AceShowbiz - Bruce Willis is setting the record straight. After words spread around that producer Randall Emmett pushed him to work despite having knowledge about his aphasia diagnosis, the "Die Hard" actor broke his silence and has through his team clarified that he had been working out of his own volition.
Martin Singer, an attorney for Bruce, addressed in a statement to Los Angeles Times about the allegations claiming Randall was aware of the 67-year-old actor's deteriorating health. "My client continued working after his medical diagnosis because he wanted to work and was able to do so," he stressed to the publication.
The lawyer further continued, "Just like many others diagnosed with aphasia who are capable of continuing to work. Because Mr. Willis appeared in those films, they could get financed." He went on explaining, "That resulted in literally thousands of people having jobs, many during the COVID-19 Pandemic."
Martin's statement came along with a bombshell expose against Randall that also saw him being accused of inappropriate behavior by multiple women as well as forcing assistants to conduct illegal activity on his behalf. Although Bruce's health issue was apparent at the time, the 51-year-old producer tried to make him film a kicking-door scene.
Though Randall denied he was aware of Bruce's declining health, other crew members revealed that the veteran actor was obviously struggling during his take. Alicia Haverland, a property master in "Midnight in the Switchgrass", spilled, "Our stunt coordinator mentioned [Bruce] was struggling. Our first AD saw he was struggling. You would have to be blind to not see him struggling."
Bruce's retirement from acting was announced by his family back in March. Through a joint statement via Instagram, they said, "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."