Sylvester Stallone has spoken a lot more to Entertainment Weekly about the pivotal five-minute scene in “The Expendables” featuring him, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The church-set scene has Willis’ nasty antagonist summoning Stallone’s macho mercenary to finally meet him face-to-face, take measure of him, and possibly hire him for a death-defying mission. But just as the meeting gets under way and smartass smalltalk is made, in walks another killer-for-hire – Stallone’s longtime rival, who Willis has also invited to this job interview – Arnie.
Stallone says “We [him and Schwarzenegger’s characters] have a history together. And we go back and forth and I tell him that I should have shot him a long time ago when I had the chance. Then it goes on from there. And here we are, the three of us trying to man up to one another, playing off of who we are, using our baggage in this one scene.”