Bruce Willis likes it when he sees "RED"

Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:28pm EDT
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By John Gaudiosi

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Back in July, Bruce Willis made his first visit to Comic-Con, in part, to promote his new movie "RED," which is based on the graphic novels about a reassembled task force on the trail of modern-day killers.

"RED" stands for Retired Extremely Dangerous, and the movie, which debuts on Friday, features Willis at the head of an ensemble cast including Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman in a tale blending action, comedy and romance.

Willis plays Frank Moses, an old-school CIA agent who finds himself fighting for his life against new CIA technology and agents. He talked to Reuters about the evolution of comic book adaptations and why "RED" attracted so many marquee actors.

Q: Are comic book movies easy or hard, for actors?

A: "They are a big help, for sure. Really good graphic novels and graphic comics show up with drama and high stakes and what you're angry about and what you're trying to achieve. So often that has to be created by the actors or the director or someone else, and it's just great to have a map."

Q: What comics did you read as a kid?

A: "In the time when I was reading comics, I was probably reading maybe a little bit of "Spider-Man" and the superhero things. You know what they haven't made a film about is "Metal Men." It was all the there was Lead, Tin, Gold, Platinum, and Mercury. I read them all. I've never seen it in film. And I read "Archie." Then I kind of fell out of it. I never thought about acting until much later anyways. No one ever thought to make a movie from a comic but 'Superman.'"

Q: Do you feel that Hollywood looks at comic books differently after "The Dark Knight"? Perhaps more respect.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Bruce Willis is interviewed at a special screening of the movie "Red" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California October 11, 2010. The movie opens in the U.S. on October 15. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>