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(IGN)   When Stallone called Bruce Willis "greedy and lazy" he probably wasn't too far off. "According to the trade, Willis was offered $3 million for four days of shooting in Bulgaria, but the star said he'd drop out if he didn't get at least $4 million"   (ign.com) divider line 61
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2013-08-09 11:45:13 AM
He obviously didn't want to do it and just wanted to be a dick. What's $1mill to Bruce Willis? Anyway, I can't even think of the last movie where he looked like he wanted to be there. The Sixth Sense maybe.
 
2013-08-09 12:01:32 PM

Mugato: He obviously didn't want to do it and just wanted to be a dick. What's $1mill to Bruce Willis? Anyway, I can't even think of the last movie where he looked like he wanted to be there. The Sixth Sense maybe.


Recently I would say RED (not the sequel, haven't seen it). It seemed like he had a lot of fun in that movie. Otherwise I'll agree.

On the other hand, Harrison Ford has been phoning it in for the past decade. Every single movie it looks like he has no desire to be there.
 
2013-08-09 12:04:29 PM

scottydoesntknow: Recently I would say RED (not the sequel, haven't seen it). It seemed like he had a lot of fun in that movie. Otherwise I'll agree


Still haven't seen that.

Yeah, Ford's been a grumpy old man for quite some time now. As opposed to someone like Shatner, who's ten years older but still hams it up in everything he's in.
 
2013-08-09 12:09:12 PM

Mugato: scottydoesntknow: Recently I would say RED (not the sequel, haven't seen it). It seemed like he had a lot of fun in that movie. Otherwise I'll agree

Still haven't seen that.

Yeah, Ford's been a grumpy old man for quite some time now. As opposed to someone like Shatner, who's ten years older but still hams it up in everything he's in.


The first one is great. Freeman, Malkovich, Mirren, Willis, Urban, etc. I've been over the old action stars trying to reprise their roles, like Willis with Die Hard, but their age actually makes complete sense in the movie. Plus it's cool to see them still kick ass.

I heard the second one is pretty big step down though. That's a shame.
 
2013-08-09 12:18:22 PM
Can you blame the guy?  Most people get to celebrate the holidays at home around the fire, maybe have a little eggnogg....but him?  No, he gets to spend his Christmases crawling around in farking tin cans.
 
2013-08-09 12:25:48 PM
Isn't he a notorious asshole to work with?
 
2013-08-09 12:28:50 PM
anything that prevents Expendables 3 from being made is Ok in my book.
 
2013-08-09 12:29:45 PM
I think he's getting tired of acting. He definitely hated the press tour for Red 2.

Or maybe he just wants to do more movies like Moonrise Kingdom (which I'm all for).
 
2013-08-09 12:30:46 PM

SlothB77: anything that prevents Expendables 3 from being made is Ok in my book.


But it's not, at all. They had his character replaced in 3 days with Harrison Ford.
 
2013-08-09 12:30:57 PM

PainInTheASP: Can you blame the guy?  Most people get to celebrate the holidays at home around the fire, maybe have a little eggnogg....but him?  No, he gets to spend his Christmases crawling around in farking tin cans.


Come out to the coast. Have a few laughs.
 
2013-08-09 12:34:33 PM
I thought the entire point of being an actor was being able to be greedy and lazy.
 
2013-08-09 01:11:00 PM

Mugato: He obviously didn't want to do it and just wanted to be a dick. What's $1mill to Bruce Willis? Anyway, I can't even think of the last movie where he looked like he wanted to be there. The Sixth Sense maybe.


The abortion that was the last Die Hard movie is a perfect example of this.  Willis didn't even try to act.  It was liking watching someone at a read through.
 
2013-08-09 01:14:20 PM

LlamaGirl: Isn't he a notorious asshole to work with?


Kevin Smith said he was but I don't consider him a reliable source on who is and isn't an asshole on the set.
 
2013-08-09 01:19:56 PM

scottydoesntknow: Mugato: He obviously didn't want to do it and just wanted to be a dick. What's $1mill to Bruce Willis? Anyway, I can't even think of the last movie where he looked like he wanted to be there. The Sixth Sense maybe.

