Why is Wesley Snipes out of jail

Wesley Snipes

Mr. Snipes, with so many action heroes on the set of "The Expendables 3", was there some kind of competition among you?
Snipes: No, just a healthy competition to always be fit and not get too lost in one scene of the film.

What was your first reaction when you got the offer to do this film?
Snipes: Yes, let's go!

Is this a good start as a comeback for you?
Snipes: I've never been away! (laughs) But seriously, it was actually a perfect opportunity to get back into business, brush up on your skills and get back into the rhythm of the movie business. And now I'm already looking forward to the next film I'm going to make: “Chronicles of the Mayan Tunnel”, a kind of fantasy adventure film about the building of the largest step pyramid of the Maya culture in Peru. My role has all the facets of acting that I love: drama, independent cinema and a little bit of comedy too.

I got all of the prison scripts! And I threw them all in the trash!

When Antonio Banderas dances the tango, it's like martial arts to me.

Tom Jones was the epitome of masculinity for me!

I regularly lose the fight against chocolate chip cookies.

Wesley Snipes

Was it your idea to include a short, subtle gag in the film about your tax evasion, for which you served two years in prison until 2013?
Snipes: Not exactly, the scene was also a little different in the script at the beginning. But when I read it I thought: This is cool, let's make a short joke out of it, in which the fictional and real ambiguity of the statement becomes apparent.

In any case, right at the beginning of “Expendables 3” there is a clear allusion to your recent past, because you are spectacularly liberated from prison in the film. Was that a difficult subject?
Snipes: No, that didn't bother me. Especially not in comparison to the film offers that were sent to me during this time! I think I have each Offered a script that alludes to prisons or has a guy going to jail. Sometimes it was a singer who was in prison, sometimes an undercover police officer who was undercover as a prisoner - even a priest was there. I had it all! And I threw them all in the trash!

Mel Gibson says he had to train a lot to be ready to film The Expendables. Have you also imposed a tough training program on yourself beforehand?
Snipes: I always try to keep fit, but of course I also have to fight my battles with chocolate chip cookies and apple pie, which I unfortunately have to have regularly and which I lose quite often (laughs). Basically, my lifestyle is very focused on staying fit. I do martial arts almost every day, plus workouts, everything from yoga to Pilates to gymnastics.

What are your skills like with the throwing knife you use to shave your beard in the film?
Snipes: Actually, pretty good! I had the privilege of getting to know various Filipino and Indonesian throwing techniques. But you should never underestimate a man who only talks about throwing knives anyway (laughs)!

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Do you remember a particularly exciting scene during the shoot?
Snipes: (Thinks) I think that was the scene in the helicopter. Because that was the first time that almost all of us were on set at the same time. I had Harrison Ford in front of me, Arnold (Schwarzenegger) was looking over my shoulder, Antonio Banderas was standing next to me, all the young actors were sitting on the floor of the helicopter and I was just thinking: Wow! I just hope nothing happens to the helicopter and its occupants!

You are known to be a good karate fighter. Were there moments during the filming when you would have liked to fight your colleagues?
Snipes: (Laughs loudly) There were some nights, but I never talked about them!

Stallone and Schwarzenegger once embodied the muscle-bound hero. Is that a species that is becoming extinct now? Would a movie like “Rambo” work as well today?
Snipes: Stallone actually said something about the fact that they are going to do a new "Rambo" part. But what people sometimes forget is that the world is constantly opening up and the most diverse cultures are spreading all over the planet. As a result, there are also film genres that are completely new to some regions. And in some parts of the world people like these testosterone-driven, masculine men’s films very much, whereas in other countries they are frowned upon. Personally, I like this physical, but at the same time also the romance in films - maybe it's because of the time and places I grew up in. When Antonio Banderas dances the tango, it's like martial arts for me, that's what I love!

So the reckless macho hero is not a finite phenomenon in the film?
Snipes: I think it depends on where you're looking at it. In Russia, people are totally into the heroes of the "Blade" type (played by Wesley Snipes in the film of the same name, d. Ed.), Much more than, for example, the vampire type of "Twilight". And Spiderman is not the big number in Russia either. But at least I now have a large fan base in Kazakhstan!

"The Expendables" is also about the rivalry between old and young superheroes. Which category would you belong to?
Snipes: To the young superheroes, of course!

Was it a special feeling to be in front of the camera again with Stallone 21 years after “Demolition Man”?
Snipes: Well, every now and then we had the idea to make a film in the style of “Demolition Man” together. Maybe that's why it doesn't feel like it was 21 years ago. That was probably my first big action film and I was still pretty green behind the ears and totally excited. I also had no idea how to act in an action movie, with that theatrical past that I brought with me.

Were you afraid of Stallone then?
Snipes: No, but there was this fight scene between me and Stallone, where I was supposed to catapult his character Detective John Spartan with a kick into the wall. I had the choreography worked out for it in my head, of course, but I thought: Sly is Rocky! Sly is Rambo! So I gave him a spinning back kick and kicked him against the wall with full force. Stallone then said to me, “Okay, very good, Mr. Karateman! But you only need to indicate the step in my direction, I will then throw myself against the wall, you must not touch me physically! ”I just thought: Oh my God, now I will definitely be fired! But then everything was only half as bad, luckily.

Who shaped your conception of masculinity in your youth?
(Thoughts for a long time) So the coolest guys on the planet for me were Errol Flynn - that was a huge influence for me - James Brown and Tom Jones. Tom Jones was the epitome of masculinity for me! The way he stepped on stage with his shirt half open and the women passed out in rows or began to scream - that was exactly my thing!

Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida in July 1962 and grew up on the streets of the Bronx, New York. After graduating from high school in Orlando, Snipes studied at the University of New York at Purchase and played in small more