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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Chicago Firefighter Gets New, Bruce Willis-Shaped Head

posted by on February 1 at 12:24 PM


I’ll say it first: Between roughly 1985 and 1995, Bruce Willis was upsettingly hot. (‘Upsetting’ because of his smarm, which lent an edge of revulsion to his appeal and made the whole icky-hot mess that much steamier.)

Still, even with my pro-Willis leanings, this freaks me out:

A US firefighter has undergone plastic surgery in India to look like Hollywood star Bruce Willis.

John Joseph Conway, 43, from Chicago, checked into the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi with a photograph of his hero. “I am a firefighter. I need to look the part. I wanted to improve my jawline. Bruce Willis has a nice, strong jaw,” he told the Hindustan Times after surgery.

Vivek Kumar, part of the medical team which operated on Conway, said doctors studied his face for three days to give him the look he wanted. “After he contacted us on email, he said that as a man who jumps into burning buildings, people in the community look up to him and he needed to maintain his macho image,” Kumar told the paper.

Perhaps I’m naive, but I would’ve hoped that FIREFIGHTERS—people who risk their lives to protect other people’s lives—might have immunity from the sort of bone-deep self-doubt that’s crippling our nation’s 13-year-olds. “I am a firefighter—I need to look the part”?!? Actually, Mr. Conway, all you have to do is be willing to run into burning buildings with whatever goddamn face God gave you—which is quite enough, don’t you think?


I’m turning into Andy Rooney…

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Posted by Jake | February 1, 2007 12:43 PM

Outsourcing plastic surgery? Interesting.

No worries, David. Just don't turn into Ken Schram.

Posted by keshmeshi | February 1, 2007 1:17 PM

There's actually a growing movement by corporations towards outsourcing major surgeries. It's cheaper to fly someone out to India, perform the surgery, stay in the hospital for a few days and fly back than to simply go to a local hospital here.

Posted by Aexia | February 1, 2007 8:33 PM

He just said he wanted the jaw, not to totally look like him. Typical tabloid story - catchy headline, much weaker text in the story itself.

Posted by aep | February 1, 2007 8:44 PM

yeah, because an adult having half of his face changed to look like a movie star is like switching the part on your hair, no big deal.

Posted by chuckles | February 1, 2007 10:09 PM
Posted by fawxafe | February 8, 2007 9:54 AM

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