Yippie-kie-ay! An oral history of “Die Hard”

‘Die Hard’: How Bruce Willis Changed the Movies

They went to Arnold [Schwarzenegger]. They went to Sly, who turned it down. They went to Richard Gere — turned it down. They went to James Caan — turned it down. They went to Burt Reynolds, and all of these people rejected it because, remember, this is 1987. You had all these Rambo movies. We’ve had Commando, Predator, and in the wake of all of these, the hero, they said, was like a pussy. The reaction? “This guy’s no hero.” Right? In desperation, they went to Bruce Willis.

From a Kindle Single on Amazon that I’m definitely looking forward to reading.

[Brian Abrams/The Daily Beast]

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