Expendable stars prove that they can still pack a punch
It's the film with more shootings, beatings, and stabbings than every other movie release this year put together.
But Sylvester Stallone was typically unapologetic for the bone-crunching violence in his latest film, 'The Expendables', at last night's premiere in London's West End.
"I always believe the violence is justifiable," he told reporters at the premiere. "In my films I only kill people that need to be killed."
Nonetheless, Hollywood hardman Sylvester Stallone last night said he wants to be a role model to youngsters.
The film has an array of muscle including Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.
Stallone (64) said: "Every generation has to have a hero and this generation has the superhero, it's evolved. But after 'Avatar' it's like, 'Stop, let's go back to basics'.
"Young men need good examples, role-models. I know I do, and I hope I might be one of the influences on young guys."
Stallone claimed the formula for the ultimate action movie was "simple -- heart, energy and humour".
Statham and Lundgren also attended the premiere and were full of praise for their director and co-star.
Lundgren said: "He's pretty tough and he's pretty talented. I worked with him before on 'Rocky IV' 25 years ago. I like working with him."