Bruce Willis’s attorney is responding to a claim that Randall Emmett was aware of his client’s aphasia diagnosis before he was publicly revealed. on Thursday, Los Angeles Times Published a lengthy article about Emmett’s behavior in the entertainment world through his production company Emmett/Furla Oasis, which is behind more than two dozen films with the actor.
According to the outlet, Emmett learned of Willis’ health struggles in September 2020, when the actor was starring in Emmett’s directorial debut, midnight in switchgrass,
Throughout filming of the project, the outlet alleges, Willis was fed lines through an earpiece. At one point, the outlet claims, Emmett and the other crew members were unable to see Willis kicking a door for a scene.
“I did not do anything wrong?” Willis questioned when Emmett disembarked from the set in desperation, three crew members explain many times,
Shortly thereafter, Lala Kent, the director’s then-fiancé for the first time, claims she received a tearful call from Emmett.
“I can’t do that anymore,” Kent reportedly recalled on the phone call to Emmett, which was overheard by two others, according to Times, “It’s so sad. Bruce doesn’t remember any of his lines. He doesn’t know where he is.”
The producer made five more films with Willis over the next 15 months, as the actor personally battled aphasia, a condition that, Mayo Clinic“robs you of your ability to communicate” and “may affect your ability to speak, write, and understand oral and written language.”
Emmett, in a statement many timesDenies conversations with Kent or that he was “aware of any deterioration in Mr Willis’s health.”
However, Alicia Haverland, a property master on the film, tells the outlet, “You have to be blind to not see [Willis] struggling.”
“He was never alone,” Anna Szymanska, Emmett’s one-time assistant, tells Willis’ outlet. “When none of Bruce’s team was around, the crew would say how sad we were to see him in this state.”
For that reason, a source previously told ET, that Willis’ family finally went public with his aphasia diagnosis in March 2022.
The source said at the time, “Bruce has been struggling for a long time. He has tried to keep his health struggles private, but last year, his health began to decline further.” “He planned to make a bunch of movies and do as much as he could in a career-wise manner, so that he could retire and take care of his family.”
Emmett Willis continued to work for Emmett, according to “the walls were coming off” at the producer’s company. many times, Currently, the Emmett/Furla Oasis is facing nearly a dozen lawsuits due to alleged debt of more than $25 million, the outlet reports.
According to many times, Willis, who regularly earned $2 million for two days of work, was seen as a solution to the financial woes of the Emmett/Furla Oasis. Szymanska claimed to the outlet that she often overheard Emmett and his business partner, George Furla, discuss making “another bull**t Bruce Willis movie” when money was tight.
Emmett denies that he made such remarks, her spokeswoman, Sally Hoffmeister, told the outlet. In a statement to ET, Emmett said through a spokesperson, “Randall is extremely proud of his and Bruce Willis’s work over the past 15 years.”
“In every single movie they’ve worked on together, Bruce enjoyed being on set, playing golf, going out to dinner, and chatting with the crew. If Bruce didn’t want to be on set, he wouldn’t be there,” reads the statement. “Willis is one of the greatest actors of his time and was sought after by many production companies until his recent retirement. Randall counts him among his closest friends.”
Meanwhile, in a statement many timesMartin Singer, Willis’ attorney, praises his client for continuing to work amid his health struggles.
“My client continued to work after his medical diagnosis because he wanted to work and was able to do so, just like many others diagnosed with aphasia who are able to continue working,” Singer Outlet tells to. “Since Mr. Willis appeared in those films, he could have been financed. This resulted in literally thousands of people getting jobs, many during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Emmett/Furla was one of Willis’ last films with Oasis wrong placeOn the sets of which the actor was once again fed his lines through an earpiece, many times Blame.
A source earlier told ET, “It got to the point where [Willis’] In the last several films, he was fitted with an earpiece, and someone had to read his lines because he couldn’t remember them.”
That practice, Singer tells many times“Stevie Wonder’s performance is akin to Marlee Matlin’s dependence on a sign language interpreter to lead him on stage or on a sign language interpreter. My client is reportedly relying on Stephen Eads or others to provide some assistance … It’s in the same vein.” I have … it ought to be praised.”
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