Podcast Saturdays, August 6, 2022: Haileywood

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Summary from Apple Podcasts: Onscreen, Bruce Willis dodged bullets and explosions in Die Hard and countless action films, making him the biggest movie star of the ‘90s. Offscreen, he dodged the tabloid press and became so determined to live a private life he moved to one of the smallest towns in Idaho. But he didn’t just want to live in Hailey — he wanted to transform it. Soon, this sleepy old mining town was home to a culture clash between Hollywood spectacle and small-town values, with real-life secret rooms, car chases, and betrayal worthy of a Willis thriller. Welcome to Haileywood. Host Dana Schwartz will be your guide.

Link to the Show on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/haileywood/id1582007311

No. of Seasons: 1

No. of Episodes: 8

My Review: In 2022, Bruce Willis is basically a household name. From the Die Hard series to Pulp Fiction, the Sixth Sense and the Fifth Element, Bruce Willis has become that superstar that many aspiring actors hope to one day become. Back in the 1990s, however, Bruce Willis was just gaining his fame and popularity. The only issue: Bruce Willis wanted to be recognized, but treated liked the average Joe. How can he accomplish this? By moving to the sleepy town of Hailey, Idaho, of course. But Willis isn’t happy with just living in Hailey (soon dubbed Haileywood by follow townies), but Willis also has to bring life back into the town. He begins by buying most of downtown, opening several commercial endeavors including 2 restaurants, a movie theater, and an office complex. He even buys a mansion to house Demi Moore’s collection of 2,000+ dolls (creepy right?).

This was a side to Bruce Willis that I had never known about (because he’s just an actor and not like my friend or anything), so I was really intrigued by this Podcast. It’s a look into the life of a famous person that makes him seem like a real person rather than just a fictional character.

We get to see that maybe he is an egotistical maniac who wants to have a “private” life, but at the same time contradicts this by being a public figure, sticking his nose in places where a lot of people didn’t care for it to be.

This was a really interesting podcast and a light break from my normal true crime addiction. I would highly recommend it.