With the film set for its DVD and Blu-ray this week, Sylvester Stallone has figured out why The Expendables 3 failed to perform at the domestic box office this past summer, grossing less than $40 million. (It did fare far better overseas, however, turning out an additional $167 million).
It wasn’t that the movie was leaked online weeks before release, it wasn’t the fact that it was a terrible film, it also wasn’t that they ran out of things for the cast to do to the point that for the films finale one of the team has to inexplicably hold on the side of a lift shaft and another rides a motorbike in circles. No the film’s problem was its PG-13 rating.
Speaking to CraveOnline Stallone said “Absolutely unequivocally yes,” the star responded when asked whether or not future entries should embrace an R rating. “I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.”
Sly did admit that a lighter PG-13 rating does help ease the explanation as to how some of these characters keep surviving suicide missions film after film, with never anything more than shoulder wound after shoulder wound.
“[It’s is a big conflict for me,” says Stallone. “because in an R-rated film it is difficult to believe that none of the heroes die. I personally just believe that the characters become identifiable and their demise could put a dark cloud over an audience exiting the theatre after seeing the film. But that may change in ‘Expendables 4’…”
Stallone also reveals that, before he was cast as the villain, Mel Gibson was sought to direct The Expendables 3.
“I wanted Mel Gibson to direct originally because he’s an extraordinary filmmaker,”Stallone continues. “But after several months of discussing it, this ultimately was not to be. But he did say he wanted to be in the movie – and play the villain. My response was a definite ‘YES…. Suit up.’
The version of The Expendables 3 hitting home video includes both the PG-13 cut and an “Unrated Extended” edition, running five minutes longer.
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