Actor Bruce Willis’ family on Wednesday announced that the action star was diagnosed with aphasia and that he will be stepping away from his acting career. Willis, 67, has a medical condition that causes its victims to suffer struggling with language, to either communicate or understand.
The Willis family gave a statement:
“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” the statement reads. “As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”
“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support,” the statement continues. “We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him. As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.”
Aphasia can start out seen as the person is having trouble trying to communicate, struggling to find the right words, switching up words or speaking in short sentences that are nearly impossible to understand, according to the Mayo Clinic. According to Johns Hopkins, the issues related to aphasia are related to brain damage on the left side of the brain, the part that controls language.
The disease is commonly thought of as a symptom of a bigger medical condition and Willis probably started showing symptoms after suffering a stroke. Stroke, head injury or a tumor are common causes.
There aren’t many treatments available and while there currently are some drug therapies in the testing phase, most patients go through language and speech rehabilitation therapies that concentrate on as much language as possible to find different ways to communicate.
“Recovery of language skills is usually a relatively slow process,” Mayo Clinic says. “Although most people make significant progress, few people regain full pre-injury communication levels.”
The family revealed Willis was suffering cognitive decline more than likely stemming from brain damage likely suffered during a stroke, though doctors say aphasia is not considered a decline in cognitive abilities, so much as a language disorder.
So now the actor doesn’t have much memory, he doesn’t really understand where he is. It’s really sad because he’s only 67 years old.
The LA Times. ExtraTV, and other outlets came out with reports indicating that everyone around Bruce Willis knew that this was happening to him. They knew he was losing his mental state, yet he was being exploited by his handlers, who put him in cheap junk movies for personal paydays. He’s losing his mind and yet they had Willis putting out between 8 and 10 movies a year over the last couple of years, all of them labeled Direct-to-Video because they were cheap movies that Willis never should have appeared in.
In four years, Willis shot 22 movies. It was reported he was paid up to $2 million per film because though he couldn’t do great movies anymore; the actor was still in demand.
During the filming of one oh his last films, “American Siege” Willis is seen wearing an earpiece while acting in 2020, which helped him to remember his lines.
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It was reported that due to his condition, most times he would only shoot for two days and no more than 8 hours at a time. That’s a really light workload for acting in a movie. Willis’s speaking parts were cut down as well.
It makes sense to me now, because I have always liked Bruce Willis’ movies. In fact, if I heard of a movie and found out Willis was in it, I would go see it based on his reputation of roles he has played in movies alone. If Bruce Willis was in a movie, you knew there was a high chance the action would be great. And that’s why as of late I’ve been checking out some recent movies he was in and wondered what the heck happened to him. I heard of actors taking on movie roles just for the money, but I didn’t think Bruce Willis was at that point in his career.
It now appears that the people around Bruce Willis knew he was incapable of doing a real A-list movie that he’s used to doing, movies like “Die Hard,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Last Boy Scout,” and “Look Who’s Talking” with acting involved and memorizing lines and whatnot, so they had him doing these awful movies collecting a few million dollars or so for each one and it trickled down to them for their own twilight paydays.
So, Willis was being propped up by the people around him for the benefit of those who would see him and live off of past memories of his better days. The people around him were enhancing their wallets and their careers over a person they were exploiting who was suffering from an illness that made them confused and not able to communicate well. Doesn’t that remind you of someone currently in the White House who can’t speak properly half the time, who appears like he doesn’t know where he is or what’s going most days and has a bunch of people around him who prop him up and continue the lie that he’s not in cognitive decline?