Bruce Willis, John Malkovich
Updated: July 17, 2013 8:55PM
Ask Bruce Willis about taking care of his new baby daughter Mabel Ray, 1, and Mr. Die Hard is on the verge of turning into Mr. Cry Hard.
Willis married international fashion model Emma Heming in 2009 and then came Mabel Ray.
“I do change diapers and it’s very humbling. But, I’m happy to be doing it,” Willis says of fatherhood at age 58. “My life is one dude and about 30 women in the house. Let’s just say that I don’t win many arguments. The good news is we don’t have many arguments.”
Willis usually doesn’t talk about his personal life, but those gags are off today. As for marriage to Heming, he insists that she’s not the jealous type.
“I will say, ‘Look honey, it’s right here in the script. It says, ‘Now Bruce kisses Mary-Louise Parker. Now Bruce kisses Catherine Zeta-Jones.’
“They were trying to get me to kiss John Malkovich in this film because he is in a dress, but I said no because I wasn’t feeling it,” Willis insists.
“This film” is “Red 2” (opening Friday), in which the middle-aged action stars are running for their lives and trying to find a stray nuke. Willis resumes his role as retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses who is happily living a suburban life with his girlfriend Sarah (Parker) when he finds out they’re in maximum danger. Malkovich and Helen Mirren are back, while Anthony Hopkins and Zeta-Jones join the cast as the baddies.
“We have a ball doing these films,” Willis says, “I don’t feel like we took it all that seriously, but we took the work seriously.”
He says that the comic-action tone of the “Red” franchise also suits him.
“I was a little more confused on the first ‘Red’ film about that tone,” he admits. “We were doing so many things at the same time — comedy, action, romance. There is actually more romance in this one.”
Willis deals with love issues in the film because his life with Parker has fallen into a rut when the film opens.
“You have to keep relationships fresh,” Willis says. “But Frank in ‘Red 2’ is so befuddled. He ignores the freshness and concentrates on keeping this woman he loves safe. I can relate because I’m married and have daughters. Safety is number one with me,. It’s my middle name.”
As for working with Malkovich, Willis says, “He makes me laugh all the time. And that’s a very good thing. Sometimes on this movie, we would have to go again and do another take because we were laughing so hard. The guy kept giving me romantic advice. He cracked me up.”
Willis is also hurting from the loss of his fellow Jersey actor, James Gandolfini.
“He was a great guy and one of the greats,” he says.
Then he offers some sage life advice.
“Life is short,” Willis says. “You gotta live it up. Have fun. Laugh. Eat good food. Do whatever you want. Don’t hurt people. And try to have as much fun as you possibly can each day.”
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