Willis' racoon research
13:30 23 June 2006
Bruce Willis trained for his latest movie by 'living' with a family of racoons.
The actor - who is London promoting new animated comedy 'Over The Hedge' - joked about how he got into character as RJ, the film's furry lead character.
He told Bang Showbiz: "I went out and lived with a family of them for about three months.
"Sadly it didn't really work out because I couldn't understand what they were trying to tell me. They kept giving me bits of pine bark and little pieces of tin foil."
He added: "I tell you what I did like, and that was their little racoon paws.
"When we'd fall asleep at night they'd come over and put their racoon paws all over my face - that felt good."
Willis warming to his theme, also wisecracked: "There is one that still calls me - all hours of the night. I still can't understand what he's saying though!"
Meanwhile, the 51-year-old actor revealed he knew the film - which has already taken over $140 million in the US - was going be a hit when his children liked it.
He explained: "They gave it six thumbs up. And trust me they let me know when they don't like my movies. They make it very clear."
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