If there’s one thing we learned from “The Expendables,” it’s that Sylvester Stallone and his crew of bomb-tossing hotshots can accomplish anything. So on Thursday morning (August 19), when Sly and his co-stars found themselves on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at a time when unemployment is still high and debt is soaring, we had to wonder: What could The Expendables do to rescue the economy?
Not a whole lot, apparently — even though their flick hauled in $35 million over the weekend. “We went to the bank; they turned down our credit,” Stallone laughed in an interview with MTV News. “So we thought we’d go to the source. That’s why we’re here. Not to promote a movie. It’s to get a house loan!”
There was certainly no shortage of traders, analysts and slick-haired execs on hand to offer financial advice. After Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews rang the exchange’s opening bell, the stars descended to the trading floor and were promptly swarmed. But Sly and his guys were happy for the attention, basking in the glow of having the #1 movie in the country.
Stallone himself didn’t think it would turn out this way. “After the first day, you hope you can win,” he said. “Because I didn’t think we were going to win the weekend. We had some really tough competition with Julia [Roberts and ’Eat Pray Love’]. But now, I don’t look at them anymore. I just look at how other people are doing. I don’t look at us. It’s kind of like a jinx.”
“The people have spoken!” added an exuberant Crews. “They want the badassery! They need it. And they’ve spoken. That’s why it’s the #1 movie in America!”
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