Bruce Willis Is So Awful He Has His Own Razzie Category To Compete Against Himself

By Michileen Martin | 3 months ago

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Imagine if the Academy Awards were so collectively blown away by a single actor’s performance, that they devoted an entire category to that individual thespian? Well, that didn’t happen. But the Razzies apparently think Bruce Willis is so horrible that he deserves his own special category.

The Razzies recently unveiled their nominations for 2022, which include the new “Worst Performance By Bruce Willis In A 2021 Movie” category. It looks like it could be a hotly contested vote too — Bruce Willis appeared in eight movies in 2021, and every single one of them has received a Razzie nomination. In alphabetical order by title — with their accompanying Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score — there’s American Siege (0%), Apex (0%), Cosmic Sin (3%), Deadlock (no score), Fortress (20%), Midnight in the Switchgrass (8%), Out of Death (0%), and Survive the Game (14%).

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CBR’s coverage of the nominations includes a promotional image (seen above) of Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldiers) for a sci-fi flick with the groan-inducing — or incredibly promising, depending on your sense of humor — title Cosmic Sin. We thought the image looked so bad it had to be a fake but no. No, it’s real. Written and directed by Edward Drake, Cosmic Sin stars Willis and Grillo as soldiers who lead an elite force trying to stop an interstellar war. With a 3% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems criminal this was somehow passed over for a Worst Picture Razzie.

When you check out Edward Drake’s history, it becomes clear that — should, somehow, the actor actually show up to accept his Razzie — whichever performance that wins, there’s a really good chance Bruce Willis will be thanking Drake in his acceptance speech. Of the eight films nominated, three — American Siege, Apex, and Cosmic Sin — were directed and written (or co-written in the case of Apex) by Drake. Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, step aside. There’s a new dream team in town.

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Bruce Willis in Survive the Game (2021)

But look out, because Drake isn’t the only auteur helping to elevate Bruce Willis’ career. James Cullen Bressack, who directed both Fortress and Survive the Game, also has an okay chance at getting a nod in Willis’ speech. What adds insult to injury — or just plain confusion to the whole thing — is that in a lot of these films Bruce Willis isn’t even the top-billed actor. In a lot of them he’s playing second fiddle to Jesse Metcalfe, Chad Michael Murray, and Megan Fox. Is this an alternate universe? What happened here? Did Bruce Willis lose a bet?

To be fair, while no other single actor is getting as thoroughly trolled by the Razzies as Bruce Willis, he’s not their only target. In fact, at the bottom of their nominations list, the Razzies went ahead and singled out the films that are getting the most attention from the very much not-coveted awards. Mark Wahlberg‘s sci-fi extravaganza Infinite and the heist flick The Misfits both got 3 nominations each. The long awaited (?) sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy garned four nominations, including Worst Picture. The dark comedy drama Karen and Amy Adams’ The Woman in the Window both each earned 5 nominations, with both competing for Worst Picture and Worst Actress. Finally, there’s the musical Diana — about the late Diana, Princess of Wales — which attracted a staggering nine nominations, including for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, and Worst Actress.