Tweeter Stallone Exploits Willis vs. Ford Millions To Sell 'Expendables 3'

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by David Thomson
August 8, 2013 2:29 PM
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So Bruce Wills has outraged Sylvester Stallone because he turned down the offer to shoot four days on "The Expendables 3" in Bulgaria for $3 million. "Uh-hh," said Bruce, in a way that has made his reputation on screen, even in "Expendables" pictures. "If it’s four days I want $4 million." The Hollywood Reporter “Insider” was quoted as saying, “I think Willis was pretty surprised he was replaced in 72 hours by Harrison Ford -- a better actor, a much nicer person and a more interesting direction for the film.”

Can we talk?

Do we have the remotest idea whether Harrison Ford is “a much nicer person” than Bruce? And do we care?

When did anyone mention the topic of “acting” with these films?

What sum did Ford take for four days on "The Expendables 3"? Was it $37.50 a day? Was it scale? Was it a beautiful set of Shaker furniture? Was it the original $3 million which, if you’ll excuse the preposterous concept, must have been a budgeted item? So, if someone didn’t get $3 million for four days, the money was going free and Sly has never seen a floating $3 million he didn’t admire.

So $4 million for four days is in a different class of absurd from $3 million for four days?

And "Expendables" 1 and 2 (it may be I and II) grossed $500 million worldwide?

Plus who can possibly imagine a direction, let alone a “more interesting direction,” in these films?

Put all these factors together and can we surmise that in the name of a spurious nicety of etiquette among these people, there has been a shot of "Expendables" promo injected into our moribund system? And we are idiots enough to go along with it?

Meanwhile, Sly is tweeting (I can think of days when the Stallion would have been mortified to think of himself tweeting instead of making Spartacus-like proclamations from the steps of City Hall in Philadelphia), “Expendables Looking Fresh and Strong.”

Fresh and Strong. I  seem to recall a time when those admittedly vague words carried some meaning, like “movie” and “entertainment.”

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31 Comments

  • Crystal | October 11, 2013 5:04 PMReply

    Willis is the best actor ever!I will never watch Stallone in anything I used to be a huge fan but a much bigger fan of Bruce Willis(Bruno forever!!!!!)

  • Jackie Jormpjomp | August 9, 2013 1:41 PMReply

    Your article sucks.

  • malcolm | August 9, 2013 11:00 AMReply

    "Fresh and Strong. I seem to recall a time when those admittedly vague words carried some meaning, like “movie” and “entertainment.”

    jesus what a pretentious poser you are,everything about your article reeks of a failed journalist

  • Brian | August 9, 2013 10:49 AMReply

    Jean-Claude Van Damme drew me in for EXPENDABLES 2 and I wasn't disappointed. Steven Seagal will be the draw in EXPENDABLES 3, not Ford.

  • Jackie Jormjomp | August 9, 2013 1:44 PM

    The only things Seagal draws in these days are punchlines and sandwiches.

  • nightgoat72 | August 9, 2013 10:44 AMReply

    "So $4 million for four days is in a different class of absurd from $3 million for four days?" You're completely missing the point. Of course $3 million for 4 days is absurd. That's why Stallone got understandably pissed at Willis for wanting MORE. Just as he said, "greedy and lazy."

  • jdbiggers | August 9, 2013 9:55 AMReply

    Harrison Ford? Seriously? Might as well have replaced him with a mannequin...at least a mannequin can act better than Ford. I won't be seeing #3. I was tired of Ford's mono-character acting back in the Start Wars days. Seriously. Do you really see any difference in his character from ANY of his movies? Just different dialog. He's barely one step ahead of Costner, the all-time drone of acting. And of course Ford would take less...he's WORTH less! Typical Stallone...pay as little as he can for a movie so he racks in all the profits himself as actor, producer, etc..

  • Jackie Jormpjomp | August 9, 2013 1:57 PM

    Oh no! You won't be seeing Expendables 3? We'll all miss the one guy who doesn't like Harrison Ford beating off to pictures of Bruce Willis in the aisles. No wait, no one will miss that. It must really piss you off Costner is back in full force with the ratings juggernaut Hatfields and the McCoys that won him an Emmy, a part in one of the biggest event movies of the summer, one of the leading roles in Jack Ryan, an all star sports drama about football recruitment, the lead role in an upcoming Luc Besson produced thriller, the lead in a Disney flick to name a few projects. And by the way if you can't distinguish the differences between the characters Ford has played in Mosquito Coast, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire Strikes Back, Witness and Working Girl or Costner in Fandango, Silverado, The Upside of Anger, JFK, Untouchables and Bull Durham then your movie/actor opinions mean very little.

  • JD | August 9, 2013 6:11 AMReply

    What worthless article.
    Thank you for wasting my time. Both the time I spent reading this and the time I now must spend replying because such a worthless article required it.
    You love hearing yourself talk, don't you?
    Tip: Just because you use a thesaurus doesn't mean you have anything interesting to say.

  • JD | August 9, 2013 6:11 AMReply

    What worthless article.
    Thank you for wasting my time. Both the time I spent reading this and the time I now must spend replying because such a worthless article required it.
    You love hearing yourself talk, don't you?
    Tip: Just because you use a thesaurus doesn't mean you have anything interesting to say.

  • JD | August 9, 2013 6:11 AMReply

    What worthless article.
    Thank you for wasting my time. Both the time I spent reading this and the time I now must spend replying because such a worthless article required it.
    You love hearing yourself talk, don't you?
    Tip: Just because you use a thesaurus doesn't mean you have anything interesting to say.

