conservative” actors to stay out of politics, too. The Willis case is proof that I’m consistent.
Willis is a Republican. But in this case, even though the cause is noble, I say to him, “Stick to acting.”
On that note, I do applaud what he is trying to do in Hollywood:
He’s in talks to make a movie about the “Deuce Four,” soldiers whose heroic exploits have been chronicled by embedded blogger Michael Yon. “I am baffled to understand why the things that I saw happening in Iraq, really good things happening in Iraq, are not being reported on,” Willis told Cosby.
Could Willis become the truthful, right-wing version of Michael Moore?

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5 Responses

Washed up? His career seems to be doing fairly well to me. His IMDB credits have him listed with 6 movies for 2006. And he was one of the stars of Sin City last year which did pretty well.

Clompo on November 16, 2005 at 1:29 pm

I agree with the previous poster. Bruce Willis’s career looks hardly washed up, and Sin City was terrific. I think he is trying to be a courageous voice in Hollywood, willing to use the bully pulpit of his stardom, just as so many Hollywood types do on the other side of the issues, to present a conservative, or, frankly, more mainstream point of view. Ron Silver stands out as another actor–and one who is very politically educated–that has taken a similar role and recently been offered a position to activate his talents and interests in politics.
Having said that, the bounty was stupid.

jsstag on November 16, 2005 at 7:07 pm

Sorry Deb,
I don’t disagree with most of your posts, but I do here. Why the venom against Bruce?… You claim “publicity stunt”, but he has been with the effort since day 1… Willis made the very important point that the MSM doesn’t report all the good coming out of Iraq and threw in a “token bounty” to show that not all of Hollywood has succumbed to Moonbat-itis.
I love Willis’ films and will continue to patronize those actors who speak out for our armed forces and their very noble efforts. Go pick on that has-been, loud-mouthed Cybil Shepherd and I’m with ya.

SonOfTheGodfather on November 17, 2005 at 4:46 am

I’m with the previous posters. What’s your beef with Willis? I don’t care if he’s offering a million bucks or just one, any more in the pot is fine with me. As for his career, sure he’s done plenty of fluff, but he’s also shown his chops in plenty of other films, and I think he has plenty left in him. Consistent or not, why do you want to appease the left-heads by insisting that one of the (very) few actors in Hollywood stay out of politics and “stick to acting”? If anything, we need MORE voices in the entertainment industry speaking out for what is right for the country. Think a little longer before you dig into somebody as undeserving.

thebobbo on November 17, 2005 at 9:01 pm

If there’s is one thing that on which we can disagree, it would be contemporary culture.
I bet you haven’t seen “Pulp Fiction”, “The Sixth Sense” and “Sin City”. But last time I checked – yep, no Moore, but not unemployed.
OTOH, I have to admit that other H-wood celebs have done worse things than what Bruce had done by placing a bounty on OSM’s pointy little head. Given, Bruce is no Kanye West, but he should stick to putting out good performances instead.
Yankee Two Delta

Y-2-DRAY on November 21, 2005 at 9:40 pm

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