That's right, Chuck Norris, who garners some of the loudest applause in The Expendables 2 when he steps out of the smoke to single-handedly eviscerate a small army, is limiting himself to just this one appearance in the franchise. Here is the video of his announcement on Access Hollywood, followed by his comments.
About returning in The Expendables 3, Chuck Norris had this to say.
Some of you may remember that it was Chuck Norris who started the PG-13 rumor, saying that he wouldn't be in the film if it was R rated. Which it eventually was. It's not known if the overt violence, bloodshed, and swearing is what is keeping him away from further installments in this hit action franchise.
Sylvester Stallone and company are looking to replace Chuck Norris with a number of big name oldies, including Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, and the bones of ol' John Wayne. Personally, we're rooting for the return of Kurt Thomas in hopes that he can recreate his famous pommel horse scene from Gymkata in taking out the bad guys!
The Expendables 3 comes to theaters August 15th, 2014 and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes.
The Expendables 2 was released August 17th, 2012 and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film is directed by Simon West.