I honestly don’t know. I’d love to do it because it’s nice to do a trilogy, isn’t it? We’ve done one and two, we might as well do a third. I think we’ve put the character in a nice direction now and it’s working well. I think people would like to see a third one but it’s not up to me.
I think you guys got into a really nice groove with the fight scenes in this one. They were brutal. The thing with action films is you want there to be a sense of escalation. Was there any pressure when you’re putting together the final fight scene?
Yeah. I’m a big believer in finishing on a high note, so I always want the end fight to be the best fight of the movie. Which is kind of difficult sometimes because sometimes you can film the end fight half way through the schedule, or at the beginning, and for whatever reason, you get injured, and it doesn’t work out.
Undisputed 2, for example. I thought the end fight was a bit anticlimactic and since then I’ve tried to make sure that the end fight in my films is really good. I think it’s really important to end on a high note and give the audience what they want. You’ve got to schedule yourself enough days and hope that you don’t get injured. There were three fights in Ninja 2 where I was pretty badly injured. It affected them a little bit. We had to shorten two down and chuck another one out altogether. But I suppose we had enough action anyway.
What injuries did you pick up?
I hurt my back pretty badly. I tore a muscle in my back, so I couldn’t kick with my right leg for about a week. I knew that the end fight was ten days away, so I had to make sure that I took it easy and didn’t push myself too far, to heal up for that end fight to be filmed. Part of me just wanted to grit my teeth and get on with it, but I didn’t want to risk making it worse.
Wasn’t it just? I know you’ve mentioned The Raid 3. You would want to be in The Raid 3 - is that fair to say?
I’d like it... I’d like it. If you say too much about these things it kind of works against you, to be honest. Obviously, a Hollywood remake of a film that’s got a lot of action, and it’s fighting action, I would suit it very well.
I would agree with that.
You need someone who could do the business and there’s not that many of us out there.
(*On a fight scene from Universal Soldier Day Of Reckoning*)
When we did the baseball bat fight, the fake baseball bats kept breaking, and we’ve only got two days to shoot the fight. We’re shouting at the props people, there’s a big argument, they’ve got to go away and they’ve got to spend time making another one make because they only made four to begin with and all this bullshit. We just ended up saying “Bring out the real bats!” You try to be safe, but at the end of the day you want to raise the bar and do things in a short amount of time, because it’s not a big budget movie. I think it’s nice for people to know what goes on behind the scenes, because we put our hearts and souls into it, know what I mean? We spill blood for them.
I’d like to talk to you about The Expendables 2. So many of the action icons I used to watch on screen growing up were in scenes with you. How exciting was it to be around them?
It’s mind blowing, isn’t it? Doing the airport sequence, just to meet Stallone on his own is massive. Just to meet Arnold on his own is massive. But they were all there in the same place together, Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Dolph, Van Damme. I used to be star struck by Van Damme, but at this point it’s me and him getting all nervous together. I saw that Jean-Claude was as nervous as me to be honest, which was an interesting dynamic. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that, because we all respect the top three guys; Willis, Schwarzenegger and Stallone. Of course we do. Just a mind blowing experience.
Then of course, when you’re not filming you’re seeing them in the gym and you’re getting to train with them. You try and be cool and act like you’re not that impressed, but inside you just want to jump up for joy and say “Yeah! I’ve made it, Mum!”
You had a fight scene with Jason Statham at the end. The scene where you two represent the young action stars. How was that?
Well, it was frustrating because we only had a day to do it. I’m there thinking ‘Surely people want to see a good fight here. Isn’t that what people want to see? Me and Statham going at it and have a good fight scene?’ But try telling that to the producers when you’re getting to the end of the schedule and people are trying to save money. But that’s filmmaking for you. That’s why they’re businessmen, not artists.
It’s frustrating because they took half a day away and gave it to Djokovic hitting tennis balls around, which wasn’t even in the movie. That was very frustrating."
That is frustrating to hear...I feel like Scott Adkins role was somewhat wasted in EX2 because he didn't get enough screen time to show off his abilities. That's the downside of having such a big cast for these movies and I hope that EX3 will avoid the same pitfalls.
"In a somewhat unusual move, the producers at Alcon Entertainment announced this morning that they are making an offer to the 71-year-old actor to appear in the movie, which obviously would pick up several decades after the events of the original sci-fi tale.
Ford would not be the only veteran to return: Along with original director Scott, the film is being written by Hampton Fancher (who helped adapt the 1982 film from Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) and Michael Green.
“We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project,” read the statement from Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, co-founders and CEOs of Alcon."
Well if they're really going to do a sequel to one of the most iconic scifi movies of all time 32 years later then they'd better do it right, and that would mean having Harrison Ford onboard. Previously he's said that he was open to the idea of being in the movie and now it seems that the wheels are in motion.