Bruce Willis unveils giant 'Die Hard' mural

05:00 AM, Feb 01, 2013

CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 31: Actor Bruce Willis attends the Twentieth Century Fox Celebrates 25 Years Of "Die Hard" event at Fox Studio Lot on January 31, 2013 in Century City, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) Jason Kempin Getty Images/


Written By by Bryan Alexander USA TODAY, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — Finally there is someone bigger than Bruce Willis on the Fox studio lot.

The 57-year-old action star unveiled a giant portrait of his Die Hard character John McClane on Thursday night, celebrating 25 years of the blockbuster franchise.

As Willis hit the “detonate” button to bring down the curtain covering his mural, fireworks exploded setting off car alarms throughout the parking structure at the Fox studio.

Willis told a crowd of hundreds witnessing the unveiling that it had been “a great ride” portraying his crime-fighting character in five films for the last quarter century.

Two of Willis’ daughters, Rumer and Tallulah Belle, were on hand to see their father honored with the portrait, which will remain on the studio’s historic Stage 8. The portrait features the iconic image of John McClane crawling through the air ducts of the fictional Nakatomi Plaza from the original 1988 Die Hard.

Willis also premiered his new film, A Good Day to Die Hard (out Feb. 14), his fifth in the series. The film stars Jai Courtney (who plays his grown son) and is directed by John Moore.

Fox studio chairman Jim Gianopulos called the Die Hard franchise “a cornerstone of the studio.” He pointed out that the combined movies had made more than $1.1 billion in worldwide box office.

You’ve seen a lot of actors portray Batman and Superman,” said Gianopulos. “But only one portraying John McClane. That’s why we are here tonight.”