‘The Tomb’ Set Photos Reveal Silver-Haired Schwarzenegger & Stallone

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It’s ironic that sexagenarian Hollywood action movie titans Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone’s future vehicles are all about looking to the past.

That list of upcoming projects includes Sly’s throwback to 1980s buddy movies (Bullet to the Head), Ah-nuld’s homage to classic westerns and films like Die Hard (The Last Stand), this summer’s Expendables 2 - which is a second round of old-fashioned, testosterone-fueled action – and finally the prison escape thriller, The Tomb, which pairs Schwarzenegger and Stallone together in more than a limited capacity.

During a recent interview with ET on the Tomb set, Stallone spoke out about his desire to keep Hollywood’s old-school approach to action filmmaking alive:

“This genre unfortunately is becoming… let’s just say it’s fading away. You have the superheroes today which are possessed with all extraordinary powers; they can blink and a fireball comes out of there. It’s great. And then you have a bunch of us which is just your basic male-pattern badness. … Kind of like hands-on action.”

Okay, admittedly, we’re kind of confused as to which superhero character Stallone is specifically referencing here (kidding – sort of), but his point is valid.

Moving on to why it’s taken more than three decades for Sly and Arnold to join forces onscreen, the former said:

“I think in the beginning we were competitive — there’s no question about it. A little alpha territorial. And then we realized it was good for our careers [to work together].”

Schwarzenegger agreed as much, during his own interview with ET:

“The funny thing is we have tried, I think, our entire careers to always work together. We have talked about it for three decades and it never happened. I think we tried maybe too hard. … But now after the governorship, somehow this just fell into place.”

For more, head on over to ET for the video recording of their visit to The Tomb – or, rather, check out screencaps from that clip (via Collider):

All things considered: there’s something cool about seeing both Schwarzenegger and Stallone look more their age (re: no hair dye) for The Tomb – especially Arnold, who kind of resembles an older version of Josh Brolin from No Country for Old Men. (That is to say, he looks kind of badass.)

Perhaps the pair’s wizened appearances will also make it easier to accept them as, respectively, a brilliant cyber-terrorist and Ray Breslin, “the world’s foremost authority on structural security” – which is alluded to in the following official plot summary for The Tomb:

After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin’s ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that’s design is based on his own protocols. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer, a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray.

With a narrative setup that recalls Fox’s Prison Break TV show (albeit, even more outlandish) – plus, a script penned by people like Miles Chapman (Road House 2: Last Call) and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher, Mirror Mirror) – quality is not a guarantee, as far as the storytelling side of The Tomb is concerned.

Still, director Mikael Håfström has delivered satisfactory genre fare in the past (see: Derailed, 1408) – and the sheer star wattage of Schwarzenegger and Stallone makes The Tomb a flick worth keeping an eye out for when it hits theaters (most likely, in 2013).


Source: ET, Collider



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  1. Can’t wait for this one. love seeing them team up like the old days hope the older actors continue to put out some good ole films. i would love to see them make a comedy where alot of the older and some newer comedians all get toegther for. also would love to see a predators sequel where adrian brody returns and arnold is delivered to the predator planet and maybe some female predators are there as well. woulod love to see a female lycan in the underworlds as well. well thasts mt little rant for the day what does everyone think of these ideas tho?

    • @Film Fan, I agree, I’d like to see Arnold and Danny Glover get together for a Predator movie. Oh yeah and Mel Gibson for Expendables 3.

  2. You know if DC can EVER get its act together, all those aging action heroes could play aged superheroes in a “Kingdom Come” spin on the Justice League universe. Of course this would only be possible after a JL movie happens so……

  3. I think Stallone was referring to Pyro from X2, where he blinked and the kids lit cigarette exploded. Pyro didn’t create the flame but I think that’s what Sly was talking about.

  4. Ok, seriously…? Stallone doesn’t sound like he was talking about a specific superhero, just making a point about superheroes who have ridiculous powers. Leave it to nerds to overanalyze everything…..

    • I was mostly just teasing Sly for making a bit of an odd generalization about superheroes – as opposed to, say, mentioning how they have super-strength or look like models out of a GQ magazine. ;-)

      I changed that line a bit, so no one else mistakes me for being dead-serious.

  5. I think that no matter the critical reception – I will have to see this movie just to see the two actors side by side. Yes, to a much different it is like seeing Pacino and DeNiro together in Heat.

    Admittedly, some of the appeal is lots in the fact that both are at their pension age. We all know how massive they both were in the 80s and a collaboration back then would’ve been a true cinematic event for sure.

    I can see what Stallone is saying about the action genre. The likes of Rambo, Predator will have an endless classic status that be watched time and time again. However, audiences are always looking for something different and technology today can give us action films that we would’ve thought only in dream could happen. (see The Avengers).

    The traditional actioner of a one man army accumulating a 100+ body count just doesn’t have the same appeal today as watching the superhero you always read about in full flowing live action. Is CGI used too much? probably yes. Are there too many superheroes? possibly – but you cant deny the spectacle is far greater now (if not the tension) than what it was back in the 80s.

    • I think there is something raw and real that CGI can never capture.

      If you watch a movie like The Town with Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner, there is a realistic-feeling tension and drama that is created. If you can apply these to action films, you re-create the tension and terror of a real violent encounter in a way CGI blockbusters never can.

      Think of films like Saving Private Ryan or Glory or Heat or even Gladiator and Last Samurai to know what I mean. That kind of gritty, violent realism will always have a market in the hands of the right Director.


    • ha right

  7. Better late than never! In a prison movie no less. One wonders if they go the Oz route. Arnold looks totally bad ass, King Conan dare I say?

    • I’ve been asking for King Conan for years now. Apparently, Arnold isn’t listening…

  8. The gray-haired Arnold looks much better. Dying his hair just looks too fake. Keep it that way Arnold

  9. arnie looks downright bad a** in the last picture, the facial hair definitely hides the age lines on his face and makes him look younger (like it does with stallone).

    however interesting this movie might seem, i’ll have to pass b/c anything with 50cent in it usually sucks (b/c of him not the actual story or cast).

    • Part of the film crew. If you look a little better, you’ll notice there are other people standing there with ID badges on and their arms folded watching the action.

  10. Sly as a computer genius? That is going to take some REAL acting to pull off!