Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger collaborated in the film series The Expendables, and now, more than a year after Willis’ acting career ended, Schwarzenegger is expressing his respect for the acting legend.

Schwarzenegger revealed in an interview with CinemaBlend that he finds Willis to be “fantastic.” After learning that the Die Hard actor’s’ aphasia diagnosis has worsened into a more serious condition, the Fubar star hailed the actor, calling him a ‘kind man’.

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After receiving a diagnosis of aphasia, which impairs language expression and understanding, the 68-year-old Willis announced through his family that he would stop acting in March 2022. After his condition deteriorated, the family disclosed in February 2023 that he had been identified as having frontotemporal dementia.

“Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis,” the family’s statement read, which was signed “Ladies of Willis/Moore.”

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The statement added: ‘This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit, and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him. As Bruce always says, ‘Live it up’ and together we plan to do just that.”

According to Schwarzenegger, “He [Bruce Willis] was, always for years and years, is a huge, huge star, and I think that he will always be remembered as a great, great star.” When asked about Willis’ legacy, Schwarzenegger added, “I understand that under his circumstances, health-wise, that he had to retire. But in general, you know, we never really retire. Action heroes, they reload.”

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Recently, Emma, Bruce’s wife, discussed the health of the star of “Pulp Fiction” and other patients with the condition’s restricted options. She said: “When you live in the world of dementia you know that options are slim. But some won’t take that lying down which is how change is made, and I got to witness the beauty in that.”