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Sylvester Stallone Not So Subtly Says Mel Gibson Will Be In ‘The Expendables 3’

Sylvester Stallone Not So Subtly Says Mel Gibson Will Be In 'The Expendables 3'

Sylvester Stallone is rounding up his latest batch of actors for “The Expendables 3,” and that means a return to nostalgic casting, likely performed by spinning a circular rack of ’80s VHS titles and headbutting a winner. Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, and Mickey Rourke were the latest names to join up, proving a victory after Chan hesitated before, and now another star discussed early on is getting some screen time as well.

A rumor hit the web near the beginning of the third installment’s development that Stallone approached actor Mel Gibson to direct the picture; whatever veracity that claim holds, “Red Hill” helmer Patrick Hughes got the gig after all, but the story doesn’t end there. Earlier this week, Stallone took to Twitter for a rather unambiguous announcement, stating, “Mad Max vs. Barney Ross,” referring to his “Expendables” character and one of Gibson’s biggest roles.

The “Lethal Weapon” star already has a villain role coming up in Robert Rodriguez‘s “Machete Kills,” so along with his straight-to-DVD effort “Get The Gringo” and his scrapped role in “The Hangover: Part Two,” it looks like Gibson will be continuing to indulge his darker side against Stallone’s crew (with Milla Jovovich also involved) before pushing forward with his long-gestating Viking drama, “Berserker” (fingers crossed that’s still happening). [Film Drunk]

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