  • Ty | August 9, 2013 6:05 AMReply

    What a dumb article.

  • craig | August 9, 2013 3:27 AMReply

    This is a horribly written article. Impossible to read.

  • Scotty | August 9, 2013 1:18 AMReply

    This writer sucks

  • Ginger Liu | August 8, 2013 6:49 PMReply

    Why am I not surprised that no one knows who the great David Thompson is. Thank goodness for film Uni.

  • Gizbom | August 8, 2013 5:49 PMReply

    The movie will be great, so why not write about that? Ford will bring a cool change, so that is cool. The real story will revolve around Stathem and Stallone, so everyone else is just a bonus.

  • Anne Thompson | August 8, 2013 4:22 PMReply

    There comes a point in every actor's life where self-loathing is attached to having to get paid for these big commercial entertainments. So many of these guys think getting paid is some measure of their stardom. Harrison Ford has often said that he does it for the money, that to get him out of his comfortable country manse and onto a physically demanding set is worth a lot to him. Remember, Ford turned down the Michael Douglas role in Traffic! Both of these guys still worry about their stardom. But how depressing that Reds 2 and Expendables 3 and Die Hard whatever are all that anyone wants to pay Willis to do. So maybe he was feeling dread at going to the Stallone set for a third time and wanted out. Willis has done his fair share of Tarantino and indie movies, so I say they should both follow Matthew McConaughey's lead and go indie. These actors are capable of so much more than this! Why destroy their souls with this stuff? How much money do they need? George Clooney is right, he wants someone to look at his David Thomson Biography of Film entry and think he made a lot of good movies. And people, Thomson is one of the great film critics and you should treat him with respect, I am delighted to have him on the site whenever he wants to be here.

  • Sven | August 8, 2013 5:34 PM

    Totally understand what you mean and point out and also very cool of you that you defend your critic... But let's face it... I enjoy this kind of Hollywood mayhem !!! And for your critic to have a go at it... well, there are people who do like these kind of 80's movies and i find it a bit high strung of mr. Thomson that he disses on us, who like them. But it is nice for you to stand up for him... Hope he din't ask you to do so. Kind regards.

  • sly | August 8, 2013 4:02 PMReply

    Great article, definitely captures the mentality of those privileged hollywood types who forgot where they came from and how they got to where they are today, talent alone doesn't make you a star it's THE PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE!!

  • Bo | August 8, 2013 3:52 PMReply

    My deepest regrets for some of my misspellings in my two prior rants! Ha! But you see, my full time editor is off today and I'm in such a joyous tizzy about all this nonsense, the very funny article, and the moronic comments that I can hardly contain myself, let along bother with proof reading my exicited responses to it all. Please, please forgive me.
    To those who 'know' not of irony...the above is a complete example of the concept!!!

  • Sven | August 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    Why do you take yourself so serious???

  • Bo | August 8, 2013 3:49 PMReply

    My deepest regrets for some of my misspellings in my two prior rants! Ha! But you see, my full time editor is off today and I'm in such a joyous tizzy about all this nonsense, the very funny article, and the moronic comments that I can hardly contain myself, let along bother with proof reading my exicited responses to it all. Please, please forgive me.
    To those who 'know' not of irony...the above is a complete example of the concept!!!

  • Bo | August 8, 2013 3:45 PMReply

    Just to add to my rant below...ha! The article was also very funn and filled with irony. Irony! Something fools and morons no not of! Great pity to live a life without embracing and loving irony! My hat is off to the writer. Thanks for the very amusing article.

  • Irony can be fun? | August 9, 2013 12:49 AM

    I am Bo. I shit in my pants. People looks at me weird. I guess they don't understand my sophisticated humor.

  • Bo | August 8, 2013 3:38 PMReply

    My goodness, the lack of intelligence is these first few comments caused my jaw to drop in total amazement. Here I thought the article was right on the money with a very intelligent look at all this silliness surrounding Stallone and 'his' movie and using ole Willis and his name to promote and sell his 'said' movie. Plus, the movie(s) are pure junk and not worth a second of any intelligent person's time! The writer knows the biz, as it were, and the game these very, very rich men are playing and ignorant people then slam him for having the knowledge they lack? What a world! The article was just what I've been thinking for the past few days this nonsense hit the media and wondered if anyone else in the business would eventually chime in with some smart take on what this might be all about. If you do not 'understand' this article or slam it out of ignorance the lesson for might be to educate yourself and stay silent concerning things you haven't a clue about. Jeez! It's always amusing to hear morons accusing others of being morons!

  • John | August 8, 2013 5:32 PM

    Glad that you're here to guide us with your supreme intelligence and with four posts,man you a really giving person

  • SVEN | August 8, 2013 3:34 PMReply

    DAVID THOMSON.... who cares what you think !?

  • Matthew | August 8, 2013 3:21 PMReply

    I never take time to comment on an article under normal circumstances....but this article was a terrible read. It's written so bad that I literally had a disgusted look on my face by the end of it. I read a few other comments and realized I was not alone in my opinion that the article sucked.

  • Eddie | August 8, 2013 3:14 PMReply

    Is this article a joke? I cannot understand it. Though I must point out that this piece received more comments than most of IndieWire's articles.

  • Kallum | August 8, 2013 3:08 PMReply

    This writer is a moron!

  • Tom | August 8, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    what a stupid writer

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