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Bruce Willis ‘misfired guns on movie sets’ and asked crew ‘what he was doing on the production lot’

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Actor Bruce Willis has shown signs of cognitive decline for the past couple years, twice firing a gun loaded with blanks on the wrong cue and wondering aloud what he was doing on a set, according to people who have worked with him recently.

Willis, 67, is retiring from acting after he was diagnosed with aphasia, a brain condition that affects his ability to understand language, his family said in an Instagram post Wednesday.

Those who have worked with him in recent years are now saying that his health has been deteriorating for a while.

Lala Kent, the star of Vanderpump Rules who played Willis’ daughter on the set of Hard Kill, recalls that the action hero unexpectedly fired a gun on the wrong cue during filming in 2020.

‘I’m supposed to think my life is about to end, and then my dad steps in to save the day,’ she told the Los Angeles Times, explaining that she had her back to him during the scene and was supposed to duck after he delivered his line but before he fired the gun.

No one was injured in the incident, and the film’s producer and armorer say it didn’t happen. 

Bruce Willis, 67, allegedly shot a gun on the wrong cue

Bruce Willis, 67, allegedly shot a gun on the wrong cue 

Later that year, the director of Out of Death told the movie’s screenwriter to keep his lines ‘short and sweet,’ offering little explanation for the sudden re-write.

‘It looks like we need to knock down Bruce’s page count by about 5 pages,’ director Mike Burns said in a June 2020 email to the screenwriter. ‘We also need to abbreviate his dialogue a bit so that there are no monologues, etc.’

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Sources say acclaimed actor Bruce Willis, 67, has been having trouble on the sets of his recent movies, and was even pictured wearing an earpiece to feed him lines on the set of American Siege in 2020

Sources say acclaimed actor Bruce Willis, 67, has been having trouble on the sets of his recent movies, and was even pictured wearing an earpiece to feed him lines on the set of American Siege in 2020

On Wednesday, Willis' family shared this photo of the 67-year-old actor to announce he has been diagnosed with a brain condition called aphasia, which affects one's ability to comprehend both verbal and written language

On Wednesday, Willis’ family shared this photo of the 67-year-old actor to announce he has been diagnosed with a brain condition called aphasia, which affects one’s ability to comprehend both verbal and written language

He was also seen apparently needing assistance on the set of his film Paradise City last May

 He was also seen apparently needing assistance on the set of his film Paradise City last May

Willis also openly questioned what he was doing on the set of the upcoming low-budget film White Elephant last April.

‘I know why you’re here, and I know why you’re here, but why am I here?’ two crew members recall him asking. 

The director of that movie, Jesse V. Johnson, says Willis’ team told him that ‘it would be best if we could finish shooting him by lunch and let him go early.’

An unnamed source told Page Six his declining cognitive ability had been an open secret in Hollywood as the actor repeatedly had trouble acting in his films. 

‘Everybody knew, the cast and crew,’ the unnamed source said, adding that Willis was ‘using earpieces, hearing things, for them to feed him the lines,’ and it ‘was increasingly difficult to have him on screen.’

He said that films actually had to be made closer to where Willis resided with his family – who, the source said, has been taking care of the 67-year-old actor – to make productions easier. 

And in at least one production, the source said, producers began using a body double to increase Willis’ screen time, while in another his screen time was ‘whittled down,’ with the actor shooting on set for only three days.

The source said: ‘It was becoming super obvious he was having trouble … he could not act anymore.’  

The famed actor can even be seen in a scene in his new movie American Siege, which was filmed in 2020, wearing an earpiece. This was a full two years before the family’s announcement that Willis has aphasia.

Willis had previously been seen using an earpiece to feed him lines in his Broadway debut in Misery in 2015, an an unnamed insider also told OK! Magazine 

He was also reportedly struggling during the filming of M. Night Shyamalan’s 2019 film Glass.

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His family shared a statement on their social media pages announcing his diagnosis on Wednesday and saying he will be be ‘stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him’

‘While filming Glass, staffers worked around him by cutting and editing and having him overdub lines because he struggled to remember and/or deliver them,’ they told the publication, according to the New Zealand Herald.

