“Where’s that sh*t eating grin?”: Tom Hanks Cruelly Mocked Bruce Willis While Filming Flop Movie That Isolated Actor From His Co-stars

Tom Hanks called out Bruce Willis for his egoistic behaviour on the set of The Bonfire of the Vanities, that started an alleged feud between the two

Tom Hanks Cruelly Mocked Bruce Willis While Filming Flop Movie That Isolated Actor From His Co-stars


  • Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks starred together in The Bonfire of the Vanities, that failed miserably despite its star power
  • Behind-the-scenes details reveal that the two lead stars did not see eye-to-eye as Tom Hanks once called out Bruce Willis's behaviour
  • Die Hard star later claimed that he regretted being a part of the project as it had hints of being a flop from the start
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In 1990, Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis shared screen space together in The Bonfire of the Vanities, along with a glittering ensemble cast that included the likes of Morgan Freeman, Melanie Griffith, and Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson. Despite having a whole host of stars, the film failed badly at the box office and left fans and critics unimpressed as well.

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Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith and Bruce Willis in a scene from the film The Bonfire of the Vanities

It looks like the woes for director Brian De Palma started right at the outset with his lead stars. It was reported that Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks could not get along with each other, with Hanks calling out the Die Hard star’s supposedly high-handed demeanor on set that isolated him from the rest of the cast.

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The Time Tom Hanks Showed Bruce Willis His Place

Two big A-listers working together on a film can be challenging in many ways and Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis realized the impact first-hand while working on their film, The Bonfire of the Vanities. This black comedy directed by Brian De Palma, was touted to be a huge blockbuster owing to the star power of the two celebrities, but ended up being a damp squib instead.

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Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks did not see eye to eye on the set of The Bonfire of the Vanities.

A major part of the film’s failure to impress was due to the alleged feud between the Unbreakable star and the Forrest Gump actor, who apparently did not see eye to eye on set. In one particular instance, Hanks, Willis, and Director Brian De Palma were brainstorming over a scene, when Willis bragged about how easily he would nail the take thanks to his experience in his breakthrough show, Moonlighting. In a quote that appeared on IMDb, the usually mild-mannered Hanks who was riled up by this comment, said to his co-star,

“Where’s that sh*t eating grin?. There it is, sh*t eating grin right there on screen

This was rumored to be just one of the incidents that drove a wedge between the two actors. It was reported that Hanks and Willis hardly interacted during the course of filming, with the Jackal star remaining aloof from the rest of the cast with only his bodyguards and stylists for company.


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Bruce Willis Regretted Starring in The Bonfire Of The Vanities

The Bonfire of the Vanities starring Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks, was adapted from Tom Wolfe’s bestselling 1987 novel. While the film looked to be a blockbuster on paper with two huge stars in Hollywood sharing screen space, it failed miserably at the box office while also receiving a lot of backlash from audiences.

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Bruce Willis regretted doing The Bonfire of the Vanities

This abysmal performance led to Willis expressing his regret in signing up for the part. In an interview with best-selling author and editor David Sheff, the Die Hard star revealed how the film was doomed right from the outset and the warning signs he should have seen before taking on the role.


“It was stillborn, dead before it ever got out of the box. It was another film that was reviewed before it hit the screen. The critical media didn’t want to see a movie that cast the literary world in a shady light.”

Willis went on to add that this was a film that he would steer clear from doing again, even if he were given the opportunity in the future to improve it or redeem himself through his character.

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Having completed her Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Sharanya has a solid foundation in writing which is also one of her passions. She has worked previously with Book My show for a couple of years where she gained experience reviewing films and writing feature articles. Sharanya’s articles on film and pop culture have also been published on Film Companion, a popular film-based website. Apart from movies and pop culture, her interests include music and sports. She has contributed over 650 articles to Fandomwire so far.