Jackie Chan has impressed a global audience with his impeccable martial arts skills and innovative stunts, which he majorly performs by himself
. His comic timing and mind-blowing action sequences got him on the list of the most popular action stars of all time. Given that he has collaborated with top-notch stars of his genre, he is yet to be seen in the popular Expendables franchise.
Action-star, Jackie Chan
It features an ensemble cast and frequent veteran actors however, Chan a globally influential star is yet to be featured in the franchise. The actor had turned down the offer from them four times.
Jackie Chan Wanted One-on-One Faceoff With Sylvester Stallone in Expendables 4
With Expendables 4 coming closer to its release date, fans are excited to see veteran stars, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture reprising their roles. Apart from them, the movie has already added new cast members featuring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, Eddie Hall, Iko Uwais, and Andy Garcia.
It is quite exciting for fans to their favorite stars coming together to bring their charm to action flicks. But, the franchise is yet to bring Jackie Chan on screen. While they did tried their best to convince him, his request to join the fourth installment might have been quite difficult to comply with.
As per his 2014 interview with Den of Geek, he was approached for the fourth installment however he turned down the offer.
“Then this morning I did hear – the office called – Sly [Stallone] 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.”
He wanted a face-off with just the Rocky star but the inclusion of a star-studded cast in addition to a small screen time was what made him take a step back from the film.
Jackie Chan Was Offered to Be in Expendables 2 & 3
It was reported that Stallone really wanted him to be a part of the franchise which is why they even approached him for the fourth time in the upcoming film but it was of no avail.
This was not the first time when the duo was unable to collaborate on a project as the Hong-Kong-based martial artist was offered an antagonist role opposite Stallone in Demolition Man. However, he turned down the offer. They even planned to unite in the Chinese action film, X-Traction. This time, the Tulsa King star backed out with John Cena taking over his role.
The Expendables 4 is scheduled to be released in the United States on September 22, 2023.