The Marketing Arm enlisted Bruce Willis to reprise his famous John McClane “Die Hard” role for their client, Advance Auto Parts. The company acquired the 53-year old battery brand from Sears last year for $200 million and is now spending big to reignite interest in the battery and draw consumers to its 5,000 stores.
Matt Williams, Senior Producer for The Marketing Arm stated, “Producing work at this scale during the pandemic was a significant challenge. And it was so much fun! We had an exceptional group of people that came together to make this, including Bruce Willis of course. Getting the original Die Hard cast back together generated magic. Even though COVID-19 precautions kept the actors largely separate from each other during the shoot, their natural camaraderie came through in a big way. The idea was always to make a film complete with the action and comedy beats which made the original Die Hard film so widely loved. Thanks to our client, we were able to stay true to this goal and make something we think is very special within the modern advertising space.”
The two minute spot which debuted during Fox’s National Football League coverage, is akin to a costly Super Bowl production, complete with teasers and social tweets by Willis’s children, making it appear as though a new sequel was in the works.
In a statement provided by the brand, Willis said: “I’ve never done any sort of commercial with the John McClane character, but Advance Auto Parts brought an idea to integrate DieHard the battery into the ‘Die Hard’ story through a short film that’s authentic to McClane and both brands.”