Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bruce Willis for 'Esquire' US June/July 2012

Bruce Willis covers Esquire, June/July 2012. More below.

On being content with his life situation: "I don't have an ax to grind. I don't have anything I want to say. I might have gone off once. I might have started in — Hollywood! With the 'tough town, tough business, tough life.' Generating a little context for me and my turmoil. But I don't have a tough life. I know that."

On his acting skills: "I don't think I'm very good at it (acting). But I like doing it, and a guy like Wes [Anderson, director of 'Moonrise Kingdom'], even he'd say this movie was outside the body of his past work. And that was me. So I listened to what he was saying, and we got the work done. The movie is a kind of eternal children's story. The kids adventure, the adults worry. But it's a brand-new creation, and it felt very unusual to me."

On family life: “Now I’m fun, just with fewer people. I’m in love with my wife and my kids. I require very little. Friends come over, the kids come over when they can. We eat dinner. And I’m happy to play along with their momentum. I save it for them. This is it.”

On fatherhood: “Sometimes I have to resist the urge to speak. I learned it from dealing with my kids. That’s my number-one rule. It applies in life. But it’s more about being a father. I’d rather hear what they have to say. You learn more by listening. And this stuff is just a matter of not equating drama with actions that will help them. Teach them to shun drama.”

Courtesy of Esquire

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