Bruce Willis and Rumer Glenn Willis, his daughter, are both slated to appear in Xiao Feng’s upcoming Chinese war drama The Bombing. According to Bruce Willis, this is a fact they were unaware of until it was brought up naturally in casual conversation.
Talking to Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 at last week’s premiere of Rock the Kasbah, Bruce Willis dropped the six words of which every showbiz journo dreams: “Here’s a scoop no one knows.” Why, a scoop no one knows, you say? [Sharp inhalation] Bruce—do go on:
“Rumer just finished a role in The Bombing. I had nothing to do with it. They cast her as a nurse.”
Would you look at that, a nurse of her own merit. She had it in her this whole time. Rumer Willis. Hellooo, nurse! But that wasn’t the only scoop no one knows. Bruce continues:
“She said to me, ‘I’m going to be in a Chinese movie.’ I said, ‘So am I?’ Then I said, How many Chinese movies are there? Wait a minute…”
A scoop and a good question. Only unfortunate that Bruce Willis trailed off before revealing the measures by which he hopes to uncover an answer. We’re left to wonder ourselves: How many Chinese movies are there?
Hmm. Well, we know there is at least one, because Bruce Willis and Rumer Willis are in it together by accident. We also know that China boasts the world’s largest film market outside of the U.S., because we read that. So, the answer is most likely lies somewhere between one and [larger number].
Having reached a wall in my investigation, I reached out to Vine personality and author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future Tom Scocca to ask him how many Chinese movies are there:
Kelly Conaboy: How many Chinese movies are there?
Tom Scocca: Mainland?
Kelly Conaboy: Yeah
Tom Scocca: I forget whether SARFT has domestic limits or just a foreign-film quota.
Tom Scocca: Probably 200-plus.
There you have it.