Bruce Willis to be in town for `Die Hard' film

September 20, 2006|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Yippee-ki-yay, Baltimoreans! If you see an intense hard guy with a sardonic grin and a slick bald pate tooling through Baltimore this week, for once it may really be Bruce Willis.

The star is scheduled to come here beginning this weekend to film Live Free or Die Hard, the fourth Die Hard movie and the first since Die Hard With a Vengeance in 1995. (All told, the first three films grossed more than $740 million worldwide.)

The production has set up headquarters for a weeklong shoot in the city, starting Saturday.

Willis once again plays NYPD detective John McClane, who proved to be ahead of his time when he tangled with international terrorists in an L.A. high-rise in Die Hard (1988), drug-world terrorists at D.C.'s Dulles airport in Die Hard 2 (1990) and the brother of the lead terrorist from the first film in Die Hard With a Vengeance.

Times have caught up with McClane. In the up-to-date Live Free or Die Hard, McClane goes up against yet another terrorist organization -- a group that wreaks chaos on America via the Internet.

"With all things being equal," McClane said in Die Hard, "I'd rather be in Philadelphia." Members of the local film industry are hoping that in the future he might make that Baltimore.

michael.sragow@baltsun.com

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