Bruce Willis Returns to the Top of the Nakatomi Plaza to Celebrate Die Hard Anniversary

The news of Bruce Willis’ retirement earlier this year caused shock waves through Hollywood and the actor’s legions of fans. However, even retirement couldn’t stop Willis from celebrating the 34th anniversary of Die Hard by returning to the top of the Nakatomi Plaza, or the Fox Plaza as it is in real life. In honor of the classic Christmas action movie – let he debate begin again – Willis and his wife Emma Heming Willis made a trip to the spot most famous for seeing the action hero tie himself to a fire hose and leap off the roof.

Sharing a montage video that starts with a clip of Bruce looking out from the top of the Plaza, Emma commented, “Nakatomi Plaza 34 years later #happymovieanniversary #diehard @20thcenturystudios.” The video is made up of a number of clips from Die Hard, featuring John McClean running from bad guys, shooting things and generally making everyone feel nostalgic and want to hunt down the movie right now.


Since being diagnosed with Aphasia, which led to Willis bowing out of acting, there has been an outpouring of appreciation for the actor and his legacy and this is something that was acknowledged by the family following the announcement. At the time a statement released said:

“This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion, and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him. As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.”

Bruce Willis Made 21 Director To Video Movies In The Two Years Before His Retirement.

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Having been known for his action hero roles since early in his career, Bruce Willis ensured that he went out with a bang by starring in no less than 21 movies in the two years leading up to his retirement announcement. Having realized that his career would be ending soon, Willis made sure that he packed in as many roles as he could.

However, this caused some controversy when The Razzies decided to dedicate an entire category just to Willis, including all of his 2021 movies as nominations. Of course, once it came to light why Willis had been appearing in so many movies one after the other, The Razzies issued a statement retracting the award and offering an apology in hindsight for creating the category in the first place.

However, straight-to-video movies rarely have the same kind of writing, directing or critical response of a big budget theatrical event, and it is unlikely that any of Willis’ final movies will be held in the kind of regard that Die Hard still commands 34 years after its release. Even those who haven’t seen the film on multiple occasions over the years are often caught up in the never-ending “Is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?” debate, which Willis himself has even weighed in on. However, whatever your opinion on this, there is no denying that Die Hard is one of the greatest action movies ever made, and Bruce Willis’ return to the Nakatomi Plaza is the perfect way to celebrate its anniversary.