How Bruce Willis Keeps His Cool

The star who likes doing the unlikely, such as another Die Hard

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Actor Bruce Willis attends the German premiere to Die Hard 4.0 at the Sony Center CineStar on June 18, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.

I'm pretty sure Bruce Willis lied to me, and I'm pretty sure I liked it. He made me feel that the two of us--men equipped with a certain tough cynicism, men who know that this whole celebrity machine is overblown, men, damn it, who have lived--could be straight with each other. When Willis, who was in Alcoholics Anonymous and now occasionally drinks, began to rave about the dangers of booze (perhaps provoked by my repeated references to his 1980s Seagram's wine-cooler commercials), and I countered with a question about a YouTube video of him looking a little plowed at a recent...

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