Not that I’m a fan of The Expendable flicks, but this recent news has really caught my attention – including everyone else’s. People love fun Hollywood drama.
So Sylvester Stallone is gearing up for a third Expendables movie. Everyone knows the big gimmick to these are cramming in as many big time action stars as the poster will hold. That’s the big draw. Fans are always anxious to see what new faces Sly has lined up for the latest entry.
Bruce Willis has been in both one and two and it seemed like a natural he was going do number three. Now word has gotten out that Willis declined the offer of $3 million for four days work on the movie. The price for his services for that length of time is apparently four million bucks. Stallone and/or whoever is in charge of the production refused to meet that salary demand. so Willis walked.
A few days after the Willis walkout Sly tweeted – “WILLIS OUT…HARRISON FORD IN !!! GREAT NEWS!!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!”
He then added this parting shot aimed at Willis – “GREEDY AND LAZY……A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE”.
I guess these two aren’t buddies anymore.
This incident doesn’t do any favors for Willis’ reputation. Lately he’s been getting some pretty bad press. A recent interview for Red 2 has been trending on youtube with viewers disgusted by his arrogant attitude.
Granted the questions asked by the interviewer are pretty stupid too, but Willis isn’t even pretending to care. His comment about “being nice” to people is awfully ironic in it.
By the way I love how in that clip they use that very cheesy, upbeat radio station ID to open and close the interview. It’s just such a contrast to the awkwardness of this sitdown with Willis and Mary Louise Parker. I find that part hysterical.
Kevin Smith is constantly dishing juicy stories about the nightmare of working with him. And of course let’s not forget the abysmal A Good Day To Die Hard. What a cruel joke that was to fans. Nope, I’m not anywhere close to forgiving him for that.
This Expendables 3 melodrama kind of reminds me of a warped version of all those stories back in ’88 where everyone was shocked that Willis, then only known mainly as a TV actor, was being paid five million bucks to star in this action film with the odd title – Die Hard. People couldn’t get over he was getting paid so much loot for that one movie. Man how times have changed.
Afterwards audiences changed their minds and thought he earned it on that movie and it was not such an unreasonable payday. Does anyone think his appearance in an Expendables movie warrants four million bucks? Or even three???
I don’t know what’s going on here. If all this is true Willis is coming off as a greedy shallow movie star. I still find it hard to believe that they were willing to pay him three million bucks for another extended cameo in one of these movies. It’s not like he does much in them. He says a few lines, shoots a gun here and there then calls it a day.
Plus, Willis and Stallone have known each other since the days of their Planet Hollywood partnership. So I would assume they’re friendly with each other – or at the very least politely cordial. Why not just do the movie for my old pal, help him out, it should be fun to hang around the guys for a few days and then give my salary to charity. What the heck it’s only four days worth of work!
Then there’s Stallone who now took to Twitter and started the name calling game and is not hiding that money was an issue with Willis. I’m not sure that was a great way to go about this. I would have just not addressed it or simply said he was sorry that he and Willis couldn’t agree to terms or whatever and he’ll be missed in the third movie. You know, take the higher road.
I love how I’m talking about this like I can relate to the amounts of money that’s coming between these two. Like I’ve encountered this problem before. Oh sure what’s a million bucks between friends! I still have a grudge against my one friend who still owes me twenty bucks!
On the upside Expendables fans can welcome Ford into the fold. I’m sure that will delight fans to see him do a little old school action stuff for a few minutes. I personally don’t expect the film to ultimately be any better or worse if Willis or Ford were in it or not in it. I think it will be the same quality as the previous two either way.
The novelty for most action fans is to see some old time action stars do their stuff for a few scenes. For me the idea is great, but the execution is sorely lacking with these movies.
For as many ‘action stars’ Stallone recruits for each installment, if the movie ends up being a lousy movie overall it makes little difference to me what big name action stars are sharing the screen with each other or popping up here and there.
Yeah it’s cool to see them for a minute or two, but then when the thrill of those casting coups wear themselves out I need something else besides them to hold my attention. A chorus line of stars doesn’t make up for a lame movie no matter how big of stars they are. For all the big name actors in these flicks the movies should be much more entertaining.
Let’s put it this way, if The Expendable movies were just Sly starring with a bunch of no-name extras, would they be as popular as they’ve become with audiences? Probably not.
It should be fun to see when the movie comes out all the questions Sly will get about the Willis fiasco. Hey, he’s already begun to start dishing about it on Twitter, so he better be willing to answer all those questions in the interviews when he’s promoting Expendables 3.