Kevin Smith has criticised actor Bruce Willis, who he directed in 2010 flop Cop Out, saying he is “soul crushing” to work with.
Smith – who first made his name with indie flicks Clerks and Chasing Amy – recently appeared on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, on which he claimed that Willis‘ refusal to help promote the movie contributed to its weak ticket sales.
“It was difficult,” he said. “I’ve never been involved in a situation like that where one component is not in the box at all. It was fucking soul crushing.”
He also claimed that Willis refused to sit for promotional photos for the movie’s poster.
“A lot of people are gonna be like, ‘Oh, you’re just trying to blame the movie on him’,” he said. “But I had no fucking help from this dude whatsoever.”
The movie co-starred Tracy Morgan, from TV show 30 Rock, who Smith was much more complementary about.
“He’s a fucking dream,” he said. “Tracy Morgan, I would lay down in traffic for. Were it not for Tracy, I might’ve killed myself or someone else in the making of that movie.”