Both Bruce Willis and Jennifer Lawrence gave interviews recently to promote their upcoming movies. Lawrence spoke at Comic Con about Catching Fire, the upcoming sequel to the Hunger Games. Willis also spoke about a sequel, Red 2. You’re forgiven if you don’t remember Red, but it was actually a pretty good movie about old assassins with a fun cast (Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mary Louise Parker). Willis has done more sequels like this than he’d care to count, and way more promotional interviews about action movie sequels than he’d care to count. Willis is like Corbin Dallas, his character in the Fifth Element at the beginning of the movie: good at what he does, but whatever glow he once had about the glammy world around him was sand-papered off long ago. Jennifer Lawrence, though she already has plenty of leading roles and a Best Actress Oscar to her name, can still get star struck.
Lawrence's interview is friendly, normal, until Jennifer Lawrence spots Jeff Bridges. At which point she freaks out at least as much as you would if you met Jeff Bridges. First she runs away, then runs back and has a giddy interaction with Bridges, who seems charmed by Lawrence. They hug, then Lawrence is handed the microphone to ask Bridges a question. She asks him which of his characters that he has played is his favorite, and does it rhyme with "The Shmude." (If you don't get that reference, figure it out, then take corrective action immediately). Jennifer Lawrence seems to know she’s famous, but she’s still enthralled by the whole scene.
Bruce Willis not so much. Willis oozed jadedness in an awkward interview with Jamie Edwards of British station Magic 105.4 (below). It's a fluffy fluffy interview, and Willis gets a kick out of making it as awkward as possible for Edwards. Asked about his favorite location to film in, Willis deadpans:
"Istanbul." Then he clarifies, not for this film. Other films. Then, unprompted, Willis makes things more awkward:
"Has any actor ever told you this Jamie, this part is not acting--what we're doing right now. You might be, but we're just selling the film now. Sales. The fun part was making the movie."
Edwards tries to work with that (impressive, because Bruce Willis had just implied that he wasn't having fun): "So how would you try and sell me the film then."
A nice, easy, fluffy question that Willis wanted no part of: "I wouldn't. I would slash my hooves."
Mary Louise Parker, who was also there, tries to help out (while admitting she hasn't seen the movie): "I think people who have seen the film says it has a little bit of everything: romance, action..."
"Recipes," Willis offers. "Fashion tips."
Jamie Edwards stays with Parker for a while and then serves up another boring question to Willis, who moves from awkward stone-walling to snark. Edwards asks him if he likes driving.
"I'm thinking about driving right now, I can hardly keep my mind on this interview."
Two celebrities, one utterly jaded, one who barely realizes she's famous. Really, there's room in Hollywood for Jennifer Lawrence and Bruce Willis. It's everyone in between that can get kind of annoying.