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Bruce Willis Reprises John McClane Role in Epic DieHard Battery Commercial

Bruce Willis Die Hard Battery
Courtesy of Advance Auto Parts
De'voreaux White (Argyle) and Clarence Gilyard (Theo) appear in the mini-movie spot.

Yippee-ki-yay #$@%. He's back. Bruce Willis reprises his iconic role of John McClane for a new Advance Auto Parts DieHard battery commercial — and the spot is epic.

Debuting Sunday during Fox's America’s Game of the Week telecast of Green Bay vs. Tampa Bay, the two-minute mini-movie not only features a lot of action and classic McClane snark, but also reunites some of the cast from the 1988 blockbuster. De'voreaux White (Argyle) and Clarence Gilyard (Theo) appear in the spot, both bringing a healthy dose of nostalgia. And of course, there is some vent crawling in the commercial created in part due to October being National Car Care Month.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

Added Willis, who last played the character in 2013's A Good Day to Die Hard, “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."

Jason McDonell, Advance Auto Parts executive vice president and chief marketing officer, called combing the beloved franchise and auto brand "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," he said in a statement.

Watch the commercial below.

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