Thanks to the way junkets work, you sometimes end up with the oddest combination of people in a room, and that was certainly the case when I attended the press day for "The Expendables 3" and found myself sitting across from Kelsey Grammer and Randy Couture.
In general, it's been a pretty strange summer for Kelsey Grammer. I spoke with him when I was in Hong Kong about his work in "Transformers: Age Of Extinction," and he also had a featured role in "Think Like A Man 2." In "The Expendables 3," Grammer plays Bonaparte, the guy who Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) turns to when he's putting a new team together. He's like an agent for badass mercenaries. We discussed how wide a net he's cast this year with the roles that he's been playing, and he seems to be in a great mood about all of it.
I'll be honest… this is one of those interviews where I don't remember much of what we said. I was so entertained by the pairing of the two of them that we just dealt with that right up front and even they acknowledged that the film leads to some odd bedfellows.
That's sort of the way the movie plays, too. It's just one excuse after another to put these weird groups of people in rooms to see what happens. Jet Li, Harrison Ford, and Antonio Banderas? Sure. Why not? We talked a bit about incorporating the younger cast into the ensemble, but for the most part, this is just a few minutes of shooting the shit, an appropriate homage to the film.
"The Expendables 3" is in theaters tomorrow.