'Die Hard' Star Bruce Willis Slams French Tax Policy While in Paris

Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 05:16 PM

By James Hirsen

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While promoting the release of his film "A Good Day to Die Hard" in Paris, Bruce Willis took a stand against the current French tax policy.

Willis was in the city of lovers to recieve the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters designation for his contribution to cinema.

While receiving the honor, The Associated Press reported that the star of the “Die Hard” franchise took the opportunity to say he rejects French President Francois Hollande’s plan to tax the richest individuals at a 75 percent rate.

Willis also said that if he lived in France, he would hope he would be able to openly express his dissatisfaction with the policy.

The tax policy opposed by Willis had prompted French actor Gerard Depardieu to leave his native country.

French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti commended Willis’ “Die Hard” performance, in which he depicts the brash New York City cop John McClane, calling his character a “reluctant hero.”

Willis appeared to be channeling his famous character in a recent comment to the AP, indicating his opposition to proposed gun-control legislation in the United States.

“I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone,” Willis said.

The actor discussed the potential erosion of individual rights.

“If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?” Willis asked.

When the subject of violence in movies came up, Willis disagreed that a connection exists between real-life violence and action movies.

“No one commits a crime because they saw a film,” he stated. “There’s nothing to support that.”

Willis rejects the idea that gun control laws or other legislative approaches can prevent mass shootings such as the one that took place in Newtown, Conn.

“It’s a difficult thing and I really feel bad for those families,” Willis told the AP. “I’m a father and it’s just a tragedy. But I don’t know how you legislate insanity. I don’t know what you do about it. I don’t even know how you begin to stop that.”

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