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“I didn’t refuse”: Jackie Chan Reveals Why He Didn’t Appear in Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables Alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis

“I didn’t refuse”: Jackie Chan Reveals Why He Didn’t Appear in Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables Alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis

With The Expendables franchise putting together every veteran actor on the same team, Jackie Chan was of course invited to the party. The actor, however, has not made an appearance in the franchise to date.

Stating his reasons, the Rush Hour actor stated that he never refused Sylvester Stallone but he felt that it already had too many Hollywood legends in the movie. Jackie Chan admitted that he wouldn’t have mined if it was just a one-on-one battle between Stallone and him but the inclusion of other actors like Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, and, Jean-Claude Van Damme made him back out of the franchise.

Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone and good friends in real life.
Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone and good friends in real life.

Jackie Chan Does Not Have 5 Minutes For Sylvester Stallone

The Expendables, as the name suggests, is a team of fighters that change the world on their bikes and planes. With a star-studded cast of veteran names such as Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and appearances from other veteran actors, the franchise has been liked all around the world for its action scenes and nostalgia.

Talking about another legendary actor, Jackie Chan had already been offered to star in the two sequels of The Expendables films but he did not make an appearance. With The Expendables 4 currently in production, Chan revealed that he had obviously been asked a fourth time to make an appearance.

Jackie Chan.
Jackie Chan.

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In an interview with Den of Geek, Jackie Chan admitted that he found the format of the movies boring and redundant. Stating that there was no point in making an appearance for barely 5 minutes, Chan stated that he did not refuse Sylvester Stallone but he refused the format of the franchise.

“…this morning I did hear – the office called – Sly [Stallone] wants me for Expendables 4. I said, ‘Okay.’ Because they already asked me to be in two and three, but I refused. Well, I didn’t refuse, but I said, ‘Sly, can’t we just do you and me? Not just a bunch of people and me only coming out for five minutes.’ Because then the audience is, ‘Oh!’ And then I’m gone.”

Although the actor does have a point, it would have been good if he made a brief appearance to show some of his martial art moves and then fist-bump every actor on set (kidding). Well, it’s all up to Jackie Chan and his movies since the actor is already considering a sequel to an already-established franchise that made him and Owen Wilson famous in the early 2000s.

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Jackie Chan Wishes For A Shanghai Dawn Movie

Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in Shanghai Knights (2003).
Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in Shanghai Knights (2003).

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In the interview, Jackie Chan also mentioned that he has been talking to other people about a sequel to the 2000s famous movies Shanghai Knights and Shanghai Noon. The franchise had become so successful that it essentially painted Chan and Owen Wilson as notable actors that would be a great duo together.

The actor has been planning Shanghai Dawn and is just waiting for the right people to hear so that the sequel might be possible. It would be indeed a good decision since Chan will have his moment of martial arts and people will also revisit the nostalgia they had 20 years ago when they watched Chan and Wilson have a naked pillow fight together for the first time.

The Expendables and the Shanghai Noon franchise are available to stream on Prime Video.

Source: Cinema Blend

Written by Visarg Acharya

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