- Published on Wednesday, June 20 2012
- Written by Anysha Panesar
Moonrise Kingdom broke box office records when it was released in theaters May 25th. One actor who played his part as Sheriff as if it were his real day job was the talented Bruce Willis. Mr Willis is known for his comedic, serious, and action-packed acting techniques, and you can definitely say his films never fail to entertain and reach high ratings. From his early beginnings in the hit TV show "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepherd, where he played a Private Detective, Willis has had more than his fair share of playing the cop in the majority of his movies. From his trademark saying "Yippee-ki-yay" to the sometimes slightly unbelievable situations his characters have found themselves to be in, Bruce Willis is a seasoned professional when it comes to being a member of the on-screen Police Department!
Let's take a look at his very best cop roles of all time!
1. John McClane - Number one on the list has to be none other than Bruce’s alter ego, John McClane, from the iconic Die Hard movies. So immortalized with this alter ego, Bruce is sometimes actually referred to as the character name instead of his own! This NYPD cop is hard-edged, ass-kicking, yet has an endearing and witty sense of humor -- is also pretty handsome too! Die Hard shows Willis at his best, fighting the bad guys and getting shirtless in the process. Oh, and his acting skills aren’t too shabby either! With a fifth Die Hard movie on the horizon, it looks like Bruce won’t be shaking this "attention-seeking personality" off anytime soon. Are we complaining? I don’t think so!
2. James "Jimmy" Monroe - Playing the veteran Detective Monroe, Bruce shines in the hilarious flick Cop Out. Alongside Tracy Morgan, Bruce Willis shows cop comedy at its best. Squaring off against ruthless gangsters who are obsessed with baseball memorabilia, the film focuses on one capable cop and his trusty but not so helpful sidekick, trying to save the day and themselves! It was no wonder that another Willis movie made box office numbers soar!
3. Frank Moses - Moving up in the ranks in the action-comedy RED, Bruce gets upgraded to a retired black-ops CIA agent. Playing Frank Moses alongside legendary Hollywood actors Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren, a sequel has been confirmed for summer 2013. Showing that age is just a number, RED is certainly one of Willis’s best! Filled with tense moments and twists and turns and an underlying love story thrown in for good measure, it's a perfect combination of comedy and action! Once again, Bruce Willis does not fail to amaze us!
4. Jeff Talley - In the 2005 thriller Hostage, Mr Willis plays an ex-LAPD hostage negotiator who has changed his lifestyle to become a local sheriff but is thrown back into a hostage situation years later. Of course, Willis comes out on top -- as always! Hostage shows a side of Bruce that often gets ignored. It strips away his usual torn and bloodied, raging gun scenes, and shows the audience the real actor inside him. Engaging the audience into a truly wonderful, nail-biting thriller, Bruce Willis has proved that he can be just as powerful without crazy stunts!
5. Tom Hardy - One of Bruce Willis’s early movies was the thriller Striking Distance, playing Sergeant Tom Hardy, a Pittsburgh Police homicide detective that has just broken the Blue Code of Silence. Already sounds intriguing, right? Well, not to ruin the film for you, but this thriller is full of action and twists! With family feuds, kidnappings, and fake deaths, this is a must-see on your DVD list! Bruce Willis showed from his early film portrayals that he was destined to be Hollywood’s best on-screen cop.
Overall, I think we agree in unison that Bruce Willis deserves to take the title of Best Movie Cop! He is a pro at fighting crime, he’s known to crack the occasional joke along the way, and no matter what the situation, he always looks dashing! What more could a viewer ask for?
- Anysha Panesar, YH Staff
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