Recently I would say RED (not the sequel, haven't seen it). It seemed like he had a lot of fun in that movie. Otherwise I'll agree.

On the other hand, Harrison Ford has been phoning it in for the past decade. Every single movie it looks like he has no desire to be there.


I liked him in Moonrise Kingdom too. He wasn't bad in Looper either.
 
2013-08-09 01:20:26 PM

Mugato: He obviously didn't want to do it and just wanted to be a dick. What's $1mill to Bruce Willis? Anyway, I can't even think of the last movie where he looked like he wanted to be there. The Sixth Sense maybe.


After finding out what a dick he was on set for that Kevin Smith flick (who even remembers) I've pretty much stopped liking him.

Also, most of his movies have been sh**ty.
 
2013-08-09 01:23:13 PM
An extra million dollars is not a big deal to Willis or Stallone at this point. Willis just didn't want to be in another shiatty Expendables movie. He's willing to do it for $4 million? If you really want him in it, give him $4 million. Otherwise, STFU and move on. Say his character died when he was murdered by a common street thug while taking a shiat if it makes you feel better!
 
2013-08-09 01:25:44 PM

solyhhit: After finding out what a dick he was on set for that Kevin Smith flick (who even remembers) I've pretty much stopped liking him.

Also, most of his movies have been sh**ty.


The only thing I heard from Smith was that Willis asked him which lens he was going to use for a shot and Smith was pissed that Willis expected him, the director, to know the number. I dunno, Smith has something bad to say about everyone outside his Good Will Hunting circle jerk. Still listen to his podcast on the way to work on Mondays because Ralph Garman's a funny guy. And I'm nostalgic for the Jersey movies, even though they'd be pretty much youtube videos today.
 
2013-08-09 01:27:39 PM

scottydoesntknow: Mugato: He obviously didn't want to do it and just wanted to be a dick. What's $1mill to Bruce Willis? Anyway, I can't even think of the last movie where he looked like he wanted to be there. The Sixth Sense maybe.

Recently I would say RED (not the sequel, haven't seen it). It seemed like he had a lot of fun in that movie. Otherwise I'll agree.

On the other hand, Harrison Ford has been phoning it in for the past decade. Every single movie it looks like he has no desire to be there.


Ford was amazing in "42". True story.
 
2013-08-09 01:46:40 PM

movieman_1979: Ford was amazing in "42". True story.


That's good to hear because Ford was obviously a childhood idol of mine, it'd be cool to see him in something he gave a shiat about again.

Although, there were moments in Indy4.
 
2013-08-09 01:50:58 PM

Mugato: solyhhit: After finding out what a dick he was on set for that Kevin Smith flick (who even remembers) I've pretty much stopped liking him.

Also, most of his movies have been sh**ty.

The only thing I heard from Smith was that Willis asked him which lens he was going to use for a shot and Smith was pissed that Willis expected him, the director, to know the number. I dunno, Smith has something bad to say about everyone outside his Good Will Hunting circle jerk. Still listen to his podcast on the way to work on Mondays because Ralph Garman's a funny guy. And I'm nostalgic for the Jersey movies, even though they'd be pretty much youtube videos today.


I've heard a few stories from Smith and "Cop Out". The funniest was he said that every time they'd shoot a scene, Willis would keep going with dialogue from another scene. When Smith called him out on it, he said something along the lines "Look, I've made alot of movies. I know how this goes. I don't want to have to go back and do a reshoot for that line, so I'm just going to keep saying it."

Sure enough, come edit time, Smith admitted he ended up using one of the "off" shoots because it worked better than the planned shot.
 
2013-08-09 01:53:13 PM

The Downfall: Say his character died when he was murdered by a common street thug while taking a shiat if it makes you feel better!


So, basically, a complete role reversal from his character in Pulp Fiction?
 
2013-08-09 01:55:19 PM

Stallone to Willis: "Yipee kay yay, motherfarker!"


