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Bruce Willis's Career Arc - Grantland


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he original Die Hard was based on a 1979 novel by Roderick Thorp. He'd seen The Towering Inferno, and then the story came to him in a dream: German terrorists, led by one Anton "Little Tony" Gruber, seize the L.A. headquarters of the Klaxon Oil Corporation and run afoul of retired New York cop Joe Leland, whose daughter is among the hostages. The novel was called Nothing Lasts Forever; the persistence of the Die Hard franchise suggests an alternative viewpoint. "How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?" wondered Bruce Willis's Detective John McClane, way back in 1990's Die Hard 2: Die Harder. If only he'd known.

The movies do get further and further apart. Die Hard 4 was in 1995, and Die Hard 5 is in 2013.

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