Shed light on the matter. Bruce Willis‘ attorney, Martin Singerresponded to accusations that producer Randall Emmett knew about the Sixth Sense the actor’s health problems, but still continued to push him to work.
“My client continued to work after his medical diagnosis because he wanted to work and so could many others with aphasia who are able to continue working,” Singer, 70, told the Los Angeles Times for an article published on Thursday, June 30. “Because Mr. Willis appeared in those films, they could be financed. That resulted in literally thousands of people in jobs, many during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In March, the 67-year-old die hard Star’s family announced that he stopped acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, a neurological condition that affects the ability to communicate.
Before retiring, Willis worked with Emmett, 51, on a number of films, including the producer’s directorial debut, Midnight at the Switchgrass† According to the Los Angeles TimesEmmett told his then fiancé Lala Kent that the hard murder actor struggled during the film’s production.
“I can’t do this anymore,” Kent recalls her ex-fiancé telling her in a phone conversation that was overheard by two other witnesses. “It’s just so sad. Bruce can’t remember any of his lines. He doesn’t know where he is.”
The Irish producer denied in a statement to the The Angels Time† The outlet reported that he has made five more films with the… Pulp Fiction actor na Midnight at the Switchgrass†
The alleged phone call to Kent took place in September 2020, long before Willis’ health concerns were made public. But according to Alicia Haverlanda real estate manager Midnight at the Switchgrassthe actor’s condition was an open secret on the film set.
“Our stunt coordinator said he was having a hard time,” Haveerland told the Los Angeles Times† “Our first AD saw that he was having a hard time. You’d have to be blind not to see him struggle.”
The outlet reported that multiple crew members witnessed Willis needing significant help getting through scenes, including another actor coaching him on his lines through an earpiece and Emmett mimicking actions from behind the video monitor.
A representative for Emmett said: We Weekly“Randall is very proud of the work he and Bruce Willis have done over the past 15 years. In every movie they’ve made together, Bruce has enjoyed being on set, playing golf, dining out and interacting with the crew. If Bruce hadn’t wanted to be on set, he wouldn’t have been there. Willis is one of the greatest actors of his time and was sought after by several production companies until his recent retirement. Randall counts him among his best friends.”
In addition to concerns about his working relationship with the moonlight While his health deteriorated, Emmett is also currently facing allegations of abuse against women, employees and business partners. his spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister denied these allegations to the Los Angeles Times† The Silence producer and his company, Emmett/Furla Oasis, are currently facing nearly a dozen lawsuits, according to the outlet.
On the day Willis’s family announced his aphasia diagnosis, Emmett took to Instagram to express his support for the… Moonrise Kingdom actor.
“Bruce and I have worked on more than 20 films together. He is a great actor and legendary action star, an incredible father and a good friend. I fully support Bruce and his family during this challenging time and admire him for his courage in the fight against this incredibly difficult medical condition. Bruce will always be part of my family,” he captioned a candid photo of him with the action star.