The Expendables 3” opened in theaters on Aug. 15 and has a star-studded cast that blows away the lineup of the other two. Returning to the franchise are main players Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolph Lundgren. Added to the cast are action legends Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes and Mel Gibson.
This time “The Expendables” franchise brings in stars from combat sports. Along with Couture, the first movie featured “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. This film features UFC superstar Ronda Rousey and former WBC Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz, who plays Mars.
“There are three things that you should know about Mars: he is scared of heights, he is down to do anything and will do it as soon as you tell him, and he is a weapons nerd,” said Ortiz about his character Mars. “He is a tough guy. If someone pushes him, he pushes right back, just like how I am in real life. Boxing has kept me in a fight zone, which helped prepare me for this role. I am kind of standoffish, which is similar to Mars.”
When asked about how action stars were able to successfully transition into Hollywood roles, Ortiz said, “Fighting does not define us as people. Randy Couture and Ronda Rousey are not solely defined by what they do in the UFC and I am not solely defined as a boxer. Ronda delivered a heck of a performance and Randy is already a part of the franchise. Not many people get out of their comfort zones, but I was always told to dare to be great and ‘to shoot for the moon, because if you miss, you’ll at least be among the stars.’ I want to be one of those names that just does not stop at boxing. I have no limits.”
EXTRA asked him about his own return to the ring. “I am not done yet. When I come back to the ring, I want to go backwards and fight Maidana first. Then, I want Floyd Mayweather. I would fight him for free. He knows I don’t need his money. I know I put the fear of God in him during our fight. Beating Floyd Mayweather would be much more important than the money.”
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