Razzies withdraw Worst Performance award given to Bruce Willis in 2021 after aphasia diagnosis
The Golden Raspberry Awards, popularly known as the Razzies, have withdrawn the category 'Die Hard: worst performance by Bruce Willis in 2021' after the actor was diagnosed with aphasia. The 67-year-old's condition was revealed on Wednesday by his family, and it was confirmed that Willis had decided to give up acting.
Even though the 'Glass' actor had his own category -- 'Die Hard: worst performance by Bruce Willis in 2021', for all his 2021 movies including 'American Siege', 'Survive Game', 'Apex', 'Cosmic Sun', 'Out of Death', 'Midnight in the Switchgrass', 'Deadlock' and 'Fortress', at this year Razzies, the organizers of the awards, given to the worst in movies every year, decided that the cetegory was inappropriate given the actor's condition.
In a statement to New York Post, the award show’s co-founders, John Wilson and Mo Murphy, said, “After much thought and consideration, the Razzies have made the decision to rescind the Razzie Award given to Bruce Willis, due to his recently disclosed diagnosis.”
The statement continued, “If someone’s medical condition is a factor in their decision-making and/or their performance, we acknowledge that it is not appropriate to give them a Razzie.”
When Willis’ family disclosed his illness for the first time, the award show tweeted, “The Razzies are truly sorry for #BruceWillis diagnosed condition. Perhaps this explains why he wanted to go out with a bang in 2021. Our best wishes to Bruce and family.”
In an interview with IndieWire, Wilson and Murphy further said, “We are truly sorry to hear about Willis’ diagnosis, of which we were unaware until the story broke earlier today.” They continued, “In Willis’ defense, perhaps his reps should not have let him do such a high volume of work in so short a time. We offer our best wishes to Bruce and his family.”
Soon after this talk, Wilson released another statement to the outlet saying, “We are still discussing how to handle the news about Willis’ diagnosis and will get back to you.” Now, after much discussion, the awards have decided to withdraw the category.
Besides Willis, the organizers also said that they would like to revoke their 42-year old nomination of Shelley Duvall for her performance in 'The Shining'. Citing extenuating circumstances and director Stanley Kubrick's treatmenr of Duvall throughout the production of the horror movie, the show decided to take back Duvall's Razzies nomination for worst actress at the inaugral Razzie Award in 1981.
In a report by the Post, they said, “As we recently mentioned in a Vulture interview, extenuating circumstances also apply to Shelley Duvall in The Shining. We have since discovered that Duvall’s performance was impacted by Stanley Kubrick’s treatment of her throughout the production. We would like to take this opportunity to rescind that nomination as well."