Bruce Willis has exited the Woody Allen film he was attached to and reports indicate that the prolific director may have fired him.
There are some conflicting messages. Deadline initially reported that Willis left the film due to a scheduling conflict with his Broadway adaptation of Stephen King”s Misery.
However, The Wrap”s Jeff Sneider tweeted that Willis was in fact fired. As Vulture points out, the actor was seen on set yesterday, in front of a camera, in costume, and by all appearances working with Jesse Eisenberg. He”d likely have known if there was a a legitimate scheduling conflict ahead of the start of production.
It”s unclear why Willis was fired — if he was — but in response to Sneider's initial tweet Tom O”Leary said, ”Yep. Fired. A friend is on the film. Bruce couldn't remember a line. Cue cards were no help. Cast were losing their minds.” Again, these claims have not been confirmed.
However, Allen has recast actors in the past, so it”s not out of the realm of possibility.
Allen”s rep has said that they will be replacing Willis and there will be no need to halt production. The film also stars Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp, and Paul Schneider.
Take a look at the Twitter exchange between Sneider and O”Leary below.
@TheInSneider Yep. Fired. A friend is on the film. Bruce couldn't remember a line. Cue cards were no help. Cast were losing their minds.
– Tom O'Leary (@TomOLeary4) August 25, 2015