1 Collider Stallone Interview
2 Collider Patrick Hughes Interview
3 Collider Expendables 3 Set Visit
4 IGN Set Visit
5 JoBlo Set Visit
6 ComingSoon Set Visit
Patrick Hughes: One thing I really pursued on this film , I pushed from the start when sitting with Sly, I was like, “Let’s not just end up with a whole movie that’s green screens and studios and that sort of stuff. Let’s go out on location. We’re going to have a chopper attacking a train, lets just get a freaking chopper and buy a train and let’s do it for real.” 
“Everything’s big,” laughs Hughes. “I had my assistant keep count of how many people we killed each day and literally at Day 16, we were at 1200 people! That’s just one of the things about the Expendables - the waves of bad guys you’ve got to take down. It’s not just a couple of henchmen, we’re fighting an entire friggin’ army.” 
Stallone: “There are going to be some interesting one-on-one fights. Jason’s going to be fighting a monster, Ronda’s going to be fighting a monster. I just shoot guys, it’s easier. We developed that early into the character. But Mel and I are going to have a real one-on-one fight, that’s going to be pretty violent and interesting. When I went into this business and did Rocky, I thought “I wonder if I’ll ever be fighting that guy from Braveheart?” It’s funny how all these roads end up here. It’s wild.” 
Patrick Hughes: With the action set pieces one thing I was saying to Sly was like, “Let’s make every single action set piece distinct and dynamic and its not just guys blazing guns the whole movie. That we really sort of mix it up and have a variety of landscapes and textures and aesthetics and really making it dynamic.” This one is, I certainly will say that. There’s a lot of big action, there’s a lot of big action set pieces, and every single action set piece is completely different from the other." 
"...(Stint coordinator) J.J. Perry then opened up his laptop and showed us a handful of sequences he and his stunt team has pre-vized for the film. Each of the fights we were shown were geared toward a specific member of the cast and their strengths, Rhonda Rousey's sequence was particularly brutal while Antonio Banderas' was more comedic, albeit still badass.
"Part of the process is definitely getting the actors in," Perry said. "Finding out their skill sets, and with someone like Rhonda Rousey, who is the best woman fighter on the planet, she came in here and just put on a seminar. I had to tell her to ease up, because she was throwing the guys so hard and she wasn't even trying. It was ridiculous."
"I want them to take it and make it theirs," Perry said about the actor's making changes to the pre-viz sequences. "I'm looking for that. We're constantly looking for that because that's their character...We're going to lay out a frame work and create a scenario, but he's going to come in and put his flavor on it and that's what we're looking for." 
Collider also had these points:
- One of the stunt guys we spoke to says Expendables 3 has the most action he’s done for one movie, and he’s been involved in over 100 films.
- Perry said that when Wesley Snipes came in to see how his fight scene would play out, he added some moves and had a lot of ideas on how to tweak it.
- Stallone is very particular about what the explosions and injuries should look like when done via VFX. He’s very exact about the blood and wounds.
- One of his action scenes features Lutz’s character riding a motorcycle going over tanks and being shot at by very large weapons.
"Stallone: But actually we’ve got a blend here and you’ve got yourself a very very serious film. And then you have adult humor; we’re not going for the cheap laughs. You gotta work for the laughs a little bit. They come out of the human comedy, human error and that sort of element. So I think you’re in for a very pleasant surprise." 
"We’re trying to make an ‘event movie’. Just like The Avengers, why is it so great? Because you’re bringing all these characters together. Well we’re trying to do that too, and I think we’ve accomplished it, actually even better because we’ve brought in even better actors. That’s the element you’re getting here, you get some real heart. This film has the most heart you’re going to find in an action film, if you want to use that term. I look at it as more of an adventure rather than an action movie. Action film is really easy to do, you just get in a car and smash through things and it’s called action. The real key is what happens between the action when it’s quiet. Are you in the movie? Are you liking these people? Do you care about them? Loud is easy. Quiet, real hard." 
"I see these movies not so much as a very realistic action stuff, I see them more as a wink of an eye towards the audience and I saw the possibility with my character to do comedy," Banderas said. "If you just throw (my character) talking in the middle of the army, the army just might surrender. All the comedy of the character is like a shield, to hide something a little bit deeper into that." 
Lastly are some facts about the characters and mild spoilers:
- Harrison Ford plays a high level intelligence agent that was the supervisor of Bruce Willis’ character.
- Kelsey Grammer plays an agent that represents mercenaries.
- The film takes place in Somalia and fictional third world countries.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger says his classic line “Get to the chopper.”
- Schwarzenegger and Ford both shot for one week, Jet Li only shot for a few days...
- Wesley Snipes plays Doc, a former medic and knife expert who has a rivalry with Jason Statham.
- Antonio Banderas' character Galgo has an "unexpected connection" to the young Expendables
Well there you have it, a boatload of information on the movie and I'd say that most of it sounds positive! Like they said in that trailer "Lots to digest"...
"We spoke last week to Michael Jai White and Tony Jaa about their roles in the movie and they mentioned how nobody is black and white, but more like shades of grey. How would you describe your character Nick Cassidy?
Some bad things in this film happen to good people Yeah, I think that’s a good assessment of the script I tried to write. I was trying to make it unpredictable, meaning all characters have some good qualities and some maybe not so good qualities. My character, he travels a big distance emotionally and has quite a big arc because he is a very good guy in the beginning – a bit of a boy scout cop – he doesn’t quite realize who he’s up against. Later in the picture, some bad things in this film happen to good people, like in real life unfortunately that’s how it is, and some bad things happen to his family and he then kind of switches and in order to go after the guys who did it, he has to kind of become like them. So I think part of his resolution towards the end of the picture is to take on the larger topic of human trafficking and also to try to deal with this inner struggle/inner pain and find some sort of resolution within himself to move on in life."
(On his fight scene with Tony Jaa in Skin Trade)
"(laughs) Yeah there’s some physical scars both for the character and also unfortunately for the actors. (laughs) Well the fight with Tony, I think is the longest fight in the picture. They worked on it for about two months and myself and Tony came along later in the process and changed it and worked on it with the director and the stunt coordinator, and we shot the whole thing in around three days. It was quite an effective shoot because we didn’t have a tremendous schedule, we had forty three days in Bangkok and about four days in Vancouver for some second unit, so a pretty good schedule – 50 days – but still we had to be quick about it, so because you have to do that fight in three days you feel it afterwards, you feel it for a while – at least for a week."
"You’ve got ‘The Expendables 3’ coming up soon; you are returning of course as ‘Gunnar’, how has he changed since we last saw him in ‘The Expendables 2’?
He doesn’t care about the consequences of what he does (laughs) Oh gosh, how has he changed? Let me think. Does he drink as much? Yeah I think he still drinks quite a bit. (laughing) I think he has kind of simmered down a little bit and gotten a little bit more of the ‘team’. Because the first one of course he was a renegade; I was the guy you couldn’t trust. Second one; Gunnar was still kind of out there and I think in the third one he is a little more like the other guys, just probably the one who you don’t want to mess with of all of them because he doesn’t really give a shit you know. (laughs) He doesn’t care about the consequences of what he does, so I think he’s still the kind of loose gun running around, so I try and keep some of that fun, crazy stuff that he has going on. I want to keep that in there and Sly of course likes that part so he always puts that into the script which is good."