Bruce Willis reprises John McClane role for DieHard car battery advert

Bruce Willis reprises his role as Die Hard’s John McClane for Advance Auto Parts commercial promoting DieHard car batteries

He famously played detective John McClane in the high-grossing action film franchise Die Hard.

And Bruce Willis provided fans with some major nostalgia by reprising the iconic role for Advance Auto Parts’ latest commercial promoting DieHard car batteries.

The intense two-minute flick premiered during the NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.


He’s back! Bruce Willis provided fans with some major nostalgia by reprising his role as Die Hard’s John McClane for Advance Auto Parts’ latest commercial promoting DieHard car batteries

Big premiere: The intense two-minute flick premiered during the NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday

‘You wanted a quite life, John,’ begins John, who is seated inside of his car and repeatedly attempting to get his engine running.

‘Dead batteries. Empty streets,’ he continues in narration, while walking down an eerie street riddled with parked cars and blinding neon signs.

As he heads further and further into town, John locks eyes with an all too familiar nemesis, Theo, who is seated at a cherry red booth located within a seemingly desolate diner.

Theo, played by Clarence Gilyard, stares out at John through his table’s window, before forming his fingers into the shape of a gun and pretending to send a shot in John’s direction.

Dead battery: ‘You wanted a quite life, John,’ begins John, who is seated inside of his car and repeatedly attempting to get the engine running to no avail

Eerie: ‘Dead batteries. Empty streets,’ he continues in narration, while walking down an eerie street riddled with parked cars and blinding neon signs

Without warning, two SUVS packed to the brim with a slew of menacing characters close in on John. 

The commercial then cuts to a shot of an Advance Auto Parts employee humming to herself and meticulously adjusting the store’s merchandise.

Suddenly, John crashes through the store’s large glass window, which prompts the worker to say: ‘Welcome to Advance Auto Parts!’

‘I need one of those,’ says McClane through labored breaths as he points to the wall of DieHard batteries positioned behind the jovial Advance Auto Parts employee. 

Familiar threat: As he dwells further and further into town, John locks eyes with an all too familiar nemesis, Theo, who is seated at a cherry red booth located within a seemingly desolate diner

Trouble: Without warning, two SUVS packed to the brim with a slew of menacing characters close in on McClane

With a battery in hand, John learns that the only ‘other way out’ of the store is through a vent in ceiling.

He begins to shimmy his way through the narrow vents, while the employee can be heard continuing her sales pitch from a distance.

McClane successfully makes his way out of the store, but he is immediately met with a stream of bullets that he expertly outruns.

As he races away from his gun wielding foes, he is struck by a car driven by none other than his driver Argyle, played by De’voreaux White.

Dramatic entrance: Suddenly, John crashes through an Advance Auto Part’s store’s large glass window, which prompts the worker to say: ‘Welcome to Advance Auto Parts!’

Just what he needs: ‘I need one of those,’ says John through labored breaths as he points to the wall of DieHard batteries positioned behind the jovial Advance Auto Parts employee

The only way: With a battery in hand, McClane learns that the only ‘other way out’ of the store is through a vent in ceiling

They share a friendly laugh, before John jumps into the passenger’s seat of Argyle’s car and the pair speed away.

‘You still driving this thing,’ asked McClane, to which Argyle hilariously replies: ‘You’re getting blood on the seats man!’

The antagonists catch up to the dynamic duo and they begin firing as Argyle continues speeding down the street in his beloved vehicle with John by his side.

They’re then unexpectedly T-boned by one of the antagonist’s vehicles, which completely totals Argyle’s ride.

Hey there! As he races away from his gun wielding foes, he is struck by a car driven by none other than his driver Argyle, played by De’voreaux White

Reunited: They share a friendly laugh, before John jumps into the passenger’s seat of Argyle’s car and the pair speed away

With his DieHard battery still in hand, John reassures Argyle that they are ‘gonna get out of here, Buddy! Just gotta change my battery.’ 

Cut to a scene of John changing his car battery, while an ominous character attempts to sneak up on him from behind.  

Sensing trouble, McClane grabs the DieHard battery and swings it at his foe, which completely knocks him out.

Unfortunately for McClane, his troubles are long from over as Theo rolls in from the distance on a backhoes.

