Bruce Willis isn’t back for The Expendables III; he wanted a million bucks a day to make the film, and Sylvester Stallone, that miser, would only give him $750,000 a day. I don’t think you’ll miss him too much though, because the film basically features every other action star in human history, including returning actors Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, plus new additions Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Mel Gibson as the villainous “Conrad Stonebanks,” Stallone’s old partner in the Expendables who now wants to kill him because there’s got to be some reason to shoot stuff in this movie.
Here’s the full trailer:
The trail of the tape
Title: The Expendables III
Director: Patrick Hughes
Screenwriters: Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham Harrison Ford’s old ankle
Release date: August 15, 2014
Tagline: “New team. New attitude. New mission.”
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “These guys are nuts.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
I have a feeling Kelsey Grammer is playing what would have been Bruce Willis’ part; the guy who shows up, talks with Sylvester Stallone in a suit for a few minutes, makes a few sarcastic quips, and vanishes from the film completely. Or perhaps I’ve forgotten Grammer’s extensive pre-Cheers career as the star of white ninja movies for Cannon Films, and he’ll also get in on the violence as well. (“I don’t know what to do with those tossed salads and scrambled eggs… so I will beat you to death with them.”)
So far The Expendableses have been more fun in theory than in execution. The sequel was better than the original, mostly because it was better directed than the original, but Simon West didn’t return for Expendables III and his replacement, Patrick Hughes, is a relatively untested newcomer. So it remains to be seen how well and how clearly he can shoot big action scenes. Oh who am I kidding? I will be at the theater opening night, possibly drunk and definitely excited.