Bruce Willis and M. Night Shyamalan

Bruce Willis has announced that he is retiring from the cinema at the age of 67 after being diagnosed with aphasia, a disease caused by brain damage that affects the ability to express or understand spoken or written language. His family has been in charge of breaking the news this Wednesday, March 30, through a joint statement on social networks.

The farewell of the actor, who rose to fame in the 80s with the series ‘Luz de Luna’ and is one of the most iconic action heroes in cinema thanks to films like ‘Jungla de cristal’, ‘Armageddon’ or ’12 Monos’, has saddened the entire cinephile community, which has given all its support to the interpreter on social networks. Hollywood celebrities have also wanted to send messages of encouragement to Willis, including directors Kevin Smith and M. Night Shyamalan or actress Sarah Paulson.

The reactions

Shyamalan, who directed Willis in ‘El protege’, and years later in his sequel/crossover ‘Glass (Crystal)’, has dedicated an emotional message to the actor on Twitter:

“All my love and respect to my older brother, Bruce Willis. I know his wonderful family is surrounding him with support and strength. He will always be that hero on the poster on my wall when I was little.

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Kevin Smith, who worked with him in ‘What a pair of cops’, has done the same, expressing his sadness for a farewell that will leave a great void in the cinema. Furthermore, the filmmaker apologizes for his used comments about the actorwhom he harshly criticized saying that it had been very difficult to work with him, statements that unleashed a enmity each other over the years.

“Long before ‘What a Pair of Cops,’ he was already a huge fan of Bruce Willis, so reading this breaks my heart. He loved acting and singing, and losing that must be devastating for him. I feel like an asshole for my stupid complaints in 2010. Sorry to BW and his family.

Many of Willis’s colleagues have also commented on the publication of his ex-wife, Demi Moore, or his daughter, Rumer Willis, giving the news.

Sarah Paulson, who shared the poster with him in ‘Glass’, has said: “He was an incredible scene partner with me and he is a charm, the kindest and funniest man. For me, the best there is”.

Actress Rita Wilson wrote “My heart goes out to Bruce and his entire family. Thank you for sharing this with us. You will be in our prayers.”.

Jamie Lee Curtis left the following message: “Elegance and value! Much love to you!”. Other stars of the show, such as Julianne Moore, Cindy Crawford or Sarah Hyland filled the Willis family’s posts with emojis of encouragement and affection.

In the statement, the family says “This is a truly difficult time for our family and we are so grateful for your continued love, compassion and support. We are facing this as a strong family nucleus and we want to consider your fans, because we know how much you mean to him and vice versa. As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up,’ and together we’ve planned to do just that.”.

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