With Bruce Willis now as good as onboard â€˜â€™The Expendablesâ€™â€™ (whoops, did I say that out loud!? Truth of the matter is, theyâ€™re trying to squeeze Brunoâ€™s cameo in around the actorâ€™s schedule on â€œA Couple of Dicksâ€), and a cast list that includes such strapping fisticuff pupils as Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren, Sylvester Stalloneâ€™s ostensibly managed to sway every living, breathing action icon into his elongated protein shake commercialâ€¦. Well, all but a couple.
Jackie Chan (surprisingly, since he and Sly are apparently as tight as a teenage bandie), Jean Claude Van-Damme (who knocked back an offer to play a role because he didnâ€™t feel heâ€™d get enough face time) and Wesley Snipes (busy doing pantomimes in prison) arenâ€™t in there; neither is pony tailed kick-dragon Steven Seagal. And actually, thereâ€™s an interesting story there.
The â€œUnder Siegeâ€ star was recently offered the chance to join the production (as a goodie or baddie? I donâ€™t know), but despite his friendship with Stallone, ultimately nixed the offer. Why? Well, it had nothing to do with screen time or scheduling, but more to do with who was producing the flick â€“ one Avi Lerner.
â€œThereâ€™s too much bad blood between themâ€, says a source close to the actor, who confirmed the Seagal rumour.
Seagal was screwed over by the infamous Lerner a few years back, and just doesnâ€™t want to be a part of anything thatâ€™ll put money in that guy’s pocket, we were informed.
Seagal and Lerner made quite a few films together including â€œMercenary for Justiceâ€, â€œToday You Dieâ€ and the recent, â€œKill Switchâ€ â€“ but for numerous reasons have fell out. Had â€œThe Expendablesâ€ had happened a year or two ago, itâ€™s quite likely Seagal wouldâ€™ve been in it.