If there’s one notable absence thus far from “The Expendables” films, it’s that of Steven Seagal – star of such 1980s/1990s action hits as “Under Siege,” “Executive Decision,” “Hard to Kill” and “Above the Law”.
In a new interview with The Big Issue, he was asked straight up why he hasn’t done one of them yet. His reasoning seems to be entirely personal, though he wouldn’t name names:
“I just didn’t like some of the people involved… Life is too short to work with funny people… There’s good and bad people everywhere and a lot of people in The Expendables I like too. So it’s okay… I like Jason Statham. I like Jet Li, people like that.”
He also touched upon one of the biggest action stars of today, Liam Neeson, and Hollywood’s change from straight action films to ones driven by special effects:
“Times change. There are a lot of different methods of making movies now. They use a lot of special effects. People don’t have to be an action guy or a hero or a martial artist, they just get up there and let everybody spend the money and the time with special effects.
Look at Liam Neeson. He can’t fight, he’s not an action guy at all and he’s getting action movies now, so that should tell you something. He’s a great dramatic actor, a great guy. Is he an action guy? No. Is he a great fighter, a great warrior? No. Let’s be honest. It’s a strange journey. It’s just really, really odd. Just odd”
Asked if they did a third “Under Siege” where would he set it, he responds Russia: “What I want to do is write a movie, which I’ve sorta already done, where Russian special forces and American special forces work together to combat terrorism.”