Bruce Willis Shares Words of Wisdom in GQ Magazine March 2013
Bruce Willis covers the March 2013 issue of GQ Magazine, where he talks about his strange-but good body of work in Hollywood, his future, and also shares some insights on life.
Photographed by Mario Testino, the 57-year-old actor, father and husband is styled in trendy looks from Calvin Klein Collection, Henley by Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Dior Homme, Belstaff, Ralph Lauren Black Label, and Bottega Veneta.
Now starring in the fifth installment of the Die Hard film series — 2013’s A Good Day To Die Hard, Willis reflects on his infamous Pulp Fiction/gimp scene, and also reveals that his favorite book is J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit. Check out photos from the shoot and a few excerpts from the interview below:
On his purpose beyond acting:
“… Nobody wants to hear this bad news, but we’re all dying on some level. I’m going to try to keep the machine moving forward as much as possible and not have to think about the eventuality of becoming more frail and less able to do the work. I know that I’m not going into politics. That’s not an option. I was asked, and I said, ‘Did you hear any of the stuff about me when I was a kid?’
Maybe on a smaller level?
Something where you can make the town a little better. That idea of trying to help someone and not fuck it up.”
His advice to anyone:
“‘Just shut up.’ Just go silent. Maybe it’s being older; maybe that’s just a tiny tag of wisdom, that you’ve got to think about something before you say something. I once thought that somehow, with this job, also comes the inherent right to say whatever the fuck I want regardless of whether I’m right or wrong or think that anybody needs to hear it or should hear it.
Another thing that I heard whispered by another actor is ‘You’ve got to do the hard stuff first.’ Do the big scene first, and then you can do the small scenes and have fun. It’s great advice for life. I say it to my kids: Do the hard stuff first. Then you can go and do whatever you want to do.”
On his sobriety:
“I had been sober [for a while]. But once I realized that I wasn’t gonna run myself off the pier of life with alcohol, drinking vodka out of the bottle every day… I have wine now, mostly when I eat.”
On what he’d do if he lives long enough:
“…approach a bigger task than I approach now.
The work that I do. If you know you only have a certain amount of time left, what would be the best thing you could possibly do with that time? That’s a good question. I don’t know. I do question the whimsicalness of this profession. It’s a great job to have the task of trying to entertain people. But if you’ve read any of the Marlon Brando stuff, you know it’s no job for a grown man.”
“‘Live and let live’ is the closest I have. It works for pretty much everything. It has comic aspects to it and it has the real-deal aspects to it.”