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John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone & More Honor Bruce Willis Amid Aphasia Struggle

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By Kristin Myers on April 12, 2022 at 11:00 AM EDT

Late last month, the daughter of Bruce Willis disclosed that the legendary actor was struggling with aphasia. Many tributes have since poured in for the “Die Hard” actor, including some from John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, and M. Night Shyamalan.

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John Travolta ‘Became Good Friends’ With Bruce Willis On The Set Of ‘Pulp Fiction’

John Travolta honors Bruce Willis
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There were many memorable lines that came out of the Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 cult classic film “Pulp Fiction,” but two actors came out of it with a newfound friendship. Travolta posted some throwback photos of the pair on Instagram, showing them on set together.

“Bruce and I became good friends when we shared 2 of our biggest hits together, Pulp Fiction and Look Who’s Talking,” Travolta wrote in the caption. “Years later he said to me, ‘John, I just want you to know that when something good happens to you, I feel like it’s happening to me.’ That’s how generous a soul he is. I love you Bruce.”

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John Travolta honors Bruce Willis
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Many fans showered the post with heart emojis. One fan wrote, “This hurts my soul.. Just proves yet again life is short. Love those around you and be kind to everyone.”

Another fan called the duo “Legends of the Cinematic Experience” and used the hashtag “#StayBrainHealthy.”

“Sending positive and health vibes to Bruce! ????” another commented.

Another fan shared, “I first saw him in moonlighting and I was struck. One of the few actors like yourself who has endured. I wish him and his families well.”

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M. Night Shyamalan Pays Respect To ‘My Big Brother’ Bruce Willis

M. Night Shyamalan pays tribute to Bruce Willis
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Shortly after the announcement, director M. Night Shyamalan tweeted, “All my love and respect to my big brother Bruce Willis. I know his wonderful family is surrounding him with support and strength. He will always be that hero on that poster on my wall as kid.”

Shymalan had directed Bruce Willis in the 1999 thriller “The Sixth Sense” alongside Haley Joel Osment, who also paid tribute to Bruce Willis, calling him “a true legend” on Instagram.

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Haley Joel Osment pays tribute to Bruce Willis
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“It’s been difficult to find the right words for someone I’ve always looked up to—first on the big screen, and then by some wild stroke of luck, in person,” he began. “He’s a true legend who has enriched all of our lives with a singular career that spans nearly half a century.”

“I am so grateful for what I got to witness firsthand, and for the enormous body of work he built for us to enjoy for years and years to come,” he went on. “I just wanted to express the respect and deep admiration I have for Bruce and his family as they move forward with the courage and high spirits that have always defined them.”

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Sylvester Stallone Is Praying For Bruce Willis

Sylvester Stallone posted several throwback photos of him and Bruce Willis together on Instagram. In the caption, he wrote, “We go back a long way , praying for the best for you and your wonderful family …”

Many fans loved the sweet tribute. One fan wrote, “I can’t imagine Hollywood without this legend.”

“Great tribute, Sly - thoughts and prayers for Bruce and his family ?” another fan commented.

“Great friendships last a long time!!! ???” said another.

Justin Long Remembers Attending A Red Carpet Premiere With Bruce Willis

Justin Long and Bruce Willis
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The “Accepted” actor posted a photo of him and Bruce Willis together on Instagram, along with a funny story of the time the two attended a red carpet premiere together.

He began, “It was an honor and highlight of my career to get to work with this man, in a genre that he helped reinvent and master.”

“This pic is from when we were shooting Die Hard 4 and, after we wrapped one day, he asked me if I wanted to go see the new Rocky movie,” he explained. “I excitedly said ‘yes’, eager that he wanted to hang out outside of work and when I quickly changed and re-emerged from my trailer, wearing this tee shirt and hoodie that I’d worn to work, he squinted his classic squint and deadpanned ‘that’s what you’re wearing?’”

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Actor Bruce Willis looks like he apos s having a great time with bikini-clad girls while he film a commercial for Faena in Miami Beach

Long then said that he “realized [that Bruce had] invited me to the fancy red carpet PREMIERE of the new Rocky movie.”

“I felt like a slacker AND a tag-a-long, but he accepted both of these truths and seemed to not hold either one against me - and we had a REALLY fun night,” he continued. “At one point, he was huddled up with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, while I was awkwardly standing off to the side as his briefly neglected date. I only momentarily felt… expendable ??”

“Anyway, grateful for that night and for my whole Die Hard experience,” he concluded. “Wishing Bruce and his family love and strength. He is and always will be A Legend❤️ #tbt”

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