'Action man' Willis awarded by France

13th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 13 (AFP) - US actor Bruce Willis, star of the "Die Hard" action films and "The Sixth Sense", was on Wednesday made an officer in France's Order of Arts and Letters, one of the country's highest cultural honours.

PARIS, April 13 (AFP) - US actor Bruce Willis, star of the "Die Hard" action films and "The Sixth Sense", was on Wednesday made an officer in France's Order of Arts and Letters, one of the country's highest cultural honours.

"This is France's way of paying tribute to an actor who epitomises the strength of American cinema, the power of the emotions that he invites us to share on the world's screens and the sturdy personalities of his legendary characters," said Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres.

"With your dazzling filmography, you bring to life these heroes with big hearts who always end up putting their own lives on the line, who ward off fate," the minister said.

Donnedieu de Vabres jokingly told the 50-year-old Willis that while his roles should not be distilled down to a simple fight "between Good and Evil", "you really have killed a lot of bad guys!"

"Thank you to France and you, Mr Minister, for this great, great honour," said Willis, speaking in French.

"I am very touched by this medal. It proves that film has no borders and that we all belong to the same artistic community," added the actor, elegantly dressed in a dark blue suit.

"This honour will always remain in my heart," he concluded.

Willis was in Paris to promote his latest feature, the action thriller "Hostage", due to hit French screens on April 27. The film opened in the United States last month.

© AFP

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