Actor Bruce Willis dropped of “Expendables 3” this week after his demands of $4 million for four days of work on the production were not met. Willis was originally offered $3 million for four consecutive days of work on location in Bulgaria for the film, but this amount was not enough to secure him to the project.
"[Willis] said he'd drop out unless he got $4 million," said a source close to the production, reports The Hollywood Reporter. "A million dollars a day.”
Harrison Ford was cast in less than 72 hours after Willis declined his role in the film. His role will replace Willis’ with an entirely new character to the movies.
"I think [Willis] was pretty surprised he was replaced in 72 hours by Harrison Ford — a better actor, a much nicer person and a more interesting direction for the film," the source said.
Actor Sylvester Stallone, who will be appearing in the movie, made his opinion about Willis’ absence very obvious on Twitter.
"WILLIS OUT … HARRISON FORD IN!!!! GREAT NEWS!!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!," the actor tweeted and then followed up with a second tweet reading "GREEDY AND LAZY . . . A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE."
Willis' reps at CAA declined to comment about his exit from the film.
The next installment of “The Expendables,” with a budget of more than $90 million, is set for release Aug. 15, 2014, by Millenium Films.
The cast for “Expendables 3” not only includes familiar “Expendables” actors like Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but also actors Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Wesley Snipes and Milla Jovovich. Mel Gibson is another casting possibility, but his attachment to the project has not yet been confirmed.
The film will begin shooting this month.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, CBS News, NBC News
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