Mel Gibson Confirmed to Play ‘Expendables 3′ Villain; Antonio Banderas Joins the Cast

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He’s been rumored for months now, but today we have official confirmation that Mel Gibson – who plays a cartoonish megalomaniacal villain in the upcoming Robert Rodriguez feature¬†Machete Kills – will also portray the antagonist in next year’s The Expendables 3.

Moreover, the third entry in the action throwback franchise that is Expendables – once again starring and written by Sylvester Stallone – has added yet another 1990s icon of the machismo sub-genre to its cast – in the shape of the El Mariachi and (former) Zorro himself, Antonio Banderas.

Gibson’s name entered the Expendables 3 conversation when Stallone asked his Twitter followers if they wanted the Oscar-winner to direct (i.e. before Patrick Hughes landed the job). Most everyone knows about Gibson’s personal life issues over the past decade – in terms of how the public backlash affected his Hollywood career – but he could be positioned for a professional comeback. That may start with Machete Kills, based on how the most recent trailer suggests that Mel will serve up a thick slice of hammy fun in the Grindhouse-spinoff sequel.

Thanks to EW, we now have official confirmation from Stallone that he’s recruited the original Mad Max to appear in Expendables 3 – after Sly not-so-ambiguously teased the possibility about a month back;¬†EW also has the exclusive on Banderas signing up as a cast member. Appropriately, Banderas’ next onscreen appearance will be alongside Gibson in Machete Kills, where the former plays “Gregorio Cortez.” (Readers with good memories: you may recall when Banderas admitted to having been approached by Stallone about starring in Expendables 2.)

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Banderas isn’t the only longtime name on Stallone’s Expendables cast wish list that have joined the party for round three. Earlier this week, Sly revealed that Harrison Ford will make an appearance; in addition, it seems that Jackie Chan and Wesley Snipes have been secured as cast members for the movie. However, we are currently awaiting for confirmation either way, with regard to the rumor about Steven Seagal saying yes to an Expendables role – though, Nicolas Cage himself said that he probably won’t be working on the project (assuming he’s telling the truth…).

With all the new cast additions – plus returning players like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis (read: the story behind him being replaced) – there is more than a fair chance that some of them will be used in a rather limited capacity in the third Expendables installment (a la Chuck Norris’ glorified cameo in Expendables 2). Having said that: so long as the third movie continues to embrace the cheeky fun and self-aware ludicrous tone of the sequel, then it seems fair to assume that fans and moviegoers in general will be getting their money’s worth.

Are you excited to see Mel Gibson play the baddie in The Expendables 3? How do you like the other recent casting announcements?


The Expendables 3 opens in U.S. theaters on August 15th, 2014.

Source: EW

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  1. Too soon for Cruise to join ? Expendables 5 then.

  2. Mel should have just changed his name to Charlie Sheen and the public would have forgiven him and been begging for him to come back long ago.

    I hope Chloe Moretz is in it.

  3. I suggest adam sandler and kevin james and also thrown in chris rock and call it “Expendables 3: The Grown Ups” or vice versa

  4. what happened to the mobile site?

  5. What about Kurt Russell? He’s an action star (Escape New York, Big Trouble in Little China, Deathproof, and even one he did with Sly: Tango & Cash). Russell would be awesome in it too. Or save him for Expendables 4.

    • Russell was one of the first people Sly reached out to for the first Expendables. Remember that Sly and Russell were in Tango and Cash together in the 90s. According to Sly, Russell’s agent relayed a message to Sly that Russell didn’t want to do “ensemble acting at the time.” Kurt made the wrong decision.

  6. Kurt Russell would be good. I think Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja) and Jan-Michael Vincent (Airwolf- yes, if Chuck could make an appearance)should be considered. Yeah, Tom Cruise should be considered for future installments but I think Expendables should focus more on action-flick stars of old whom we haven’t seen much of in the past decade(s) or so and some of whom we may never see again on the silver screen.

  7. His names probably already popped up somewhere along the line but id like to see Michael Biehn in an Expendables film, and Kurt Russell…hell yes!

  8. How about Tom Berenger, the original Sniper. He could be the guy who recommended Billy, from Expendables 2. He could save the day by getting the team out of a sticky situation, but without their prior knowledge. Another guy that could be interesting, although he might be too young, is Dennis Quaid. It might be a long shot, but he’s a great actor.

  9. Isn’t everybody overlooking the Godfather of all movie Badasses? I’m talking about Dirty Harry himself Clint Eastwood! It would be most appropriate to have him make at least a cameo and show these boys how it’s done!

    • Eastwood was supposedly in the fray, along with Ford, but nothing seemed to come of it. I pictured him as a great old school assassin.

  10. How bout some tough ladies? Pam Grier? Michelle Rodriguez? Sigourney Weaver? Linda Hamilton? Bridgette Nielsen (Sly ex)?

    • That’s actually not a bad idea. Would broaden the audience for it maybe.

  11. I cant believe they hired this racist

  12. it’s great that they got Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Jackie Chan, and Mickey Rourke for Expendables 3. they should also get Andy Garcia, Michael Keaton, Michael Madsen, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Don Johnson, Carl Weathers, Mr. T., Alec Baldwin, Bill Pullman, Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Gabriel Byrne, Kurt Russell, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman, William Petersen, Steven Seagal, Ed o’ross John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Brian Thompson, etc. if they do a fourth one I would love to see John Woo direct it.

  13. Slyvester Stallone at one time asked actor Tom Sizemore to have a role in one of The Expendables films as a villain as Stallone knew Sizemore has struggled in recent years in his personel life and hasnt been in films for awhile. Tom Sizemore would be a good villain after seeing him in the Al Pacino/Robert Deniro film Heat in 1995 as a sadistic bank robber. Stallone also talked to Ray Liotta at one time. These are great films and feature many of my all time favorite action heroes from 80s/90s. Stallone being my personal favorite but I also am big fan of Arnold, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, and Van Damme who thought did a good job as villain of 2nd movie when at first didnt think he would be. I am excited for Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Welsey Snipes among others that are joining in as they some of my favorites action heroes.

  14. Mel Gibson hits women, and is an antisemite. He does not deserve to be in ANY films! It is unfortunate he has been chosen for this film. I am a big Chuck Norris fan and I know he does not support Gibson’s past behavior.

  15. Kevin Costner play as main villein in Expendables 3

  16. (List of actors names who aren’t cast because look at me I can think of other male actors who have stared in at least one action/thriller in the past 3 decades wooo)

  17. They should also give the chance to Michael jaiwhite and Donnie yen

  18. Mel Gibson is a good choice for the villain. I always wanted to see Mel in a movie with Sylvester stallone, arnold Schwarzenegger and Harrison ford. It feels like a dream.