'The Expendables' Action Hero Icons: 'We Are Young Forever'

'The Expendables 3' opened this weekend starring familiar action hero icons, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

EYES IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk was LIVE at 2014 Cannes Film Festival. She enjoyed 'The Expendables' tank parade along the Croisette - always incredibly busy that time of year. The mega-stars were cheered on by those held up in traffic, and took a moment to grab images of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on their phones and cameras.

Later, Vivian attended The Expendables Press Conference and shares these iconic actors' images and quotes from the press conference.

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The press conference featured almost all of the movie's leads, including returning heroes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren, as well as new recruits Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammar. A producer in the showreel declared them "the best cast assembled for any film ever", and Mel Gibson added, "a pile of icons".

Director Patrick Hughes explained that the cast took much pride in doing as many of their own stunts as possible, despite their advancing years, with Stallone adding: "We put the pain in and it pays off."

Stallone said, there are only "15 action heroes – real serious ones – in history...I think the hardest thing in the world is to find [an action hero] because it's an indefinable thing that what makes the audience like a person – it's not a matter of muscles. A lot of action heroes aren't particularly muscular or good-looking; it's something that's almost intangible."

Sylvester Stallone said he'd know it was time to retire, "when you wake up in the morning and you turn around and your ass falls off". It's not yet, however: "We are children with arthritis," he said. "We are young forever."

Stallone said, "...I believe we finally got it right on the third one – kind of like marriage."

Stallone, in his third marriage since 1997, said the rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1980s was both frustrating and useful. "We are very, very similar in many ways," he said. "It's almost like Ali and Frazier. We came along at the right time in the same business. Then you get older and wiser and you realize: thank God for Arnold – he made me work harder."

Added Schwarzenegger: "That competition developed organically. And then all of a sudden it was: who has bigger muscles? Who is using bigger guns? Who is killing people in the most efficient way? Who's killing most people in the movies? It was like: 'I killed 49 people, how about you?' 'Oh I just killed 78 people.' It was a competition."

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Image credit: Vivian Van Dijk

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Originally published during the Cannes Film Festival, May 19, 2014.

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