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Tom Cavanagh, Bruce Willis’ final co-star, says it was a ‘privilege’ to work with him.

The “Die Hard” star, one of Hollywood’s most adored actors, stars as an evil genius in TUBI’s “Corrective Measures,” an action-packed thriller based on the graphic novel of the same name.

The 67-year-old plays Julius “The Lobe” Loeb, a legendary inmate at San Tiburon, the world’s most dangerous maximum-security prison. Monsters, treacherous criminals, supervillains, and cyborgs live there, all under the supervision of 24-hour power inhibitors and shock collars. Cavanagh’s character, Gordon “The Conductor” Tweedy, causes havoc in the jail system.

“This is a privilege,” Cavanagh said of working with Willis in one of his final jobs. Willis’ family stated in March that the actor was retiring from acting due to aphasia, a disorder that causes loss of the capacity to understand or express speech.
“As a younger actor, I recall being heavily influenced by his mastery of the screen,” Cavanagh, 58, remarked. “It is not as simple as people believe to do tiny things and have a major project. That is not something that every performer is capable of. Not many actors can say that.

“Even when Bruce was doing ‘Moonlighting,’ he had the ability to say nothing and yet command the screen,” Cavanagh said of Willis’ Emmy-winning series, which aired from 1985 to 1989 and starred Cybill Shepherd.

“He then went on to star in major film franchises such as ‘Die Hard.’ But one of the things that always intrigued me about Bruce was the way he played an ordinary person under extraordinary circumstances. He seemed terrified and vulnerable while rescuing the day, which I believe is part of the charm.”

Cavanagh expressed admiration for Willis’ ability to bring compelling characters to life throughout the years. When it came to filming “Corrective Measures,” Cavanagh emphasized that Willis was the real deal.

“As opposed to a superhero, people can relate to someone like that,” he explained. “When telling these heroic stories, people frequently make the error of projecting power, believing they’ll succeed, and then adding an element of dread. Fear and vulnerability, on the other hand, make it identifiable and relatable. It’s difficult to relate to someone who is never terrified, who knows they’ll succeed [before] the end of the film. Bruce Willis’ depictions are such that he doesn’t know how the film ends.
“I’m not sure if Bruce is conscious of the impact he’s had, but those of us who get to work with him consider it a privilege,” Cavanagh added.

Despite being a fan, Cavanagh admitted that seeing Willis for the first time on set was not weird. He described how the actor was committed to the job and eager to collaborate with his co-stars.

“When that acting bell rings, it doesn’t matter what anyone has done,” Cavanagh explained. “We all want to present a tale in an equitable and even manner. When the bell rings, it’s everyone for themselves. In this film, you’ll see how my character fared when he started damaging things in the prison. And I believe Bruce has developed that approach over his career… Everyone is out there trying to tell the finest tale possible in order to produce a fantastic final edition.”

Aside from working with Willis, Cavanagh, who has already made his mark on the CW superhero series “The Flash,” said yes to “Corrective Measures.”

“As a day job, I do a superhero show, and I direct another one, so I’m semi-familiar with the blowing-stuff-up genre of comic books,” he joked. “However, I enjoy the prison-break genre as well. From the opening pages of [‘Corrective Measures,’] it was clear that it blends both of those universes. ‘Oh, this is amazing!’ I exclaimed from the start. I didn’t even realize the script was based on a graphic novel when I first read it. But I was immediately fascinated. So, for a guy like myself, combining all of those components was a no-brainer.”
“As a result of this and with much thought, Bruce is stepping away from the business that has meant so much to him,” Willis’ wife Emma Heming Willis, ex-wife Demi Moore, and his five children — Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, Mabel, and Evelyn — wrote in a statement posted on his Instagram account.

“We are dealing with this as a strong family unit, and we wanted to invite his followers in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him,” they stated. “As Bruce often says, ‘Live it up,’ and that is exactly what we want to do.”

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