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Bruce Willis Reveals He Almost Turned Down First 'Die Hard'

After making a grand entrance in a Papal hat on the 'Late Show with David Letterman', Bruce Willis revealed that he almost turned down 'Die Hard', the film that went on to define his career.

"They called me a couple times when I was doing 'Moonlighting,' and I said I can't do it, fellas," Willis explained.

"I just can't do it, I'm doing my show. And, thank God, Cybill Shepherd got pregnant and Glenn Caron gave us eleven weeks off and I went to go and do 'Die Hard.'"

The 1988 film was an adaptation of the 1979 bestselling novel 'Nothing Lasts Forever' by Roderick Thorp. With a budget of just $28 million, 'Die Hard' went on to earn $140 million worldwide and spawn five sequels.

'A Good Day to Die Hard' is the latest in the series and finds Willis' John McClane on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son.

And why was Willis wearing a Papal hat? The actor joked he was ready to fill the vacant position of the Pope.

February 13, 2013 |

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