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Willis returns for another Die Hard installment

Posted by Janett on August 18, 2007

TERRORISM. Just a whisper of the politically charged word sends shockwaves through homes worldwide – including that of action man Bruce Willis.

And when it comes to his children, behind the megawatt red carpet smile and the glitz of being part of the world’s most famous A-list fraternity, the Die Hard star says he, like any other parent, is forced to explain the potential destruction of terrorism to them.

Together with his ex-wife Demi Moore, and her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, he talks openly about the modern day wars of the world.

“You have to have an awareness ofhow dangerous the world is,” Willis,52, recently said in Los Angeles, while promoting the fourth instalment of the Die Hard franchise, Die Hard 4.0.

“Demi, Ashton and I all work together to teach our three kids what the world is, what is out there and what the dangers are. All the perils of the world that you and I have worked out for ourselves over the years.

“It is hard, but my kids are really smart. They get it. I am so fortunate that we communicate about everything.”

Die Hard 4.0, handles the notion of the United States being threatened by cyber- terrorism, while at the same time questioning how vulnerable any country is through their technology and the world’s dependence on it.

Reprising his role as the older and “a little crankier” John McClane, who is now a member of the Joint Terrorist Task Force, was a tough decision for Willis, who feared a fourth Die Hard could be overkill.

“The potential to fail was very high,” he admits.

“I can tell you that we didn’t fail and we’ve made a great film. I love this character, he is truly mythical. I took a great leap of faith that people would still be really interested in him, but you know, they are.”

One of those fans is actor Justin Long. Better known as the computer geek from the Apple Mac advertisements, Long was gobsmacked when he won the role as McClane’s dorky, computer hacker sidekick, Matt Farrell, in Die Hard 4.0.

“I grew up watching these movies and to be part of the franchise is both very, very cool, and extremely terrifying,” said the likable star, while spruiking the film in Sydney earlier this year. “It’s terrifying because this is his (Willis’s) baby.”

Long is busy working on four films, starring opposite some of Hollywood’s biggest male stars including Dennis Quaid, Danny DeVito and Dustin Hoffman. The actor, who exudes boyish charm, says the Die Hard 4.0 storyline leant itself to life imitating art, with veteran Willis guiding him through his first major blockbuster.

“Having John McClane put his arm around you and shoot his gun over you became the norm for five months of my life, and became very routine in a weird way,” Long smiles.

“There was a real-life parallel because Bruce was helping me get through this movie-making experience that was incredibly intense and chaotic and really not easy.”

From portraying Jennifer Aniston’s flamboyant hairstylist in comedy The Break-Up, to being a code-cracking crime fighter in Die Hard 4.0, Long craves diversity professionally.

Since making his film debut opposite Britney Spears in Crossroads, and featuring alongside Lindsay Lohan, in Herbie Fully Loaded, Long has established himself as a desirable character actor.

Despite his knack for slipping into diverse roles easily and never having featured in an action flick, he admits he had reservations about accepting the Die Hard 4.0 role.

“Absolutely, absolutely (I had reservations),” he nods.

 “It’s so hard to admit because everyone I say that to is like, ‘Are you totally insane?’ I just thought the character had the potential to be very annoying. I hate seeing that type of guy in movies who’s like, ‘Don’t shoot me. Help me’. So it was difficult to come to terms with having to play that.

“My friends were thinking I was a huge moron for even thinking about it (not taking Die Hard 4.0), and in retrospect I’m glad I did it. But it wasn’t without hesitation.”

Thankfully, Farrell’s entire persona isn’t just that of the needy wimp, and he does come of age next to a buff and sweaty McClane.

“He starts as a huge nervous baby, to not being such a nervous baby and manning up a bit,” Long says with a grin.

“He comes into his own a little bit and I was so grateful the day he finally came into his own – the day I finally got to shoot that gun was gold.”


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