Bruce Willis admitted once that he was a ‘knucklehead’ for passing up this classic romance.
Bruce Willis has appeared in some of Hollywood’s greatest hits, from Die Hard to Armageddon. Also the most well-known movie stars, though, have regrets. For example, Willis once chastised himself for directing a 1990 film that went on to become one of the year’s most acclaimed films.
Thanks to 1988’s “Die Hard,” Bruce Willis became an A-list movie star.
Willis was turned into a true leading man in 1988’s Die Hard. Prior to that film, the actor was best known for his role in Moonlighting on television. Willis had found a signature franchise thanks to his position as John McClane, and he’d return to it four more times over the next 25 years. And he made the most of his chance to hone his movie star persona.
Willis was, in reality, one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood during the 1990s and beyond. Pulp Fiction, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, 12 Monkeys, and The Fifth Element proved he could do humor, drama, and action all at the same time. Willis, on the other hand, has rarely dabbled in the romantic genre. That is precisely the category in which his lost opportunity falls.
Patrick Swayze was smitten by the script for “Ghost,” but he had to compete with another actor for the part.
However, the actor passed on one of 1990’s greatest hits, “Ghost.”
Willis appeared in the Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Look Who’s Talking Too sequels, as well as the notorious flop The Bonfire of the Vanities, in 1990. However, he should have appeared in Ghost, the year’s second highest-grossing film. Willis admitted to The New York Times (via People) in 1996 that he couldn’t wrap his head around the film when the script was given to him.
Willis told the New York Times, “I just didn’t get it.” “I told him, ‘Hey, the guy’s gone.’ What are your plans for a… This is a condensed version of the plot. I hope you found it entertaining.