Twenty-five years ago, Bruce Willis took on the role of "John McClane" in Die Hard, which has proven to be his most iconic character in his film career. Now about to release the fourth sequel to the 1988 film, 20th Century Fox celebrated the momentous occasion with a Die Hard mural.
Willis had the honor of pushing the detonator that set off the pyrotechnics display and unveiled the mural, which was painted on the exterior of a soundstage at Fox's studio lot in Century City, Calif.
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The mural is an image from a scene in the original Die Hard film in which Willis' character is crawling through a ventilation system and mocks his estranged wife. The line in the scene: "Come out to the coast. We'll get together; have a few laughs," has been labeled one of Willis' best.
"It's very cool, very nice," a dazed Willis said after the mural was revealed. "It makes me smile."
The action star was 33 years old when the original Die Hard film was released in theaters. Now at 57 with the fifth Die Hard, A Good Day to Die Hard, about to be released, Willis said he was still able to keep up with action stunts despite his age.
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"It's alright. I'm still good getting up off the pavement," he said. "It just took me a little more time."
As long as Willis is able to keep up with the rigors of filming an action film, the Die Hard series will continue. The franchise has seen increasingly larger sums at the box office for each film. Die Hard with a Vengeance, the third film in the series, has yielded the heftiest box office total with an inflation-adjusted $551.5 million.
With another sequel expected to be filmed shortly, Willis' co-stars gave their thoughts on why he is the ideal action star.
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"I think his simplicity in the way he acts makes him even greater," said Rasha Bukvic. "... [He's] a guy that just loves his job and he's simple and accessible."
"I think he's not only beautiful looking...but also he's so charismatic that it adds something more, something deeper in his...personality." said Russian actress Yuliya Snigir, who plays "Irina" in the film.
Watch the video for a first look at the unveiling of Willis' Die Hard mural. A Good Day to Die Hard is in theaters February 14.