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Bruce Willis forced to retire

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Bruce Willis has announced he is stepping away from his film career after going public with a cognitive condition which he has been struggling with for years.

The Hollywood star has reportedly been having difficulty comprehending instructions on movie sets over a long period of time, in some cases he has needed an earpiece to feed him lines.

He was finally diagnosed with aphasia, on Wednesday Willis’ family shared his illness on social media announcing Bruce will not be making any future films.

An anonymous source told Page Six: 'Everybody knew, the cast and crew,' and Willis was 'using earpieces, hearing things, for them to feed him the lines, it was increasingly difficult to have him on screen.'

Movies had to start being made near Willis’ home since he started experiencing communication problems, in more than one instances the crew had to use a body double after the actor’s screen time was ‘whittled down’.

The source added: 'It was becoming super obvious he was having trouble ... he could not act anymore.'  

Willis was seen using an ear piece when he starred in the Broadway production of Misery in 2015 and appeared to be struggling filming M. Night Shyamalan’s 2019 movie Glass.

'While filming Glass, staffers worked around him by cutting and editing and having him overdub lines because he struggled to remember and/or deliver them,' a second source told OK! Magazine.

'In most scenes on Glass he's hooded, and they used stand-in and body doubles to replace him. On set, he wouldn't smile and was always chaperoned by an assistant to guide him while walking.'

They added his wife, Emma Heming Willis, and ex-wife Demi Moore have been supporting Bruce as his health started to deteriorate.

‘Between Demi and Emma, the family has always ensured Bruce has the support and care he might need at any given time,' they revealed.

'The good news is that although there is the real concern of dementia fears, it largely has not impacted his ability to work in Hollywood – and in true super hero form – he won't slow down because new technology like earpieces allows actors of his calibre not to skip a beat.'

Making the announcement on Wednesday Willis’ family posted: on social media: 'To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. 

'As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him.'

The statement continued: 'This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him.

'As Bruce always says, “Live it up” and together we plan to do just that.’

Earlier this year The Razzies – a parody award show which honours cinema’s under-achievements – introduced a category especially for Bruce Willis after one of his films, Out of Death, received a zero score on Rotten Tomatoes.

After hearing about the actor’s condition the awards tweeted: 'The Razzies are truly sorry for #BruceWillis' diagnosed condition.  

'Perhaps this explains why he wanted to go out with a bang in 2021. Our best wishes to Bruce and family.' 

Bruce Willis suffered permanent hearing loss during the filming of 'Die Hard'.