Actor Bruce Willis covers GQ‘s March 2013 issue, which is out on newsstands now.

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Check out the highlights below:

On being sober: “I had been sober [for a while]. But once I realized that I wasn’t gonna run myself off the pier of life with alcohol, drinking vodka out of the bottle every day… I have wine now, mostly when I eat.”

On how old he was when John F. Kennedy was shot: “Eight or 9? My sister and two brothers and I walked around the house, reenacting the funeral procession. We had a wagon and some blankets. What else are you supposed to do? I didn’t really know what had happened, just that the grown-ups were crying.”

On his future goals: “To keep it looking lifelike. In the past few months, I’ve read a lot about Old Hollywood—Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden. Every story is that everyone was struggling. Everyone was flailing wildly. And it’s kind of reassuring, because if you only see the performance, it’s easy to associate that person with their work. Cary Grant was referring to himself as “Cary Grant the actor. That’s not me.” He would make a big difference between those two things.”

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