Well, at the moment it seems like it is false info. The people at www.manlymovie.net is said to now the release date of the full trailer, and one of them said that it is alse info. So we will see by next week if they are right.
Although, www.deadline.com has revealed that some footage will be shown at Cannes May 18th, so either way we will get to see more footage within the next two weeks
Millennium Films president Mark Gill tells me the day will start with a screening of footage from the movie, followed by the action brigade arriving at the Carlton Hotel for a press conference and photo call.
Collider: How did you get involved with this project? Was this something where Sylvester Stallone came to you and pitched it to you?
BANDERAS: I ran into him in a parking lot a couple of years ago, believe it or not. We did Assassins and we kept ourselves in contact. We became friends because we had a great time doing that movie with Dick Donner. He said to me, “Man, you have to come and you have to do something.” And I said, “Just write something for me, but I don’t wanna do a villain.” He said, “You don’t wanna do a villain?” I said, “I don’t want to just be dead and have you guys laughing at me in number 4. I wanna be a good guy.” So he said, “Let me think about that.” So, I did a movie in Bulgaria that I co-produced with my Spanish company and Millennium, called Autómata, which is a completely different animal than this. It’s an art movie about science fiction. It’s a scientific and philosophical concept called singularity, about the moment in which machines overcome human beings. And so, I was in the area when they put together The Expendables, and Sly knew about that, so he contacted me and said, “Man, please read this and feel free to just tell me what you think about the character and if you wanna change things.” So I took it and read it, and I definitely did some changes. I changed even the name of character. And so, I started sending things that I wrote and he accepted them, and I said, “Okay.” So, that’s how we connected.
What was the original name of the character?
BANDERAS: It was Matador, and I have heard that name so many times, with so many characters that I have been offered. I said, “No. Matador, no. We have to do something different.” So “galgo” means greyhound. It’s a very fast dog. Galgo sounds easy and good in English, so they accepted it. And another thing I said to him is, “Sly, you have to give me the possibility to make some comedy here.” The whole entire project, and how the concept is created, I don’t see it as a very realistic approach to action. We’re not doing the type of thing that is very realistic and goes through certain narrative rules and cinematic rules. This goes in a completely different direction. And he said to me, “You do whatever you wanna do and we will decide it, as we go. If we’re going in the right direction, we’ll talk.” So I took over the character with that idea, and I ended up improvising a lot, which is not easy for me, believe me, ‘cause it’s not my language. But I think that actually adds some comedy, too. So, I am the type of pain in the ass guy who never stops talking and where everyone’s rolling eyes when he arrives, but at the end, he’s tender and has some kind of past story that actually makes him lovable, in some way. How does he come into the story and end up with these guys? BANDERAS: He’s a mercenary. He is a guy who has been with a uniform in the Spanish army for a long time, in places of combat like Kosovo and Afghanistan and places like that. But something happened to him, that you will see in the movie, that takes him out of that. And so, he becomes a solitary man. Knowing the existence of the expendables, he’s trying to approach them, by any means, but he never got the possibility. In fact, when Sly Stallone’s character breaks up with the rest of the group, there’s the possibility to actually approach him, but he’s rejected. But, he doesn’t stop there. He keeps going and going and going and going and going, until he’s finally in the group. He shows his skills and suddenly they say, “We’re gonna give you an opportunity.” That’s the way that he gets into the group. He wins his way inside the group by the actions that he does in the movie, basically.
How did you prepare for this role? Did you have to do anything special for this kind of project?
BANDERAS: You have to be in good shape, basically. And then, you have to have a certain craziness, if you’re going to do some of the action things. I did something that I shouldn’t have done. I’m in my 60s now, and just running almost 50 meters with explosives going on, it was kind of like, “Oh, my god! What am I doing here?” The whole entire building was shaking, and stuff like that. But, you do it. At the same time, I just wanna do it if I have the possibility of laughing a little bit at myself. In this particular concept of a movie, if I were doing something that can be catalogued as action, but is more serious and based on real events, I probably would approach it in a completely different way. But in this particular case, I asked Sly, who is the creator of this saga, and he said, “Yes, go there. Let’s see what happens, and we’ll just model it.” I think at some point, he was a little bit scared of how far I was going with the comedy. But I saw him at an after party, the night before the Oscars, and he said, “I have to confess, I thought you could become crazy when you were working there, but now that I have seen the result, it’s pretty good.” So I said, “All right, good. You’re not gonna kill me?” He said, “No, I’m not gonna kill you, man.” That was my bet. That’s what I asked him for, and he gave it to me. I had a tremendous amount of freedom to do it, which is not normal and doesn’t happen. I never had that when I was doing Zorro. It was more strict with the script and the idea we had. And it was the same with Desperado, and all of the action movies that I have done in my career. But in this particular case, they allowed me to rewrite a lot of stuff and they practically approved of everything I brought.
