Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker See "RED 2," Shoot Bees

Fri, June 28th, 2013 at 7:58am PDT

TV/Film
Josh Wigler, Staff Writer
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There are interviews you can control. And there are interviews with Bruce Willis talking almost exclusively about shooting bees. CBR News' conversation with Willis and "RED 2" co-star Mary-Louise Parker is the second kind of interview.


For context: I had less than three minutes to speak with the paired-up Willis and Parker at Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate's "RED 2" junket in New York City last week. There were several items on the agenda: Speaking with them about the evolution of Frank Moses and Sarah Ross' relationship in the film, learning more about Parker's stunt-work, getting a clue or two about where they want to take the "RED" franchise for a third installment.

But the artists commonly known as John McClane and Nancy Botwin were more interested in talking about the time Willis shot a bee on the "RED 2" set -- and once I knew that was a real thing that happened, so was I.

Read on for Willis and Parker's insight into their "RED" relationship, their hopes for a space-bound sequel, and -- that's right -- the time Bruce Willis shot a bee.

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CBR News: Can you talk about the relationship between Frank and Sarah in this movie? Clearly they've grown quite a bit since the first "RED."

Willis and Parker return as Frank Moses and Sarah Ross in "RED 2"

Mary Louise Parker: Well, there's been a devolution through Costco. That pretty much says it all. That speaks for everything, right? You show us in Costco, you don't have to say anything.

Bruce Willis: I like Costco. Her? Not so much. Our relationship is going through some changes. She wants to be in the band. John Malkovich gives her a weapon, and it takes off from there. But she looks good with a gun.

Did you enjoy diving more into the action aspects of the film this time around?

Parker: I'm not a huge fan of weapons, so when they say cut, generally, I'm ready to hand it back. But it's fun to play within the dynamic of the character. [To Bruce] Didn't you shoot a bee or something? Remember that day? You shot it, didn't you?

You -- shot a bee?

Willis: I did. [Pauses, sighs] I shot a bee.

Parker: I thought I imagined it. I just started telling the story and I thought, 'That couldn't have actually happened.' But it did.

Uh, what happened there?

Willis: Well, there was a big bee --

Parker: And it was about to land on me --

Willis: It was about to land on you --

Parker: So he shot it! That's a level of masculinity you should not even strive for. [Points to Willis] It only happens here.

Willis: I didn't want her to get stung!

Parker: So he shot it! [Laughs] It was kind of hot.

Willis: It was a little overkill. I think the bees will always look at me in a different way.

Willis and Parker are joined by the cast of the original movie - and a few new faces - in "RED 2"

OK, past the bees -- "RED 2" ups its game by taking the story across the globe: Paris, London, Moscow. If you get the chance to do "RED 3," where would you want to take the story?

Willis: We're talking about that. I don't think I should be a part of the conversation. I think [Parker] should be the boss.

Parker: Wouldn't you like to go somewhere not so far? Maybe somewhere warm?

Russia was cold?

Willis: Well, it was cooler. It was cooler. We went to the Kremlin scene, through that little tunnel, right behind that store -- was it a Dunkin' Donuts?

Parker: It was some kind of pizza --

It was Papa John's!

Both: Papa John's!

Willis: Yeah, that was a cool day. But I'm fine with weather. We can go anywhere. [Pauses] The moon. "RED 5: The Moon."

Parker: The moon! Space! Or Disneyland.

Willis: The world's happiest place.

"RED 2" opens in theaters on July 19, 2013. Stay tuned for CBR News' interviews with the film's co-stars Helen Mirren and Byung-hun Lee.

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