Why Is Kevin Smith Publicly Apologizing To Bruce Willis?

Bruce Willis fans around the world were left reeling after the actor's family revealed that the star of the "Die Hard" film series would be stepping away from acting after more than three successful decades in the business. The Willis family revealed that the decision came after Willis had been diagnosed with Aphasia.

The family has not confirmed what caused the disorder in Willis, but according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Aphasia is a language disorder, typically stemming from brain injury, stroke or other neurological diseases. Given that the disorder has a devastating effect on communication, which according to his family's statement has already begun "impacting his cognitive abilities," it's understandable that Willis has elected to step away from his career as an actor.

In the wake of the announcement, Willis' fans and colleagues alike have taken to social media to voice their heartbreak over the situation, with his "Pulp Fiction" co-star and good friend John Travolta reflecting on his generosity in an Instagram post. Travolta shared that Willis once said, "'John, I just want you to know that when something good happens to you, it feels like it's happening to me.'" Actor Seth Green tweeted, "I have so much love for Bruce Willis, and am grateful for every character he's given us." Amidst all the well-wishes, however, Willis' announcement has also prompted one of his former co-workers to apologize.

Kevin Smith and Bruce Willis have a tense history

Bruce Willis' 2010 film, "Cop Out," was a box office success, bringing in over $55 million, according to The Numbers. But that's not to say the vibe on set was always, well, a vibe. In fact, the film's director Kevin Smith has previously spoken of it being a challenging experience, thanks to his rocky relationship with Willis. 

The details of their rift are a little murky, however. Despite rumors that he called Willis a "f***ing d***" at the film's wrap party, Smith told Vulture in 2009 that there hadn't even been a wrap party. That said, Smith referred to Willis as having "darkness" about him his 2021 autobiography, per People. "I love making movies and he does not, at all," Smith wrote. Willis, meanwhile, has stayed mum on the matter, telling TimeOut in 2013, "I'm never going to call him out ... in public. Sometimes you just don't get along."

Whatever really transpired on the set of "Cop Out," it appears all has been forgiven in the wake of the Willis' diagnosis — from Smith's side, anyway. Taking to Twitter, Smith apologized for speaking ill of Willis in the past, writing, "Long before any of the Cop Out stuff, I was a big Bruce Willis fan – so this is really hard to read...I feel like an a**hole for my petty comments from 2010. So sorry to BW and his family." Hopefully, this will mark the end of their feud.