‘In most scenes on Glass he’s hooded, and they used stand-in and body doubles to replace him. On set, he wouldn’t smile and was always chaperoned by an assistant to guide him while walking.’

The source also said at the time that Willis had sold his New York property to spend more time with his wife and children in Los Angeles, and said that his wife, as well as ex-wife Demi Moore, were working together to take care of the famed actor.

‘His wife Emma has helped Demi Moore and the children Bruce shares with his ex-wife to make truces because they know he’s fading,’ the unnamed source told the magazine in January 2021.

‘Between Demi and Emma, the family has always ensured Bruce has the support and care he might need at any given time,’ the insider said. 

They added, ‘The good news is that although there is the real concern of dementia fears, it largely has not impacted his ability to work in Hollywood – and in true super hero form – he won’t slow down because new technology like earpieces allows actors of his caliber not to skip a beat.’

But in recent years, the New Zealand Herald reports, die hard fans of the actor have noticed he was taking more roles in straight-to-video releases.

This year, Page Six reports, Willis was given his own category at the Razzies – a parody award show honoring the worst of cinematic under-achievements – for the ‘worst movies of 2021’ after he starred in eight critically-panned films.

One of his films, Out of Death, earned a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The parody awards show apologized to the actor following the announcement of his diagnosis on Wednesday, tweeting: ‘The Razzies are truly sorry for #BruceWillis’ diagnosed condition.  

‘Perhaps this explains why he wanted to go out with a bang in 2021. Our best wishes to Bruce and family.’ 

Meanwhile, the actor had been pictured more often with his family, with Moore, 59, wishing him a happy birthday in an Instagram post earlier this month, sharing a photo of the two of them standing in the kitchen and writing: ‘Happy birthday Bruce! Thankful for our blended family.’

Spotted: Bruce Willis' daughters Rumer and Scout Willis were captured out in Los Angeles on Wednesday after revealing their famous father has been diagnosed with the degenerative brain condition aphasia

The sisters put on brave faces as they reportedly attended a Coachella pre-party held at Infinity house

Spotted: Bruce Willis’ daughters Rumer and Scout Willis were captured out in Los Angeles on Wednesday after revealing their famous father has been diagnosed with the degenerative brain condition aphasia

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The family has reportedly known his mental state has been deteriorating before issuing the statement on Wednesday

The statement was signed by his wife, Emma (pictured) and his ex-wife Demi Moore as well as all of his children

The statement was signed by his wife, Emma (pictured) and his ex-wife Demi Moore as well as all of his children

Willis had reportedly sold his New York pad to spend more time with his family. He is pictured here with ex-wife Demi Moore and their children in matching pajamas in 2020

Willis had reportedly sold his New York pad to spend more time with his family. He is pictured here with ex-wife Demi Moore and their children in matching pajamas in 2020

That same weekend, Emma posted a tribute to her husband of 13 years in honor of their anniversary, sharing a photo of them at their 2009 wedding.

’13 years ago, those wedding speeches really sent us over the edge,’ she wrote.

Emma also posted her own birthday tribute to Bruce – a photo montage she created, writing: ‘I don’t just love him, I really, really like him.’

Willis shares three children – Rumer, 33, Scout, 30 and Tallulah, 28, with Moore, to whom he was married from 1987 to 2000. He also has two daughters, Mabel, 9, and Evelyn, 7, with his wife Emma, 43.

On Wednesday his family wrote in a statement on social media: ‘To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. 

Willis, second from left, recently celebrated his 67th birthday with all of his family

Willis, second from left, recently celebrated his 67th birthday with all of his family

Demi Moore recently posted  a picture to Instagram on March 19 thanking Willis for their blended family as she wished him a happy birthday

Demi Moore recently posted  a picture to Instagram on March 19 thanking Willis for their blended family as she wished him a happy birthday

‘As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.’

The statement added: ‘This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.

‘As Bruce always says, “Live it up” and together we plan to do just that,’ the statement, which was signed by his wife, model Emma Heming Willis, his ex-wife Demi Moore and all of his children, concluded.

His daughters Rumer and Scout Willis were spotted out in Los Angeles on Wednesday after revealing the diagnosis.

According to the National Aphasia Association, the condition is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. 

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