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Bruce Willis has apologised for a "boring" interview on the BBC's The One Show, blaming jetlag for appearing listless and disinterested while promoting the latest film in the Die Hard series last week.
Willis was introduced with a dramatic fanfare by the magazine show's hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones but struggled to work up much enthusiasm in response. The interviewers invited him to comment on the real-life asteroid currently threatening to pass close to the Earth in a reference to Willis's planet-saving exploits in 1998's Armageddon. The Hollywood star was apparently unimpressed. The pair even posed for a Die Hard-style mock-up poster, carrying plastic guns and wearing white vests, but Willis remained non-plussed.
A Good Day to Die Hard, which is released today in the UK, has so far received terrible reviews, and Willis himself appeared to be unsure about whether the title was helping much. "It's a difficult title. A Good Day to Die Hard? It's like, have a sandwich and let's go shopping – then Die Hard," he said in a rare moment of energy.
The actor later told UK radio station Xfm he was jetlagged. "I have to apologise," he said in an interview with Jon Holmes, to be broadcast today. "I didn't get very many compliments about it. They said it was a little stale. But I was so jetlagged. I'm very sorry, you kids on The One Show."
Willis added: "I'm sure it's not their problem. I was a little bit boring, I think. I had a little sinking spell, that's all."
Viewers were quick to voice their own lack of enthusiasm for Willis's performance on the BBC's Points of View forum. One wrote: "It's not often that I feel sorry for Matt and Alex but this was torture. They desperately tried to ask questions and get something of interest out of him whilst he mumbled and hesitated and was generally incoherent."
"They obviously thought that they had a major coup getting a Hollywood A-list star on the show but Willis showed himself to be little better than a mumbling moron."
Others compared Willis's appearance to Michael Parkinson's famously excruciating 2003 interview with Meg Ryan, which the talkshow host later described as his most difficult TV moment. Meanwhile, Jones tweeted, post-interview: "Bruce Willis has tired me out. It was a bit of a challenge, to say the least."
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