M. Night Shyamalan Shares Support for Bruce Willis After Diagnosis

The Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan has shared his support for Bruce Willis after his aphasia diagnosis. As many now know, Willis has announced that he will be retiring from acting due to developing aphasia, a cognitive condition that can affect one's ability to communicate. There has since been an outpouring of support from industry colleagues, as he has been part of some of the most successful films of the last few decades, including Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, and, of course, The Sixth Sense. 

Since he was then mostly known as an action star, Willis' success in The Sixth Sense was somewhat surprising initially. Written and directed by Shyamalan, the film tells the story of a young boy who seeks the help of a psychologist (Willis) after realizing that he has the ability to see ghosts. Upon its release in 1999, the film was a resounding success, being nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. To this day, the film continues to stun audiences with its now-iconic twist ending. Willis went on to appear in three more Shyamalan films: Unbreakable, Split, and Glass.

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In a tweet posted by Shyamalan, the director has shared his support for Willis in his struggle with the illness. In his tweet, he sends his love to his "big brother," Willis, and states that he is sure Willis is surrounded by family who are supporting him through this difficult time. Shyamalan finishes his heartwarming statement by saying that, to him, Willis will always be "that hero on that poster" that the director had on his wall as a child. See his full tweet below:

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Many have echoed similar sentiments as Shyamalan did. Willis has been a Hollywood mainstay for years, especially in his iconic role as John McClane in the Die Hard franchise, and of course in Shyamalan's movies. The Sixth Sense co-star Haley Joel Osment himself recently shared his support for Willis, stating that Willis was an actor he looked up to long before he met him in person. He continued to say he is lucky now to call him a friend.

While it is sad to see Willis retire from acting, his face won't be out of the theatre quite yet. Willis seemingly decided to go out with a bang, filming a huge number of back-to-back low-budget action movies over the last few years. In 2021, Willis released a whopping eight films, and according to his IMDb page, there are still eight more to come. However, until his next movie releases, fans can always return to see Willis and be shocked once again by the end of The Sixth Sense.

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Source: M. Night Shyamalan (via Twitter)



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