Arnold Schwarzenegger Says Stars Like Bruce Willis Never Really Retire

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Just over a year ago, movie star Bruce Willis retired from his long and successful acting career. His family, including wife Emma Heming Willis and their two daughters and ex-wife Demi Moore and their three adult daughters, confirmed the news. They shared with fans that Willis would be retiring after being diagnosed with aphasia, which can affect speech and language. He had a whirlwind of filming many movies and just couldn’t keep up anymore, reportedly experiencing trouble speaking his lines and memorizing the scripts in the last year before his retirement.

In February of this year, he was also diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. Unfortunately, there is no cure at this time. His family and friends have been rallying for him, including fellow action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a recent interview, Schwarzenegger opened up about his friendship and admiration for Willis.

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He said, “I think that he’s fantastic. He was, always for years and years, is a huge, huge star. And I think that he will always be remembered as a great, great star. And a kind man. I understand that under his circumstances, health-wise, that he had to retire. But in general, you know, we never really retire. Action heroes, they reload.”

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Indeed, fans of all ages can enjoy Willis’ films for a lifetime. Some of his best include the Die Hard franchise, Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense, Looper, and Armageddon. He was also the star of the 1980s series Moonlighting. While Willis has been out of the spotlight since his diagnosis, he is reportedly enjoying the birth of his first grandchild.


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His eldest daughter Rumer Willis had a baby on April 18th, 2023 named Louetta Isley Thomas Willis. His wife, Emma, commented on a photo announcement of the baby, “Omg we love her so so much 😍😍😍😍😍” Fans can’t help but notice how much the baby looks like Bruce Willis, in a good way. How sweet!

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