Kevin Smith apologizes to Bruce Willis after he was diagnosed with aphasia

Kevin Smith feels like an “A-hole” for “small” comments he once made about Bruce Willis, whose family revealed he has aphasia.

“I was a huge Bruce Willis fan long before the Cop Out stuff so it’s really heartbreaking to read.” Schmidt tweeted Wednesday in response to the news of Willis’ diagnosis, referencing the 2010 action comedy he directed and in which the actor starred.

“He loved acting and singing and the loss of that must be devastating for him,” Smith, 51, continued, admitting that he “feels like an A-hole for my little ailments” and Willis, 67 , “so sorry” do , “and his family.”

In January 2011, Smith described the experience working with Willis on Cop Out, which also starred Tracy Morgan, as “f-king soul-crushing.”

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Kevin Smith has apologized for “petty” comments he once made about working with Bruce Willis on Cop Out.
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“It was difficult,” he said on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast at the time. “I’ve never been in a situation like this where a component wasn’t in the box at all. It was bloody soul crushing.”

“I mean, a lot of people are going to be like, ‘Oh, you’re just trying to blame him for the movie,'” the filmmaker continued of the buddy cop flick received poor reviews. “No, but I didn’t have any fucking help from that guy.”

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Smith and Willis, seen here with Justin Long, also collaborated on 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard.
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While Smith claimed Willis “wouldn’t even sit for a friggin’ poster shoot,” he credited Morgan, now 53, for making the film’s production bearable.

“If it wasn’t for Tracy, I might have killed myself or someone else filming this movie,” he joked.

Kevin Smith on a red carpet in 2010.
Smith said he feels “like an a-hole” now that Willis’ aphasia diagnosis has been revealed.
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It’s unclear how long the ‘Pulp Fiction’ star has been suffering from symptoms of aphasia, but his family announced on Wednesday that the condition would end his decades-long career.

Aphasia affects a person’s cognitive functioning, including their ability to speak, write, and understand both verbal and written language. It usually occurs after a stroke or head injury, although Willis’ family has not explained its cause.

Bruce Willis on a red carpet in 2004.
Aphasia affects a person’s cognitive functioning, including their ability to speak, write, and understand language.
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They also didn’t reveal when the Die Hard star received the diagnosis, but sources exclusively told Page Six that he was Having “cognitive problems” on film sets since at least 2020.

Sources also said it was him with “earphones” to allow cables to be fed in and “Body Doubles, Not Just for Action [sequences]but to maximize his screen time.”

“Everyone knew, the cast and the crew,” an insider explained, adding that the actor’s family eventually “stepped in” and “moved in to take care of him.”

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