Unafraid to speak out on controversial political topics (last week he said to not mess with the Second Amendment), noted actor Bruce Willis on Monday took aim at socialist president Francoise Hollande’s so-called “millionaire’s tax.”
“[T]he star said he opposes President Francois Hollande's plan to tax the richest at 75 percent and hopes he would be able to complain about it if he lived in France,” The Associated Press notes.
President Hollande’s 75 percent tax rate affects anyone earning more than $1.32 million a year.
Willis, 57, was in France to promote his latest action-thriller, “A Good Day to Die Hard,” and to receive the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest culture award in France, for his contribution to cinema.
Previous recipients include Sir Michael Caine and Clint Eastwood.
“It is an honor, a real honor, to be here,” said Willis. “To get this very high honor for the commanders, I couldn’t be more pleased.”
On his famed “tough guy” persona, Willis had this to say: "I like the idea that it would possibly be that I don't take myself very seriously, that the characters I play always try as hard as they can to think that they're in charge.
"But in truth, women are in charge. Women should be in charge of everything," he added.
Born on a U.S. Air Force base in Germany, Willis told the Paris ceremony that he “feels at home in France.”
“I always feel at home when I’m in Paris and when I’m in France. I feel very comfortable here and always look forward to coming back,” added Willis.
The fifth in a series currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, “A Good Day to Die Hard” hits theaters Feb. 14:
Final Thought: Although it's slightly jarring to hear a Hollywood heavyweight come out against things like unreasonably high tax rates and in favor of the Second Amendment, it's important to remember that Willis has long professed his conservative beliefs.
“I’m a Republican only as far as I want a smaller government, want less government intrusion,” Willis said in a 2006 interview, according to Foxnews.com, adding that both parties are atrocious when it comes to spending and debt.
“I hate government. I’m apolitical. Write that down. I’m not a Republican,” he added
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