Bruce Willis declares that ‘Die Hard’ is definitely not a Christmas movie

The actor puts an end to the debate

Bruce Willis has declared that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie during his appearance on The Comedy Central Roast Of Bruce Willis.

Released in July 1988, Die Hard is set at Christmas Eve and regularly appears in Top Christmas Films lists every year. Fans have long debated whether the classic Bruce Willis film counts as a festive movie, with some arguing just because it takes place at Christmas doesn’t automatically qualify it as a Christmas movie.

The Comedy Central Roast Of Bruce Willis will see the likes of Demi Moore, Edward Norton and Joseph Gordon-Levitt poke fun at the actor. It will air next month on Comedy Central.


Willis has a chance to have his say at the end of the roast and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he finally clears up the debate about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie or not.

“Die Hard is not a Christmas movie,” he says, before ending the show with a harmonica solo, which you can see below.

You can also see the teaser for the roast below, which see Willis crawl through an air vent, Die Hard style, while also letting out a fart.

Last Christmas, a new YouGov poll sided with Willis’ latest comments, with the majority of people stating that a film that isn’t explicitly about Christmas can’t be a Christmas film.


Meanwhile, the screenwriter of Die Hard thinks that the film is a Christmas movie. Steven E. de Souza weighed into the debate on Twitter, giving their take on the age-old question. Responding to a fan who had listed its festive components and asked “how could it not be a Christmas movie?”, de Souza added: “Plus a woman about to give birth features prominently.”

He added the hashtag #DieHardIsAChristmasMovie to another tweet.

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