Rumer Willis is no longer “Bruce and Demi’s daughter.” Well, she is, but she’s also emerging as a viable star on her own.
The athletic Willis, who won last season’s Dancing with the Stars and made most of America fall in love with her in the process, has a long acting career that dates back to 1995’s Now and Then.
Today it was announced she would be playing a nurse in the upcoming Chinese war film The Bombing alongside her famous father, and it was none other than Bruce who made the news public.
“I’m so proud of her… Here’s a scoop no one knows. Rumer just finished a role in The Bombing. I had nothing to do with it. They cast her as a nurse… She said to me, ‘I’m going to be in a Chinese movie.’ I said, ‘So am I?’ Then I said, ‘How many Chinese movies are there?’ Wait a minute…”
Yes, that’s right. Bruce had no idea that he and daughter Rumer Willis would be in the same film together. However, there are three other cases where he and ex-wife Demi did share the screen with their 27-year-old daughter.
Mom was the first to go to work with Rumer in the 1996 film Striptease based on the Carl Hiaasen bestseller. Of course, Demi Moore was the star of that flick with Willis stepping into the role of her young daughter. (That must have been a tough leap.)
The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
In the hitman comedy The Whole Nine Yards, Rumer Willis didn’t have the biggest of parts — it’s an uncredited role where she plays a girl running between Jimmy (Bruce Willis) and Oz (Matthew Perry) — but she at least got to go to work with Dad. She did not appear in the film’s disappointing follow-up, The Whole Ten Yards.
You can’t really count TWNY as a “starring vehicle” for Rumer, but she did factor in more significantly to the violent crime drama Hostage five years later. At this point, the 17-year-old was coming into her own, but she still didn’t stretch too much with the performance. That’s because she was Amanda Talley, hero Jeff Talley’s (Bruce Willis) teen daughter.
Only time will tell how central of a role Rumer has in The Bombing, and how it will connect to her famous dad. However, if you can’t get enough of Rumer Willis, make sure you rent Sorority Row and The Diary of Preston Plummer — both starring vehicles.
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