Bruce Willis in GQ: Sobered Up 'Die Hard' Actor Has Occasional Sip

Wednesday, 13 Feb 2013 09:42 AM

By Dale Eisinger

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Bruce Willis, the 57-year-old star known for his famous role as John McClain in the "Die Hard" series, just might have a drink to celebrate the release of the fifth installment in the action series, "A Good Day to Die Hard."

Once practically a public drunk in the '80s, the longtime sober actor opened up in an interview for the new issue of GQ magazine, saying he has forgone his life of alcohol-free living, opting for more restrained drinking.

Willis admits he doesn't feel the need to stay 100 percent booze-free, now that he has greater self-control.

"I had been sober," Willis said in the March issue of the magazine. "But once I realized that I wasn't gonna run myself off the pier of life with alcohol, drinking vodka out of the bottle every day … I have wine now, mostly when I eat."

As the former poster boy for Seagram's Golden Wine Cooler, Willis said he spent most of the '80s drinking straight from the flask. He made the decision to get sober in 1988.

In the interview, Willis talked about moving forward.

"Nobody wants to hear this bad news, but we're all dying on some level," he told GQ. "I'm going to try to keep the machine moving forward as much as possible and not have to think about the eventuality of becoming more frail and less able to do the work."

Though the distinguished actor has yet to receive an Oscar nomination for his large body of work, Willis has a recent achievement to cheer him up. He was honored with Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government on Monday, while in Paris promoting his new film.

But that didn't stop him from voicing his concerns on the new French tax policy. He reportedly slammed the policies, which level 75 percent of the wealthiest residents' incomes. The same policy prompted French actor Gerard Depardieu to leave his native country.

Willis was also recently critical of President Barack Obama's proposed gun control laws.

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