LONDON - Bruce Willis has apologized for what he called a "boring" interview on the BBC's The One Show, blaming jetlag for appearing listless and disinterested while promoting the latest film in the Die Hard series last week, according to the Guardian.
Willis was introduced with a dramatic fanfare by the magazine show's hosts, but struggled to work up much enthusiasm. The interviewers invited him to comment on the real-life asteroid currently threatening to pass close to Earth in a reference to Willis' planet-saving exploits in 1998's Armageddon. The Hollywood star was apparently unimpressed.
A Good Day to Die Hard, which is released Thursday in the U.K., has so far received mostly negative reviews, and Willis himself appeared to be unsure about whether the title was helping much. "It's a difficult title. A Good Day to Die Hard? It's like, have a sandwich and let's go shopping – then Die Hard," he told the BBC.
The actor later told U.K. radio station Xfm he was jetlagged. "I have to apologize," he said in the radio interview. "I didn't get very many compliments about it. They said it was a little stale. But I was so jetlagged. I'm very sorry, you kids on The One Show."
Willis added: "I'm sure it's not their problem. I was a little bit boring, I think. I had a little sinking spell, that's all."
Viewers were quick to voice their own lack of enthusiasm for Willis' performance on the BBC's Points of View, which compiles viewer comments and criticism about various shows. One wrote: "It's not often that I feel sorry for [hosts] Matt and Alex but this was torture. They desperately tried to ask questions and get something of interest out of him whilst he mumbled and hesitated and was generally incoherent."
The person added: "They obviously thought that they had a major coup getting a Hollywood A-list star on the show, but Willis showed himself to be little better than a mumbling moron."
Others compared Willis' appearance to former BBC and ITV talk show host Michael Parkinson's famously excruciating 2003 BBC interview with Meg Ryan, which he later described as his most difficult TV moment.
Here is the BBC interview with Willis: