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Prime Willis

How Bruce Willis makes his film titles count. EW gets the action star's number -- by finding a odd (and even) thread in his filmography

Is Bruce Willis' film career numbered? Absolutely. Beginning with his aptly titled maiden film, 1980's The First Deadly Sin, and wrapping with his latest vehicle, 16 Blocks — which opened at $11.9 million last weekend — Willis has appeared in movies featuring every number from 1 to 10 in the title...except 8. (For numerology newcomers, you add the 1 and the 6 in 16 Blocks to make 7; the 12 in 12 Monkeys becomes 3.) Rosemary K. West, numerologist and author of By the Numbers: How Numbers Can Add Meaning to Your Life, sees no real significance to Willis' digit-laden résumé, chalking up the pattern to coincidence. Really? Even with titles like The Fifth Element and The Sixth Sense? Well, she concedes, ''if his next film has an 8 in the title, I'll start to think he's doing it on purpose.'' May we suggest a prequel to The Whole Nine Yards?

Originally posted Mar 10, 2006 Published in issue #868 Mar 17, 2006 Order article reprints
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