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Stallone says Expendables 4 will be rated R

Sylvester Stallone now regrets making “The Expendables 3” a PG-13 movie.

Speaking to Crave Online for the film’s upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release, Sly remarked that the movie’s disappointing performance at the box office can be attributed to the fact that the film wasn’t R rated.

“Absolutely unequivocally yes,” Stallone said in response to a question about whether “Expendables 4” should return to R. “I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.”

Stallone says he might even consider killing off a character in the next installment – something he’s resisted doing.

“[It’s is a big conflict for me,” says Stallone. “because in an R-rated film it is difficult to believe that none of the heroes die. I personally just believe that the characters become identifiable and their demise could put a dark cloud over an audience exiting the theatre after seeing the film. But that may change in ‘Expendables 4′”

Stallone says the next movie might feature the gang in terrain unnatural to them.

“I have actually entertained the idea of putting the group into such an unnatural environment that it, in an of itself, creates extra suspense and tension: the “fish out of water” scenario. That environment might not be time travel, but nearly just as jarring.”

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