Bruce Willis had 'worst performance' award retracted after Aphasia diagnosis

Darcy Rafter September 14, 2022
Bruce Willis had 'worst performance' award retracted after Aphasia diagnosis
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Organizers of the Razzie Awards, which are given to the year’s worst films, have retracted the “honor” given to Die Hard actor Bruce Willis after the devastating announcement of his ongoing health issues.

The Golden Raspberry Awards (also known as the Razzie Awards) is a parody award show co-founded by UCLA film graduates and John J. B. It makes the point of honoring the worst of the cinematic industry.

Willis, 67, is best known for playing John McClane in the Die Hard films, which made him an international star. Everyone’s favorite action hero, Willis has spent his Hollywood career making one blockbuster hit after another.

However, he may not be everyone’s cup of tea and the Razzie Awards were certainly not the biggest fan of his recent performances.

Little did the organizers know that, behind closed doors, Bruce was suffering from a debilitating health issue.

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Bruce Willis’s Razzie award retracted

Earlier this year, the star’s family shared a shocking announcement that Willis has the brain disorder aphasia, which affects a person’s ability to speak and write. The neurological disorder sadly led Bruce to give up acting altogether.

His wife Emma Heming Willis, ex-wife Demi Moore, and Willis’s three eldest daughters have come together to support the actor at this difficult time.

At The Golden Raspberry Awards in 2021, Willis was given his own category for worst Bruce Willis performance. He had eight films nominated and Cosmic Sin was judged as the winner out of the other films which included American Siege, Apex, Deadlock, and Out Of Death.

However, amid the announcement of his declining health, which came just days after the Razzies, the “honors” were retracted. Ceremony organizers decided it was “not appropriate” to award prizes to those whose medical conditions may have affected their performances, according to the BBC.

Razzie organizers took “much thought and consideration” over retracting the award. The ceremony bosses explained: “If someone’s medical condition is a factor in their decision making and/or their performance, we acknowledge that it is not appropriate to give them a Razzie.”

The award ceremony’s Twitter account also tweeted on 30 March that they were “truly sorry for Bruce Willis’s diagnosed condition”, adding: “Perhaps this explains why he wanted to go out with a bang in 2021.”

They also explained that they only heard about Willis’s diagnosis “at the same time everyone else did.”

Bruce Willis’s Aphasia Diagnosis explored

In March 2022, Willis’s family announced that the actor had been diagnosed with aphasia and would retire from his acting career after over 40 years in the industry.

The social media post was addressed “To Bruce’s amazing supporters” and the caption continues that “as a family, we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.”

The joint statement was written together by his family, who said: “As a result of this and with much consideration, Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.

“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion, and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.”

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.