‘Bruce has been sort of incommunicado’: Sylvester Stallone Reveals Bruce Willis’ Aphasia Diagnosis is ‘Killing Him’, Signals the Fall of Hollywood’s Old Guard
Bruce Willis, who achieved fame by leading a role in the comedy-drama series Moonlighting (1985-1989), was diagnosed with Aphasia earlier this year. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, his close friend Sylvester Stallone expressed sorrow over the fact that his friend is going through the most challenging period of his life, mentioning how he has mostly been incommunicado. The actor has since then retired from his career as the disorder has affected his cognitive abilities.
The diagnosis was made public by his family. Willis’ daughter, Rumer Willis shared the news that the diagnosis came after the 75-year-old actor started experiencing some health issues.
Sylvester Stallone about Bruce Willis’ diagnosis
The news of the retirement of Bruce Willis was one that broke many hearts. The actor was diagnosed with Aphasia, a psychological condition affecting the left side of the brain, in which a person has trouble speaking and understanding.
Among the empathy of many of the Golden Globe award winner’s friends and family, was also Sylvester Stallone. The two became friends in 1991, after getting involved in the restaurant Planet Hollywood together. They even shared the screen in Stallone’s film franchise The Expendables.
In an exchange with The Hollywood Reporter, Stallone shared,
“Bruce is going through some really, really difficult times. So he’s been sort of incommunicado. That kills me. It’s so sad. We go back a long way, praying for the best for you and your wonderful family.”
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The Die Hard star at his time of retirement completed eight films, awaiting release in the upcoming years.
Bruce Willis’ breakthrough’s in his career
The actor while in his working years did some memorable films and such. While Willis made his debut in films in 1987s Blind Date, it wasn’t until his role as detective David Addison in the television series Moonlighting that his career breakthrough came. What followed was the actor’s role in Die Hard as John McClane which earned $140 million at the box office. Willis continued his role in the Die Hard franchise till the year 2013.
Bruce Willis was a part of the critically acclaimed film The Sixth Sense (1999) where he played a psychologist. The film’s success earned six Academy Award nominations. May it be only for a couple of episodes but the iconic actor also appeared in the much-loved television series Friends where he plays the father of Elizabeth, one of Ross’ girlfriends.