Hollywood was a failure. Willis, Bruce

Low-budget action and horror films are a world apart from Hollywood and the Academy Awards.

Producers and distributors are scrambling to find investors and partners.

As his mental health declined, the world turned to Bruce Willis for help raising money, putting him in front of the camera even as he struggled to do so.

Last week's announcement that Willis was "stepping away" from acting because of aphasia brought this little-known area of the film industry into sharp focus.

Aphasia impairs a person's ability to express themselves and be understood by those around them.

In some cases, it comes on quickly, but more often than not, it takes years to develop, like a gradual onset of dementia.

Hollywood was a failure. Willis, Bruce

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