Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone are action hero veterans and business partners, who once joined forces to cook up the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain. Now the two former Expendables co-stars are in a stew — and boy is it heating up.
When negotiations for Willis to reprise his role as CIA agent Mr. Church in The Expendables 3 broke down, Stallone, 67, took to Twitter and announced gleefully that Willis, 58, would now not be returning.
“’WILLIS OUT… HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!,” he wrote.
Then in an effort to twist the knife and push it deeper, Stallone followed up with another tweet aimed at Willis, calling the Diehard actor “greedy” and “lazy.”
“GREEDY AND LAZY …… A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE,” tweeted the aging action movie star.
A spokesman for Stallone confirmed the actor had been talking about his former co-star but refused to comment further.
Willis has yet to respond, but some reports suggest that his connection with the Expendables franchise, which has raked in $574 million at the global box office, began on shaky ground.
Apparently, both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kurt Russell turned down the role of Mr. Church before it was offered to Willis — and that didn’t go over too well with the Golden Globe-winning actor.
It’s not clear whether Ford, who stars in the forthcoming films Anchorman: The Legend Continues, Star Wars: Episode VII and Indiana Jones 5, will take over the role of Mr. Church or take on an entirely new character.
Production on The Expendables 3 is set to begin this month for a 2014 release. In addition to Ford, newcomers includes other aging action stars such as Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicholas Cage, and Mel Gibson.