As reported by ManlyMovie.net during the summer, Jason Statham almost drowned during the filming of an action sequence for The Expendables 3. Now Stallone has spoken about the incident with Metro.co.uk: “We had a scene where a truck went out of control and Jason Statham went to the bottom of the river. If all the Expendables had been on that – we were supposed to be on it a minute later – it could have been fatal”. What possibly could have saved Statham’s life is his former career as an Olympic swimmer/diver, as Stallone continues: “We lost a million dollars of equipment in a moment and Jason was unbelievable because he’s in heavy boots and swam to the top.”
Still, Statham was rushed to hospital – possibly procedure, although we know how the Bulgarians embellish things – but returned shortly after to resume filming, as if nothing had happened. This is Chev Chelios we’re talking about people, a true Manly Man. Stallone added: “He was cool. He cleaned off. A lot of people would have said, “I’m done”. I’m just telling you how dangerous this is. This isn’t a little going into a pond. This was off a 12 foot pier, five foot to the bottom.”.
Speaking of The Expendables 3, having looked at the script recently it occurred to me what Stallone meant by an early Expendables 3 Tweet, where he declared his intention to ‘Out-raid the Raid’. More on that this weekend.