Bruce Willis has been replaced by Harrison Ford for the upcoming Expendables 3 movie. Shooting for the film was supposed to begin next month in Bulgaria, but a Twitter announcement by Sylvester Stallone confirmed that Willis won't be making the journey. Stallone slammed the Die Hard star as "greedy" and "lazy," while sources close to The Expendables franchise claim that Willis demanded an outrageous salary to appear in the film.
Willis originally agreed to receive $3 million for just four days of work on the film, but a source told The Hollywood Reporter that he demanded $1 million per day at the last moment. Stallone and everyone involved on the film reportedly balked at the outrageous request, having him replaced by Harrison Ford within 72 hours. While it appeared that the relationship between Willis and the rest of the cast was copasetic until this point, a vicious tweet by Stallone seems to confirm otherwise.
Yesterday, Stallone slammed Willis on Twitter just moments after announcing the cast replacement for The Expendables 3. "GREAT NEWS!!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!" Stallone tweeted. "GREEDY AND LAZY... A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE." A spokesman for Stallone confirmed that the tweet was written by the actor and referencing Willis, but refused to comment any further.
It's unclear why Willis would demand so much money, given that he has a reported net worth of $150 million. He has demanded and received salaries in excess of $20 million for at least four of his movies in the last 15 years, including a staggering $25 million for the 2007 film Live Free or Die Hard. His latest film,RED 2, was released last month and has already raked in $76 million at the box office.
The Expendables films have been one of the most commercially successful franchises of this decade. The initial film, released in 2010, grossed over $274 million at the box office and was nominated for Best Action/Adventure Film at the Saturn Awards. The sequel, released last August, did even better, both critically and financially, earning over $312 million in ticket sales.
The movie is scheduled to be released next year. Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes and Milla Jovovich have all been slated for roles in the movie, while Mel Gibson has also reportedly received a small part.