So there is a directors cut but it only says the initial car chase sequence is longer. It's already long, probably good it was edited down.
I want to know are there edits of say John entering the country and declaring to a customs agent that he's "there on vacation"?
Is there a cut sequence where he or Jack fights that hulked out Russian at the end?
This isn't the first time you hear of actors who've been doing a role for this long that they take an almost strict ownership of what happens. It does sound that reading his statements about Bruce's involvement that Willis did almost everything but yell 'Action'.