London - Bruce Willis became a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in Paris on Monday (11.02.13).
The 'A Good Day To Die Hard' star was presented with the prestigious accolade - the highest cultural award France has to offer - for his contribution to cinema at a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture.
Receiving the award, he said: “Whenever I am in Paris, I feel at home. I love my job and it still makes me laugh.”
Minister of Culture Aurelie Filippetti – who made the presentation – called his famous 'Die Hard' hero John McClane a “reluctant hero” and praised Bruce's diverse movie choices.
She said: “John McClane is an ordinary man faced with the extraordinary.
“[Bruce] chooses to rely on the most amazing filmmakers, such as Wes Anderson for 'Moonrise Kingdom', Quentin Tarantino for 'Pulp Fiction', [and my] humble preference 'Unbreakable' by M. Night Shyamalan.
Bruce's wife Emma Heming also joked she plans to call her husband “Commander” from now on.
She tweeted: “If I have to call him Commander so do you! #CommanderBruce (sic).” - Bang Showbiz