Were you thinking what we were thinking when reports surfaced that Bruce Willis’ wife Emma is expecting a child?
Probably not – chances are, you’re not nearly as cerebrally tenuous.
But we couldn’t help noticing that, if the rumours are true, it would bring the steely-eyed Hollywood heartthrob up to a grand total of five children: one for every movie in the Die Hard series.
Emma and Bruce, 58, got married in 2009, and welcomed their first child together, Mabel Ray, earlier this year.
“I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I’m changing diapers like a champ,” he said at the time.
“What I’ve also discovered is how much love I feel for our baby. I think I’m even more open and more giving as a father now. I pay more attention now because I value it more and I’m less caught up with my career.”
The star of the hit action franchise – which comprises of Die Hard (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990), Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), Live Free or Die Hard (2007) and this year’s A Good Day to Die Hard – is already a father to daughters Tallulah, 19, Scout, 22, and Rumer, 25, from his previous marriage to Demi Moore.
Reps for Willis are, of course, yet to confirm or deny whether the reports are true.
But we’re up for taking this wild speculation even further: could there be even more children on the way for the star? Before production started on Die Hard V, Willis did state that he hoped to retire his character John McClane after a sixth film.
“At the moment, I can run and I can fight on screen,” he said. “But there will come a time when I no longer want to do that. That’s when I’ll step away from the Die Hard films.”
According to reports, the movie already has a title (Die Hardest. Yep. We’re blinded by originality also) and a location (Tokyo, randomly).
Script writer Ben Trebilcook even went as far to suggest that producers may even look to another action hero, Rocky Balboa, for inspiration on ending the series.
“There are many hurdles to leap yet and two of those are called Bruce Willis and [producer] Alex Young,” Trebilcook told Total Film. “There's the possibility producers might go back and find some other source material to base the next one on, like they did with the first and second. Mine though, I feel it could be the Rocky Balboa of the Die Hard franchise.”
So, yeah. Baby number six. It's destiny, surely?
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Ten best Christmas films
Ten best Christmas films
1/10 It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
The enduring appeal of Frank Capra’s yuletide movie lies in its toughness. Yes, the film lets us know that 'no man is a failure who has friends' and features an angel called Clarence, but it also touches on bankruptcy, suicide, frustrated ambition and the dark underbelly of small town American life.
It's A Wonderful Life
2/10 Die Hard (1988)
This is an action movie, not a Christmas film as such...but it is set over the Christmas period. Bruce Willis in a vest pitted against Alan Rickman’s sneering villain is an antidote to the typical yuletide fare.
3/10 Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Ingmar Bergman’s sprawling drama has a quite magical sequence of a family Christmas with all the trimmings - gluttony, lechery, presents, dancing and even a relative who can fart at will.
Fanny and Alexander promotional poster
4/10 The Family Man (2000)
Yes, it’s schmaltzy and highly derivative of 'A Christmas Carol', but Brett Ratner’s Christmas film features such a heartfelt, Eeyore-like performance from Nicolas Cage that you buy into it anyway. Cage is the man whose life can go in two directions - either he can be a Master of the Universe on Wall Street or a small time family man...
5/10 Joyeux Noel (2005)
Christmas in the First World War trenches and there is an impromptu ceasefire between the Germans and British and the French. Instead of killing each other, they play football and sing songs. Directed by Christian Carion and with a cast of French, British and German actors, this is a crowdpleasing Christmas Euro-pudding of a movie.
6/10 A Christmas Carol (1951)
Scrooge has been portrayed on screen many times. Alastair Sim certainly isn’t the meanest incarnation of Charles Dickens’ skinflint but he is the most appealing.
7/10 The Polar Express (2004)
Robert Zemeckis is a visionary who is rarely given his due. Visually, this motion capture computer animated film is an absolute tour de force, although some critics complained about its mawkishness and the fact that Tom Hanks seemed to play almost all the roles.
8/10 Decalogue III (1988)
The third episode on Krzysztof Kieslowski’s 10 part Decalogue is set on Christmas Eve and is an embroiled and fraught drama about a woman desperate to coax her ex-lover away from his family and spend the night with him.
9/10 Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence (1983)
This was the first sight that western audiences had of the great Japanese comedian Takeshi Kitano, now a very respected filmmaker in his own right. Kitano plays the brutal, hard-drinking Japanese Sergeant who utters the lines that give Nagisa Oshima’s film its title, discovering his own humanity in the process.
10/10 Home Alone (1990)
It is a measure of how cleverly written and directed John Hughes’ movies were that they’re still being watched today. Macaulay Culkin became the biggest child star of the 1990s on the back of his performance here as the enterprising kid, left home alone at Christmas and defending himself from a pair of nincompoop burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern).
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