Bruce Willis moonlights as Comedy Central host

In what could be described as a feat of double self-promotion, Bruce Willis hosts the TV premiere of his 2002 movie Bandits while promoting the release of his new film 16 Blocks. This marks one of Willis' few TV appearances since he starred in the detective series Moonlighting.

Willis will host the TV premiere of the Barry Levinson-directed action comedy on Comedy Central. The movie stars a pony-tail-wearing Willis and Billy Bob Thornton as escaped cons who go on a cross-country bank-robbing spree. Wacky hijinks and a love triangle ensue when the robbers kidnap a housewife, played by Cate Blanchett.

In the 1980s, Willis played the role of David Addison on Moonlighting. The series starred Cybill Shepard as Maddie Hayes, the owner of a detective agency who clashed with its main investigator, Addison. The saucy, cleverly written comedy lasted for five seasons, ending when Willis' movie career took off.

Willis returned to series TV with a multiepisode story arc on Friends, and he appeared on Ally McBeal and voiced the title character in the animated series Bruno the Kid. A man of many talents, Willis released two music albums in the '80s, hitting the top five with his cover of "Respect Yourself." Willis was one of the first movie stars to appear in a video game, Apocalypse, in 1998, and in 2005 he appeared on That 70s Show opposite his ex-wife Demi Moore's new husband, Ashton Kutcher.

Bandits airs as part of Comedy Central's "Big Movie" presentation, Monday, February 27, at 8 p.m.

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