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French award for film star Willis
Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis is in Paris promoting the thriller Hostage
Hollywood actor Bruce Willis has been made an officer in the Order of Arts and Letters, one of France's highest cultural honours.

Willis, 50, received his decoration in Paris on Wednesday from French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres.

Mr de Vabres said he symbolised "the power of US cinema" and the "mythical proportions" of its characters.

Willis said the award proved "cinema has no boundaries and that we all belong to the same artistic community".

Speaking in French, the Die Hard star said he was "very touched" to receive his medal.

"Thank you France and Culture Minister for this great, great honour," he said.

Also present at the ceremony were French actor Jean Reno and Willis's Pulp Fiction co-star, Maria de Medeiros.

In his citation, Mr de Vabres praised Willis's "quiet strength and empathy".

"Your roles cannot be reduced down to the fight against good and bad which is so popular in the US film industry, even if you have killed lots of villains," he said.

Other recent recipients of the prestigious French award include Sir Alan Parker, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Willis is in Paris to promote the thriller Hostage, directed by French film-maker Florent Siri.

His latest film, Sin City, topped the North American box-office chart in its first week of release.


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