Below we have a new trailer for the latest Bruce Willis film, entitled 'The Prince'
It'll be interesting to see Bruce Willis play the role of the villain, as he's been a protagonist in most of his films.
The Prince will be released on VOD & hit theaters on August 22nd!
By John Shakill;
"Jon Shakill: Mr. Snipes thank you for your time today. Starting straight off with a discussion about the movie, why should people go see “Expendables 3?” What should they expect?
Wesley Snipes: They should expect a fantastic and exciting popcorn movie, a thrill ride. Coupled with the fact that it’s an opportunity to see so many iconic action personalities and movie stars play off of each other and look like they’re having fun, in an extremely dangerous situation.
JS: How does this film compare to the previous “Expendables” films?
WS: I think that “Expendables 3” has a little bit of a stronger story and higher stakes. I know that Sly [Sylvester Stallone] has mentioned that we took this one a little bit more seriously than the other versions, which were very tongue-in-cheek. The prior versions maybe played a little more to the joke and played to the ridiculousness of the situations.
This one is more into a reality that we create, that has boundaries and rules that are respected and adhered to, and gave us a chance to do some acting as well — to create a character that isn’t my personality but that hopefully is memorable. So I really feel that this “Expendables” has a deeper story, a clearer story and it’s not quite as hokey as the others were.
> Jon Shakill: How did you end up with the role of Doc in “Expendables 3?”
Wesley Snipes: Both Avi Lerner [the film’s producer] and Sylvester Stallone had been talking about me being a part of the franchise from its inception. When I was finally available, Avi sent me a letter stating that he was interested in talking to me about the film. It’s like being an athlete and you get called up to go and play with the star team for the Olympics, you get to play with the Dream Team.
> JS: Can you expand on the character of Doc and the role he plays in the movie?
WS: Well it’s kind of like Hamlet and Don Quixote all rolled into one . . . no, no just kidding [laughs]. His name is Doc, and there was some back and forth on what his full name would be, but I think they settled on Doctor Death, which is pretty humorous.
So Doc is established as the medic of the team, who has a battlefield background in dealing with trauma. He is also a knife man, with an affinity for knives, and he likes stitching ‘em up and cutting ‘em up at the same time.
Doc goes off to do his own moonlighting type of gig and gets caught by the enemy because he didn’t plan it out correctly. And so he gets detained for about 3 to 5 years or so, and the team doesn’t know exactly where he is, but they search and search for him. Until finally they get the intel that tells them where Doc is, and enables them to finally locate him. So his best friends and buddies, especially the character Barney [played by Stallone], decide to come and get him out. You never leave your comrades behind.
So after they get me, instead of taking me to the bar or off to some place like the strip club, to a place you might like to go after being away for so long, they take me straight into a mission. Doc comes back in and tries to reclaim his position as being Barney’s [Stallone’s] right-hand man, because Doc was a member of the original five Expendables. But Lee Christmas [played by Jason Statham] had since become Barney’s right-hand man, so there’s a little bit of tension and jealousy there, with the newbie trying to take over the spot. But Doc and Lee eventually develop a mutual respect for each other, very quickly.
> JS: You’ve appeared in many different movies over the years. How would you compare this film to the ones that you’ve done in the past? Where does this rank among the roles that you’ve played over your career?
WS: Well it’s clearly the biggest ensemble cast that I’ve ever been in, with some of the biggest stars. So that trumps a whole lot of the other roles I’ve done. I think this role is nice because the character is a little bit of a good guy who could be really bad, and he’s kind of funny too. So this role gives me the chance to be a tough guy, but also with a little bit of humor, more so than the other tough guy characters I’ve played in the past. I get to be a little crazy and a little humorous all at the same time, but still do some good action and be really physical.
Surprisingly it’s a departure from a lot of the characters that I’ve played before. Most of the characters I’ve played were definitely not as crazy as Doc is, and my other roles have leaned towards being either more serious, or straight comedic in a way, so this role is a blend of them all.
> Jon Shakill: What were some of your most memorable behind the scenes moments while working on this movie?
