Ever wonder how Bruce Willis came to utter his famous “Yippee Ki-Yay M*****?” I did too. So while interviewing Bruno for his latest turn as cop-turned-superhero John McClane in “A Good Day to Die Hard,” I asked him. Here’s what he had to say.
“It was an ad-lib. Alan Rickman from the first film, the bad guy, he was such a good bad guy, he was constantly picking on me and he said something to me and I just happened to let that line slip out. It just became part of the fabric of the film. Now when we say it, (director) John (Moore) had an idea we should say it right away and get it out of the way. We tried that but… It always comes at a moment of high danger. It’s just amazing to me that that line has lasted this long. Kids say it to me on the street. Grandmoms. Football players. It’s a little awkward. I’m happy that they say it.”
You can see Willis exclaim this and other bits of snappy dialogue while being shot at, punched and run off the road in “A Good Day to Die Hard,” the fifth in the longrunning—25 years—franchise. His iconic McClane character goes to Russia looking for his missing adult son and finds a whole lot of trouble. The action packed thriller opens in theaters February 14.