Filming a film – even a comedy – can be a daunting project if the actors and directors don’t just click. Some actors feel they know better, especially if they have been in the industry for a long time. Sometimes directors are very strict in their vision for a film, and are unwilling to accept any suggestions or guidelines. Either way, it can make for a really tight set when not everyone comes in.
Director Kevin Smith had this problem while filming Cop out with action star Bruce Willis. The two certainly had differences, and Smith found it difficult for the veteran actor to work with him.
Kevin Smith has come a long way from Silent Bob
Kevin Smith is an outstanding actor, producer, writer and director. Although multi-talented, fans will always remember him for his portrayal of “Silent Bob.” Clerks, Mallrats, and Strike Jay and Silent Bob has become a cult class. Smith captured Silent Bob silently but endlessly delighting fans once again in the 2019 film, Jay and Silent Bob resume.
Clerks it was the film that started Smith’s career, which surprised critics and listeners everywhere. The creative producer burned the film in the convenience store where he worked, according to Bustle. The black-and-white film had a very tight budget (just over $ 20,000), and most of it was picked up by his friends. The indie gem about it almost won a Sundance award and caught the attention of Harvey Weinstein at Miramax, which eventually brought it to theaters.
Smith is a co-founder of View Askew Productions, as well as comic book owner Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in New Jersey.
Bruce Willis’ impressive career
Although Willis has had an extensive career in Hollywood – over 70 films according to IMDb – may always be famous for his famous role as John McClane there Die hard. That role cemented his title as one of the greatest action heroes in cinematic history and led to several other action-adventure films.
Willis has worked with several amazing directors, from Quentin Tarantino to M. Night Shyamalan. Willis brought some dark humor to his role as Butch the boxer in the Tarantino cult classic, Pulp Fiction. The actor showed his funny side in Look Who’s talking and Death will come to her. Willis ushered in a sci-fi world with Fifth element, 12 monkeys, and Rian Johnson’s Looper.
In 1999, M. Night Shyamalan released the film which was launched— The sixth feeling. Willis starred as Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a healer helping a little boy who has scenes of dead people. The psychological thrush had an enthusiastic twist that really threw an audience for a loop, marking Shyamalan as one of the most creative young leaders in the industry.
Find 2000 Shyamalan and Willis working again for Unbroken, a thrush explores the connection between warriors and villains. 16 years later – too long to wait for many fans – Shyamalan released the sequel, Split. The special thing about it Split fans didn’t know it was a sequel to the final minutes of the film when we got a glimpse of Willis sitting in a diner. The surprise came to an end about the plot of the last film of the trilogy, Glass, in which there would be a showdown between the superhero character Willis and the criminals.
What happened when they were working together?
In 2010, Smith directed the action comedy Cop out. The film follows two detectives chasing a wild goose to retrieve a stolen basketball card and save a beautiful woman who witnessed a murder. Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis featured in the lead roles.
Smith had always idolized Bruce Willis and was excited for the opportunity to work with the action star. The project did not go as planned, however. In fact, the director called the whole experience “soul crushing,” according to IndieWire.
According to Smith, there was a lot of tension on the set while filming. The problem was created by Willis, and Smith says it was not “a barrel of laughter” and very difficult to work with. according to Collider, Willis failed to attend the return party for the film, and Smith said “I want to thank everyone who worked on the film, with the exception of Bruce Willis… who af ** rìgh d ** k! ”
While there seems to have been some very strong feelings between the two, it seems that time really does heal all injuries. In the 2019 program of Fatman Beyond, Smith said Willis reached out to him to repair fences, according to Comic book. The actor texted Smith to address him as he had pictures he wanted to share. The two had been talking for some time and Smith even said that he would be “very much in the idea” a Cop out 2.