Sly film gets muscle-bound premiere
Published 04/08/2010 | 10:08
Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke were out in force to beef up the premiere of The Expendables in Hollywood.
Hundreds of fans packed out Hollywood Boulevard to see the stars of Sly's action hero-fest walk the red carpet.
Die Hard star Bruce surprised the crowd by showing up at the last minute, and he admitted Stallone hadn't needed to do much convincing to get him on board.
"He just asked and we're friends," he told reporters.
But the actor joked he wouldn't take on any of his fellow action stars in a real-life battle.
"I wouldn't do it, I'm scared to death that I have to go up and stand next to them right now!" he laughed, before heading in to introduce the film.
Mickey Rourke was also in good humour, joking how he'd had a miserable time working under the direction of Stallone. "Terrible, terrible, he's a monster," he laughed.
Sylvester, who co-wrote, directs and stars, teased he'd struggled to bring the shoot under control in New Orleans. "It was a nightmare, I didn't sleep for days!" he laughed.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's brief appearance in the film was enough to bring a protest to the premiere. Mingling with film fans, protesters unhappy over the sweeping redundancies in the bankrupt state held up signs addressed to the Governor of California, saying things like "State workers are not Expendable" and "Arnold - terrible actor, worse governor".
The Terminator star was rumoured to be in attendance but didn't walk the red carpet.