Getting out of here: With his DieHard battery still in hand, John reassures Argyle that they are ‘gonna get out of here, Buddy! Just gotta change my battery’

Hurry! Cut to a scene of John changing his car battery, while an ominous character attempts to sneak up on him from behind

Back again: Unfortunately for McClane, his troubles are long from over as Theo rolls in from the distance on a backhoes

Despite danger inching closer and closer, John successfully finishes installing his DieHard battery, his car engine starts, and his lights pop on.

He tosses a grenade at Theo’s backhoes, before zooming out of the construction site with Argyle.

Theo, as well as two other vehicles, continue to chase after John until the grenade goes off and causes a giant explosion. 

Bye bye! He tosses a grenade at Theo’s backhoes, before zooming out of the construction site with Argyle

Grand finale: Theo, as well as two other vehicles, continue to chase after John until the grenade goes off and causes a giant explosion

Although Willis’ high budget Advance Auto Parts commercial garnered high praise on social media, many fans were convinced that he was reprising his role for a sixth Die Hard film.

Rumors began to circulate on Saturday night when Willis’ daughter Rumer, 32, shared a brief clip of the commerical to her Instagram page, cryptically adding just a pair of eyeballs and the hashtag ‘#DieHardisBack’. 

In the 15-second clip, Bruce is seen in character as John McClane, strolling along a dimly-lit street before turning to face a group of men.

Next movie? Bruce Willis became the focus of much attention on Twitter late Saturday night, as his daughter shared a teaser of what appeared to be his next Die Hard movie

With somebody whistling a tune as the soundtrack, the teaser ended with the words: ‘As one story ends, a new one begins,’ before sharing an October 18 release date.

While no other details were shared by Rumor as to what the teaser was for, fans took to Twitter in droves to speculate that it could be a new Die Hard film.

A sixth installment in the hit movie franchise had been in development with 20th Century Fox back in 2018. However, once the studio merged with Disney, the film appeared to have been put on the back burner.

It’s back! Rumer Willis, 32, took to the micro-blogging platform to share a brief clip, cryptically adding just a pair of eyeballs and the hashtag ‘#DieHardisBack’

Character: In the 15-second clip, Hollywood screen star Bruce, 65, is seen in character as John McClane, strolling along a dimly-lit street before turning to face a group of men

Date: With somebody whistling a tune as the soundtrack, the teaser ends with the words ‘As one story ends, a new one begins,’ before sharing an October 18 release date

In 2018, it was revealed that the sixth Die hard film would be called McClane, following rumors that it would bear the title Die Hard: Year One. 

The film was set to follow a 60-year-old McClane and a younger incarnation of himself in his 20s.

It would have come after the original 1988 film Die Hard, 1990’s Die Hard 2, 1995’s Die Hard With a Vengeance, 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard and 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard.

Speaking to Empire magazine about the significance of the title, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said at the time: ‘You can tell our intention by the fact that the title page we handed in says, McCLANE.

Cryptic: No other information was given when Rumer shared the tweet late Saturday night

Yippee Ki Yay: Back in 2018, it had been revealed that the title of the new Die Hard film would be McClane. However, the film never came to be. Willis is pictured in Die Hard 3

‘We want you to get invested in John McClane more than ever before. I don’t know how you do Die Hard without Bruce.

‘The idea that he’s not very significant in this movie is not accurate at all. We are gonna explore John McClane in his 20s. But just as prominent is the 60-year-old version.’

Director Len Wiseman insisted at the time that it was ‘crucial’ to get the right man for the job, explaining: ‘The right casting for this role is crucial. Those bare feet have some very big shoes to fill.’

In the last film, McClane and his son Jack (Jai Courtney) had to complete a mission which took them into the heart of a Russian organised crime gang.

Although Willis always enjoys stepping into the shoes of McClane, he admits every entry in the franchise has been trying to match the excellence of the first film.

He said: ‘I’m really pleased to continue to be asked back to do other versions and other incarnations of Die Hard.

‘The first one really is [the best] … That’s all there is. Everything else is just trying to be as good as that film.’

Storyline: The sixth Die Hard  film was set to follow a 60-year-old McClane and a younger incarnation of himself in his 20s. Willis is pictured in the original Die Hard in 1988

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