Stallone, Willis, Schwarzenegger form "dream team"

Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:05am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

VENICE (Reuters) - It is the action hero dream team. Sylvester Stallone will shoot a scene with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger soon for his upcoming adventure "The Expendables," due to hit theatres in 2010.

The man behind the successful Rambo and Rocky franchises has also brought Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke and Dolph Lundgren on board for the story of a team of mercenaries who head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator.

"Arnold, Bruce and I will be working together for the first time, maybe in two weeks, so I had to grow back my beard and get ready to film it in Los Angeles," Stallone told reporters at the Venice film festival where he is receiving a special award.

"It's very difficult to get us all together at the same time. It's impossible to get all those egos in the same room," the 63-year-old joked.

He said The Expendables would seek to put some of the punch back into action movies in an era when computer generated effects are increasingly dominating the genre.

"I wanted to do a film that was more about men and just doing things that we did back in the '80s and '90s with films that were a little bit more men on men, and actual physical stunts and also a story that isn't super-gigantic.

"And the thing was to find certain personalities that never would ever work together normally and put them altogether. It's like a dream team."

He also spoke about his next Rambo venture, the fifth in the series, which will enter the realms of science and technology.   Continued...

<p>U.S. actor Sylvester Stallone poses during a photocall before he is presented with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award during the 66th Venice Film Festival September 12, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi</p>