From an interview with Bruce done fairly early on, this clip aired on "Evening Magazine" in the fall of 1986. Click icon to play video clip. (Requires RealOne player.) When talking about the cat and mouse game played by David and Maddie, Bruce tells us, "Challenges excite David Addison. It's no fun when you win easily..."
"Late Night with David Letterman," December 1985--Bruce's very first appearance on Letterman. Click icon to play video clip.(Requires RealOne player.) When Letterman points out that Bruce & Cybill have really good chemistry on the show, Bruce quips, "Well, I have a chemistry set right there on the show..."
"Good Morning America," February 3, 1987--Bruce and Cybill face Joan Lunden and all the rumors about them not getting along. Click icon to play video clip.(Requires RealOne player.) Most memorable quote, Bruce tells Joan, "I think in one form or another this show is going to be around a long time, long after we've stopped doing it. And I would always like to think that no matter when I look at this work, we can be proud of what we did during this time right now."
From Cybill & Bruce: Moonlighting Magic by Barbara Siegel and Scott Siegel, 1987: John J. O'Connor of The New York Times wrote "In response, the actor is not your average leading-man type. He could easily be mistaken for the quiet guy down the street. But confronted with Miss Shepherd's Maddie, a flamboyantly insinuating creature, Mr. Willis becomes almost debonair as, the battle of the sexes raging, he appears to be constantly bemused, complete with twinkling eyes. Miss Shepherd gets most of the flashy turns but without Mr. Willis, there would be no show." Mr. O'Connor is right except in one important respect: it's really Bruce who gets the "flashy turns." Bruce himself put it best when he said, "She is playing a straight man, and it can be a very thankless role. It's hard to do it well, and I think she is doing great work in this thing. Some people say, 'The chemistry between you two is what really makes the show.' But you can't play chemistry. You can't say, 'Okay, Cybill, now we're going to play chemistry.' I do what I do and she does what she does, and what comes as a product of that is what makes the show work, I think."
Other places on this site you can hear Bruce
comment on the sexual chemistry between him and his co-star:
- Video clip of "Good Morning America," Sept 1985.
- Video clip of "Good Morning America," Jan. 1986
Bruce Willis with his 1987 Emmy for Best Performance
by an Actor in a Leading Role on a Drama Series