Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables, due out in April of 2010, is the highly-anticipated rough-and-tumble throwback action movie we’re all waiting for, thanks to its amazing tough-guy cast of Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Randy Couture and Eric Roberts. However, what’s got Sly excited is his big scene wherein he wrangled both Bruce Willis and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear with him in a testosterone-charged confrontation.
“I was just looking at the dailies, saying, ‘Jesus, this is amazing!’” Stallone said of the scene uniting the biggest action stars of the 80s for the first time. “I talked about this scene with these guys for a long time, but I never thought it would come to fruition.”
He only had Bruce and Arnold on the set for six hours, but Stallone made it count for what he says will amount to about five minutes of screen time. “We only had them for that one day and then Bruce had to go off to Istanbul and Arnold had to go back and do his governmental stuff. But I was impressed because they got up at 5:30 in the morning to do this.”
Stallone plays a tough-as-nails mercenary who is brought in to meet with Willis’ hard-boiled antagonist, the man who’s deciding whether or not to hire him. The two of them get smart-assed with each other, as you might expect in this homage to the old-school classics they’re known for.
“Bruce says ‘Well, there’s one other person I want to talk to before I hire you,” Stallone explains. “And then Arnold, who plays my old rival, walks in. We have a history together, and we go back and forth and I tell him that I should have shot him a long time ago when I had the chance. Then it goes on from there. Here we are, the three of us trying to man up to one another, playing off of who we are, using our baggage in this one scene.”
“It’s funny,” he adds, “because between the three of us, if you add up all the box office and DVD rentals and all of that, there’s like $15 billion in that one scene!”