'Expendables 3' filming begins in Bulgaria without Willis

05:00 AM, Aug 19, 2013

Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone arrive at the premiere of 'The Expendables' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Aug. 3, 2010, in Hollywood. Kevin Winter, Getty Images/


Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Sometimes soldiers do get left behind, especially when they are really expensive.

Expendables 3 began principal photography today in Bulgaria without Bruce Willis, who had starred in the first two installments of the action series that grossed nearly $600 million in worldwide box office.

The films had brought new movie life to action stars like Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But after a disagreement with Stallone, Willis will not be joining his comrades-in-arms. TheHollywood Reporter had stated that Willis was demanding $4 million for four days of work.

Greedy and lazy … a sure formula for career failure,” Stallone tweeted after announcing that Willis would not return earlier this month.

Plenty of other actors have stepped forward, including Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford.

Stallone, Lundgren, Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Randy Couture will all return for the third installment, as well.

Gibson will will play Conrad Stonebanks, a ruthless arms dealer who forces Stallone to “bring in a new era of Expendables team members who are … younger, faster and more tech-savvy,” according to a Lionsgate Films release.

Speaking for the younger generation, Twilight’s Kellen Lutz has also joined the cast along with MMA star Ronda Rousey and welterweight boxing champ Victor Ortiz.

Patrick Hughes will direct the film.