Exclusive : Expendables Under Siege

With Bruce Willis now as good as onboard ‘’The Expendables’’ (whoops, did I say that out loud!? Truth of the matter is, they’re trying to squeeze Bruno’s cameo in around the actor’s schedule on “A Couple of Dicks”), and a cast list that includes such strapping fisticuff pupils as Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren, Sylvester Stallone’s ostensibly managed to sway every living, breathing action icon into his elongated protein shake commercial…. Well, all but a couple.

Jackie Chan (surprisingly, since he and Sly are apparently as tight as a teenage bandie), Jean Claude Van-Damme (who knocked back an offer to play a role because he didn’t feel he’d get enough face time) and Wesley Snipes (busy doing pantomimes in prison) aren’t in there; neither is pony tailed kick-dragon Steven Seagal. And actually, there’s an interesting story there.

The “Under Siege” star was recently offered the chance to join the production (as a goodie or baddie? I don’t know), but despite his friendship with Stallone, ultimately nixed the offer. Why? Well, it had nothing to do with screen time or scheduling, but more to do with who was producing the flick – one Avi Lerner.

“There’s too much bad blood between them”, says a source close to the actor, who confirmed the Seagal rumour.

Seagal was screwed over by the infamous Lerner a few years back, and just doesn’t want to be a part of anything that’ll put money in that guy’s pocket, we were informed.

Seagal and Lerner made quite a few films together including “Mercenary for Justice”, “Today You Die” and the recent, “Kill Switch” – but for numerous reasons have fell out. Had “The Expendables” had happened a year or two ago, it’s quite likely Seagal would’ve been in it.


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