Questions Are Being Asked Of Bruce Willis’ Agents And Management As Report Reveals Extent Of Cognitive Decline

Questions Are Being Asked Of Bruce Willis' Agents And Management

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  • Bruce Willis has starred in over 70 feature films during his 40-plus year career.
  • The 67-year-old is stepping away from acting due to an aphasia diagnosis.
  • Questions are now being asked about how his agents and management were handling him.

A day after Rumer Willis announced that her legendary father Bruce Willis was “stepping away” from his acting career due to being diagnosed with aphasia, the Los Angeles Times published an in-depth report about the extent of his struggles on film sets in recent years.

The report from the LA Times detailed how Willis was often paid around $2 million dollars per role, often spending just two days on set. Given how many movies Willis has appeared in during recent years — there was a four-year period where he starred in over 20 — questions are now being asked about how and why the 67-year-old actor was starring in so many films.

Questions are being asked of Bruce Willis’ agents and management

One particular excerpt from the piece has left fans concerned as it appeared that Willis didn’t even know what he was doing on a movie set:

“They [the actor’s team — which is led by his assistant-turned-handler Stephen J. Eads] stated that he was happy to be there, but that it would be best if we could finish shooting him by lunch and let him go early,” director Jesse V. Johnson recalled of the conversation. Filmmakers proceeded to quickly film the actor’s parts, even as Willis questioned where he was: “I know why you’re here, and I know why you’re here, but why am I here?” two crew members said he asked aloud.

Eads is specifically in the spotlight on the LA Times report as it details the financial gains he received as a result of Willis’ career:

Eads, who began working with Willis as his assistant in the 1990s, served as his on-set handler.

“The guy guided Bruce everywhere,” one crew member on 2020’s Hard Kill said of Eads. “He carted him around and kept an eye on him.”

For his work, he is credited as a producer on Willis’ films. In December 2018, Eads entered into a three-picture deal with the now-defunct MoviePass Films for which Eads received $200,000 per picture, according to a contract reviewed by The Times.

Given this diagnosis, it’s difficult to imagine that Willis will ever act again. Our thoughts go out to Willis and his loved ones during this difficult time.

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