Following the news that Bruce Willis will be stepping down from film roles because to aphasia, his family took to social media to express their feelings. In response, many celebrities have expressed their support for Bruce Willis and paid personal tributes to the much-loved actor. Many in the business believe that Willis’ departure from acting has resulted in a big loss in the profession. Haley Joel Osment, who co-starred alongside Willis in The Sixth Sense, as well as M. Night Shyamalan, the film’s director, and other actors such as Kevin Smith and Sylvester Stallone, have all paid respect to the actor.
In a post on Instagram, Osment tried to convey how the number of Willis’s forced retirement has made him feel. Shared alongside a picture of a younger Willis, the actor wrote:
“It’s been difficult to find the right words for someone I’ve always looked up to—first on the big screen, and then by some wild stroke of luck, in person. He’s a true legend who has enriched all of our lives with a singular career that spans nearly half a century. I am so grateful for what I got to witness firsthand, and for the enormous body of work he built for us to enjoy for years and years to come. I just wanted to express the respect and deep admiration I have for Bruce and his family as they move forward with the courage and high spirits that have always defined them.”
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Shyamalan, 51, also shared support for the Die Hard star amid his diagnosis reveal, writing in a Wednesday tweet, “All my love and respect to my big brother Bruce Willis. I know his wonderful family is surrounding him with support and strength. He will always be that hero on that poster on my wall as [a] kid.”
All my love and respect to my big brother Bruce Willis. I know his wonderful family is surrounding him with support and strength. He will always be that hero on that poster on my wall as kid.
— M. Night Shyamalan ⌛ (@MNightShyamalan) March 31, 2022
Shyamalan and Willis have collaborated multiple times in the past. Willis appeared in multiple films from Shyamalan, including 1999’s The Sixth Sense, in which he played Dr. Malcolm Crowe, and 2000’s Unbreakable, in which he played David Dunn.
He reprised his role as Dunn in two of Shyamalan’s later films, making an uncredited cameo in Split (2016) and playing Dunn again in Glass (2019).
Kevin Smith, who once complained about Willis for ten years after the movie Cop Out, apologized for his “petty” issues in a post that read, “Long before any of the Cop Out stuff, I was a big Bruce Willis fan – so this is really heartbreaking to read. He loved to act and sing and the loss of that has to be devastating for him. I feel like an asshole for my petty complaints from 2010. So sorry to BW and his family.”