John Travolta has paid tribute to his pulp fiction co-star Bruce Willis as a “generous soul” after it was announced the 67-year-old is retiring from his acting career.
The actor shared memories of his “good friend” with other Hollywood identities from Matthew Perry to Haley Joel Osment.
Willis has acted in hit films including the Die Hard series, Armageddon, Moonrise Kingdom, 12 Monkeys and Looper.
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“Bruce and I became good friends when we shared two of our biggest hits together, Pulp Fiction and Look Who’s Talking,” Travolta posted online, sharing photos of the couple.
“Years later he said to me, ‘John, I just want you to know that if something good happens to you, I feel like something will happen to me.’
“He’s so generous. I love you Bruce.”
Friends actor Perry said Willis will “remain in my prayers for a long time” following the announcement.
Dear Bruce Willis, I’m so sorry to hear what you’re going through, but you’re still the coolest man I’ve met in my entire life. You will remain in my prayers for a long time. Maybe we should sit down and watch the whole 10 meters and get a few hours sleep.
— Matthew Perry (@MatthewPerry) March 31, 2022
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Willis starred opposite Perry in The Whole Nine Yards and appeared in three episodes of the hit US sitcom.
His cameos included The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth’s Dad, in which he played overprotective father Paul Stevens, whose daughter is dating David Schwimmer’s hapless Ross Geller.
Willis’ character eventually ends up in a relationship with Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston.
Perry wrote on Twitter that Willis is “still the coolest man I’ve met in my entire life.”
“Dear Bruce Willis, I’m so sorry to hear what you’re going through, but you’re still the coolest man I’ve met in my entire life.
“You will be in my prayers for a long time. Maybe we should sit down and watch the whole 10 yards and get a few hours sleep,” Perry said of The Whole Nine Yards, referring to the couple’s critically planned 2004 sequel.
Osment, who starred opposite Willis in psychological thriller The Sixth Sense, said the actor’s career “enriched all of our lives for decades.”
“He is a true legend who has enriched all of our lives with a unique career spanning almost half a century.
“I’m so grateful for what I got to witness firsthand and for the tremendous body of work he created for us to enjoy for 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 good humor that has always characterized them.”
Many of Hollywood’s biggest stars also sent messages of support for the “awesome badass” after the news broke on Wednesday.
Director M Night Shyamalan, Breaking Bad star Dean Norris, Seth Green and Jamie Lee Curtis were among the famous faces to flock to the Willis family.
Shyamalan, who directed the actor in the 2019 superhero thriller Glass, credited Willis as “the hero of that poster on my wall as a kid.”
“All my love and respect to my big brother Bruce Willis,” he said.
“I know his wonderful family surrounds him with support and strength.
“He will always be the hero of the poster on my wall as a kid.”
Actor James Woods praised the Willis family for handling the difficult news with “dignity and grace”.
“If you love movies, you love #BruceWillis. He has embodied all the good things about the word ‘entertainment’ for decades,” he wrote.
“Kudos to his loving family for handling difficult news with dignity and grace. I speak for the world when I say, ‘We love you Bruce’.”
If you love movies, love #Bruce Willis. He has embodied everything good about the word “entertainment” for decades. Kudos to his loving family for handling difficult news with dignity and grace.
I speak for the world when I say, “We love you Bruce.” https://t.co/pzVFdFENW2
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 30, 2022
Announcing the news on social media, Willis’ family said it had been a “really challenging time” for them and thanked fans for their “enduring love, compassion and support.”
Willis married actress Demi Moore in 1987 and had their three eldest children, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.
The couple separated in 2000 but remained amicable and Willis married actress Emma Heming in 2009.
Willis and Heming also share two daughters, Mabel and Evelyn.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/john-travolta-praises-pulp-fiction-co-star-bruce-willis-as-a-generous-soul-41509380.html John Travolta praises Pulp Fiction co-star Bruce Willis as a ‘generous soul’