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Bruce Willis Rewarded By The French
Bruce Willis has been handed one of France's top awards for his contribution to cinema.
The Die Hard star was named a Commandeur (Commander) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti.
The 57-year-old told the ceremony at the Culture Ministry in Paris that he felt honoured that his work had been recognised.
Willis' new role as Commander puts him in the same league as David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Sir Michael Caine.
Willis was born in Germany, where his father David, a soldier in the US Army, was stationed. Willis' mother Marlene was German.
As such, Willis considers himself European and said he felt comfortable in France.
He explained: "I always feel at home in Paris and when I'm in France. I feel very comfortable here and I always look forward to coming back.
"It is an honour, a real honour to be here ... and to get this very high honour for the commanders. And I couldn't be more pleased."
When he was asked why he thought his work resonated so much with French audiences, Willis said the feminine power behind his tough guy characters was key.
He said: "I like the idea that it would possibly be that I don't take myself very seriously, that the characters I play always try as hard as they can to think that they're in charge.
"But in truth, women are in charge. Women should be in charge of everything."
Willis also thinks there will be more Die Hard movies to come. His latest film, A Good Day To Die Hard, is the fifth in the series.
The movie sees Willis reprise the lead role of John McClane, who travels to Russia to help his estranged son, Jack (Jai Courtney), out of prison, but is soon caught in the crossfire of a terrorist plot.
Willis' other film roles include Look Who's Talking, Pulp Fiction, The Sixth Sense and The Expendables.
He attended the event with his British wife, 34-year-old model Emma Heming, whom he married in 2009 in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.
The guest list included Willis' ex-wife Demi Moore, their three children and Moore's then-husband Ashton Kutcher.