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Is ‘Die Hard’ A Christmas Movie? Bruce Willis Settles The Debate For Good

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Let’s face it: as amazing as social media is, the relentless meme cycle has a tendency to ruin things sometimes. The Internet is constantly re-interpreting pop culture as we know it through the lens of new jokes, theories, and viral debates. It seems that every day, another classic is thrown into the irony-warped ether. This week, it was Bruce Willis and his performance in Die Hard that fell victim to the insanity.

An Instant Classic

In 1988, despite some major casting setbacks, action-thriller Die Hard was released to massive public success. The blockbuster hit spawned four sequels, a video game franchise, and a comic book. It even set the standard for lone-hero narratives for decades to come.

Digital Spy

The film also launched Bruce Willis’ mainstream career, transforming him from a comedic television actor to the tough-as-nails action star we know and love today.

The Die Hard Debate Emerges

For decades, public discussion of Die Hard was pretty much limited to its unanimous popularity. Then, as new generations of audiences began to revisit the film, online forums became absorbed by a different question. They ruminated over the question: is Die Hard technically a Christmas movie?

Time

Die Hard was certainly never marketed as a feel-good holiday flick. However, the fact that the story explicitly takes place over Christmas Eve has led many to question whether it can be categorized as a Christmas-themed film.

Bruce Willis Finally Weighs In

The argument over Die Hard‘s status as a holiday movie has quickly taken on a life of its own online, making it the perfect fodder for comedy. This week, the debate’s meme-fueled spiral finally reached its end on Comedy Central’s roast of Bruce Willis.

Entertainment Weekly

For the entirety of the special, celebrities like Ed Norton and Demi Moore stood up to make jokes at Willis’ expense, all of which he took like a champ. The actor then set the record straight by closing out the event with a bombshell quote: “Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. It’s a f****** Bruce Willis movie.” Well, there you have it.

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