He was very lonely and extremely depressed about his struggling career.
JONATHAN BRANDIS : 1976 – 2003
1. THE QUOTE
“Let me stop you right there. Everybody write this down because I’m sick of answering this question. I am a Republican only as far as I want a smaller government. I want less government intrusion. I want them to stop pissing on my money and your money, the tax dollars that we give 50 % or 40 % of every year. And I want them to be fiscally responsible. And I want these goddamn lobbyists out of Washington. Do that and I’ll say I’m a Republican.
But other than that, I also want the government to take care of people who need help like the kids in foster care, the half a million kids who are in orphanages right now. They call them foster homes but they’re really orphanages. I want them to take care of the elderly and give them free medicine. Give them whatever they need. There’s tons, billions and billions of dollars that are just being wasted.
Okay? I hate government. But I am apolitical. Write that down. I’m not a Republican.”
( “Bruce Willis Interview For The Movie ’16 Blocks’ “, dated March 1, 2006 )
2. THE SPIN
Things must be pretty dire for the Republicans if even Bruce Willis is bailing on them.
The 51-year old movie star seemed desperate to put daylight between himself and the GOP when I caught up with him the other night at a Milk Studios show of his pal Lucy Liu’s oil paintings.
“Please write this down,” said Willis who has voiced support for the war in Iraq and appeared at the White House with President Bush. “I’m always accused of being a Hollywood Republican – but I’m not!”
“I have just as many Democratic ideas as Republican ones.” he insisted. “If they could build three fewer bombs every month and give the money to foster care, that would be great.”
( “Willis No Die-Hard For The GOP”, The New York Daily News : September 18, 2006 )
3. THE MOTIVATION
Action hero Bruce Willis was immortalized on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, fulfilling a lifelong ambition to see his name added to the stretch of pavement that is quite literally star-studded.
At a ceremony attended by celebrity friends and family including ex-wife Demi Moore and her new husband Ashton Kutcher as well as Kevin Costner, Ben Affleck and Sylvester Stallone, Willis said that he had always craved “the star treatment”.
“I used to come down here and look at these stars and I could never quite figure out what you’re supposed to do to get one,” said Willis after seeing his star become the 2,321st to be set into the sidewalk.
( “Bruce Willis Gets Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star”, Los Angeles, AFP : October 18, 2006 )
4. THE REACTION OF THE ANGRY LEFT
Poor Bruce Willis. He used to be one of The Big 3 Hollywood Republicans. They ruled the roost for years and made tons of money in Blow Up Stuff films.
Today, Bruce is whining. So why is Bruce Willis suddenly whining about his ties to George W. Bush and the neocons?
Maybe Bruce Willis has figured out that the worm has turned. Maybe he’s hoping for a bigger audience share when “Die Hard 4” comes out next year. Maybe his investors don’t want any more bad press.
You made your bed. Wallow in it, you right-wing Republican shill.
( “Bruce Willis Wants A Hollywood History Makeover” by Delilah Boyd, ascrivenerslament.blogspot.com : September 25, 2006 )
5. THE REACTION OF THE CALM RIGHT
The problem is that the allegiances of Hollywood celebrities are determined by who is going to give them their $ 20 million paychecks. And little else. More than Liberalism or ( in the very rare case ) Conservatism, the ideology of Hollywood celebrities is Narcissism. They serve a master called Hollywood.
This is why our message to Conservatives here at Libertas and in the L. A. filmmaking community is this : become independent filmmakers, or otherwise support independent filmmakers and their efforts.
Stop hanging onto celebrities. You don’t need them and they’re not going to do anything for you anyway.
( “Bruce Willis Says I’m Not A Republican!”, Libertas @ www.libertyfilmfestival.com : September 20, 2006 )
6. THE AFTERMATH
“When a big star like Bruce Willis sees his New York bar protested for his being a Republican and his Hollywood pals don’t rally to his defense, it’s no wonder Mr. Willis doesn’t talk openly about politics anymore.”
( “Blacklist Then And Now” by Andrew Breitbart, The Washington Times : July 28, 2008 )
7. THE LESSON
“Los Angeles is the ultimate ‘Go Along To Get Along’ town especially because the showbiz industry has become dominant here.
And yet, the entertainment business is relatively small, characterized by nasty competition for fewer and fewer jobs.
Conservative actors and production people have told me that Liberal executives and other powerbrokers will not hire people who aren’t Leftwing.
To survive economically, many of them have to pretend and ‘Go Along To Get Along’.
That’s why Hollywood continues to remain dominated by a Liberal Culture.”
( “Bill’s Tip Of The Day”, The O’Reilly Factor, FOXNews : February 27, 2013 )