It’s Kelsey Grammer, known for his small-screen role as Dr. Frasier Crane, a decade after the show bearing his character’s name went off the air. Three of his 2014 movies were big action productions: He was the villain of Transformers: Age of Extinction, he had a cameo as Beast in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and he plays the mercenary headhunter in this weekend’s Expendables sequel. This is who I am.” The actor, now 59, looked over his 2014 slate with us, sharing some choice behind-the-scenes details and a hint about the big action scene we’ll probably never get to see: The Expendables 3 Grammer had nothing but praise for Sylvester Stallone, using adjectives like “genius,” “juggernaut,” and “eloquent” to describe the stalwart actor. Grammer also let slip that Stallone “changed the camera angle to make me look shorter.” Transformers: Age of Extinction Grammer had to leave the Transformers set to film his Expendables role but said, “Michael Bay was cool about it.” Like Stallone, Bay was also cool about line changes, telling him at one point, “You’re Kelsey Grammer.
The Expendables 3 finds Sylvester Stallone and his fellow action stars emeriti once again deputized by the CIA to perform some off-the-books black ops, this time in Somalia, to nab a former Expendable gone bad (Mel Gibson). “Normally it can be done,” says Soldier of Fortune editor Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown (USAR, ret), “assuming the person putting together the operation has a military background and uses the old-boy network.” And for those who don’t hang out with snipers who can blast off a kidnapper’s melon at 1,500 yards? “I would contact someone retired from Delta Force or the Navy SEALs and tell him what I had in mind, and let him activate the old-boy network.” Plenty of special operators who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, or in a foreign legion, says Brown, “left the service and make more money doing their thing as a contractor.” READ: Expendables 3 Star Dolph Lundgren on Rocky, He-Man, and More On screen, the only rule for a mercenary is usually — as the cliché goes —that there are no rules.
There's a great story behind Dolph Lundgren's big break: He was the bodyguard-turned-boyfriend of Grace Jones on the set of the James Bond film A View to Kill when the filmmakers needed a goon, and destiny called. Big parts as Rocky’s nemesis Ivan Drago and the heroic He-Man quickly followed, and the hulking blond Swede has sustained an acting career for going on three decades now. He rejoins Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with new recruits Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson.
"The Expendables 3" star Sylvester Stallone brought his wife and three daughters to the London premiere of the action sequel on Aug. 4.
Sylvester Stallone may look indestructible, but the action star has taken a beating to get that way. Reflecting on his battered state, the 68-year-old described the nasty fall on the set of Expendables 3 that required a metal plate inserted into his back. ”I usually grade the quality of the film by the intensity of the injury,” the Rocky star joked at a press conference to promote the three-quel on Monday, according to the Daily Mail. Co-star Antonio Banderas suffered in silence after hurting himself early in the shoot. On-set injury has become an unpleasant theme for the blockbuster action franchise: Last year Jason Statham reportedly almost drowned in a mishap while shooting an action sequence. But at least bad injuries can make for good bonding: In 2012, Schwarzenegger posted a photo from his hospital bed next to Stallone.
New ‘Expendables 3’ Trailer Promises Explosive Battles and Combustible Stars Where were The Expendables when Wesley Snipes needed to be sprung from the clink? In a case of art imitating life, the new trailer for The Expendables 3 finds Snipes yet again behind bars. But unlike in the real world — in which Snipes recently finished serving a nearly three-year-longstint for tax evasion —the former action star has Sylvester Stallone’s team of former A-listers on his side. As they are wont to do, the Expendables come to the rescue, and Snipes is welcomed back to the gang with open, muscular arms.
There’s a tired formula to ensemble action-fantasy films that hasn’t really changed since the first “Star Wars” came out in 1977 when a gun-wielding Princess Leia, along with her intergalactic comrades, took cineplexes by storm. With the lead cast announced for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” it’s becoming clear we have another token inner-circle heroine to look forward to in newcomer British actress Daisy Ridley (and maybe one more leading lady, according to The Hollywood Reporter ). Unless Carrie Fisher winds up getting loads of screen time and starts wielding a lightsaber, it looks like Ridley may be our “Star Wars” ‘it’ girl in more ways than one. [Related: Who’s Who and What’s What in the ‘Star Wars’ Casting Pic ] It’s nothing new to see the one girl among a male-heavy hero-clique.
I forgot how much I loved Wesley Snipes. I’ve always admired his skills as both an actor and martial artist. It’s great to know he’s making a return in The Expendables 3 movie. I can’t wait to see him on screen again!!!
Well, so much for 2013. This past year had its cinematic ups (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Gravity,” “This Is the End”), downs (“Gangster Squad,” “A Good Day to Die Hard”), in-betweens (“Man of Steel,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”), and sweet surprises (“The Conjuring,” “Blue Jasmine”). It was a fun year , but 2014 is looking to be even more of a thrill ride, filled with franchise-friendly sure things, swing-for-the-fences passion projects, sleeper hits waiting to be discovered and, of course, a few (okay, a lot of) superhero movies. And we can’t wait to get started.