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2013-08-09 01:56:35 PM

Mugato: The only thing I heard from Smith was that Willis asked him which lens he was going to use for a shot and Smith was pissed that Willis expected him, the director, to know the number. I dunno, Smith has something bad to say about everyone outside his Good Will Hunting circle jerk. Still listen to his podcast on the way to work on Mondays because Ralph Garman's a funny guy. And I'm nostalgic for the Jersey movies, even though they'd be pretty much youtube videos today.


interesting. Never listened to his podcast. Basically he just said Bruce Willis was a surly prick without actually saying he was a surly prick. He just hinted he was an asshole, while being very complimentary to him.

Definitely was odd for Smith.
 
2013-08-09 01:59:05 PM

marcre3363: Sure enough, come edit time, Smith admitted he ended up using one of the "off" shoots because it worked better than the planned shot.


I remember watching the film and thinking how horrible the editing was and at least Smith only directed it and oh shiat, he edited it too. Now I'm not a big director, I'm and editor and motion graphic guy so Smith is more awesome than I am but damn, the editing in that film was jacked up. jump cuts, frames that were way too close, no sense of positioning. But hey, he has a house in the Hills and I don't. I just don't take every negative thing he has to say about the people he's worked with as gospel.
 
2013-08-09 02:11:09 PM
Uh, acting is a business. He can probably make 3 mil doing less.

I encountered Bruce Willis on the set of Live Free or Die Hard during its first week of production in Baltimore. At this time, they only had casted Bruce Willis and Justin Long.

When walking across set with my lunch, Willis was being prepped for a shot inside of a Crown-Vic. It's the scene where he and Long witness a trash truck crash into a taxi. He was just sitting in there patiently while the crew was prepping lights and camera. I happened to look his way and throw a slight wave. He responded by shaping his hand into a gun, resting it on the bottom of the window, and then he dropped his thumb like a hammer. I was definitely caught off-guard getting a reaction like that. One of the baddest mo-fo actors just shot me with an imaginary gun. Awesome.
 
2013-08-09 02:15:16 PM

Mugato: He obviously didn't want to do it ...


Already worth $150 million...
http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/actors/bruce-wi ll is-net-worth/

It's like with Pink Floyd in their 60's.. already rich and successful musicians were being egged-on to do a world tour. Their time must be more valuable then being put in a potentially unpleasant experience...or at least less pleasant than just enjoying their millions.
 
2013-08-09 02:16:38 PM
"How much?"

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-08-09 02:17:55 PM

Mugato: marcre3363: Sure enough, come edit time, Smith admitted he ended up using one of the "off" shoots because it worked better than the planned shot.

I remember watching the film and thinking how horrible the editing was and at least Smith only directed it and oh shiat, he edited it too. Now I'm not a big director, I'm and editor and motion graphic guy so Smith is more awesome than I am but damn, the editing in that film was jacked up. jump cuts, frames that were way too close, no sense of positioning. But hey, he has a house in the Hills and I don't. I just don't take every negative thing he has to say about the people he's worked with as gospel.


Don't put yourself down. Just because he has a house in the hills doesn't mean he's a good director or even a good person for that matter.
 
2013-08-09 02:25:41 PM
You couldn't get me to got o Bulgaria for less than $4m.
 
2013-08-09 02:26:19 PM

Carth: scottydoesntknow: Mugato: He obviously didn't want to do it and just wanted to be a dick. What's $1mill to Bruce Willis? Anyway, I can't even think of the last movie where he looked like he wanted to be there. The Sixth Sense maybe.

Recently I would say RED (not the sequel, haven't seen it). It seemed like he had a lot of fun in that movie. Otherwise I'll agree.

On the other hand, Harrison Ford has been phoning it in for the past decade. Every single movie it looks like he has no desire to be there.

I liked him in Moonrise Kingdom too. He wasn't bad in Looper either.


I thought he was pretty good in Stylo
 
2013-08-09 02:30:45 PM

scottydoesntknow: On the other hand, Harrison Ford has been phoning it in for the past decade. Every single movie it looks like he has no desire to be there.


I would say that's the way he's always been, he was just young and good looking enough to get away with it previously.   Now he looks old and docile look matches his lethargic delivery and limited range.
 
