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Bruce Willis' interview during Lakers game precedes team's late-game run

March 30, 2010 | 12:46 pm

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For a game that presented mostly frustrating moments for the Lakers in their 108-100 loss Monday to the New Orleans Hornets, at least fans were treated to a very entertaining interview with actor Bruce Willis.

Willis has been in New Orleans to film the movie, "Red," and he and his wife, Emma Heming, were invited by Hornets owner George Shinn to sit courtside at the Lakers-Hornets game at New Orleans Arena. Sounds like a sweet deal, but when your day job involves firing pistols in the French Quarter or somehow propelling a car into a helicopter, I guess that's really just OK.

Clearly, Willis' on-air interview with KCAL 9's John Ireland shows he had a good time. I couldn't find the video of the interview, so below is the transcript of the on-air exchange. It doesn't capture the hilarity as it would if you saw video, but the answers below clearly show Willis was also thinking about Hurricanes. (The video will be immediately posted if I find it online, or if someone send the link). 

Ireland: "First of all, I noticed you were cheering for both teams. You're a fan of good basketball, I guess."

Willis: "I like good plays, that's all. I just like watching good plays, good teams. Great fan support here."

Ireland: You're filming the movie "Red" here. What's it about?

Willis: "Entertainment. Big entertaining cast. We have a lot of fun down here. We just came out of Toronto for two cold months. To come down here, great town. A really great town."

Ireland: "I know you're a big sports fan of all sorts of sports. Have you ever had a seat this good for an NBA game?"

Willis: Umm, not lately [smiles]. Not lately. George [Shinn] has been very kind. Him and his wife, very nice tonight. And a great game. Not over yet.

Willis wasn't lying. Immediately after that interview, the Lakers went on a 9-0 run and trailed only 87-81 with 5:28 remaining. Unfortunately for the Lakers, that was as close as it would get. Clearly, the Lakers didn't get the memo that if they came back and won, the game would've been featured in Willis' upcoming movie.

UPDATED 3:44 p.m. - Still no sight of Willis' interview with KCAL-9. But reader Ryan Knaus shared a link of another interview Willis did during the Lakers-Hornets game with a New Orleans network. Different answers to different questions, but Willis definitely had the same demeanor. Funny stuff.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Actor Bruce Willis with his wife, Emma Heming, right, and New Orleans Hornets owner George Shinn, left, sitting with his wife Denise during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the New Orleans Arena. Credit: Derick E. Hingle / U.S. Presswire


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