Bruce Willis felt ‘handicapped’ with stutter

Bruce Willis Bruce Willis used to think he was "handicapped" because of a speech impediment. The 57-year-old actor lacked confidence when growing up due to his stutter and relied on visual acts to get himself noticed when he was a boy in the Club Scouts. However, Bruce soon realized acting helped him speak fluently and describes the change in himself as "miraculous" - though the impediment hasn't gone completely. Speaking in an interview with GQ magazine, Bruce explained, "[I use to do] little skits you would probably find in the Cub Scout handbook. Little tricks. It got a big laugh, and I thought, 'This is it.' The Cub Scout years, I had a terrible stutter. But then I did some theater somewhere, probably in high school. And when I memorized words, I didn't stutter, which was just miraculous. That was the beginning of the gradual dispelling of my stutter. I thought I was handicapped. I couldn't talk at all. I still stutter around some people now."

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  1. Janice • February 13, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

    There are a lot of people who find that either acting (because they know the words ahead of time) or singing completely gets rid of a stutter. There are a couple of guys on American Idol right now who stutter when they’re talking but it disappears totally when they sing.

  2. C-Dub • February 13, 2013 @ 9:05 PM

    Ya there is this one kid from Cuba (I think) he has a terrible stutter but wow can he sing! Well good for Bruce Willis for figuring out a way to overcome it.

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