Bruce Willis Reprises ‘Die Hard’ Role For Advance

Bruce Willis Reprises ‘Die Hard’ Role For Advance

A two-minute film featuring Willis debuted during the recent Green Bay vs. Tampa Bay NFL telecast on Fox.

Advance Auto Parts has recruited Bruce Willis to promote its DieHard battery brand, which the company acquired in December 2019.

Willis, who starred in the 1988 action movie “Die Hard,” reprises his role as Det. John McClane in a two-minute film for Advance.

The spot, which debuted during Fox’s “America’s Game of the Week” telecast of Green Bay vs. Tampa Bay, continues the storylines of McClane and two other characters from “Die Hard”: villain Theo, reprised by Clarence Gilyard Jr., and limo driver Argyle, played by De’voreaux White.

“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,” said Willis. “Advance approached this like a motion picture – the script is clever, the production intense and the spot is entertaining. This is what ‘Die Hard’ fans expect. I think they will dig the DieHard/‘Die Hard’ mashup.”

The new film begins with McClane and a dead car battery. Before he can make it to Advance Auto Parts, McClane crosses paths with old foe, Theo, and his crew. After a narrow escape and a chance meeting with limo driver Argyle, the action accelerates.

From bad-guy takedowns to a giant earth-mover chase – and, of course, a massive explosion – the film merges the worlds of the action classic “Die Hard” and the battery, showing viewers that McClane and DieHard are equally reliable, durable and powerful, Advance noted.

“I always have a lot of fun playing John McClane and I really enjoyed how Advance Auto Parts brought in De’voreaux and Clarence from the original film,” Willis added. “I give Advance a lot of credit for digging into the film to cleverly insert DieHard the battery and giving fans a new, entertaining storyline.”

Jason McDonell, Advance Auto Parts executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said there’s a natural tie-in between DieHard batteries and John McClane.

“The DieHard brand is known for its reliability, durability and power – qualities of John McClane in the ‘Die Hard’ films,” said McDonell. “The opportunity to bring the two together in a creative and bold way to inform, entertain and mobilize motorists was irresistible. Our approach to this project was to go beyond products and price points and focus on finding a powerful message and platform to differentiate the brand. We’ll continue looking for those ‘Yippee Ki Yay’ moments that are memorable and celebratory at the same time.”

The film is part of Advance’s integrated #DieHardIsBack marketing campaign that kicks off during October’s National Car Care Month.

Following the film’s national debut, Advance will air 30- and 15-second versions of the spot – in both English and Spanish – nationally and in key local markets. The spot will be incorporated into the company’s social media on Facebook and Instagram in the United States and Canada, as well as digitally on YouTube in the U.S. to drive views of the full-length version on Advance’s YouTube page: YouTube.com/AdvanceAutoParts.

There also is a significant in-store element to the campaign, Advance said.

The film and campaign were created by The Marketing Arm, a Dallas-based creative-agency partner for Advance Auto Parts.

“Cold weather is coming,” McDonell said. “We know motorists will begin to encounter battery failure. We want them to know that the only automotive aftermarket stores where they can get the most reliable, durable and powerful battery – DieHard – are at Advance Auto Parts and Carquest stores.”

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