Bruce Willis was exploited by film producers who continued to cast him in films even though he was unable to remember his lines or perform due to aphasia, according to a new report.
A Presentation from the Los Angeles Times on film producer Randall Emmett has accused the 51-year-old of defrauding investors, using drugs, attacking her ex-fiancéee – ‘Vanderpump Rules’ star Lala Kent, 31 – and offering acting roles for sexual favors.
Sources also said that Emmett is happy to continue associating Willis’ name with the movies, even as the action hero stumbles.
In September 2020, Emmett was directing Willis, now 67, in “Midnight in the Switchgrass” and couldn’t get the actor to kick down a door — even with the help of a stunt coordinator, according to several. Members of the team. Frustrated, he left the set and a confused Willis asked, “Did I do something wrong?”
“You’d have to be blind not to see it struggling,” said Alicia Haverland, a property manager on the film.
That night, Emmett reportedly called his then fiancée Kent in tears. “I can’t do this anymore,” Kent said. ” It’s so sad. Bruce does not remember any of his lines. He doesn’t know where he is.
But he didn’t stop working with the ‘Die Hard’ star. After that phone call, he went on to do five more action movies with Willis and reportedly used the A-lister as a cash cow for Emmett/Furla Oasis, his former production company with partner George Furla.
When the pair needed a cash injection to pay off their debts, they would discuss making “another bulls movie – t Bruce Willis”, according to former assistant Anna Szymanska.
Numerous allegations in the LA Times story have been denied by Emmett. He said the tearful conversation with Kent didn’t happen and he was unaware of Willis’ declining health. In a statement provided to The Post, his spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said: “Randall is very proud of the work he and Bruce Willis have done over the past 15 years. In every movie they worked on together, Bruce enjoyed being on set, golfing, going to dinner parties, and fellowshipping with the crew. If Bruce hadn’t wanted to be on set, he wouldn’t have been. Willis is one of the greatest actors of his time and was sought after by several production companies until his recent retirement. Randall counts him among his closest friends.
Emmett carved out a niche for himself in Tinseltown by churning out bad movies with aging action stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino and Willis, the latter reportedly earning $2 million for two days of work. While domestically they were straight-to-DVD flops, the films would be financial successes in international markets.
The Miami native rose through the showbiz ranks with effervescence, first becoming part of Mark Wahlberg’s real-life entourage as an assistant, then directing the hit “Lone Survivor” with his former boss. As his production credits grew, so did his lavish lifestyle, which included piloting private jets and driving a Rolls-Royce – both of which he flaunted on ‘Vanderpump Rules’.
Then there was a 2019 beef with 50 Cent, who loaned Emmett, a producer on his “Power” show, $1 million. The rapper said he was behind on paying off the debt and grilled Emmett and Kent on social media. The couple settled in quickly, but the “Candy Shop” artist poked fun at his old adversary on Instagram after the explosive allegations about the exploitation of Bruce Willis by Emmett were published.
Beginning in 2006, Willis appeared in two dozen EFO films, even as his health declined. On “Wrong Place,” one of the “Sixth Sense” star’s final films, he spent two days on set in Alabama where he was fed lines through an earpiece.
Szymanska recalled that Willis always had an assistant by his side. However, she added, “When no one from Bruce’s crew was around, the crew would say how sad we were to see him in this condition.”
Willis’ attorney, Marty Singer, declined an interview on the star’s behalf.
But the attorney defended Willis’ work with Emmett. “My client continued to work after his medical diagnosis because he wanted to work and was able to, just like many others diagnosed with aphasia who are able to continue working,” Singer said, adding that the actor has brought people jobs during the pandemic.
In a statement to the LA Times, Emmett blamed Kent – with whom he is locked in a custody battle over their one-year-old daughter Ocean – for the salacious allegations.
Through a spokesperson, he called Kent’s claims “untrue and part of a now familiar smear campaign orchestrated by [his] ex-fiancée to influence their custody dispute. The couple separated last October, and Kent later said that Emmett dating a 23 year old shortly after giving birth was the reason.
In the LA Times article, Kent alleged that when she confronted her ex about her suspicions of cheating and attempted to grab her phone, he tackled her. Emmett and his longtime nanny disputed that account, saying the fight wasn’t physical.
“I used every ounce of force to pull him away from me as he tried to snatch him out of my hands,” Kent said, adding, “That’s when I knew, for sure, that he was hiding a lot of things.”