Interview: ‘The Expendables 3′ star Sylvester Stallone nowhere near ready to retire

Sylvester Stallone is pumped about the third "Expendables" movie coming out. Credit: Getty Images
Sylvester Stallone is pumped about the third “Expendables” movie coming out.
Credit: Getty Images

As head Expendable, Sylvester Stallone has never been one for too much humility, and given the success of his “Grumpy Old Men with Guns” franchise, he has no need to be. That can lead to some pretty impressive statements from Sly. Here are some of our favorites from his “Expendables 3″ press tour.

On whether he has considered retirement:
“Why? I’m not ready to sit at home and play with Pomeranians 12 hours a day. I’m just not ready. Remember in old vaudeville, there was a cane that came out and snatched you off the stage? Well, I’m waiting for that. Until they just hook me off the stage, that’s it.”

On working with the new, younger members of the cast:
“I remember the first time I came out here. I was like these guys. I get on the elevator and there’s Paul Newman. And you’re not prepared for it. You think you’re prepared for it. And then you wonder if they feel the same way about us. I’m sure they do.”

On the departure of Bruce Willis from the franchise:
“What happened with Bruce Willis? Well, things didn’t work out and then Harrison Ford came along. It’s just the way it is. It’s nothing personal. It sounded like it got personal and I’m sorry it did sound that way, but it was just actors talking and things move on.”

On opening around the same time as “Sin City: a Dame to Kill For,” which features Willis (and former “Expendables” cast member Mickey Rourke):
“Oh, ‘Sin City’? I must crush you.”

On aging in general:
“Age is a state of ‘old’ mind. It gets to a point where if you get old enough you forget how old you are, and that’s the best thing. You walk around, kind of like in a fog. So you really don’t know how old you are until you find yourself watching ‘The Teletubbies’ drunk one night and you’re like, ‘I’m really f**ked up’.”

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