Kevin Smith has been open about his difficulties directing Bruce Willis on the set of his new comedy co-starring Tracy Morgan, A Couple of Cops. “He’s undirectable,” he said. At the New Moon premiere Smith kidded producer James Jacks, saying, “Dude, why didn’t you tell me!” The movie may have turned out okay (here’s an early AICN review), but point is, Smith and I agreed, the glory days for stars are over.
With Hollywood in recession and the star system on the decline, fewer big-budget live-action movies are getting made and most stars can’t get their price anymore. Most are just searching for a good part. The golden era when stars can misbehave, throw their weight around, demand perks and make lives miserable is finally coming to an end. “He’s the lion in winter,” Smith said of Willis.
Smith does a Bruce Willis riff here–point is, he eventually came up with a part for the guy.