Bruce Willis’ struggle with the cognitive disorder aphasia was making it difficult for him to work, according to a detailed report in the Los Angeles Times. The actor reportedly misfired a prop gun on set.

The incident occurred during the filming of Hard Kill back in January 2020, when Bruce Willis twice missed his cue to fire a gun on set. According to the Los Angeles Times, actress Lala Kent asked director Matt Eskandari to remind the actor to say his line before firing the gun to warn her, but on both takes he allegedly fired the prop gun before saying his line.

“Because my back was to him, I wasn’t aware of what was happening behind me,” the actress recalled. “But the first time, it was like, ‘No big deal, let’s reset.'”

After the second time, Lala Kent became worried about his health, and his behavior took her by surprise. Later in October 2021, a gun misfire by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of the film Rust would take the life of a cinematographer and prove once again just how important gun safety can be on film sets.

“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities,” his daughter Rumer wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.

“As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him,” she continued the emotional statement. “This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support.”

Bruce Willis and his wife Emma at the premiere of 'Red 2'
Bruce Willis and his wife Emma at the premiere of ‘Red 2.’ Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Bruce Willis had recently made a lot of direct-to-video action films, and the 67-year-old spent very little time on set. Stunt actors were reportedly doing most of the action, and script supervisors were feeding Bruce lines from an earpiece.

Many directors were even asked to shorten Bruce Willis’ lines to make it easier on his memory. Out of Death director Mike Burns compressed many of Bruce’s lines for his 2021 action film, which also featured actress Lala Kent. Mike Burns told the Los Angeles Times that they were forced to capture over 25 pages of dialogue in just one day of filming.

“After the first day of working with Bruce, I could see it firsthand and I realized that there was a bigger issue at stake here and why I had been asked to shorten his lines,” he said.

After working with Bruce again on Wrong Place, he declared that he would not be working with the actor for a third film.

“I didn’t think he was better; I thought he was worse,” he recalled. “After we finished, I said: ‘I’m done. I’m not going to do any other Bruce Willis movies.’ I am relieved that he is taking time off.”

White Elephant director Jesse V. Johnson also said that Bruce seemed off when filming in April 2021, and that he was concerned for the aging actor.

“They stated that he was happy to be there, but that it would be best if we could finish shooting him by lunch and let him go early,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “We are all Bruce Willis fans, and the arrangement felt wrong and ultimately a rather sad end to an incredible career, one that none of us felt comfortable with.”