HOLLYWOOD -- Wonder how Bruce Willis ended up at the Republican National Convention, joining a host of other action-adventure heroes such as Chuck Norris and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the camp of President Bush?
The scenario begins in mid-August on the Pittsburgh set of Columbia Pictures' "Three Rivers," a summer 1993 release directed by Rowdy Herrington ("Gladiator" and "Road House"). Mr. Willis, who stars with Sarah Jessica Parker as a couple of river patrol cops, puts through a call to the White House and asks to speak to Bush. The name rings a bell. The president gets on. After brief introductions and some pleasant chit-chat, the superstar is invited down to Washington for a visit.
Mr. Willis secures a private plane and heads for the nation's capital. Observing the chief of state in action for five hours, he volunteers to show up in Houston the following week, where he was seen sitting in a box with first lady Barbara Bush.