Sylvester Stallone bids “bittersweet” goodbye to ‘The Expendables’ franchise; passes baton to Jason Statham
Written by ABC AUDIO on October 20, 2021
On his Instagram, Sylvester Stallone bade farewell to his hit Expendables franchise.
The actor, writer, and producer posted a video shot on the European set after he’d wrapped his last scene as mercenary Barney Ross in the fourth film in the series.
“It’s been about 12 years,” the 75-year-old star noted, adding, “it’s time to be moving on.”
“It’s always bittersweet,” Stallone said, explaining he’s “ready to pass the baton to Jason [co-star Jason Statham] in his capable hands.”
Statham played Ross’ buddy Lee Christmas in the successful series that debuted in 2010, and which has highlighted action stars of a certain age, including now-74-year-old Arnold Schwarzenegger; Stallone’s Rocky IV nemesis Dolph Lundgren, who is 65; Mickey Rourke, now 69; former MMA fighter Randy Couture and martial artist Jet Li, who are 58; 66-year-old Bruce Willis; 65-year-old Mel Gibson; and Terry Crews, who is a relatively young 53.
To date, the modestly-budgeted Expendables movies have made $800 million worldwide.
The fourth installment, coming out in 2022, adds martial arts legend Tony Jaa, Andy Garcia and Megan Fox to the mix.
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