Willis: 'Die Hard' does not glorify violence

Posted at 02/06/13 4:10 PM

Even 25 years on, it appears Bruce Willis' days of killing the bad guy and living to tell about it are far from over: Willis is now back as John McClane in his fifth "Die Hard" installment, "A Good Day To Die Hard," which premiered in Berlin on Monday.

In the latest chapter, Hungary is doubling for Russia and Willis is once again having a bad day while trying to save his son Jack McClane, played by 26-year-old Australian actor Jai Courtney.

The 57-year-old Willis and director John Moore, also known for action movies such as "Max Payne" and "Behind Enemy Lines," told reporters at a news conference that amid a discussion about gun violence in Hollywood productions, the "Die Hard" franchise was far from glorifying violence.

"These films are just for entertainment. I don't think anyone who comes to the movies thinks that anyone was really killed during the movies," said Willis. "We are just trying to give you the illusion that we jumped off that building or that we got blown up or that we got scratched or cut or anyhow got hurt. And I think that this is a really modern world and people understand that. What makes people crazy in the world is something completely different than in films."

Moore added: "I think if filmmakers of the skill that make films professionally wanted to glorify violence, I don't think they would use 'Die Hard' as the vehicle to do that. We're glorifying the adventures of John McClane."

In "A Good Day To Die Hard," McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working to prevent a nuclear-weapons heist, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

Most of the film was shot in Hungary over a three-month period.

Last week Willis was immortalized at Fox studios lot with a giant mural in honor of the 25th anniversary of the "Die Hard" movie franchise. The larger-than-life picture captures a scene from the original 1988 film.

"A Good Day to Die Hard" opens in the Philippines February 13 in more than 200 screens nationwide.