Bruce Willis, diagnosed with aphasia, retires from acting


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Absolute legend, gutted to hear he’s calling it a day, twelve monkeys, pulp fiction, die hard, 5th element what a canon and legacy he leaves behind..

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Very rare condition unless it's the result of a brain trauma or stroke. And in those cases it is usually reversible as the brain recovers. In some cases, people with aphasia have lost their ability to speak their native language, but suddenly recover their ability to speak a language they studied but had forgotten as a child. Then, as they recover their native language, they lose the 2nd language again. It's a fascinating condition for anyone who studies the brain and learning. Notably, aphasia itself doesn't impair cognitive skills - people who suffer from it feel like prisoners inside their head. Perhaps the disease that is causing the aphasia is also impairing cognitive skills. If they can treat what is damaging his brain, he could recover.

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Not at all unusual condition, considering the Hollywood lifestyle.

It is very possible that this story is a cover for early onset dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

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Thank you Bruce Willis, I enjoyed your characters growing up.

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Sad. I hope he is able to lead a fulfilling life despite his illness. According to Wikipedia: "The difficulties of people with aphasia can range from occasional trouble finding words, to losing the ability to speak, read, or write; intelligence, however, is unaffected." A window into the absolute mystery of language and humans' inexplicable ability to have created it.

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I’m going to miss his movies. Hopefully he’ll be able to live happily.

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Tragic for Bruce and his families. Watched Willis’s rise to stardom from TV’s Moonlighting with Cybill Shepherd to Top Box Office Star after Die Hard, Sixth Sense and Pulp Fiction.

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Sadly, his recent movie appearances just seemed to be ‘phoned in’ for the paychecks (*Doraemon***, really?) Maybe it was also partially due to his developing affliction? **Regardless, ‘Best Wishes’ to Bruce and his immense family.

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what a canon and legacy he leaves behind..

Very sad news to hear, but lets get a grip. For the most part he was an 80's action film star.

When your film bio includes the words "Hudson Hawk" and "direct to video", you don't get to use haughty words like "canon" to describe them

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Thanks for all the fun movies and shows Bruce. Know that we are all pulling for you.

From aphasia dot com

If you’ve been diagnosed with aphasia, one of your first questions is probably, “Will I get better?” The answer is that recovery from aphasia is possible!

Every person is different. Some people will have a complete recovery. Some people mostly recover, but still find it hard to think of the right word sometimes. Others will always have aphasia but can continue to improve. The good news is that people can continue getting better for years after they get aphasia.

Glad to read there’s hope.

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The good news is that people can continue getting better for years after they get aphasia.

It has been a few years, but I was considering pursuing my graduate studies focusing on aphasia and linguistics. The condition provides invaluable insights into how we use, learn and remember language. It convinced me that we never actually lose anything once remembered. Things we forget are still archived in a file somewhere in our brains.

The bad news for Bruce is that it can only get better if the underlying cause is cured or addressed.

The issue seem to be with "speech". What about listening? Does the person still understand what is being said to him/her?

In this case, it involves listening (as noted in the article). In many cases in only affects speaking. So the person suffering from it who wants to say "pass me the salt" instead hears "obliga pritizel ork" coming out of his mouth. You can imagine how frustrating that must be.

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I am so sad to hear this news. Bruce Willis is one of my favourite actors.

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Reading what Bruce Will is going through, aphasia, has been a learning lesson for me particularly as that must be what my father had towards the end of his life. What a bummer.

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Sad end to a great career in movies, as well as TV decades ago.

Apparently the most recent movies Willis has been doing he has been reduced to using an earpiece and being fed his lines. Thats not the way we want to remember this Hollywood action hero. Tragic.

Willis' high point for me was as Butch in Pulp Fiction!

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In A's case, the words were always actual words. They were just random, syntactically disorganised, and therefore made little, and frequently no, sense.

I don't know about your relative's case, but others who later recovered reported that they knew what they wanted to say, with the words formed correctly in their brain, but completely different (nonsense) words came out of their mouth. They could hear for themselves it was nonsense, but were powerless to change it. Between their brain and their mouth the message just got garbled.

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The issue seem to be with "speech". What about listening? Does the person still understand what is being said to him/her?

It seems there is a broad division between expressive aphasia and receptive aphasia. I'm not sure if you can suffer from both. Some information here:


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Absolute legend. Sad to hear this..

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While he has appeared in a LOT of lemons, he has also graced us with twice as many classics (and I like the lemons, too). Thank you, Mr. Willis. It's devastating that you must step down, but likely more devastating for you. Wishing you and yours the best, and hope you get well. I will always watch your movies over and over, and over.

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Where's Chris Rock when ya need him


Bruce Willis Is So Awful [in 2021] He Has His Own Razzie Category To Compete Against Himself

The Razzies recently unveiled their nominations for 2022, which include the new “Worst Performance By Bruce Willis In A 2021 Movie” category.

It looks like it could be a hotly contested vote too — Bruce Willis appeared in eight movies in 2021, and every single one of them has received a Razzie nomination. In alphabetical order by title — with their accompanying Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score — there’s American Siege (0%), Apex (0%), Cosmic Sin (3%), Deadlock (no score), Fortress (20%), Midnight in the Switchgrass (8%), Out of Death (0%), and Survive the Game (14%).

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Very sad. I still remember my sheer delight when I watched the “Die Hard" for the first time. Also liked other his movies. Take a break, tough guy, may be you recover.

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