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Kelsey Grammer to take Nicolas Cage's role in The Expendables 3

09.17.2013

What's going on with the reemergence of Kelsey Grammer? I'm certainly not complaining. I was elated to see that he got the part of Beast in X-MEN. After that the actor tried to break back into television with BACK TO YOU, HANK, and most recently BOSS which has already been cancelled. Now he seems to be back on the radar as the villain in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION.

Thanks to working with Sylvester Stallone in REACH ME, Grammer has now taken a role in THE EXPENDABLES 3 that once was Nicolas Cages'. Grammer will play "Bonaparte, an ex-mercenary who helps the Expendables in their mission." I have no problem with this switch because Grammer is awesome. I would have liked to see crazy ol' Nic Cage in this but the stars did not align this time around.

It's funny to see where Grammer's career has gone after shows like CHEERS and FRASIER. Anyone remember DOWN PERISCOPE? One of the best things about Grammer is certainly his voice which can still be heard on THE SIMPSONS.

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables most personal battle yet.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 hits theaters on August 15, 2014.

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2:58PM on 09/18/2013

I love it, but....

where the hell is Carl Weathers in this thing?
where the hell is Carl Weathers in this thing?
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2:48PM on 09/18/2013

always a good addition

he was literally the only good thing in X 3...always hated that he seemed to look down on comic books and such in interviews when he was so great as beast
he was literally the only good thing in X 3...always hated that he seemed to look down on comic books and such in interviews when he was so great as beast
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1:46PM on 09/18/2013

YES!

He's awesome and this will definitely be alotta fun to see him in the movie...when it inevitably streams on Netflix.
He's awesome and this will definitely be alotta fun to see him in the movie...when it inevitably streams on Netflix.
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1:24PM on 09/18/2013

It's an odd addition, but I can see it working

Kelsey Grammer is best known for comedy but I wouldn't be surprised if he does have the chops to make a great villain of supporting role (maybe he's the corporate booking agent for these "younger, more tech savvy" mercenaries?). And, as johnelitis already mentioned, he was amazing as Beast in X-MEN: LAST STAND.
Kelsey Grammer is best known for comedy but I wouldn't be surprised if he does have the chops to make a great villain of supporting role (maybe he's the corporate booking agent for these "younger, more tech savvy" mercenaries?). And, as johnelitis already mentioned, he was amazing as Beast in X-MEN: LAST STAND.
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10:51AM on 09/18/2013

No that's German for "Thee Bart, Thee"

Nicolas Cage can always pop up in a crazy role in part 4 like Fu-Manchu from Werewolf Women of the SS.
Nicolas Cage can always pop up in a crazy role in part 4 like Fu-Manchu from Werewolf Women of the SS.
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10:30AM on 09/18/2013
As flawed as the movie was, my God, he was PERFECT as Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand!
As flawed as the movie was, my God, he was PERFECT as Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand!
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8:14AM on 09/18/2013
Those who doubt Kelsey Grammer's capacity to kick ass as a scenery-chewing villain have clearly forgotten his role as Stinky Pete.
Those who doubt Kelsey Grammer's capacity to kick ass as a scenery-chewing villain have clearly forgotten his role as Stinky Pete.
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7:50AM on 09/18/2013

Ohhhh cousin Merl

Really, Kelsey Grammer as an ex-mercenary? these movies are getting really ridiculous
Really, Kelsey Grammer as an ex-mercenary? these movies are getting really ridiculous
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6:38AM on 09/18/2013
Hmmm, I would have gone with Nick Nolte as a replacement for Nic Cage. No disrespect to Mr. Grammer but I think Mr. Nolte looks more suitable to the role than Mr. Grammer.
Hmmm, I would have gone with Nick Nolte as a replacement for Nic Cage. No disrespect to Mr. Grammer but I think Mr. Nolte looks more suitable to the role than Mr. Grammer.
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4:40AM on 09/18/2013

Tossed Salads & Scrambled Eggs

I'm sorry but what the fuck? I love Kelsey Grammer as much as the next schmoe but this casting seems a bit off. He exudes corporate executive more than ex-mercenary. Cage would have eaten that role for lunch. I'm sure Grammer will have fun with it too but this is just one curveball I did not see coming.
I'm sorry but what the fuck? I love Kelsey Grammer as much as the next schmoe but this casting seems a bit off. He exudes corporate executive more than ex-mercenary. Cage would have eaten that role for lunch. I'm sure Grammer will have fun with it too but this is just one curveball I did not see coming.
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3:55AM on 09/18/2013
Stop with The Expendables already. I know Sly was trying to make throwbacks to 80's action flicks, but then he obviously forgot all about that and decided to go for a more DTV approach; having 4-year-olds write the script, hiring bad actors and even non-actors, and heavily employ terrible fucking GCI throughout. With every new installment he "teases" his audience with big names in tiny cameos, but that doesn't make it a good movie.
Stop with The Expendables already. I know Sly was trying to make throwbacks to 80's action flicks, but then he obviously forgot all about that and decided to go for a more DTV approach; having 4-year-olds write the script, hiring bad actors and even non-actors, and heavily employ terrible fucking GCI throughout. With every new installment he "teases" his audience with big names in tiny cameos, but that doesn't make it a good movie.
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3:53AM on 09/18/2013
I love Grammer, but this casting feels like from an alternate universe.
I love Grammer, but this casting feels like from an alternate universe.
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2:11AM on 09/18/2013
On the Transformers news I said that I miss Kelsey and that I wish he'd take a part in something I might actually enjoy as Transformers will not be it.

