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Antonia Banderas and Wesley Snipes Bring Their Bromance to A reddit AMA

By Jodi Smith | Lists | August 4, 2014 |

By Jodi Smith | Lists | August 4, 2014 |

Explosive nut-buster The Expendables 3 will punch its way into theaters on August 15th. Stars Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes were kind enough to bring the final trailer to their joint reddit AMA. Enjoy the trailer and then seek immediate medical attention, because you are definitely knocked up.

I agree, Mel Gibson. We should have killed you when we had the chance. AT ANY RATE, here are some questions and answers from the reddit AMA.

Why have you two never fought in an action film? El Mariachi vs Neil Shaw

WS: I don’t know. We’ve never done a movie together. It’s been TOO DAMN LONG! A travesty! I want to quit, but I like it too much. Yeah, I think this is something we need to do. But we are lovers, we don’t fight. Yes.
AB: I totally agree. Everybody knows that we are lovers now!
WS: I accept you for who you are, it’s okay.

What were the stunts like while filming Expendables 3? Did you guys do most of your own?

AB: We used The Extendables….No, but yes, we did a lot of our own stunts. The actors always say that, but it’s never the truth. But we SAY that. I did more than Wesley!
WS: No he didn’t. I did all your other ones. Tell the truth.
AB: You didn’t want to break a nail. Because I don’t care about my nails, I did my own stunts.
WS: Well, I’m a THESPIAN. Whether I do my own stunts or not, I CLAIM them. I claim all of the stunts that I do. I claim everyone else’s stunts.

Puss in Boots vs. Blade. Who would win in a battle?

AB: PUSS IN BOOTS. His eyes are the MOST IMPORTANT WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION in the whole world right now. With his eyes, he can defeat entire action heroes, anything!

Who would win in an arm wrestling match? Arnold vs. Sly and Wesley vs. Antonio?

AB: In a contest? ANY of them will defeat me in an arm wrestling contest. I will lose with all of them. If you see the poster, they hide me BEHIND of them, so they don’t show my muscles, all you can see is my face, and I am smiling a lot. But I am bringing the comedy side of the movie, you know? My muscles are somewhere else.
WS: He’s lying. I would lose to Antonio. Because he’s Spanish, that’s why. He’s a Spanish guy, and you have to lose to the spanish guy. He’s very strong. He’s veryverystrong.

Mr. Snipes, With the return of the high-budget, old-school action films such as the Expendables, is it possible that we’ll see a Demolition Man 2 somehow?

WS: MMMMMMMNo? Idon’tthinkso…Na. I don’t think so. Plus he got frozen and his head kicked off and shot into a thousand pieces! That’s a hard comeback to make.


Hi Antonio, there is quite a number of interesting spanish horror/sci-fi/mystery movies. Automata seems to be one of them, what is it like? Are we gonna see you in others such films in the future?

AB: Automata is, you know, my baby. And why I say that is because I produced the movie, besides being also the star of it. It’s actually an approach to science fiction in a very european way, in an independent way, it’s a movie about concept that is philosophical, scientific concept called singularity, which is the time in which machines actually overcome the human mind. So it’s a very reflective philosophical science fiction, going back to the science fiction I love, like Isaac Asimov. That’s the type of movie we tried to do. It will be presented at San Sebastian Film Festival in competition.

Question for either one of you, or both…Have you ever been Star Struck by another actor? And if so, Which actor was it? Thank You!

WS: This is Antonio: I saw Wesley Snipes, and I Could NOT belieff my eyes! It was like a star, walking on the earth. I was like OH MY GOD.
WS: This is Wesley: When I saw Wesley, i was like “OH MY GOD THIS GUY IS AMAZING”
WS: You know the cat that really bugged me out? When I looked over and saw Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson. Mel Gibson is MY MAN, I’m a big fan of his, and I looked over and had to pinch myself and say “Wow, I am working with Mel Gibson.” It was one of those moments. And James Coburn, may he rest in peace, when I first met him, it was kismet. A revelation. It was transcendent AND divergent. It was a conflux of particles.

Mr. Snipes, my name is also Wesley. What is your favorite thing about being named Wesley? Also, did you and Woody ever get a chance to go 1on1 when filming WHITE MEN CANT JUMP and if so, what was the outcome?

WS: Yes. I think me & Woody are going to do another movie together, another confidence game type movie planned. We’ll pull off at least one more, maybe 2, maybe 3. And Wesley, why do I like the name? Because my mommy gave it to me? It’s a very popular English name, actually! Wesley rhymes with Best-ley, and Leslie.

@Antonio- do you secretly hate Gael Garcia Bernal or Javier Bardem for trying to have a sexier Spanish name than you?

AB: Hmm. I wouldn’t do that. I’m not giving them any secrets at all, you know? They have to find that from themselves, and that’s it. I’m not sharing any-THING! But they can use my perfume. And that will help them get what they want.


What is the best/funniest practical joke you have seen happen on the set?

WS: OH MAN. Well one time when we were filming TO WONG FOO, John Leguizamo had a brand-new dog that was kind of schizophrenic? And he kept bringing it to set, and the dog would just bug out, it would bark at everybody, chase its tail, lie there and shake and quiver, so one day the dog got kidnapped. I’m not going to say WHO kidnapped the dog, but it was found tied up to a post where someone could not find it for a couple of hours, about 7. John had a nervous breakdown, and the DOG had a nervous breakdown. It was never the same again.

How do you make friends and establish relationships with people without worrying that they only want to be close to you because of your fame and money?

AB: It’s difficult. It’s very difficult. You never know. Sometimes it’s very clear, you know what they want, and sometimes they are very smart and you don’t realize actually what they were looking for is something that they think that you have because of the celebrity-thing, until very late, until it’s too late sometimes. It’s part of the price that you have to pay to be a professional in this world. And I am willing to pay it, you know? I shouldn’t complain. In fact, I don’t, you know, about anything that has happened in my life. I’m a very fortunate life, you look at the world today, it’s so confused and so violent, and the situations that life has sent me, it’s just the price that you have to pay, I just accept it. It makes you, you know, a little bit more observant of the people who approach you. It’s not always comfortable. You have to analyze more than normal.

Do you have any behind the camera memories from filming Demolition Man?

WS: Well, I can tell you this - you know the little space cars we were supposed to be driving around in the movie? Well the new ones actually had no seats and had no way to turn or reverse. So literally we were sitting on milk crates, when you see us driving the car, and when we had to reset the cars to one at the starting point, they had to have guys to push the cars BACKWARDS because NONE of them had reverse in them! Big budget moviemaking at its finest.

WS: Hey hey people - sorry we had to ride, you know? But let’s meet up at the movie theater, come and see us in Expendables next Friday, and popcorn’s on me!
p.s. Antonio is very selfish so he left early, so I apologize for heem, now and I will tell heem about heemself.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.