Bruce Willis is fine with never getting an Oscar nomination: ‘It just always has seemed whimsical to me’

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Bruce Willis on the cover of the March issue of GQ magazine. PHOTO CREDIT:  Mario Testino/ GQ

PHOTO CREDIT: Mario Testino/ GQ

Bruce Willis isn’t that concerned about his lack of Oscar nominations, the star tells GQ.

 Though Bruce Willis has been in the acting business for decades, he’s never once gotten a nomination from the Academy Awards. And what’s more, the veteran action star told the March issue of GQ, he’s OK with that.

“I don’t think about it too much. It just always has seemed whimsical to me, to think about it,” Willis said.

“You don’t get an Oscar for comedy, and you don’t get it for shooting people.”

Nowadays, Willis is known for his roles as an onscreen tough guy, the kind of no-nonsense action hero who can foil the most nefarious of bad guys with a little luck and a lot of muscle.

But before he was the star of “Die Hard,” Willis was a Cub Scout who struggled with a speech impediment.

“The Cub Scout years, I had a terrible stutter,” Willis explained.

“I thought I was handicapped. I couldn’t talk at all. I still stutter around some people now.”

“But then I did some theater somewhere, probably in high school. And when I memorized words, I didn’t stutter, which was just miraculous.”

Now that Willis has more than 70 films under his belt, he has some advice for young actors, too.

“I recently heard one of my fellow actors say it in three words: ‘Just shut up,'” Willis said.

“Maybe it’s being older; maybe that’s just a tiny tag of wisdom that you’ve got to think about something before you say something.”

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It may seem counterintuitive for someone who stars in loud, fast movies, but Willis recommends deliberation and stillness.

“When you’re still — that’s when actors start giving away dialogue. It seems like you are being gracious, giving someone else your lines, but it’s an old trick,” Willis explained.

“If others are speaking, the camera wants to see you act — and react.”

Willis, who famously renounced alcohol in 1988, isn’t exactly sober these days. But he’s also taking everything in moderation.

“I realized that I wasn’t going to run myself off the pier of life with alcohol, drinking vodka out of the bottle every day,” Willis said.

“I have wine now, mostly when I eat.”

On his future ambitions, Willis noted that he had a taste for the stage.

“I’d like to go and do theater,” the “Die Hard” star, 57, explained.

“It seems like a more reasonable job, more manageable.”

But politics? That’s not for him.

“That’s not an option,” Willis said.

“I was asked, and I said, ‘Did you hear any of the stuff about me when I was a kid?'”

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