Stallone's 'arthritic' action heroes roll their tanks through Cannes

Sun May 18, 2014 5:00pm EDT
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By Alexandria Sage

CANNES France (Reuters) - Tanks rolled down the beachfront in Cannes on Sunday, as Sylvester Stallone led an invasion of action stars "with arthritis" to publicise "The Expendables 3".

Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mel Gibson waved at fans from three tanks that drove slowly down the main boulevard in the French Riviera town where the international film festival is in its fifth day.

Later, when the cast of the film walked the red carpet at the main festival venue, they held up signs saying "Bring back our girls" in support of the campaign to free the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants.

The film, which is not in competition, also features Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Wesley Snipes and the cast was asked by reporters to describe just what makes a good action star.

"You have to be incredibly intelligent, handsome, sexy, good teeth, high IQ, a lot of hair ..." Stallone joked.

"What makes the audience like a person, it's not a matter of muscles," he told a news conference.

"There's something that's almost intangible and I don't know what it is, but I know it's very rare because there have only been about 15 action heroes, real serious ones, in history."

Stallone, one of the film's writers, said it took three movies to get the "Expendables" formula just right, judging the first as being too violent and the second too soft.   Continued...

(2ndL-R) Cast members Randy Couture, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Antonio Banderas pose on a tank as they arrive on the Croisette to promote the film "The Expendables 3" during the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 18, 2014.       REUTERS/Yves Herman