Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger will share the spotlight in "The Expendables", and on Saturday, October 24, those three came together to shoot for their scene. Through Ethelmae's Blog, publicist Maria Lascala has provided detailed description on where the filming took place and how it went.
Lascala noted that the set was set up "in Hollywood at the Hollywood Presbyterian church on Gower, which is about a 35 minute drive from Hermosa Beach". She went on describing, "Bruce looked amazing - very fit, beautiful bald head and that smirky smile. Sly looked relaxed but definitely ready to put this puppy to bed. Arnold had a stogie in his mouth, a giant watch on his arm and was constantly making jokes."
The three stars reportedly rehearsed the scene a couple of times before heading off to wardrobe and make-up. "At 8:10am with three cameras rolling the biggest action icons of our time went to work," she continued. "I thought it was electric in Brazil when all of The Expendables stepped on set - but today was atomic!!!! The whole crew was mesmerized as we watched the three of them play off of each other in a pivotal scene that sets up the whole movie."
While Lascala didn't share much details on the scene itself, she did write that "Arnold's character is Trench and Bruce is Church". She also mentioned that "the scene was shot in an empty church without extras and minimal set dec and it has tension and humor - what more can a girl ask for! Sly was in top form as a director today and was in total command."
"Bruce and Arnold were consummate professionals at all times - we got through the scene quickly without compromise. In 6 hours we did wide shots, close-ups, turned around ... the whole nine yards ... pretty impressive. Very Clint Eastwood."
"The Expendables" centers on a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Soon after their mission begins, the group led by Barney Ross realizes things aren't quite as they appear and find themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal.
Directed and penned by its leading star Sylvester Stallone, the movie has Steve Austin, Dolph Lundgren, Brittany Murphy, Charisma Carpenter and Randy Couture among the star-studded cast ensemble. It targets a U.S. release on August 20, 2010.