Bruce Willis honoured with giant ‘Die Hard’ mural.
Twentieth Century Fox marked the silver anniversary of its blockbuster ‘Die Hard’ movie franchise with a ceremony on the historic studio backlot, during which a massive mural depicting the film’s iconic hero John McClane was unveiled in front of Stage 8.
Bruce Willis, who has essayed McClane in all five ‘Die Hard’ pictures, including the latest installment, ‘A Good Day To Die Hard,’ attended the ceremony, along with his co-star Jai Courtney, who portrays McClane’s son Jack in the new film, and its director, John Moore.
The festivities included a reception on the 21st floor of the Fox Plaza, which ‘Die Hard’ fans will recognize as “Nakatomi Plaza” – ground zero for the non-stop action of the landmark original film.
Commented Bruce Willis: “One of the most exciting things about playing McClane is that he’s definitely not a superhero. He has no special powers or abilities. He’s a regular guy to whom anybody can relate. While we’re always pushing the envelope to create great action sequences, I think it is McClane’s relatability and sense of humour that really draws in people.”
20th Century Fox Film chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos added: “Twenty-five years ago, ‘Die Hard,’ John McClane, and Bruce Willis thrilled audiences around the world and set a new template for action and adventure. Now, on the eve of the release of ‘A Good Day to Die Hard,’ we were delighted to celebrate and honor this enduring part of our studio’s legendary history with this mural unveiling.”
The ‘Die Hard’ mural join murals celebrating The Empire Strikes Back, The Simpsons, The Sound of Music, The Seven Year Itch, and The Ox-Bow Incident, which adorn other Fox stages.