Sylvester Stallone Promises A PG-13 ‘Expendables’ Film ‘Won’t Happen Again’

David Wangberg

With an unrated version of Expendables 3 coming to Blu-ray and DVD, Sylvester Stallone has admitted that giving the third film in the franchise PG-13 content was a bad idea.

During an interview with Crave Online, Stallone was asked if any of the franchise's possible future entries will be given an R-rating. Stallone said they would, and it was a mistake to give the third film a PG-13 in the first place.

"Absolutely, unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again."
"This is a big conflict for me because, in an R-rated film, it is difficult to believe that none of the heroes die. I personally just believe that the characters become identifiable and their demise could put a dark cloud over an audience exiting the theatre after seeing the film. But that may change in Expendables 4."

— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) August 6, 2013

— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) August 6, 2013

— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) November 18, 2014

"Sly wants me for Expendables 4. I said, 'Okay.' Because they already asked me to be in two and three, but I refused. Well, I didn't refuse, but I said, 'Sly, can't we just do you and me? Not just a bunch of people and me only coming out for five minutes.' Because then the audience is, 'Oh!' And then I'm gone. So, if I'm in Expendables 4, I want it to be me and him -- then it might be interesting."

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