As the renowned action star Bruce Willis announces his retirement, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who stood side by side with him in the movie franchise "The Expendables," is showcasing his deep respect and admiration.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, the "FUBAR" actor said he thinks Willis is "fantastic."
"He was, always for years and years, is a huge, huge star, and I think that he will always be remembered as a great, great star," Schwarzenegger said.
He added that the "Die Hard" star is "a kind man."
As the dominant action stars of the '80's and '90's, Schwarzenegger and Willis, along with "Rambo" actor Sylvester Stallone, were considered to be rivals in the acting world and part of a "holy trinity" in the action genre.
In 1991, the trio formed a renowned friendship and collectively supported the establishment of the restaurant franchise, Planet Hollywood. Their association became widely recognized and celebrated.
When asked about Willis' legacy, Schwarzenegger added, "I understand that under his circumstances, health-wise, that he had to retire. But in general, you know, we never really retire. Action heroes, they reload."
In March 2022, the family of Willis, including his wife Emma Heming Willis, ex-wife Demi Moore, and their three daughters, made an announcement. They revealed that the actor had decided to retire from acting due to his diagnosis of aphasia, a condition resulting from brain damage affecting language functions. Willis' final film appearance was in "Assassin," which premiered this past March.
More recently, earlier this year, the family disclosed that his condition had further developed, leading to a more precise diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia.