On Thursday, March 31, the Friends alum tweeted, “Dear Bruce Willis, I’m so sorry to hear what you are going through, but you’re still the coolest man I’ve met in my entire life. You will remain in my prayers for a long long time.”
He concluded his touching post by referring to the crime comedy, “The Whole Ten Yards”, which they starred in last 2004.
“Maybe we should get together and watch the whole 10 yards and get a couple of hours of sleep,” Perry said.
The two actors first met while making the movie, “The Whole Nine Yards”, which was released in 2000. Perry played a dentist in the movie while the “Die Hard” actor played the role of a contract killer. The two became friend on and off screen since then.
According to rumors, Willis was skeptical if the original film will be a hit so they made a bet. If it becomes a smash, the actor will guest on “Friends” for free. As it turned out, the movie grossed $106 million. Later that year, Willis guested in the hit sitcom’s 6th Season and appeared in three episodes. He won an Emmy for his performance.
According to Will’s publicist, he donated his whole paycheck from his appearance to five charities. However, no amount was disclosed. But what about the bet? Willis confirmed later on that it was the reason behind his appearance on Perry’s show. He didn’t give further information on the said matter.
In 2018, he told Wired, “I was on ‘Friends’ because I lost a bet to Matthew Perry.”
On Wednesday, March 30, Willis’ family announced on social media his condition. Their statement read, “To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities.” They also added that the actor will be “stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.”
The statement continued, “This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him. As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.”
Many of his fans and colleagues in the industry shared their well-wishes to the actor.