Bruce Willis: Why I Gave Up Stone-Cold Sobriety

'Die Hard' series veteran also touches on movie violence
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2013 4:52 PM CST
Actor Bruce Willis smiles during the press conference for his new movie "Looper" during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim)
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(Newser) – With critics mauling the Die Hard series' fifth installment, Bruce Willis talks to GQ about movie violence, struggling actors, and his return to light drinking, Huffington Post reports. The 57-year-old—once a promoter of Seagram's Golden Wine Coolers before going sober in 1988—has eased up on the sobriety thing: "Once I realized that I wasn't gonna run myself off the pier of life with alcohol, drinking vodka out of the bottle every day ... I have wine now, mostly when I eat." In other excerpts:

  • "[My goal right now is] to keep it looking lifelike," he says. "In the past few months, I've read a lot about Old Hollywood—Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden. Every story is that everyone was struggling. Everyone was flailing wildly. And it's kind of reassuring."
  • On whether movie violence leads to the real thing: "I recently heard one of my fellow actors say it in three words: 'Just shut up.' Just go silent," he says. "Maybe it's being older. ... I once thought that somehow, with this job, also comes the inherent right to say whatever the f--k I want regardless of whether I'm right or wrong or think that anybody needs to hear it or should hear it." (Willis apparently leans right politically.)
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