....I was not expecting this.....but I am very happy about it.
On the Transformers news I said that I miss Kelsey and that I wish he'd take a part in something I might actually enjoy as Transformers will not be it.

....I was not expecting this.....but I am very happy about it.
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12:25AM on 09/18/2013
According to Nic he wasn't offered the part. Now, that's unlikely as Stallone would stick every name that ever headed an action movie in their life in his movies if he could. Very lately it looks like Cage is coming back from some of his more gonzo acting and trying to remind people that, yeah, he's a real actor too, with movies like Frozen Ground and Joe.

Kelsey Grammer is an interesting choice, especially with a falmboyant name like Bonaparte. Gotta say Expendables 3 seems to be shaping up
According to Nic he wasn't offered the part. Now, that's unlikely as Stallone would stick every name that ever headed an action movie in their life in his movies if he could. Very lately it looks like Cage is coming back from some of his more gonzo acting and trying to remind people that, yeah, he's a real actor too, with movies like Frozen Ground and Joe.

Kelsey Grammer is an interesting choice, especially with a falmboyant name like Bonaparte. Gotta say Expendables 3 seems to be shaping up to be a classier affair with him, Gibson, and Harrison Ford on board. Like they might actually try to build toward something. Not gonna get my hopes up, but maybe.
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12:06AM on 09/18/2013

F*ck.

The one time I actually want to see Nic Cage being his batshit crazy self in something and he gets replaced. FML.

Love Kelsey though.
The one time I actually want to see Nic Cage being his batshit crazy self in something and he gets replaced. FML.

Love Kelsey though.
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11:58PM on 09/17/2013
this is cool news and I like Kelsey, but what happened to nic?
this is cool news and I like Kelsey, but what happened to nic?
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11:19PM on 09/17/2013

what happened ?

Did nic cage actually turn down a paying gig or did he just get replaced because something didn't work out
Did nic cage actually turn down a paying gig or did he just get replaced because something didn't work out
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11:19PM on 09/17/2013

I like grammer

And I'm sure he will be fine, there's def better names out there to put in that role, maybe just bring back Mickey and have Tool be the one helping (don't think I've seen his name anywhere) but I would have gone after the rock, tom cruise, brad pitt, kurt russell, sean connery ( ya that's right, if 70 year old chuck norris can just shoot some guns the original James Bond could) carl weathers, and the list goes on
And I'm sure he will be fine, there's def better names out there to put in that role, maybe just bring back Mickey and have Tool be the one helping (don't think I've seen his name anywhere) but I would have gone after the rock, tom cruise, brad pitt, kurt russell, sean connery ( ya that's right, if 70 year old chuck norris can just shoot some guns the original James Bond could) carl weathers, and the list goes on
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12:32AM on 09/18/2013
Carl Weathers is the only person on that list who isn't too expensive, retired, or already passed on the thing. Which brings to mind, why haven't I heard head or tail about Carl Weathers and this franchise. I mean, they already got Terry Crews AND Wesley Snipes now filling in roles here. Maybe next time.
Carl Weathers is the only person on that list who isn't too expensive, retired, or already passed on the thing. Which brings to mind, why haven't I heard head or tail about Carl Weathers and this franchise. I mean, they already got Terry Crews AND Wesley Snipes now filling in roles here. Maybe next time.
3:49AM on 09/18/2013
I think Carl Weathers and Sylvester Stallone had a falling out over something in Rocky Balboa.
I think Carl Weathers and Sylvester Stallone had a falling out over something in Rocky Balboa.
3:51AM on 09/18/2013
Didn't Stallone and Carl Weathers have a bit of a falling out over the use of Apollo's image in Rocky Balboa? apparently Mr Weathers asked for quite a bit of money to which Stallone wasn't too happy about.
Didn't Stallone and Carl Weathers have a bit of a falling out over the use of Apollo's image in Rocky Balboa? apparently Mr Weathers asked for quite a bit of money to which Stallone wasn't too happy about.
4:14PM on 09/18/2013
Didn't know that about sly and weathers, but I would think some of these guys might take a pay cut to jump in on the fun, an I have to imagine the budget grows bigger every movie,
Didn't know that about sly and weathers, but I would think some of these guys might take a pay cut to jump in on the fun, an I have to imagine the budget grows bigger every movie,
10:35PM on 09/17/2013
I can rail off 20 names that would be way cooler to have instead of Kelsey grammer... I guess it could be worse though...
I can rail off 20 names that would be way cooler to have instead of Kelsey grammer... I guess it could be worse though...
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10:28PM on 09/17/2013
Of all the fucking shit for Cage to say no to
Of all the fucking shit for Cage to say no to
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11:46PM on 09/17/2013
There is not much evidence to show he was even offered a role. But don't expect this to last long. He will soon be in an Expendables film.
There is not much evidence to show he was even offered a role. But don't expect this to last long. He will soon be in an Expendables film.
10:19PM on 09/17/2013
That's a pretty left of field addition to the cast. Is Kelsey Grammer going to embark on a more action-centric career revival between this and Transformers: Age of Extinction? He's certainly not who immediately comes to mind when one thinks "nostalgic action heroes" and it would've been nice to see Nicolas Cage go full Adam West, as it were, but I wouldn't put it past Grammer to kick ass alongside the crew.
That's a pretty left of field addition to the cast. Is Kelsey Grammer going to embark on a more action-centric career revival between this and Transformers: Age of Extinction? He's certainly not who immediately comes to mind when one thinks "nostalgic action heroes" and it would've been nice to see Nicolas Cage go full Adam West, as it were, but I wouldn't put it past Grammer to kick ass alongside the crew.
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