(warning some minor plot spoilers)
Expendables 3 was something I had my eye on for a very long time. As a fan of Sylvester Stallone, the franchise, and action movies in general, I wanted this role more than anything. However, I knew virtually every young actor in Hollywood felt the same way. So I wrote Stallone telling him why I was the only choice for the role. I told him that in Texas I grew up with a gun range in the basement, learned to fight from my uncles who lived and breathed mixed martial arts, and spent much of my childhood finding new and creative ways to cheat death. I had been preparing for this role my entire life. I promised Sly to go into the trenches with him if he went with me. He told me recently that my letter sealed the deal. Thanks to Sly and that break, some really fun movies are on the horizon.
What are some outstanding memories from your experience filming such a huge movie, with a cast including Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford and Sylvester Stallone?
The first day of shooting we filmed a scene where all the Expendables were in the same Apache. I had been cast and jetted off to Bulgaria so quickly that the reality of the situation hadn’t quite sunk in yet. All of a sudden, I was sitting in a helicopter with Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Snipes, Statham, Lundgren, Li, Banderas, and Ford (or as the producer Avi Lerner calls it “the most expensive helicopter of all time”)…and me. Not a day went by on the Expendables set that I didn’t realize I was living out every guy’s dream. Shooting guns and kicking ass with living legends were the reasons I got into the business in the first place. The hardest part was not smiling.
You mention there are some really funny moments in the film. How would you say your character Thorn fit into the scheme of things?
At the beginning of Expendables 3, Barney Ross and his original gang are finally faced with their age and their mortality. They bring in some young guns to replace the old team. My character, Thorn, is the guy who doesn’t play well with others. He’s a genius and adrenaline junkie with way too much time on his hands. An ex-Marine and current con, Barney finds him in Wyoming on probation after he shut down the power grid for Seattle. Thorn is quick to call people out, so the best part is I get to talk trash to some of the biggest action stars of all time. There is a scene where Sly and I are prepping for a mission and the entire scene is just Sly and me talking trash to each other. Sly is really smart and an impressive improvisational trash talker, so I had to try to forget I was verbally abusing Rambo and just go for it and hope that I didn’t get slugged or fired.
"We've got a "Legend of Conan" update for you so sit by our fire. Do you not wish to warm yourself by my fire? Oh good, you're sitting now so feast on this update before you become food for wolves. As we last reported, Andrea Berloff is writing the film for this Arnold Schwarzenegger epic and TODAY we received an exclusive statement from her. Conan is near.
Andrea Berloff: "I am completely thrilled and honored to be writing Conan. My fingers are nearly worn down to tiny, bloody nubbins as I'm working to give this iconic character new life, while still holding true to the qualities that made fans fall in love with him in the first place. It is no small task to tackle one of the greatest legends of all times but I have a fantastic team of producers around me and we are all ridiculously excited about how our beloved barbarian is developing. Stay tuned!"
I personally cannot wait to see Legend of Conan, I hope it is as great as I know it can be.
Sin City 2 trailer, starring Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke!
It seems an Expendables Premiere update these days always has some Skin Trade photos, and this time is no different!
Have a great weekend everyone ;)