Bruce Willis just showed his support for the New York Police Department.
The 61-year-old actor stopped to take a photo with one of New York’s Finest while walking in Central Park on Friday. The Central Park Precinct later posted the shot on Twitter. (RELATED: Florida Georgia Line Requests No Police Presence While Backstage At Their Concert)
— NYPD Central Park (@NYPDCentralPark) August 5, 2016
“#BruceWillis showing his support for #CentralPark Pct #NYPD #DetectiveJohnMcLane,” the tweet read.
Willis shot to fame after he first played the fictional detective John McClane in “Die Hard” in 1988. The franchise has since gone on to make four other installments.
But Willis wasn’t the first choice to play McLane. The film’s producers struggled to find someone when they were first casting in the 1980s.
“They went to Arnold [Schwarzenegger],” Steven De Souza, a writer for the movie, said. “They went to Sly, who turned it down. They went to Richard Gere—turned it down. They went to James Caan—turned it down.”
“They went to Burt Reynolds, and all of these people rejected it because, remember, this is 1987. You had all these Rambo movies. We’ve had ‘Commando,’ ‘Predator,’ and in the wake of all of these, the hero, they said, was like a pussy. The reaction? ‘This guy’s no hero.’ Right?”
“In desperation, they went to Bruce Willis.”