Tough talk from a diehard

Bruce Willis speaks his mind on Net

Bruce Willis is fighting a cyber terrorist in this summer’s “Live Free or Die Hard,” but the battle for the online fan base has already begun on Ain’t It Cool News.

On May 5, a poster going by the name Walter B. claimed to be Willis in the talkback forum on AICN.

The postings followed an explosive rant by one of AICN’s regular contributors, following Willis’ quotes in a recent Vanity Fair article regarding the pic’s PG-13 rating.

Though Walter B. was initially dismissed as a fraud, AICN creator Harry Knowles later confirmed the poster’s identity as Willis.

“I didn’t come here to defend ‘Die Hard 4,’ ” Willis wrote on the AICN message boards. “If you think I came here to win fanboy approval, you are incorrect.”

Instead, a candid Willis engaged in an unfiltered dialogue with fans: He writes that he’ll never work with director Michael Bay again after “Armageddon” (“a screaming director does not make for a pleasant set experience”), puts down the “dogs” he’s made, including the recent “Perfect Stranger” (“ruined by the producers”), and reveals films that he’s passed on, including “Ghost,” “The English Patient” and “Ocean’s 11.”

As for “Die Hard 4,” he admits his return to the John McClane character is “the longest shot of my career” but says the film is “better than the first one.”

Willis, who also serves as a producer on the pic, says he was “a little bummed” about the softer rating, but writes that only the f-word quotient has suffered.

He promises that the action is “old school, not CGI, so it gives the movie a reality that cannot be found on any blue screen,” and that the “famous catchphrase will most definitely be in DH4.”

Now that’s music to fans’ ears.

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