Vendetta director says it was a “special honor” to work with Bruce Willis

Jared Cohn is one of the last directors to work with retired actor Bruce Willis and he says it’s a special honor to have this distinction.

Because the news that Bruce Willis was retiring from acting came as a surprise, the filmmakers who had worked with him on his later films had no idea at the time that they were part of the curtain call. veteran actor. It’s a bit surreal for director Jared Cohn, who worked with Willis on the new Redbox movie. Revenge. Written and directed by Cohn, the film stars Willis in one of his very last roles and is set to be released on May 17, 2022.

Revenge is a revenge film that follows a man seeking revenge on the person who killed his daughter, and Willis plays the killer’s father. After filming wrapped, it was announced that Willis had suddenly retired from acting following a diagnosis of aphasia, a disorder that affects speech and the ability to communicate. Cohn opened up about his work with Willis in a new interview with Weekly entertainmentwhere he described what an honor it was to collaborate with the iconic actor.

“It was awesome. Bruce is a screen legend. He’s an amazing actor. die hard is one of my favorite movies of all time, so it was an honor to be able to direct it. He did a great job in Revenge, and I had the pleasure of working with a legend like Bruce Willis. Being able to write and direct one of Bruce Willis’ last films is a special honor. He’s a fantastic actor and a great person. It was an honor to be able to spend time with him.”

Cohn went on to share one of his favorite memories of working with Willis, which involved the actor putting his familiar smile on screen for one of the last times.

“When we were shooting the climax, where Clive Standen’s character finally catches up with Bruce Willis’ character, they have this intense scene. What I wrote on the page, Bruce and Clive elevated. When Clive had to press the trigger, Bruce looked at Clive and got up from his chair and walked over to a sofa in the corner of the room and sat down under a partially closed window with a single beam of light beaming down. in the perfect spot, beautifully lit. He watched Clive and that classic, famous Bruce Willis smirk. It was a subtle yet powerful moment of Bruce asserting his power.”

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Bruce Willis plays the father of Theo Rossi’s character in Revenge with the film also featuring Clive Standen, Thomas Jane and even Mike Tyson. Director Jared Cohn says one of the highlights of the new film is the relationship between Willis and Rossi’s characters.

“The father-son dynamic between Theo Rossi and Bruce Willis was amazing to see. Bruce played Theo’s father, and there’s a hit when they walk into Clive’s house together to kill him – that really nice two-shot. They both had such intense, focused looks on their faces. And during the scene as Bruce talks, he looks at Theo and they share that bonding moment. [as they’re] about to kill Clive. I was just lucky to be able to film it.”

Revenge will be released on May 17 in Redbox kiosks, digital platforms and select theaters.

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