I have to admit I grew out of watching films like The Expendables in the late 90s. I simply am not interested in brainless action movies, never mind ones featuring old men who have had more plastic surgery procedures than they have had real fights.
However, the news that Sly Stallone and his fellow producers are trying to convince Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford to appear in the third installment of the franchise is actually making me quite giddy inside. (Editor’s note: Mark, that’s as grizzlied a photo of The Clint as you can find!)
Not only that but they have already managed to persuade Nic Cage to appear in the film, which is not all that surprising when you look at the Academy Award winner’s questionable, and quite random output over the last 10-years.
Producer Avi Lerner confirmed the news, along with their intention of persuading action star turned tax cheat Wesley Snipes to appear as well.
He said: “We’ve approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys. We’ve got a character in mind for him. We’re talking to Harrison Ford. Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison. I’ll give you one more name – we’ve got Nicolas Cage.”
While the news that Cage has officially signed on for part 3, may not raise that many eyebrows, the prospect of Clint Eastwood appearing does at first seem remote.
However, before Clint started to making Oscar-winning films, some of his output was arguably more ridiculous than Cage’s. Remember; Firefox or Pink Cadillac? Well, they are just two examples of many. And whether Any Which Way But Loose is a family favorite of yours, there is no doubting that it’s a long way from Letters From Iwo Jima.
The harder task will be trying to convince Harrison Ford to appear. After 20 years of being the biggest box office draw in the world, commanding upwards of $20 million a movie, Ford has become very selective about his projects. However, Sly Stallone is a notoriously nice guy who can be very persuasive- if he can talk Ford and Eastwood into taking a Bruce/Arnie style cameo, then The Expendables 3 might actually be worth watching.