What weapons did you get to use in this? Are there weapons that are specific to your character?
BANDERAS: Well, he didn’t stop talking. It’s impossible. He’s a headache. Every time he arrives, it’s a weapon of destruction of words. And practically everything was improvised. These guys are traveling for seven hours in a plane, and he doesn’t stop for a second. These guys are trying to sleep. But at the end, you discover that there is a pain hidden somewhere in this guy and everything that he’s doing is almost like a shield to protect himself. It’s almost like he imposes himself being like that because he cannot stop. The moment that he stops, all this pain comes back to him, and so he imposes for himself this rhythm of life and this rhythm for non-stop talking and non-stop thinking. He just goes ahead. He can’t stop and reflect how he became what he became because of he does, he’s lost.
What sort of actual weapons does your character use?
BANDERAS: I have a rifle, and I use a lot of fighting skills that I learned years ago. I tried to do as much as I could. I have certain abilities. I think I am good in the department of body language and fighting, and stuff like that. It’s just natural to me, maybe because I love sports. As long as you have a good choreographer for that, and we did, it’s relatively easy to get into that world, for me. So, I did it like that in Zorro and in Desperado, or other movies I have done where I have to employ a certain action and physicality.
In regard to The Expendables 3, who did you get to do the most scenes with in the film?
BANDERAS: Well, I worked with everybody because we’re a squad and basically we are together. But mostly I was working with Sly and Jason [Statham], and then with the group.
What was it like to be on set with so many action stars? Do you have any cool behind the scenes stories, or was there any friendly on-set competition going on?
BANDERAS: There was no competition. It’s just weird when you arrive to set and you see the chairs for everybody. There was one for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes. And you see your chair over there. But the only one that didn’t have weights was mine. Everybody else had weights by their chairs, and just lifting weights the whole entire day. I was like, “Oh, man! These guys!” It’s history, what was there. The truth is that. The extraordinary force and mind of a guy called Sly Stallone, who everybody said, “Oh, he’s probably finished,” I said, “Really? I don’t think so.” To be an action hero at almost 70 years old, I tip my hat in front of this man who has been reinventing himself again, and again, and again. He’s definitely a legend, like the rest of the cast. Just to be invited to that group of people, for me, is beautiful, especially because I am not an action hero. That is not the only thing I did in my career. Many people know me because of my work with Pedro Almodóvar, or theater or films that I have done, aside from that. But, that was a part of my career that I embrace. I loved movies like Zorro and Desperado and The 13th Warrior, and other movies like that, that I have done and that contain some action, but it’s not the only thing that I do. But to be with all of these guys that represent a lot to the Hollywood industry, is an honor.
What was it like to work with Patrick Hughes as your director, on set and during pre-production?
BANDERAS: I wouldn’t like to be him. It’s not an easy thing to have so many stars on set. But, he seemed to be managing beautifully. He has a great sense of humor, and he’s open to receiving ideas. He established a great relationship with the creator, who is Sly Stallone, which was fundamental. If you don’t understand each other, he would have been having a lot of trouble. But they seemed to understand each other, perfectly. They were planning everything, and he was open, even to tell Sly sometimes, “You have to do this.” I like that. And I think that’s what Sly is looking for, too. He needs somebody who actually brings him some objectivity about what he’s doing, and I think he did it very well.
How was the experience of filming in Bulgaria?
BANDERAS: They have all the facilities that you need and everything that you need to make a movie. The studios are growing very fast, and they have these new soundstages. As the years are passing, the teams, technicians, and everybody who is working there is getting more and more prepared, more ready, and they are very good at what they do. It’s actually very easy to work like that. And Millennium is probably the biggest independent company in the world. It operates almost like a studio.
If this chapter is anything like teh first two its gonna rock...like i said its great that there bring back the older actors and ones that seem to have been out of action for an while ..counting the days down ...
I really dont care if it is PG13. As long as the acting, fight scenes and action is delivered good, then fine by me I dont necessarily need f-words and lots of blood to make an action movie good for me
Sly also said at the beginning that EX2 would be Pg13, and still it ended up rated R, and was a good movie. So we'll see what happens. But like i said, I really dont care ..