Wesley Snipes: It was nice because the hotel we were in had this great gym — the Kempinski Hotel there in Sofia, Bulgaria. A lot of the guys are fortunately a good inspiration, because they still like working out. And there were champions all around me like Victor Ortiz and Terry Crews. These guys were often in the gym after we left the set and I got a chance to work out with them and learn some new techniques. So it was a lot of fun. Just being able to keep up with the guys was my biggest concern, and after the first day, I figured I was doing alright — they didn’t run away from me! [Laughs]
I got a chance to really vibe with Dolph Lundgren and Antonio Banderas, and I never had a lot of personal interaction with these two guys before. It was a pleasant surprise to actually see and realize their personalities. They have a sense of humor that I really like and appreciate. I grew to really like these guys.
JS: What about actually being on set or on location during filming, is there anything that really sticks out in your mind from making the movie? WS: Well one of the things that sticks out in my mind, is that Sly is still going! I mean, my man is in his 60s and he is still going. He would actually try, he wouldn’t just like phone it in, he would try to run and try to jump and he would move. Action movies are very hard to do, and they can take a hell of a toll on you. Sly has the bumps and bruises to show it, but he’s still in the game. I got great inspiration from that.
> JS: There is a laundry list of Hollywood stars in this movie from you to Stallone to Schwarzenegger to Harrison Ford and others. What was it like working with so many superstars at the same time? Did egos ever get involved while filming, or was it a smooth process?
WS: Well I mean it was a phenomenal experience because I’m a fan of almost every guy that was on the set and in the cast. I mean literally I could spend all week and never leave the house and watch all of their movies.
There was one point in production where we were all on a helicopter, and I’m looking around me, and I’m tripping over the fact that Harrison Ford is in front of me, Arnold Schwarzenegger is to my left and Dolph Lundgren is to my right. Antonio Banderas is over here, and Jet Li is there, and I’m thinking to myself ‘Man, I’m in a pretty cool movie!’ [Laughs]
The opportunity to meet some of the guys that I hadn’t before, like Mel Gibson, was truly a blessing. Again, I use the analogy of being on the Dream Team and having the best players in the game going to the Olympics. It can only yield exciting and fun — and some other types of results that we can’t discuss [Laughs]. Some real locker room stuff, there was a real team camaraderie.
JS: Among the other actors in the movie, were there any in particular that you had wanted to work with for a long time, that you had dreamed of working with, and now finally got the opportunity to do so?
WS: Yes, I’ve always wanted to work with Antonio Banderas and I’ve thought about working with Dolph Lundgren, and I’ve always wanted to work with Mel Gibson. From an action guy’s perspective, I wanted to work with Jet Li. This was the closest opportunity I’ve had to actually do that. Although I didn’t have a lot of conversation with Jet, I wanted to talk to him more, but my Mandarin and Cantonese weren’t up to par, and he wasn’t trying to do the English and American thing [Laughs]. I ended up talking to more of his crew people about martial arts.
WS: Yes. I think that the martial arts have helped refine me as an actor and have really refined my theatrical and acting skills. Everything that I’ve put into the arts, I’ve gotten back that and much more, like 300% or 400% of what I’ve put into it. One of the things about the martial arts that’s good for actors is that it teaches you to be very patient, because there’s a lot of waiting around when you’re making movies. And there are a lot of personalities that you have to navigate. Trying to beat people up would get you fired [Laughs].
It’s been very rewarding for me and I think it’s had a lot to do with the longevity of my career, especially in applying it to the action genre where you need to have a physical style. I never really imagined that I would be using martial arts in film, but it’s a personal hobby that I’ve been able to use in my professional career. It helped me stay in the game when I might have otherwise been a trivia question on Jeopardy.
Wesley Snipes: It was absolutely stellar, and it’s nice to see the evolution of the festival. The amazing thing about the European community, or at least about the people that were there, is that they really like film, and appreciate film as an art form and the actors as artists as well as celebrities.
Being on a tank riding down the main lane of the parade, that’s something you can never imagine. There were thousands of people in front of us, to the left and to the right and following behind, it just makes you go ‘Wow, hey man, I’m in the movies! I’m a movie star.’
It reminded me so much of the glory days of the ‘40s and ‘50s, even though it was in black and white back then, it was so glamorous and so big and just made you think it was another world. So that’s exactly the way I felt being in Cannes these last few weeks, and being with all these guys that generate so much heat and enthusiasm. It was amazing.
