The Expendables was an unprecedented movie event in that it collected some of the biggest action stars in film (and/or sports entertainment) for a drag-out, blood-spattering, action flick orgy of violence and one-liners. Despite the kick of having stars like Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in one movie, it was hard not to notice those stars who passed on the opportunity.
After the success of the first installment, we saw action movie icons like Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme reverse their initial decisions and join what will hopefully be Con Air director Simon West's superior sequel, The Expendables 2. But even with that increased level of badassery, one name has still been notably absent from the gang. Now, we hear that Expendables 3 (which may start filming sooner before later) might be the film that finally breaks his holdout.
Our friends at JoBlo picked up on a French magazine interview with none other than 'modern renaissance man' Steven Seagal, in which the subject of Stallone's Expendable movies was raised. Said Seagal:
"He [Sylvester Stallone] plans to do another one and I have already been made an offer. We’ll see …"
The star sounds rather nonchalant in that response, but we can't imagine why - it's not as if he has been burning up the silver screen lately. Seagal is best known (and often mocked) these days for the TV series True Justice, and his real-life pursuits; other than that, his only (semi-)memorable movie role of recent memory was his part in Robert Rodriguez' Machete spin-off.
I say all that to say: at this point Seagal should be excited that there is even a modicum of demand for him to do big-budget action work. Then again, if he's too busy or prestigious for The Expendables 3, he could still stay in the spotlight this way:
The Expendables 2 hits theaters on August 17, 2012.
We'll keep you updated on the status of The Expendables 3.