Does the real Bruce Willis bear even the faintest resemblance to the Bruce Willis of the film?
BL: No. I mean, I don’t know what Bruce has done in real life. We know actors have certainly had tirades—that’s for sure. I never had troubles with him, but the big issue is really less about what Bruce is, as opposed to—this behavior has taken place, and sometimes it came out at something that had credibility, as opposed to, “No, I want to be fat and have a beard.” Other people say, “I don’t give a damn about the credibility. I paid $20 million. I want to see a movie star.” AVC: In the film, De Niro’s character endures a disastrous test screening. How do you feel about the test-screening process in general? BL: I think test screening works at its best when the audience knows what it’s getting. And therefore, to test that movie has more credibility. If you test Iron Man and that audience doesn’t respond well, you can be damn sure that there is something wrong with the movie that you have to address. Because they’re expecting a certain amount of action, right? They want a hero. There ar