Behind the scenes with Bruce & Emma
In “Honeymoon Hotel,” the portfolio shot by Steven Klein, Bruce Willis appears in various compromising positions: with his ankles bound, his toenails sporting red polish in one photo; blindfolded and being led down a flight of stairs in nothing but skintight nude-hued briefs in another photo; cowering fearfully in black skivvies and red latex gloves in yet another.
“I remember at the fitting, Bruce was trying on all these really great suits by Tom Ford and Dior,” wife Emma tells us. “But every time Camilla [Nickerson, the shoot's stylist] would walk by she’d mutter, ‘It’s not like he’s going to be wearing them.’ And I’d think, ‘Oh God!’”
Indeed, the original idea for the shoot wasn’t nearly as risque as the final product. Explains Bruce, “When we were getting ready to do the shoot and we were talking about the concept, they said to me, ‘We see you with a lot of clothes, a lot of layers.’ And I said, ‘Great!’ And they said, ‘Emma’s going to be scantily clad,’ and I said, ‘As it should be!’ And then we get there and Steven says, ‘We’re gonna change it up, we’ll put Emma in a lot of clothes and we’ll have you in less clothes.’ And I went, ‘I gotta get some weights!’”
W’s fashion assistants attest that the actor, 54, did request dumbbells for some last minute tune-ups. “It was challenging because we had literally just come from this great honeymoon period of eating great food all the time!” says Bruce. (The couple got married in Turks and Caicos in March.)
Adds Emma, “We’d been going to dinner every day, drinking, enjoying not having to work out or think about the job or taking off our clothes on camera.”
“Vanity dies hard,” says Bruce with his trademark smirk. “It really does.”
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