2013-08-09 02:54:14 PM
Being an A-Lister, how does it work?
 
2013-08-09 03:00:43 PM
Ford was pretty good in '42'.   He's never been the most emotive person in the world.
 
2013-08-09 03:02:11 PM

SlothB77: anything that prevents Expendables 3 from being made is Ok in my book.


What's wrong with expendables? It's nothing but set piece after set piece string together with just barely enough plot to justify it, and not even that much effort in most cases.

It's literally just a parade of all the 'man that would be so cool' moments kids dream about. It has no pretention to anything else. The movie knows how campy it is and just embraces it, never taking itself seriously.
 
2013-08-09 03:08:00 PM
Inconceivable
 
2013-08-09 03:14:18 PM

scottydoesntknow: Mugato: scottydoesntknow: Recently I would say RED (not the sequel, haven't seen it). It seemed like he had a lot of fun in that movie. Otherwise I'll agree

Still haven't seen that.

Yeah, Ford's been a grumpy old man for quite some time now. As opposed to someone like Shatner, who's ten years older but still hams it up in everything he's in.

The first one is great. Freeman, Malkovich, Mirren, Willis, Urban, etc. I've been over the old action stars trying to reprise their roles, like Willis with Die Hard, but their age actually makes complete sense in the movie. Plus it's cool to see them still kick ass.

I heard the second one is pretty big step down though. That's a shame.


2 replaces some of the dialog wit from the first by bumping up the action.
I definitely liked the first one more, pleasantly surprised by the second but my expectations were low.

Expendables 3:  who cares, didn't bother with the second.
 
2013-08-09 03:21:01 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: Mugato: marcre3363: Sure enough, come edit time, Smith admitted he ended up using one of the "off" shoots because it worked better than the planned shot.

I remember watching the film and thinking how horrible the editing was and at least Smith only directed it and oh shiat, he edited it too. Now I'm not a big director, I'm and editor and motion graphic guy so Smith is more awesome than I am but damn, the editing in that film was jacked up. jump cuts, frames that were way too close, no sense of positioning. But hey, he has a house in the Hills and I don't. I just don't take every negative thing he has to say about the people he's worked with as gospel.

Don't put yourself down. Just because he has a house in the hills doesn't mean he's a good director or even a good person for that matter.


Exactly. By Smith's own admission in Hollywood one fails up.
 
2013-08-09 03:24:00 PM
"Yippee pay day, motherfarkers!"
 
2013-08-09 03:34:26 PM
When you're in the category of a Willis, the $ isn't even about how much work you put in, it's about putting a fair value on how much extra $ your presence brings to the film.

I have no problem with him saying "my name on the title and my face in the previews will put X number of asses in seats and provide Y amount of free publicity, so it's worth at least $4M or else you're taking advantage of me and my star power".
 
2013-08-09 03:44:44 PM
Can't they just do half a day of green screen, basically him just walking/running in various directions, then build the movie around those shots later. I'd love it if they made the character 100% ADR
 
2013-08-09 03:51:24 PM

kroonermanblack: SlothB77: anything that prevents Expendables 3 from being made is Ok in my book.

What's wrong with expendables? It's nothing but set piece after set piece string together with just barely enough plot to justify it, and not even that much effort in most cases.

It's literally just a parade of all the 'man that would be so cool' moments kids dream about. It has no pretention to anything else. The movie knows how campy it is and just embraces it, never taking itself seriously.


I just watch Expendables 2 last night.  I don't think the set pieces were that good.  For this kind of movie to work, the action needs to be creative and interesting.  Ex2 didn't deliver.  Every action scene was them pointing automatic weapons in a vague direction while extras fell down with CGI blood puffs around them.  It was dull and repetitive.

Contrast the Expendables with Crank.  Crank's plot was barely there, but that movie managed to be extremely fun and entertaining because they put some thought into the action.
 
2013-08-09 04:14:15 PM

kroonermanblack: SlothB77: anything that prevents Expendables 3 from being made is Ok in my book.

