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Stallone says sanitised PG-13 'Expandables 3' was a mistake

Expect Expendables 4 to return to a harder R.

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Ben Gourlay
Published Tue, Nov 25 2014 12:16 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

This year's third entry in the "Expendables" franchise was lambasted (and rightly so) for the studio chasing extra dollars by sanitising the hard R rating of the first two films for the sake of getting more kids in the theater. Now, star Sylvester Stallone has owned up to the mistake, in a new interview with CraveOnline.

Stallone says sanitised PG-13 'Expandables 3' was a mistake | TweakTown.com

'Expendables 3' was a financial disappointment for Lionsgate films, grossing $100 million less than its predecessor, despite their intentions. Asked about whether the third entry should have been released as a PG-13, Stallone responded:

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.

So there we have it. Expect 'Expendables 4' (don't worry - it's coming) to return to a hard and gritty R rating.

Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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