By Lubna Takruri
"Die Hard" hero John McClane's dirty undershirt is moving in with the rest of America's favorite movie memorabilia.
Bruce Willis gave the Smithsonian Institution the sleeveless shirt, a promotional poster, an ID badge and the original script from the latest film, "Live Free or Die Hard," which was released Wednesday. The script arrived only Wednesday morning, Museum of American History Director Brent D. Glass said.
"It was kept under close wraps," he said.
The items will be displayed in the "Treasures of American History" exhibit, which also includes Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" and Rocky Balboa's boxing gloves.
"Twenty years ago when I first worked on this film, I had no idea it would be considered part of the forever business," said Willis, a Golden Globe and two-time Emmy award winner.
Anyone who worked on the film would be thrilled that the artifacts are part of the same museum exhibit as Dorothy's slippers, he said.
"I think the ruby slippers are way cooler," Willis said. "I was pretty surprised by this."
Memorabilia from "Die Hard," which has become the "quintessential action movie," according to Glass, is in line with the museum's mission to record American entertainment history.
Museum curator Dwight Bowers said the exhibit would show how film and television can preserve the mood of the country at a particular time in history.
"They capture a pivotal moment in time and make it timeless," Bowers said.
The four "Die Hard" items will be on display beginning July 12 in the museum's new acquisitions case.
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