Bruce Willis was exploited by movie producers who kept casting him in movies though he wasn’t in a position to remember his lines or perform due to aphasia, a recent report claims.
A Los Angeles Times expose on movie producer Randall Emmett accused the 51-year-old of defrauding investors, rampant drug use, tackling his ex-fiancee — “Vanderpump Rules” star Lala Kent, 31 — and offering acting roles for sexual favors.
Sources also said Emmett was blissful to maintain attach Willis’ name to a movie, at the same time as the motion hero stumbled.
In September 2020, Emmett was directing Willis, now 67, in “Midnight Within the Switchgrass” and couldn’t get the actor to kick in a door — even with the assistance of a stunt coordinator, in line with several crew members. In frustration, he left the set and a confused Willis asked, “Did I do something fallacious?”
Randall Emmett and Bruce Willis on set.Instagram / Randall Emmett
“You would need to be blind to not see him struggling,” Alicia Haverland, a property manager on the film, said.
That evening, Emmett allegedly called his then-fiancée Kent in tears. “I can’t do that anymore,” Kent said he told her. “It’s just so sad. Bruce can’t remember any of his lines. He doesn’t know where he’s.” (Emmett has denied the various allegations within the LA Times story. He said this conversation didn’t happen and that he was unaware of Willis’ declining health.)
The poster for “Midnight within the Switchgrass.” While filming the movie, Emmett reportedly noticed that Willis was ailing. ©Lions Gate/Courtesy Everett Co
But he didn’t stop working with the “Die Hard” star. After that phone call, he went on to make five more motion movies with Willis and allegedly used the A-lister as a money cow for Emmett/Furla Oasis, his former production company with partner George Furla.
When the pair would want an infusion of cash to repay debts, they’d discuss making “one other bulls–t Bruce Willis movie,” in line with former assistant Anna Szymanska.
Emmett carved out a distinct segment in Tinseltown producing bad movies with aging motion stars reminiscent of Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino and Willis, the latter of whom reportedly made $2 million for 2 days of labor. While they were domestic straight-to-DVD flops, the flicks can be financial successes in international markets.
Randall Emmett and Lala Kent attend the screening of “Midnight within the Switchgrass” in July 2021. WireImage
The Miami native rose through the showbiz ranks with sheer hustle, first becoming a part of Mark Wahlberg’s real life entourage as an assistant, after which occurring to make the hit “Lone Survivor” together with his old boss. As his producing credits grew, so did his lavish lifestyle, which included flying private jets and driving a Rolls-Royce — each of which he flaunted on “Vanderpump Rules.”
Then there was a 2019 beef with 50 Cent, who loaned Emmett, a producer on his show “Power,” $1 million dollars. The rapper said he was late to repay the debt and roasted Emmett and Kent on social media. The pair soon settled, however the “Candy Shop” artist mocked his old adversary on Instagram after the bombshell Bruce Willis story was published.
Willis poses together with his family including ex-wife Demi Moore.
Starting in 2006, Willis appeared in two dozen of EFO movies, at the same time as his health was declining. On “Unsuitable Place,” one in every of the “Sixth Sense” star’s last movies, he spent two days on set in Alabama where he was fed lines through an earpiece.
Szymanska recalled Willis with an aide all the time by his side. Nonetheless, “when no one from Bruce’s team was around, the crew would say how sad it was to see him on this state.”
Willis’ attorney, Marty Singer, declined an interview on the star’s behalf.
Randall Emmett and Bruce Willis in Park City, Utah in 2012.Michael Stewart
However the lawyer defended Willis’ work with Emmett. “My client continued working after his medical diagnosis because he desired to work and was in a position to accomplish that, similar to many others diagnosed with aphasia who’re capable of continuous to work,” Singer said, adding that the actor brought jobs to people in the course of the pandemic.
In a press release to the LA Times, Emmett blamed Kent — with whom he’s locked in a custody battle over their 1-year-old daughter Ocean — for the salacious allegations.
He called them “false and a part of a now-familiar smear campaign orchestrated by [his] ex fiancee to sway their custody dispute.” The couple split last October, and Kent later said his dating a 23-year-old shortly after she gave birth was the explanation.
Within the LA Times piece, Kent alleged that when she confronted her ex about her cheating suspicions and attempted to grab his phone, he tackled her, a claim Emmett and his longtime nanny dispute saying the fight was not physical.
“I used every ounce of strength to get him off of me as he was attempting to pry it from my hands,” Lala said, adding, “That was once I knew, obviously, that there was rather a lot he was hiding.”