Quentin Tarantino Celebrates Bruce Willis’ Legacy Now That The Pulp Fiction Star Has Retired


Trying to pick the best Bruce Willis movie is difficult. He has so many unquestionable classics, you could lean to his action selections (the Die Hard franchise), his science-fiction efforts (12 Monkeys, The Fifth Element), or the work he did with authors. This is a big part of the reason why the film industry turned out in droves to voice their support for Willis when the actor announced his retirement from acting thanks to an escalating case of aphasia, which affects his language and speech abilities. Arguably, lists made up of Willis’ strongest performances would have to include his work in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, where he played a too-proud boxer unwilling to throw a big match. And now that Willis is retiring, Tarantino took a moment to reflect on his collaborations with the man, and the legacy he leaves behind.

Quentin Tarantino returned to CinemaBlend’s official podcast, ReelBlend, to discuss a new podcast that he is launching with Roger Avary titled The Video Archives (opens in new tab). During the conversation, we brought up Bruce Willis and his impact on the film industry. And Tarantino, who handed Willis one of his greatest roles for Pulp Fictioncommented:

I think Bruce is one of our great movie stars. And not only was he a great movie star, he was a terrific actor. And also, he was a very adventuresome movie star. He used his movie ‘star’ to really interesting effect. He knew the kind of action movies that he could do that would really deliver well. And he did them really well. But then, he was also very quick to work with different respected directors because he wanted to work with those directors. So he used his movie ‘star’ to help those directors get those movies made.

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