Why Did Bruce Willis Abruptly Leave Woody Allen’s Latest?

Strange news came out today that Bruce Willis was no longer shooting his part in Woody Allen’s upcoming film, untitled at this point. Just yesterday, set photos showed Willis filming scenes for Allen’s 2016 picture. Then, today, Willis has left the project, citing “scheduling conflicts” as the reason.


Scheduling conflicts typically don’t arise right in the middle of a film shoot, so this claim is clearly bogus spin. There are seemingly one of two theories as to what happened here: Willis was fired, or Willis simply left. Both possibilities make sense, given Willis’ growing reputation as a difficult asshole on many sets. We all remember Kevin Smith’s claim that Bruce Willis was “soul crushing” on the set of Cop Out. But, Willis probably realized what a pile of crap that movie was, so you can’t go off that reaction exclusively.

Paired with that claim, however, is plenty of evidence¬†that Willis is a pain in most peoples’ ass on set. Armed with that history, I might lean towards a little bit of both happening: Willis pissing off Allen and being fired mixed with Willis saying something along the lines of “you can’t fire me I quit.” Regardless, Allen and his crew will have to double back and reshoot Willis’s part with a different actor.

What do you think happened here?


Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry is the managing editor for Monkeys Fighting Robots. The Dalai Lama once told him when he dies he will receive total consciousness. So he's got that going for him... Which is nice.