Actor Bruce Willis has long been associated with one of the longest-running — and most contentious — debates in movie history: Is “Die Hard” or is it not a Christmas movie. According to TMZ, Willis’ daughters have now put an end to that debate.
TMZ recently caught up with Rumer and Scout Willis and although the girls did not seem overly interested in stopping to chat, Scout did offer an answer to the age-old question — and the reporter caught the exchange on video.
“Hey girls, how are you doing? Good to see you,” the reporter began as she approached the sisters with her camera already on. “Listen, I just have one simple question — the whole world has always had this huge debate, and I wonder, does the Willis —”
“It’s a Christmas movie,” Scout stated definitively, interrupting the reporter before she could even get to the question.
“It’s a Christmas movie?” the reporter repeated to make sure she had heard Scout correctly.
“It’s a Christmas movie,” Scout said again, prompting a laugh from the reporter.
“I love it, the Willis family considers it a Christmas movie!” she exclaimed.
She then asked whether the girls might give an update on their father’s condition, but they got into a nearby vehicle without answering.
Bruce Willis, after decades of acting, announced recently that he was stepping away from his career after being diagnosed with aphasia — a condition that impacted his ability to understand and express speech.
“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. As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” his family shared the news via Instagram at the time. “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.”
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As far as the “Die Hard” debate is concerned — it breaks out on social media every Christmas, and CNN anchor Jake Tapper is definitely in the “Christmas movie” camp.
Director John McTiernan on making the Christmas classic DIE HARDhttps://t.co/1zA84a7E0P
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 17, 2020
Director John McTiernen recently addressed the question as well. “If the audience decides they want to make it a Christmas movie, it’s a Christmas movie,” he said.
Die Hard director John McTiernan offers a thoughtful response to the ongoing Christmas movie debate:
— Screen Rant (@screenrant) August 9, 2022