The Razzies have a new category: worst performance by Bruce Willis
For decades, the Razzies have been riding the wave of Oscar hype to spotlight their own irreverent take on the year’s worst movies and performances.
For the 2022 ceremony, there will be one guaranteed winner: die hard actor Bruce Willis.
Razzies officials have announced that a new category has been added to recognize one of 2021’s most prolific actors, who appeared in a staggering eight direct-to-video movies during the year. Bruce Willis’ worst performance in a movie of 2021 will declare a “winner” for one of the films, which included US headquarters; Mountain peak; cosmic sin; Dead end; Fortress; Midnight in the Switchgrass; out of death; and Survive the game.
Willis’s recent body of work has been described as part of the “geezer teaser” genre by Vulture, a strategy that leverages stardom from veteran actors to sell low-budget films. Willis, John Travolta, Robert De Niro and Steven Segal are among those who can receive seven-figure salaries for just a few days on set. The result is that actors might only see a few minutes of screen time per movie. For the 2020s survive the nightWillis is on screen for about 10 minutes.
“With Bruce Willis, there’s almost a pattern for how he appears in these movies,” director Adam Champ told Vulture. “…You have Bruce Willis in the intro of the movie, so people are like, ‘Great, this is a Bruce Willis movie. But he’s actually a secondary character who appears sporadically.”
If you need an introduction, Willis’ production was recently reviewed by YouTube critics Red Letter Media:
Other Razzie nominees include Space Jam: A New Legacy for the worst image; Ben Flat (Dear Evan Hansen) for Worst Actor; Willis’s Midnight in the Switchgrass co-star Megan Fox for Worst Actress; and Ben Platt “and any character who acts like Platt singing 24/7 is normal” for the worst screen couple.
The Razzies will be awarded on March 26, the day before the Oscars. There probably won’t be much overlap between the winners.
[h/t The Wrap]