Bruce Willis has had an iconic career over the years in Hollywood. Becoming famous for portraying the iconic role of Butch in Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 movie Pulp Fiction, Willis narrowly survived a comprehensive downfall.
With the movie set about redemptions and violence, Bruce Willis found his career redemption by starring in the 1994 film. It was back in 1990 that Willis starred in the iconic failure of a movie that almost ruined his career!
The Film That Almost Ruined Bruce Willis’ Career!
Although he is a veteran actor, that doesn’t mean Willis hasn’t had his fair share of failures and disappointments. Starring in some not-so-great roles for quite a while, the Armageddon actor almost ended his career with one iconic box office failure.
Portraying the role of Peter Fallow, Bruce Willis starred in the 1990 movie titled The Bonfire of the Vanities. Based on the famous 1987 book, the film follows a hotshot investment banker whose life goes into chaos when his mistress mistakenly kills a young African-American teenager. The film was a comedy/thriller that raked in a meager amount of $15 million at the box office.
Starring alongside Bruce Willis was Tom Hanks who found his way out by starring in A League of Their Own. Willis on the other hand, had to wait for 4 years to star alongside Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction to find his redemption. The Bonfire of the Vanities received a simple rating of 5.6/10 on IMDB and an average of 15% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Samuel L. Jackson Initially Hated The Non-linear Storyline
After becoming famous for portraying the role of Jules Winnfield, Samuel L. Jackson talked about how he initially hated the non-linear storyline of Pulp Fiction. Talking about the scene in the bonus documentary of the film, Jackson talked about the unique storytelling narrative (via Looper).
“Not the usual mindless boring getting to know you chit chat. I remember my mom saying, ‘Why didn’t they put the movie together right? … It was jumping all over the place, back and forth, you’re dead, you’re alive, you’re back, you’re here!’ I said, ‘Ma, that’s just how the movie works … Everybody can’t watch it, apparently you can’t.’”
With Bruce Willis having redeemed himself as an actor, Pulp Fiction received a rating of 8.9/10 on IMDB and a whopping 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. The iconic Quentin Tarantino movie is available to stream on Max in the U.S.