Demi Moore Was Bruce Willis’ Superpower – Now He’s Merely Mortal

When pilot Hal Jordan discovered the dying Abin Sur, he received the power ring because of his ability to overcome fear. The cocky and brash pilot turned into the Green Lantern, becoming a defender of the universe and an example of how willpower trumps all.

Similarly, the same thing happened to Bruce Willis when he met Demi Moore. He went from wisecracking Detective David Addison on the TV show Moonlighting to the hottest action star in the world. The catalyst? The magical Moore.

In November 1987, Willis and Moore tied the knot after first meeting at the premiere of the film Stakeout, which starred Moore’s ex Emilio Estevez. It didn’t take too long for Moore’s influence to sweep over Willis’ career, as he established himself as the ultimate lone action hero in John McTiernan’s Die Hard. For the first time in his life, he’d achieved mainstream success.

In a time when the names of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, Dudikoff and Norris dominated the box office, Willis appeared on the scene and punched his way to the top of Hollywood. From The Last Boy Scout to Striking Distance and The Jackal, every year boasted another Willis classic to add to our movie libraries. With Moore at his side and a receding hairline that feared no scissor, no one could stop him from becoming one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood history.

At the turn of the century, however, Willis suffered the same fate as Jordan had in DC Comics a few years earlier: he lost his power ring (or wedding ring in Willis’ case). Willis and Moore filed for divorce in October 2000.

Suddenly, the golden roles dried up, making way for quick paydays that’d cover the renovations of his condo in the Bahamas. From the star of Unbreakable in 2000 to playing second fiddle to 50 Cent in 2011’s Setup, Willis went from A-list superstar straight to DVD. It wasn’t as much a fall from grace as a headfirst plummet into the pavement.

While every actor experiences highs and lows in their career, Willis never bounced back, despite the opportunities afforded to him. He’s been gifted numerous chances, including two more Die Hard films. After watching him sleepwalk his way through them, though, let’s pretend that the franchise ended with Die Hard with a Vengeance.

As Willis and the world came to terms with the fact that he couldn’t (or doesn’t want to) act, Moore bestowed her powers on another actor, Ashton Kutcher. While Kutcher might have the face of an angel, he possesses the comedic talent of a buddy comedy featuring Jamie Kennedy and Carrot Top. In short, there are toilet flushes that are funnier than Kutcher’s delivery.

Yet, Moore worked her magic, as their time together reaped rewards for Kutcher’s career. He even replaced Charlie Sheen as one of the leading characters on the best sitcom of all time, Two and a Half Men. Even though his character Walden Schmidt had about as much charisma as the breakfast table, he received four lucrative seasons on the show.

That being said, it should come as no surprise that Kutcher’s career faltered since he and Moore divorced. No longer are the roles rolling in for him, as he’s forced to deal with life as a good-looking man with below-average abilities.

It’s something that Willis learnt the hard way. When he put on the wedding power ring, he was invincible, standing at the top of the mountain and staring at the heavens. Now, he’s a mere mortal who’s starring in films that even Netflix doesn’t want.

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