Am I the last one to find this out? Does this explain his recent movie choice decline?
After reading this great article about all the low budget direct to video movies with brief “cameos” from a faded actor star, I discovered a term “Bruce Willis Days:”
They said they do “Bruce Willis Days” which are the only day or two that Bruce works on the film. They condense all of his scenes into mammoth full 22-24 hour days. Bruce then shows up with zero enthusiasm, goes through the motions and makes the crew basically kill themselves so he can be in and out on his private jet. And then for one days work he gets like $1-2 million. But they get to slap his face on the poster and the movie gets a little recognition.
Once you know this you can see that all his scenes take place in like 2 locations and all the action scenes are clearly stunt guys, sometimes entire conversations a filmed with clear standins shot only on the characters back.
The commenter also said he worked on Nicholas Cage movies and that Cage is a sweetheart, there to work and always stopping to speak to fans.