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Arnold Schwarzenegger praises Bruce Willis and says action heroes never truly retire

Rachel Lang

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Arnold Schwarzenegger praises Bruce Willis and says action heroes never truly retire

Arnold Schwarzenegger has given his pal Bruce Willis a few words of advice as the Die Hard star continues his fight with dementia.

The actor sat down for an interview with CinemaBlend to chat about FUBAR, his upcoming film on Netflix.

"I think that he’s fantastic. He was, always for years and years, a huge, huge star and I think that he will always be remembered as a great, great star. And a kind man."

Schwarzenegger went on to discuss action heroes in old age and what it is like when one of them retires, whether that be due to their own decisions or a forced retirement due to health like Willis'.


"I understand that under his circumstances, health-wise, that he had to retire. But in general, [action heroes] never really retire. Action heroes reload," he said.

Willis has been keeping a low profile since he and his family confirmed that health issues had cropped up for the 68-year-old star.

In their statement shared on Instagram, it was confirmed that Bruce is suffering with frontotemporal dementia.


The sad health update comes one year after he retired from acting following an initial aphasia diagnosis.

Heming Willis has since been documenting her family's journey with Willis' diagnosis on social media.

So far, they have shared beautiful family moments, birthdays, and other adventures.

She posted a video about their daughter, Evelyn, and how she is dealing with her dad's illness.


Starting the video, she said: "So I have to tell you this story, and I’m going to try and do it without crying.

"Because when Evelyn told me this story, I was an absolute puddle.

"Okay, here we go. So Evelyn said to me the other day, did you know that people with dementia can become severely dehydrated?


"And I said, 'Oh', I said, 'I didn't know that'. I said, 'But how do you know that?' And she says, 'well, I was at school the other day, and I had some free time, and I was looking at fun facts about dementia'."

She added that it was sort-of amusing and that she really is her father's child because they both love random facts.

"So I said to her, 'OK, Evelyn, we will always make sure that daddy has a bottle of water in hand," she said.

"And I said, 'But you know, the most loving and compassionate thing that you can do is to be curious and educate yourself on your dad's disease.


"It really is one of the most loving and compassionate things that we can do as caregivers as friends, family, is to educate ourselves about our loved one's disease so we can best show up for them and support them in the best way possible."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo. Barry King / Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Arnold Schwarzenegger, TV and Film, Celebrity

Rachel Lang
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