The high-quality talent of the team that brought Die Hard to the screen is well-recognized. But to many, the secret ingredient to the movie’s success was Bruce Willis and his portrayal of John McClane, an everyman police officer from New York, trapped in Nakatomi Tower at exactly the wrong time – and without even shoes on his feet. McClane takes on the role of reluctant hero to save his wife and the other innocent hostages, and defeat German terrorist-thief Hans Gruber. The McClane character has stuck in audiences’ memories ever since, and sparked a change in how action heroes are characterized. So what makes John McClane so special? How much of it is his character, how much of it is the influence of other legendary heroes before him, and how much of it is Willis bringing the role to life?
In this episode, Simone is joined by Reed Fish, Jeremiah Freedman, Sasha Perl-Raver, Adam Sternbergh, Katie Walsh, Scott Wampler… not to mention little ol’ me.
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