‘Praying for you’: Sylvester Stallone shows Bruce Willis support

This week the film industry was hit by the tragic news that iconic Hollywood actor Bruce Willis will be stepping away from acting after being diagnosed with a degenerative brain condition called aphasia.

Following the news, Willis’ co-star in the movie franchise The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone showed the actor love and support, saying they “go back a long way”.

In an Instagram post, Stallone shared a slideshow of snaps documenting his decades-long friendship with the Die Hard star.

“We go back a long way, praying for the best for you and your wonderful family …”

– Stallone wrote on Instagram

One of the images was a behind-the-scenes snap taken during the filming of the first or second The Expendables film. Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis starred in the first The Expendables in 2010, with the sequel premiering in 2012.

Willis, who played CIA operative Mr. Church, was set to star in the third instalment but dropped out after an alleged money demand that was not met – Daily Mail.


Willis’ decision to not return for a third instalment of The Expendables caused a division between the two actors back in 2013.

According to Meaww, after Harrison Ford had signed on as Willis’ replacement, Stallone published explosive tweets aimed at the Unbreakable star in August and September of 2013.

“WILLIS OUT… HARRISON FORD IN !!!!. GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!” the August tweet read.

“GREEDY AND LAZY …… A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE,” added the Rocky star in September.

However, the now-retired actor downplayed the comments, attributing his decision to more creative reasons.

“Explosions are one of the most boring parts of my job,” he had said.

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