SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 04: American actor Bruce Willis attends CocoBaba and Ushopal activity on November 4, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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Bruce Willis Would Have Passed On Die Hard Without A Cybill Shepherd 'Miracle'
Bruce Willis' role in "Die Hard" is perhaps the most iconic of his career. However, when he was offered the film in 1987, he initially believed he'd have to turn it down because of his commitment to the sitcom "Moonlighting."
In that series, Willis played the wisecracking detective David Addison who had a will-they-won't-they romance with Cybill Shepherd's Maddie Hayes. It was a good gig for Willis, but his chances of playing John McClane seemed bleak.
Then, as Willis told Entertainment Weekly, "a miracle happened — Cybill Shepherd got pregnant and they shut down the show for 11 weeks." Thanks to Shepherd's pregnancy, Willis was able to take the time to film "Die Hard."