Following the announcement that Bruce Willis is retiring from his career due to a medical diagnosis of Aphasia and other health issues, many fans and celebrities have openly shared their support for Willis and praying for his recovery.
One such celebrity is Liam Neeson, one of the most iconic actors of his and Willis’ generation. He revealed that he thinks about his fellow actor every day and wishes him love and support. Neeson also said his new film reminds him of Willis.
Read on to find out more.
Liam Neeson Thinks Of Bruce Willis Every Day
During an interview with the New York Post about his upcoming film, “Memory,” 69-year-old Neeson spoke about the Willis family’s announcement about his health and said, “My heart goes out to him. I think about him every day.”
He also noted that a disorder like Aphasia- which affects a person’s ability to express themselves and understand language- would be particularly devastating for a talented actor like Willis. He said, “It’s particularly poignant, isn’t it? I wish him all the best.”
Willis’ family revealed last month that the 67-year-old icon is retiring from acting after receiving a diagnosis of Aphasia. They said he is “stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him” and that “a recent diagnosis with aphasia is “impacting his cognitive abilities.”
Willis’ Family Is Supporting Him
The “Unbreakable” actor is married to Emma Heming Willis, and they have two daughters, Mabel and Evelyn. He also had three daughters with ex-wife Demi Moore, Rumer Willis, Scout Willis, and Tallulah Willis.
All of them signed the statement, which read, “This is a really challenging time for our family, and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.” A source revealed to People that the family is thankful for the time they have and even celebrated Mabel’s 10th birthday days after the announcement.
The source said, “Emma is especially grateful for the daughters she shares with Bruce. Everyone is focused on all the happy moments they are able to share. They are doing whatever they can [to support him]. They have rallied around him in a big way to help Bruce cope with what is to come.”
Neeson Struggles With Memory Loss In His Upcoming Film, ‘Memory’
In “Memory,” Neeson plays the role of an assassin-for-hire who is confronted with his personal moral code when he receives a task to take out a child. He then decides to turn the job around and hunt his employers.
He is also diagnosed with a disorder that affects his memory, and this greatly complicates his mission. Neeson is famous for his action films, and many fans are excited to see how this one will play out, especially with the interest element of his memory loss.
The movie is directed by Martin Campbell and also features Monica Belluci and Guy Pearce, who plays the role of an FBI agent trying to hunt down the criminals who hired Neeson to execute the child.
Liam Neeson Has A Real-Life Fear Of Memory Loss
During the interview with NYP, Neeson revealed that his character’s memory problems in “Memory” made him confront the harsh realities of aging and the reality that many older people have to deal with similar health problems. He even admitted to having a fear of Alzheimer’s.
He said, “It has crossed my mind a few times, especially when you can’t remember a name of an actor I worked with two or three years ago. That bugs me. But maybe we all suffer that. “In doing some research for this, I watched some very traumatic documentaries on the affliction of Alzheimer’s and dementia and read some books on it, of course.”
“And I have a friend in Ireland, who is older than me, [who] has very definite early stages of dementia, which is traumatic to see … It is a horrible affliction. It really is,” he continued, “I know several actors in London … who have lost the ability to learn lines… And these are actors who have given extraordinary performances on stage and on film and television.”