Bruce Willis hated this Die Hard 2 line

In a new book, Die Hard 2: Die Harder director Renny Harlin says there was a line star Bruce Willis refused to say.

Just the fax, ma’am…

It’s a line from Die Hard 2: Die Harder that made audiences laugh, but according to director Renny Harlin, star Bruce Willis absolutely hated it and refused to say it. In his book “The Last Action Heroes,” writer Nick de Semlyan interviews Renny Harlin about the famously fraught production of the diehard sequel. In the book, Harlin says the conflict between him and Willis happened because the latter wanted to play McClane in a more serious way than he had in the original diehard. “One-liners and jokey comments are bullshit: that’s not real life. In a real situation, with lives on the line, you can’t say that kind of thing.”

According to Harlin, a compromise was made where Willis would do however many takes he wanted in a serious way, but Harlin would then be allowed to film a lighter, more humorous version. Most of these funny takes wound up in the final cut. But Willis drew the line by saying “just the fax” during a bit where a flirty airport worker helps him send a fax of a dead bad guy’s fingerprints. “He said it’s cheesy, it’s stupid. I’m not going to say it.” Finally, producer Joel Silver got involved, and the line was shot as planned

Whatever the case, Die Hard 2: Die Harder wound up being a major financial hit, grossing $240 million worldwide, which is over $100 million more than the classic first installment made. Ironically, the book states that when Die Hard 2 came out, Willis swore he was done with the character, saying, “Sure, Die Hard 3: He’s Dead. No, I think we’ve pretty much said everything about John McClane and terrorists.” Willis would go on to make Die Hard with a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hardand the now infamous A Good Day to Die Hard.

If you want more classic stories from the eighties and nineties golden age of action movies, I highly recommend checking out Semlyan’s book. Buy it here!