"...Arnold and I invented it,’ declares Stallone. ‘I’m serious. People go: “You’re egotistical.” No, we invented it. We came up with the idea of wall-to-wall action from the moment you got there. You knew you were in for a roller coaster. We stumbled upon something. The audience responded to it. It was man against man. That’s why we do it and we still do it because it’s in our blood."
Stallone concedes that what cinemagoers want has changed even if they haven’t. But with the popularity of The Expendables films, it seems the hunger for old-fashioned action flicks might be re-emerging.
"The audience today has become more appreciative of the artistry of technology," says Stallone. ‘Our genre is somewhat a thing of the past that we continue to do but eventually maybe history repeats itself and it’ll come around.
‘These other films [such as The Avengers] are so expensive. If they don’t work, the studios are in trouble. Ours, if they don’t work, well, they’ll at least break even.’
Despite their ages, they continue to hone their bodies. ‘I work out like I always do every day and I get to the set well-rehearsed so I can do the scenes,’ says Schwarzenegger, a former Mr Universe and seven-times Mr Olympia.
‘I did that when I was 30 and I’m doing it now. But if someone asks me to jump from a tree and land in boxes, I let the stunt guy do that because if I miss them, I’m in deep trouble.’
Stallone chips in: ‘I’ve had 11 operations but that comes with the territory. We have joint problems because of all the years of bodybuilding but our muscles are very strong. How you register how old you are is how old your body is. We’ve been tested and we are about 25 years behind the curve. This is what I keep telling my wife: “You know we’re about the same age now.”’
So, how long can they go on for? Neither seems in a hurry to call it a day.
‘We are anomalies because no one in film history has continued to do action films past 55,’ says Stallone. ‘We are a different breed.’
‘You do your work until you can’t do it any more,’ Schwarzenegger adds. ‘When you find something you love to do, ask yourself the question: “Why would I now stop doing it?”’
‘I think we can go on until the audience goes: “Urgh, God they’re so ugly to look at,”’ says Stallone. ‘We could definitely go on into our seventies for sure.’
"Bon voyage @SARAIGIVATY - she's off to film #Expendables3 with @TheSlyStallone Banderas, Statham, Gibson, Ford, et al!"
She'll also have a role in Hercules: The Legend Begins with Kellan Lutz and Scott Adkins
"Three black cars stop at midnight in front of the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Sofia, after a while it pouring some people. Thunder echoing bang ...
It would seem that scene from "The Expendables 3," but at the last minute instead of the gallery scene was photographed in the background of glowing blue lights in front of one of the strangest buildings in the capital - the curve glass building "Vertigo", which sees from the ring road at the end of the "Bulgaria" Blvd. If anyone from passing on Thursday night passengers were looked down, he could see strange stampede around extravagant building. Trucks and tents. Closely there is a huge crew, garnished with Hollywood stars. Australian director Patrick Hughes - slender young man running back and forth, and some people call it from all sides. Strange aircraft rapidly descended from the sky. This is a drone. Everyone on set was very proud of the high-tech gadgets. Represents helikopterche, which is attached camera to take pictures from above.
"Explosion" consists only in flashes at the entrance of the building as it raced actors. "The sound will be added later," explains the PR on the American side Gregg Brilliant."
Unfortunately BoxOffice.com has reported that Escape Plan is doing poorly in theaters. This could be a bad sign for future Arnold and Stallone movies...
"Lionsgate's Escape Plan rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.8 million. That represented a disappointing (but largely expected) start for the action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Escape Plan did open 56 percent ahead of the $6.28 million start of Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand earlier this year, though it should also be noted that Escape Plan carried a larger production budget." (The budget was around $70 million)
You can read our review of the movie here and let us know what you thought of it.
"I'm always getting banged about. I just expect it now - it's part of the job. Coalminers get dirty, I get hurt! It looks serious, but it's actually a lot of fun; although it can get pretty ridiculous at times."
It seems that almost drowning during an accident on the set of Expendables 3 hasn't phased him! There's a poll up now at comingsoon.net asking which November movie people are most looking forward to, so if you're a Jason Statham fan you can vote for Homefront.