In a rumor that was preordained upon initially hearing about Sylvester Stallone’s planned movie The Expendables, it is being confirmed by MTV that Bruce Willis is going to have a small role in the movie. The news is not entirely shocking, though personally, I think Willis should be “above” such a project – to some extent. His part will ultimately result in mostly a cameo in all likelihood as he says:
“I haven’t united with them,” he said. “I’m waiting for a call from Sly about when we’re going to try and make that happen. I don’t know anything about [my character] yet, haven’t seen any pages yet, but I’m excited about it.”
Now, I guess since he pretty much reinvented the action genre with Die Hard (at least he starred in the movie credited with reinventing the action genre), it makes sense on some levels that he would be in the film. I have always liked Willis, way back before he ever did Die Hard. He was on a sitcom called “Moonlighting” and he was charismatic and charming (a different version of “Cheers” star Ted Danson’s Sam “Mayday” Malone, the best TV sitcom character of all-time in my book.) While I say he is “above” it – in reference to the film, I mean it in the sense that a guy like Stallone is honestly, a has been, and his recruitment of other action stars like Jason Statham and Jet Li, prove he needs more modern, bankable names to make the film work. Sorry, but Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture don’t count. That’s not to dis Stallone, I like the guy, I grew up with the guy, Rambo, Cliffhanger (a sequel?), and of course Rocky are classics.
In the end, I like the move. It’s another feather in the cap of what could be a truly fun-filled time at the theater, where you attend only hoping to see some smash-bang action and watch some of your boyhood action stars (in my case, anyway), take a trip down memory lane to some extent. I hope the film does well from that standpoint and the addition of Willis helps make this more attractive to me. Agree? (mainpage image courtesy of Screenrant)