Willis Dropped Out Of EXPENDABLES 3 Over $1 Million-A-Day Paycheck Demand


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-

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.

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Joe Nazzaro
August 8, 2013 8:03 am

It’s probably safe to say Willis really didn’t need the extra million, but figured he could probably get it. He was wrong.

Damon Casantini
August 8, 2013 8:05 am

Never, ever think you’re irreplaceable.

Joe Nazzaro
August 8, 2013 8:11 am

Or, ahem, expendable.

Steve Price
August 8, 2013 8:23 am

Kinda lines up with “greedy and lazy” doesn’t it?

Tom Stroud
August 8, 2013 8:32 am

It’s an ensemble picture. He’s out and won’t be missed.

William Gatevackes
August 8, 2013 8:48 am

Although, in all fairness, Bulgaria.

Steve Price
August 8, 2013 9:00 am

Steve Price liked this on Facebook.

Michael Martin
August 8, 2013 9:00 am

Michael Martin liked this on Facebook.

Logan Niles
August 8, 2013 1:08 pm

he should come work with me if he’s that money-hungry..lol..

John Baldoni
August 8, 2013 1:48 pm

Guess it would be one thing if they really got their ass kicked or shot and wounded like the final cut shows….but behind a blue screen and computer editing, makeup artists and stunt doubles…..seems like greed and a big head showed him the exit door…Real life workers that have no blue screens and people catering to their every vice are satisfied to get 75 cents to a dollar an hour raise a year. Like it or not it’s a business that succeeds from us and I’m a lonely peasant that likes to be entertained

Greg Korin
August 8, 2013 6:38 pm

I told you guys ten years ago he was a dick…

Joe Nazzaro
August 8, 2013 6:39 pm

Google Kevin Smith’s story about working with Bruce Willis. I could tell you a few others, but they were all off the record!

William Gatevackes
August 8, 2013 6:59 pm

We won’t tell!

William Gatevackes
August 8, 2013 7:01 pm

I saw one interview he did on the Red 2 publicity tour that was just obnoxious. His resume doesn’t really call for that kind of attitude.

Roger Samuels
August 8, 2013 8:07 pm

Really who would want to cast him after that move? Unless he jumped in the executive producer position. Even then I would still poop in his soup.

Greg Korin
August 8, 2013 6:37 pm

I told you guys ten years ago he was a dick.