'Expendables' exclusive: Sylvester Stallone talks '$15 billion' scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis

The-Expendables_lWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we couldn’t be more pumped for Sylvester Stallone’s all-star action extravaganza, The Expendables. If you’ve been tracking this pecs-pumping, pyrotechnics-palooza with us, then you’re already hip to the summer 2010 film’s hulking, Who’s Who he-man cast (Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, etc.). You’ve also seen the early photos of a tattooed and totally ripped Stallone and heard that Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger would drop by for cameo appearances, pretty much cementing the film as a one-stop shopping site for ’80s blow-‘em-up blockbuster lovers. And, more recently, you’ve been with us as we shared the movie’s rowdy, red-meat trailers. Well, now we have something new on The Expendables front — an exclusive from the director and star of the film: Stallone himself.

Recently, we reached the Rambo star by phone as he was taking a break from watching the dailies of his mercenaries-on-a-mission flick. And the scene he was watching was none other than the one that every card-carrying action aficionado has been awaiting with baited breath — the scene that finally brings together the holy trinity of ’80s tentpoles: Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here’s what Sly had to say…

“I was just looking at the dailies, saying, ‘Jesus, this is amazing!’ I talked about this scene with these guys for a long time, but I never thought it would come to fruition.”

Stallone said the superstar-summit scene takes place in a church, where Willis’ nasty antagonist has summoned Stallone’s macho mercenary to finally meet him face-to-face, take measure of him, and possibly hire him for a death-defying mission. But just as the meeting gets under way and smartass smalltalk is made, in walks another killer-for-hire — Stallone’s longtime rival, who Willis has also invited to this job interview: Ah-nuld.

“Bruce says ‘Well, there’s one other person I want to talk to before I hire you,” says Stallone. “And then Arnold, who plays my old rival, walks in. We have a history together. And we go back and forth and I tell him that I should have shot him a long time ago when I had the chance. Then it goes on from there. And here we are, the three of us trying to man up to one another, playing off of who we are, using our baggage in this one scene.”

Stallone says that big scene with Willis, Schwarzenegger, and himself would amount to more than a cameo or a stunt in the final cut of the film. “It’s probably going to be about 5 minutes of screen time.” Which, if you think about it, is kind of impressive considering that Willis and Schwarzenegger were only on the L.A. set for 6 hours. “We only had them for that one day and then Bruce had to go off to Istanbul and Arnold had to go back and do his governmental stuff. But I was impressed because they got up at 5:30 in the morning to do this.”

When asked if the Governator was rusty since he hasn’t been on screen since 2004’s Around the World in 80 Days and has spent most of his time in Sacramento, Stallone laughs and says no. “It’s like riding a bicycle.” Then he adds, “It’s funny because between the three of us, if you add up all the box office and DVD rentals and all of that, there’s like $15 billion in that one scene!”

While we won’t vouch for Stallone’s math, we’re pretty positive that we’ll be adding another ten bucks to that tally when The Expendables opens next August.

If you haven’t seen the latest trailer for The Expendables yet, you can check it out below. In the meantime, let us know what you think. Are you looking forward to the movie? Are you excited to see these three share the screen together?

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  • T

    hell yeah

    • reno

      Aren’t these guys like 70 years old now?

      • Tommy

        Why do people always make moronic comments like that? Please explain in detail precisely what their age has to do with anything?

      • Jeff Jacobs

        Why must people always bring up age? Who cares how old they are. One day, you will be old too. The difference is, when you get old, no one will give a crap about you!

  • Peggy

    Sorry, not a fan of any of them, but I can see why the guys out there will love this film.

    • reno

      You’re OLD too, aren’t you Tommy????

  • BSF

    hey, im a woman and this looks good! i love statham and li! only wish they couldve had van damme and jackie chan and more arnold and willis! but hey cant have every action star in one movie! maybe expendables 2 if it does well? :D

  • Target Audience

    So, this is a chick flick. Right?

    • Michelle Yeoh

      “No Gurlz Alloud!”

    • Stephanie

      I’m a chick. I FULLY intend to see this. So, um, yeah! I’m going with chick flick on this one. :D

  • The Donkey

    I was expecting Rick Moranis to be in this too. Darn.

    • reno

      And don’t leave out Pauly Shore dagnabbit!

  • DavidJ

    Wow, that Sly/Arnold/Willis scene sounds freakin AWESOME. I figured it would just be Arnold playing a general or something, but I love the idea of him and Sly being old rivals up for the same job.

  • Brad

    I hope the scene pays off for him. Willis is worth it; Arnold probably needs to show he still have chops of sorts.

    • oreo


  • junier23

    Ive been looking forward to see this since i heard about it.
    The trailer doesn’t look that good but I know the movie is going to be awesome.

  • J.

    I don’t care how bad this movie is going to be (or not), I’m going to be there opening day. Counting on Snakes On A Plane, hoping for Inglorious Basterds.

  • Zach

    This movie looks straight out of 1986. I’ll be there!

  • mike

    looking forward to seeing this one.

  • fresh

    The trailer looks horrendous. But Im sure Ill still go see it.

  • Spider

    This is gonna ROCK! Props to EW for ACTUALLY covering a Stallone flick! Wow, times are changing! :)

  • Adam

    Here’s a story for you: this movie is most definitely racist. I caught exactly one role for a black man (no black women of course) and he says things like “S—‘s gettin’ old!” Jet Li, one of the only living Asian film stars that Americans will see, is there for the purpose of being Asian. We’re meant to laugh at the fact that he can’t speak English. “I could have winned.” “Winned?” Those Orientals are crazy! I can’t even imagine what the final product will be like. Give up the ethnocentric BS Stallone- we’ve got your number.

    • kev

      tey would have had snipes but isnt he in jail……racist? stop bitching

    • Josh

      With less than three hours to go, Adam wins “Most Idiotic Internet Comment” for October ’09! You made it just before the deadline, buddy!

      • oreo

        no…actually you did.

      • mike

        how did josh meet the october ’09 “most idiotic internet comment” deadline? he posted his comment in november, doucher.

      • Adam

        Would you mind telling me what about it is dumb instead of just asserting that it is dumb? If you have a reason, then by all means, let’s hear it.

      • Josh

        Hey Mike…did I ask for your help loser??????

    • Tommy

      There’s nothing racist about it. Where are all of these obsessive accusers when white people are being profiled in mean spirited ways? Then a film comes along with a few jokes in it and people throw a fit. I’m really sure Terry Crews and Jet Li would agree to be in a film that is racist.

      • Adam

        So your argument consists of, “no it isn’t,” “sometimes there’s racism against white people too,” “these are just jokes,” and “minorities wouldn’t be in a film that represents them in a racist manner?” To that I would say, in order: that isn’t an argument, stereotyped portrayals of white people are historically new and do not excuse overly generalized depictions of any ethnicity by anyone, humor does not change the fact that the subject matter is bigoted, and Hattie McDaniel won an Oscar for “Gone With The Wind” and also appeared in “Song of the South.”
        Let me know if I’ve gotten anything wrong.

  • Sally in Chicago

    I love Rourke, I love Roberts, I love Arnold….I’ll go.

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