Expendables 3 - Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes and Dolph Lundgren
Expendables 3 - Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Toll Road (Randy Couture), Galgo (Antonio Banderas), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Doc (Wesley Snipes), and Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren) ©2014 Lionsgate

In The Expendables 3 the dream team of action superstars are back. Joining Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren for the fun this time are Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford.

For Barney Ross (Stallone) and his team, an assignment to stop a powerful weapon from getting into the wrong hands ends in disaster. He discovers the ruthless arms dealer is Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson) who  was a co-founder of the Expendables, a man that Barney thought he had killed years ago.

When Stonebanks makes it his mission to destroy the Expendables, the team, with the help of new CIA head, Max Drummer (Ford) and former team member, Doctor Death (Snipes), go into action.

Stallone, Snipes and Gibson spoke about the movie and their characters at the press day for the film.

It’s good to see you back, Wesley. What was it about Expendables 3 and the role of Doc that made it the right project for your first one back?

Expendables 3 – Doc (Wesley Snipes) ©2014 Lionsgate

Snipes: It was a great opportunity to work with some of the actors that I’ve always admired.

To get up close to them and see what they’re like off-screen, versus what you see on screen and the characters that they portray.

It was also the chance to act a little crazy in this.

My character, Doc, is a medic but he’s been away for about eight years and he was quite lonely, so he had to spend a lot of time talking to himself and becoming friends with himself, so he comes out cuckoo.

Mel, when you first got the script what was your first reaction to it?

Expendables 3 – Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) ©2014 Lionsgate

Gibson: There were a lot of characters and I didn’t know how they were going to jam it all in, but somehow they managed to do it, and everybody got a fair shake. Hats off to Sly for enabling that to happen.

When I read it, I didn’t think that I was the bad guy. In fact, I didn’t even know I was the bad guy until I saw it last night. I thought Dolph Lundgrend was the bad guy! So it’s a surprise to me, and I’m kind of shocked and a little offended.

I wanted to be the love interest, but there was no one to love really.

For Sly and Mel, what was it like doing the big fight scene together at the end of the movie?

Expendables 3 – Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer) ©2014 Lionsgate

Stallone: It was good. There are situations in sports where you have to rivals who have done very well in their own world and then you say, ‘I wonder how they would do against each other?’ When that finally happens it becomes an event.’

Gibson: King Kong versus Godzilla!

Stallone: The creature that ate the monster, that’s us.

Contact is made and you do get hurt and it’s freezing there in the water, and you go, ‘Oh my God, I’m not going to do it again,’ but you have to do it again.

So I’d been looking forward to it, and Mel was a great athlete so he’s very fast and strong, and it was great being punched by him.

Gibson: There was no actual contact, it was kind of like movie sex. You don’t actually do it. But It was fun.

What happened to Bruce Willis?

Expendables 3 – Antonio Banderas and Sylvester Stallone on the set ©2014 Lionsgate

Stallone: Things didn’t work out and then Harrison Ford came along. That happens in casting. It was nothing personal, it sounds like it got personal and I’m sorry it did sound that way, but it was just actors talking and things move on.

I think Bruce Willis is a great guy and he does fantastically entertaining films, and when he nails it he nails it big time.

Wesley, both Doc Death and Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) are knife experts. What’s their relationship in this?

Snipes: At first there is tension between Christmas and Doctor Death, but once the circumstances escalate and the mission gets serious, they come together like knives from the same block. Unlike our characters, Jason and I got along wonderfully right off the bat.

I like his accent and he likes mine.

It’s been announced that there’s an Expendables 4 in the works. How long do you think the franchise can go on?

Stallone: After the fifth Expendables [we would] start wearing Depend-ables!

Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren were asked which action character they played in the past would be perfect as a member of the Expendables team… Play the video below to see their replies.


Judy Sloane

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