Let me be very clear: press conferences for a film with the entire cast on hand are usually a waste of time. All too often, the biggest star gets most of the questions and because it’s a press conference with numerous reporters asking questions, it’s hard to get into a rhythm with the talent. But every once in awhile you get lucky, and that was the case the other day with The Expendables 3 cast and director Patrick Hughes in Los Angeles. While the talent on stage almost equaled the amount of reporters in the room (I’m only slightly exaggerating), the entire event was filled with laughs, smart questions, and everyone on stage had a chance to shine, which is not terribly different from the movie they were there to promote. Like I said on Twitter, The Expendables 3 is a lot of fun and my favorite of the series due in large part to Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas. All three are awesome and Banderas steals every scene he’s in. In addition to the new cast additions, The Expendables 3 has a crazy third act that’s easily the best action scene of the franchise. If you liked the first two, you’ll love the third one.
During the press conference – which featured Sylvester Stallone, Gibson, Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Patrick Hughes – they talked about doing the stunts, future installments in the series, the Stallone vs. Gibson fight scene, Stallone’s thoughts on facing Sin City 2 at the box office, why Jackie Chan wasn’t in the movie, what went on between the takes, and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the press conference.