Sylvester Stallone talks "Expendables" sequel

Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:16pm EDT
 
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By Carl DiOrio

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - At the cusp of a fifth decade of action-movie mayhem, Sylvester Stallone says his No. 1 opening with "The Expendables" ranks among his top career thrills. The mercenary thriller earned an estimated $35 million during its first three days of release in North America.

SO "THE EXPENDABLES" OPENED BIGGER THAN ANYTHING ELSE YOU HAVE DIRECTED. IT SEEMS YOU'RE STILL SETTING PERSONAL BESTS.

Stallone: I didn't do this all by myself. It was a movie about teamwork, and the team helped make it a success. I always say that if you are a star -- even a faded star -- the light never goes out. You just need to rekindle it.

HAVE YOU WRITTEN A SCRIPT FOR A SEQUEL TO "THE EXPENDABLES"?

Stallone: It's plotted out in my mind's eye. I believe this group has to continue to evolve; it just can't become the same people. So how do you get new people introduced into the group, and how do you have some of the other people leaving? Those are the challenges.

SO THE CHALLENGES REMAIN, EH?

Stallone: My proudest moment ever was not "Rocky," it was the last Rocky picture, "Rocky Balboa." To be able to meet the challenge of completing that series after all these years, that was great. But this one here tops that -- not in an emotional way but for excitement. This should have never happened. (Producer) Avi Lerner really took a big gamble on me with this when nobody else would. I know because I heard about it every day! He kept worrying about the reviews.

"THE EXPENDABLES" WAS NEVER GOING TO BE A CRITICAL DARLING.   Continued...

 
<p>U.S. actor Sylvester Stallone poses with fans as he arrives for the German premiere of his new movie "The Expendables" in Berlin, August 6, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>