Is there a better way to approach Christmas than to
sit in a big comfy Rex chair, with a glass of this and
that in the company of badass Bruce Willis?
Yes there is but this year it’s Bruce’s turn.
He plays NYPD off duty cop John McClane at
a Christmas party in the Nakatomi skyscraper
headquarters. The party’s over early when a bunch
of ‘terrorists’ led by mastermind Hans Gruber (the
truly magnificent scene-thief Alan Rickman) takes
them all hostage, apart from Bruce of course, who
manages to escape, in little more than a vest,
grubbier by the frame, and confounds the baddies
body by body.
Considered to be one of Hollywood’s great action
movies, Die Hard in 1988 turned Bruce Willis into
the action hero he remains today 30 years later, at
62. Try this: Arnie, Clint and Burt Reynolds where
offered the role, after Frank Sinatra turned it down!
Frank was a renowned scrapper and wise guy, but
Ol’ Blue Eyes’ wrestling, leaping and hitting the
deck hard - in a vest? When ‘they’ finally decided
a balding, chunky, upstart might just be save-theworld
material, they didn’t like the vest…!
Hey, what do they know Harvey.