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“Expendables 3″ News for the Week

Expendables 3 News for the Week…

 

Ted Kotcheff Talks Sly, “First Blood” and More

On March 31, 2014, HeyUGuys posted an interview with director Ted Kotcheff who talked about working with Sly on First Blood   and a lot of other things.   Here are some tidbits…

The received wisdom in Hollywood was that Stallone only worked as Rocky, so my decision to hire him wasn’t championed.

I sent the script to Sylvester regardless, and he called me the next day to say he loved the idea. I’ve never had such a quick and positive response from a star in my whole career in the business (laughs). He only had one request, and that was to do a rewrite on the script with me, to which I agreed. One of the biggest strengths Sylvester has is a great populist sense of what works. He knows what audiences like and dislike in a film.

 …[an] idea he [Sly] had was to keep John Rambo silent throughout the film. Directors love extreme ideas like that (laughs).

 We always considered Rambo to be on a suicide mission, which was how the original script ended. The moment he crosses that bridge he knows his outcome and it’s not going to end well, but he’s doesn’t care because as far as concerned – there isn’t a place left for him in American society anymore. The way it was written originally, [Colonel] Trautman was going to put an end to it all but instead hesitates, so Rambo grabs his weapon and pulls the trigger, blowing himself away. We shot that, which was brilliant, but Sylvester came over afterwards and said the audience would hate us for putting this character through everything only to have him killed at the very end.

 

20 Oscar Nominees and Winners Who Paint

On March 2, 2014, Complex Art+Design posted 20 Oscar Nominees and Winners Who Paint.  Here’s what they had to say about Sly

Sylvester Stallone

Nomination: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Writing for a Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Rocky (1977)

Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone is not only praised for his awesome performance in the 1976 film Rocky, but he is unexpectedly an artist greatly influenced by abstract expressionism. Evidently, he had been producing art since the 1960s, even before he began acting. Basically, he went from boxing in the ring to revealing striking, intense paintings in an exhibition at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Rocky is a man of many talents!

12 Action Stars Who Still Kicked Butt After 60


On February 24, 2014, The Playlist ran an article by Gabe Toro titled 12 Action Stars Who Still Kicked Butt After 60.  The nicely written piece features Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Seagal, Takeshi Kitano, Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Trejo, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Christopher Lee and Sylvester Stallone.

Here’s a bit of what Toro had to say about Sly

His Career Pre-60: Stallone rose to fame as the Italian Stallion, achieving immortality as “Rocky,” using the underdog sports story to launch an unmatched career in action films…

As Rocky, Stallone is slipping on a warm coat, and this is easily his most touching, low-key performance.

Emboldened by the success of “Rocky Balboa,” Stallone jumped at the chance to return to the world of leading men, uniting the shiniest action stars of yesterday by kick-starting “The Expendables” as a franchise, where Stallone would rub shoulders with legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris.

Stallone remains in improbable action hero shape, ready to impress once again in this summer’s “The Expendables 3.”

I really enjoyed Toro‘s article and my only question is, “Why No John Wayne?”

Hollywood Loves Its Aging Action Heroes

On February 16, 2014, the New York Post ran an article titled Hollywood Loves Its Aging Action Heroes by Reed Tucker.  It is worth a read. 

Here are two tidbits….

  • The biggest names in action movies today are virtually identical to the 1980s and early 1990s. Sylvester Stallone is 67. Arnold Schwarzenegger is 66. Liam Neeson is 61. Wee pup Bruce Willis is 58.

 

  • Take Schwarzenegger and Stallone’s “Escape Plan.” The 2013 movie earned just $25 million stateside, leading many critics to label it a bomb. But it earned $110 million overseas.