Surrounded by most of the people who portray his fictional mercenaries, Sylvester Stallone rolled out in Los Angeles the third installment of "The Expendables," a film that revisits the formula of explosions, testosterone and well-known actors that has made the ongoing saga a box-office success.
The multifaceted actor, who suggested that the "Expendables" would be around for a time yet and refused to talk about retirement, said that he returned in "The Expendables 3" to play the commander of a squadron of tough guys hired by the U.S. government to take on highly dangerous missions.
This time around, his team of mercenaries - played by Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Jason Statham - face off against a villain played by Mel Gibson, one of the new faces in the saga, along with Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer and Kellan Lutz.
The film also incorporates a couple of young professional fighters making their debut on the silver screen: UFC champion and Olympic athlete Ronda Rousey and Mexican-American boxer Victor Ortiz.
The cast is rounded out by regulars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li, who admittedly have quite secondary roles and one box-office favorite who did not return for this film was Bruce Willis, who was in the first two movies in the trilogy.
Schwarzenegger, Ford, Li and Banderas did not appear before the media Saturday night in Los Angeles.
"The Expendables" has established itself as the third movie series in Stallone's career, after "Rocky" and "Rambo," a record for an actor who set the task for himself of reviving the action film, an effort that made him a megastar.
His idea has proved itself to be profitable. The first two films in the series brought in almost $600 million worldwide, mainly outside the United States, and everything points to a continuation of that trend when the new sequel hits U.S. movie screens on Aug. 15. EFE