Sylvester Stallone let the world know Tuesday that Bruce Willis was out of the upcoming “The Expendables 3” for being “greedy and lazy,” and it seems that laziness was not the primary issue.
Stallone raised eyebrows in Hollywood by tweeting “Willis out . . . Harrison Ford in!!!! great news!!!!! been waiting years for this!!!!,” then following up with a second tweet reading “greedy and lazy . . . a sure formula for career failure.”
A source with knowledge of the situation says the fallout was over a specific money demand. Willis was offered $3 million for four days of consecutive work on location in Bulgaria for the film. “He said he’d drop out unless he got $4 million,” this source close to the production says. “A million dollars a day. Stallone and everybody else involved said no.”
Stallone then quickly reached out to Ford, who was game to join The Expendables cast. The insider adds, “I think [Willis] was pretty surprised he was replaced in 72 hours by Harrison Ford — a better actor, a much nicer person and a more interesting direction for the film.”
The next installment of The Expendables, with a budget of more than $90 million, is set for release next August by Millenium Films. In addition to Stallone and Ford, the cast includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and Wesley Snipes.
Culled from hollywoodreporter.com
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