Bruce Willis was originally set to reprise the role of Mr. Church in “The Expendables 3.” But the comedian was eventually replaced by Harrison Ford after angering Sylvester Stallone.
Expandables 3: The crazier we are…
In 2014, the stress relief continues for Sylvester Stallone and his acolytes with Expandables 3. In this part directed by Patrick Hughes (Hitman & Bodyguard), the Barney Ross gang faces a ghost from the past. While operating in Somalia to arrest an arms dealer, the mercenaries come across Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), one of the founding members of the Expendables whom Ross thought he had taken out.
This ghost manages to escape, injuring Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) in the process. Wanting revenge but no longer wanting to put his teammates in danger, Barney decides to turn to young recruits, including Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, and Victor Ortiz. To hire them, he asks his old friend Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer) for help.
Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise their respective roles in Expendables 3. The film also marks the reunion between Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes as well as Antonio Banderas, whom he had in turn crossed in Demolition Man and killers. Robert Davi and the legendary Harrison Ford complete the cast.
The wrath of Sylvester Stallone
In this third opus, the interpreter of Indiana Jones and Han Solo embodies Max Drummer, the new contact of the CIA for the Expendables. He thus replaces Mr. Church, present in the two previous films and played by Bruce Willis. In August 2013, Sylvester bluntly announced the star’s dismissal from the crystal trap and the arrival of Harrison Ford. On Twitter, the actor and screenwriter first declare:
Willis get out… Harrison Ford is coming!!! Great news !!! I’ve been waiting for this for years!!!
He immediately launches a tackle against Bruce Willis:
Greedy and lazy… The formula which guarantees for sure the failure of his career.
A source then reports to the HollywoodReporter that the interpreter of John McClane would have refused the handsome sum of three million dollars for four days of filming in Bulgaria. He would have demanded an extra million what the team of Expendables 3 would have refused. This source states:
A million dollars a day of shooting? Stallone and the other actors in the film said no. I think Bruce Willis was quite surprised to be replaced in 72 hours by Harrison Ford, a better actor, a much nicer person, and a much more interesting element to the film.
Bruce Willis’ answer
Interviewed a few days later by the Spanish magazine XL Weekly and quoted by TV Star, Bruce Willis assumes his request for a cachet believing that it is consistent with its usual functioning:
I am connected with myself. I act in films of various genres, but action films are the ones that generate the most profits. I like to make a lot of money from these, but I still experiment with every register: low-budget, mid-budget, big-budget, even science fiction.
The star adds that he got tired of acting in action movies:
Explosions are the most boring part of my job. Once you’ve seen a few fireballs, it’s not exciting at all. I know a lot of my audience loves these explosions, but to be honest, I’m a little bored now.
A register to which Bruce Willis has not yet given up, continuing to “experiment” in ever more obscure productions.