Wait, is Bruce Willis’ Die Hard character in Michael Bay’s W…

John McClane has a gun in Die Hard.
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File the following under the “WTF” file: An Old Hollywood Legend Revived Twitter user ThisIsCreation Claims that Michael Bay’s 2001 World War II film starred Bruce Willis as his most famous character, John McClane. pearl harbor, Even though this claim was famous among film fans, it sparked debate over whether it was real or not. Yes, you read that right: the main character of the now-canonical Christmas classic die Hard, a film released in 1988 that depicts a then-modern take on that era, unfolds chronologically against the backdrop of a film set in 1941. How? Why?

Unlike most legends, there is actual evidence for this one. In the clip below, Kate Beckinsale’s character, Evelyn Johnson, is seen arguing with her friend, Nurse Sandra (played by a young Jennifer Garner, who takes a break). Surname), amid a chaotic scene after aerial bombardment. In the background, a soldier passes by and is followed by a strangely familiar-looking man wearing a dirty white tank top. He appears to be injured, and he’s limping rapidly, but the guy looks exactly like Bruce Willis. And not just any version of Willis, but die Hard-Era Bruce Willis. Watch:

Bruce Willis (John McClane) in Pearl Harbor

Sure sounds like him, huh? The reason this is still a legend is that neither Bay nor Willis have confirmed that this is actually the actor in the film. Even though Bay directed Willis in the 1998 disaster film armageddonIt was rumored that the two did not get along during filming, so if Willis hated the director’s guts why would he agree to make a cameo in Bay’s next film? Some argue that Bay digitally inserted Willis into the background, which explains why his image quality is lower than that of other people in the scene. Still others consider it a mere coincidence and believe that it is just an additional person who looks like Willis.

People running after the explosion at Pearl Harbor.

my take? That’s Willis in the background. Either he had made a deal with Bay and wanted to play a practical joke on unsuspecting audiences or Bay wanted to get revenge on Willis by dragging him into his film without his consent. Anyhow, in Bay’s retelling of the Pearl Harbor tragedy, John McClane was there, helping the wounded, and probably kicking some Axis ass in the background. Who knows, maybe if Bay had made a sequel, Pearl Harbor 2: Die HarderHe may have included Willis in that famous photo taken at Iwo Jima.

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