Although 80s action hero Chuck Norris’ return to the big screen was most triumphant, it would seem that once was enough for the actor. According to Cinema Blend, the Delta Force star has no interest in returning to the franchise for the next inevitable installment. For Norris fans across the globe, that’s severely disappointing news.
During an recent interview with Access Hollywood, Norris admitted that his experience with the franchise begins and ends with The Expendables 2.
“Nope. Just number 2. This is it for me. Oh, yeah. This is very special,” he explained. “Just to be able to do the film with guys I’ve known for many, many years. To get a chance to get in and fight with them, it was a lot of fun. Plus getting a chance to meet Terry Crews, who I hadn’t met before. And Jason Statham, whom I hadn’t met before. It was fun just to do that.”
Despite experiencing quite a bit of success with The Expendables 2, Norris is clearly done with the franchise, though he didn’t give a clear reason why he’s not coming back for more. The folks over at Indiewire speculate that the R-rated nature of the film could have clashed with the staunch right-winger’s family-friendly sensibilities.
Shortly before the film’s scheduled release, Norris was reportedly none too pleased with the film’s vulgar dialogue and claimed that producers were working to clean the film up for a PG-13 rating. Of course, The Expendables 2 made it into North American theaters with its R-rating intact, which may not have settled well with the film’s conservative co-star.
Since the film skyrocketed to the top of the domestic box office, The Expendables 3 is already rumored to be in the works. Producer Avi Lerner claims to have snagged Nicolas Cage for the next sequel and is interested in getting Clint Eastwood, Wesley Snipes, and Harrison Ford on-board as well. Although Snipes might be game, Ford and Eastwood might be a little harder to convince.
Would you watch The Expendables 3 if Chuck Norris isn’t involved?