On Tuesday, Sylvester Stallone tweeted the news that Bruce Willis had dropped out from participating in The Expendables 3 and that Harrison
Ford had been added to the cast. Much attention was given to Ford’s part of the story, but not so much to Willis’, which begged the question why did he drop out of the film?
Turns out, perhaps unsurprisingly, the issue was over money, specifically $1 million. Stallone had offered Willis a paycheck of $3 million for the actor to go to Bulgaria to shoot his role over four consecutive days. But the Die Hard franchise star countered that he would do it for $4 million or not at all, so Stallone let him walk. Stallone then reached out to Ford, who seemed more than happy to take the job.
This confirms the speculation that Stallone was referring to Willis on Tuesday when he followed up the casting news about Ford with the following tweet-
GREEDY AND LAZY …… A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) August 6, 2013
A source for the Hollywood Reporter told the industry outlet that Willis was probably surprised to see his negotiating tactic backfire on him after participating in the first two Expendables films.
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.
Reading between the lines on this news, it sounds as if Ford’s character will be stepping into what ever plot function that Willis’ character was marked for. I would suspect that a short, quick rewrite will change the character just enough to tailor it for Ford.
Expendables 3 is set to start filming later this month for a release in August next year.