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The more I get hurt, the better the movie - Sly

Movie tough guy Sylvester Stallone has described how he suffered one of his most-serious injuries to date as he shot The Expendables 3.

The 68-year-old, best known for playing Rocky and Rambo, joked that the severity of the injuries was related to the quality of his films.


Stallone sustained a back injury as he filmed action scenes for the third instalment of The Expendables.

"I grade the quality of a film by the intensity of the injuries. When I shot Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, I never got hurt," the veteran actor said.

"Through Rambo and The Expendables, I break my neck and my spine and I dislocate both shoulders. In this one here, I end up taking a really bad fall on my back and had some metal put in there. So if you hear any squeaking, it's not my shoes but my back. But I'm getting better."

Stallone was joined by co-stars including Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Kellan Lutz ahead of the film's world premiere in London tonight.

The film is released in cinemas on August 14.