The Bruce Willis stunt double has reflected on the actor’s “changes” in recent years following his aphasia diagnosis.
This was announced by the on Wednesday (March 30). Die Hard the actor’s family that he is “retiring” from acting after being diagnosed with the brain condition.
In a statement shared on Instagram, Willis’ family wrote on Instagram that he “had some health issues” that “affected his cognitive abilities.”
That’s according to stuntman Stuart F. Wilson, who has worked with the 67-year-old action star for 17 years The sun that he originally attributed the actor’s “behavior changes” to “a million different things going on.”
“Sometimes when you spoke to him he just seemed distracted and we thought it didn’t mean anything but you would be wondering if there were other things going on,” he said.
Wilson added, “Being with someone so much, yes, you see the changes. Obviously we knew that at a certain point other things were going on. We noticed because he’s being tested for different things, but at the time we didn’t know exactly what it was.”
Wilson has run his own company, Fall Guy Productions, since 2013 and said he will focus on that following the Willis announcement.
Aphasia is a form of brain damage that affects language expression and understanding. It leaves sufferers unable to communicate effectively and is often the result of a stroke.
The statement from Willis’ family read: “This is a truly challenging time for our family and we are so grateful for your continued love, compassion and support. We’re moving through this as a strong family unit and wanted to include his fans because we know how much he means to you, just as you mean to him.
“Like Bruce always says, ‘Live it up,’ and together we plan to do just that.”
The statement was signed by Willis’ wife Emma, his ex-wife Demi Moore and all of his children.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/bruce-willis-aphasia-stuntman-b2048136.html Bruce Willis’ stuntman reflects on how the actor ‘changed’ after being diagnosed with aphasia