JS: You touched on something there, which is the difference between the artist and the celebrity. Would you rather be seen as an artist, or do you take in the celebrity as well and do you enjoy that?
WS: The length of my career and the variety of the work that I’ve done wouldn’t have been the case if it weren’t for all of the unglamorous work that was done before I got into the film business.
That was motivated by the effort put forth by the artist, and the artistic passion. I define myself as an artist. I am incessantly creative and overwhelmingly open, and I still get excited by artistic things and artistic expression. Whether that be two dancers doing something from the Cirque du Soliel or whether it be in a black box and it’s a one man show with an actor acting their butt off, I love it man. I get excited by it.
So I would classify myself as an artist first and foremost, who for one reason or another found himself being a celebrity. But it would be okay if they took the celebrity away, because I would still be an artist and I would be happy, happy, happy.
> Jon Shakill: When are some of your favorite moments to enjoy a cigar and a spirit?
Wesley Snipes: It’s nice in the company of a beautiful woman. It’s always delightful to have a nice spirit that matches her eyes, or her dress. I sometimes enjoy a La Flor Dominicana and I also like a Gurkha cigar sometimes.
I’m also a fan of cognac, but I can’t drink very much of it. With cognac, after about two, it shuts my lights off for some reason. I mean it’s like a complete mental brain disconnect. Some other guy comes out and I don’t really know who he is, although I have seen pictures of what he’s done and where he’s slept, but we’re not friends [Laughs]. I usually have to back off on the cognac, even though I really do enjoy a little bit here or there. I also appreciate a good vodka sometimes.
> JS: Did you ever smoke cigars with Stallone and Schwarzenegger during the filming of the movie? We all know they are big cigar guys.
WS: Yeah a couple times we did. But with these guys, they like to smoke the long ones, but I’m just a little bit too impatient for that. I have to smoke the shorter cigars. Usually sitting down with cigars, especially with these types of guys, there’s a lot of talking going on. So for me it’s an opportunity to just sit back and tune in, because I don’t have to do much talking and they do all the talking. It was a nice opportunity to hear all these great stories that they have, and when the flame would go out on my cigar, they’d look at me like ‘are you gonna smoke that or what?’
> JS: What are your plans for the future? Do you currently have anything in the works for additional movies or other ventures?
WS: I’ve been in show business for over 30 years now and I’ve done a lot of shows. But now I’m also putting my focus on the business side of the equation and producing. We’ll be doing a production called “Bulls” and a martial arts action comedy titled “Master Daddy.” These are two productions that are going on this year, starting in the late summer and early fall.
We’re also working on creating a lot of digital media and animation projects that are synergistically in tune with the film and television productions we’re developing. So I’m expanding my horizons to focus on franchise-able products and projects that have some synergy in a trans-media world, in different mediums like gaming and animations series.
And I have a real big surprise that I think people are not going to expect — I have a book coming out, and it’s not a biography. I’ve been very fortunate and blessed with the opportunities I’ve had in the past, but let me tell you, the industry and the fans, they haven’t seen nothing yet. What we have coming up I think is going to be the best yet.
> Jon Shakill: Well now that we have the teaser, we will be looking forward to it. Thank you for your time today Mr. Snipes.
Wesley Snipes: I appreciate you Jon, thank you."
The following is a rough German to English translation from express.de/koeln;
"Action fans, listen up! With Sylvester Stallone (68) Jason Statham (46), Wesley Snipes (51) and Antonio Banderas (53) comes at a stroke all the great action league to us.
EXPRESS learned: The four Hollywood stars celebrate on 6 August in the luxurious "residence" on the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring solemn Germany premiere of her new mega-blockbuster "The Expendables 3".
Four World Stars rock the rings! Makers in the background is once again the Cologne Andreas Klein (51) of "Splendid Film," which has excellent contacts in the international film scene.
"This action is the highlight of the year for me. It took a while until we were home and dry, "he told the Express on Wednesday. "Of course, it takes until you get four international stars of such caliber under one roof. But I took the chance - and it works "
The premiere, which will cost, according to Klein "a few hundred thousand euro" should be rewarded financially for him: "The last two" Expendables "Parts arrived super. We are confident that the people of this showdown now at least as tears of the seats. "
The early premiere on August 6 is a special service for the fans - because officially the strip can be seen only from the 21st of August."
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