What's wrong with expendables? It's nothing but set piece after set piece string together with just barely enough plot to justify it, and not even that much effort in most cases.

It's literally just a parade of all the 'man that would be so cool' moments kids dream about. It has no pretention to anything else. The movie knows how campy it is and just embraces it, never taking itself seriously.


Well it's called The Expendables I was really hoping that the action stars would expire. You know how cool that would be if they made a movie with all these old action stars dieing doing something heroic? You know living the line it's better to burn up then fade away.

Anyway Expendables was barely okay, but then they went and cast that douche Chuck Norris in 2 and after that I was like fark those movies I hope they fail.
 
2013-08-09 04:16:02 PM

movieman_1979: scottydoesntknow: Mugato: He obviously didn't want to do it and just wanted to be a dick. What's $1mill to Bruce Willis? Anyway, I can't even think of the last movie where he looked like he wanted to be there. The Sixth Sense maybe.

Recently I would say RED (not the sequel, haven't seen it). It seemed like he had a lot of fun in that movie. Otherwise I'll agree.

On the other hand, Harrison Ford has been phoning it in for the past decade. Every single movie it looks like he has no desire to be there.

Ford was amazing in "42". True story.


Very true. I actually didn't recognize him at first when I saw it in theaters because I was used to Ford being Han Solo in everything. He played a real character this time around!
 
2013-08-09 04:25:06 PM
DNRTFA but I'm guessing this was for Expendables 3 in which case I hope it's because he saw how unbelievably bad and poorly written and directed Ex3 was and wanted to walk away.  I generally find him pretty entertaining going back to Moonlighting.   That show cracked me up.
 
2013-08-09 04:39:46 PM

cefm: I have no problem with him saying "my name on the title and my face in the previews will put X number of asses in seats and provide Y amount of free publicity, so it's worth at least $4M or else you're taking advantage of me and my star power".


I dunno, I see that as kind of a dick attitude. I don't think anyone was trying to take advantage of his "star power", which is dubious at best nowadays. I doubt that what amounts to a cameo from Bruce Willis is going to sell a lot more tickets.
 
2013-08-09 04:44:58 PM

cefm: When you're in the category of a Willis, the $ isn't even about how much work you put in, it's about putting a fair value on how much extra $ your presence brings to the film.

I have no problem with him saying "my name on the title and my face in the previews will put X number of asses in seats and provide Y amount of free publicity, so it's worth at least $4M or else you're taking advantage of me and my star power".


Yeah, I keep having to remind myself that even though the amount of time and work they do is barely worth 1% of what they earn, their presence in the film probably brings close to that amount in revenue.
 
2013-08-09 04:49:58 PM

PainInTheASP: Can you blame the guy?  Most people get to celebrate the holidays at home around the fire, maybe have a little eggnogg....but him?  No, he gets to spend his Christmases crawling around in farking tin cans.


Waah. You think that's bad, imagine if he lived in London.
 
2013-08-09 06:07:20 PM

Mugato: He obviously didn't want to do it and just wanted to be a dick. What's $1mill to Bruce Willis? Anyway, I can't even think of the last movie where he looked like he wanted to be there. The Sixth Sense maybe.


That's a stretch I think. I thought he did well in Looper.  Other than that one I would agree with you.
 
2013-08-09 06:24:38 PM
I tried to watch both of the first two movies, but got bored with both. I was looking forward to the first one, but couldn't get interested.
 
2013-08-09 06:38:22 PM

scottydoesntknow: Mugato: He obviously didn't want to do it and just wanted to be a dick. What's $1mill to Bruce Willis? Anyway, I can't even think of the last movie where he looked like he wanted to be there. The Sixth Sense maybe.

Recently I would say RED (not the sequel, haven't seen it). It seemed like he had a lot of fun in that movie. Otherwise I'll agree.

On the other hand, Harrison Ford has been phoning it in for the past decade. Every single movie it looks like he has no desire to be there.


His interview on Kimmel last night was kinda hilarious. He was UTTERLY indifferent when asked about The Expendables. Kimmel asked him if he'd seen either of the first two and he was like "Why would i?".

Clips here for anyone interested.
 
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