An action star at 52!
"Bruce didn't have his prom last week," says Gunnar Peterson with a grin. Still, says the trainer who helped whip Bruce Willis
, 52, into shape for Live Free or Die Hard
, "you don't see many in his age bracket knocking it out at the gym with his dedication." To get back into fighting form after a 12-year Die Hard
hiatus, Willis did hour-long cardio and strength sessions nearly every day for three months before filming. On set he worked out during lunch. Peterson was impressed: "His thing is being able to do what the role requires." In this case that meant having a body that looked credible hanging from moving vehicles, dodging bullets and trotting around in an ever-more-torn shirt. Though you might guess that once stars hear "that's a wrap," they exhale and head for the sofa, Peterson says Willis kept up his routine. "What if the director decides to reshoot?" Eventually, Willis may let himself go a little. "It's not natural to stay completely shredded year-round."
A KID STAR GROWS UP—AND SLIMS DOWN
Watching later episodes of the '90s teen TV hit Boy Meets World
in 2001, "I was amazed at how big I let myself get," says Danielle Fishel, who played brainy gal pal Topanga. Since 2005 Fishel, now 26 and a correspondent for The Tyra Banks Show
, has shed 28 lbs. using the NutriSystem diet and will appear in ads for the prepackaged meal plan this month. "I'm never going to look like Gisele [Bündchen], but I'm happy with where I'm at."
"Whenever I had to film an intense scene, I'd run around the lot to get out of breath. I lost about 10 lbs. in a couple of weeks"
, on shooting the horror film The Strangers
, out later this year.
- CONTRIBUTORS Bethany Lye,
- Kristen Mascia,
- Ashley Williams.