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A Famous Bruce Willis Movie Seems to Be Coming True

"You gotta have some kind of backup plan, right?"

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It’s not uncommon for a movie to be made about a historical event or an influential person. Loads of stories are based on real-life that go on to be a successful Blockbuster. But rarely do we get a real-life event that mimics an older sci-fi movie – especially one where the plot seems totally outlandish. But it’s that seems to be happening with a classic Bruce Willis movie… and a real-life NASA program.

Bruce has been an action movie star for decades. And he’s got some movies that are more famous than others. When Bruce started trending on Twitter at the end of November, we initially assumed the annual “is Die Hard a Christmas movie?” debate had begun. It happens every year, and yes, it’s a Christmas movie. But he was trending for another one of his famous movies.

Armageddon.

The plotline of the 1998 movie seems so far-fetched. “After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep-core drillers to save the planet,” the description reads on IMDb.

The movie was full of slow-motion walking, perfectly timed Aerosmith songs, and people recruited to help prevent a seemingly impossible natural disaster. Nothing similar had happened in real life so there was no question it was based on sci-fi and not a biopic.

But now, 23 years after the release of Armageddon, that outlandish plot seems to be happening in real life (to a smaller degree though). According to the Associated Press, NASA launched a spacecraft on November 23 that set to smash into an asteroid off its course.

It’s not headed towards Earth, but the researchers thought it would be a good time to test if pushing the space rock off its trajectory would even be possible – in case one threatens to hit the Earth one day.

Sort of like a mini plotline of Armageddon. And that reality wasn’t lost on anyone, even the folks at NASA. According to Deadline, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said the agency invited Bruce to the launch because the “didn’t want to miss that connection.”

And that’s why Bruce Willis was trending on Twitter. People on the social platform saw the connection to the real-life NASA mission and the sci-fi movie.

The launch of the real NASA spacecraft took off at 1:21 a.m. EST on November 24, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.