In a display of camaraderie and respect, renowned director Quentin Tarantino is reportedly considering a poignant on-screen farewell to legendary actor Bruce Willis.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Die Hard actor’s initial aphasia diagnosis “progressed” to frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a rare type of disease that “causes problems with behaviour and language”.
Now, according to The Express, Tarantino is hoping to secure a cameo appearance from Willis in his next film, The Movie Critic. However, he reportedly has a contingency plan in place in case it doesn’t work out.
“Quentin hasn’t approached Bruce’s family yet – and will completely bow to their wishes if they say he’s too sick. If that’s the case, he aims to try to work a brief clip from one of Bruce’s many previous movies into the film,” a source told the publication.
The Willis family has refrained from commenting on the actor’s potential involvement in the movie. However, the same source mentioned that if such an opportunity does follow through would be considered a “fitting end” to his acting career.
“Quentin wants to pay tribute to him with a quick glimpse for his legion of fans back on the big screen where he belongs,” the source added.
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Since the heartbreaking news of the actor’s condition was first announced, Willis’ blended family – which includes his current wife Emma Heming Willis, ex-wife Demi Moore and their three daughters Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah – have come together in an effort to help the 68-year-old “live as full a life as possible”.
It is understood that Heming Willis is currently working alongside dementia care and education specialist Teepa Snow, to learn how to navigate the challenges of her husband’s condition after previously opening up about her mental health struggles following the announcement of her husband’s initial aphasia diagnosis.
Heming Willis admitted her over-exhausted efforts to cater to everyone’s needs fell short of “serving” both her family and herself.
Bruce’s FTD diagnosis was announced in early February, nearly a year after announcing his retirement from acting due to struggles with aphasia.
According to the Australian Frontotemporal Dementia Association (AFTDA), those diagnosed with FTD are between the ages of 45 to 65, with a small portion of people experiencing the symptoms as late as 70 years or older.
In Australia, an estimated 3,500 to 11,500 Australians have been diagnosed with FTD. Although dementia is one of the country’s more serious health issues, advancements in research and medicine have shown positive signs in finding ways to decrease the rate of cognitive decline.