Adding to an already impressive ensemble for the third installment of his “Expendables” franchise, Sylvester Stallone announced today that Kirk Douglas, Mickey Rooney and Abe Vigoda have joined the cast of ‘Expendables 3.’ According to Stallone, he cast the three legendary actors after screen testing them at the Motion Picture Home, the famous nursing home for retired actors, where Stallone has done most of the casting for “Expendable 3.” “If you loved ‘Spartacus,’ ‘Love Finds Andy Hardy’ and ‘The Godfather,’ then you’ll love ‘Expendables 3,’ ” Stallone told Hollywood & Swine. “Kirk, Mickey and Abe are going to surprise a lot people in ‘Expendables 3,’ and I don’t mean just because it will prove they’re still alive.”
In addition to Douglas, Rooney and Vigoda, “Expendables 3” will also star Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, and Harrison Ford. Following the tradition of lazy stunt casting in the “Expendables” franchise, Douglas, Rooney and Vigoda will each appear briefly in the movie, kill someone, and then deliver a cheesy line which will be a not-too-subtle reference to one of their more famous works.
Stallone revealed he had originally written the recently cast roles for legendary action stars Roy Scheider, Charlton Heston, and Charles Bronson, but was devastated to learn they’ve been dead for years. Plot details for “Expendables 3” have not yet been revealed, not because of secrecy, but due to the fact Stallone has yet to figure out a plot for “Expendables 3” yet.
In related news, Bruce Willis, who dropped out of “Expendables 3” last week, continues to stand by his decision, explaining to reporters in recent interviews that he’s become bored with making actions movies. Willis also revealed he’s bored with making movies good enough to be released theatrically, which is why he starred in the straight-to-video releases, 2012’s “Fire with Fire,” 2011’s “Catch .44” and 2011’s “Setup.”