Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables has added Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson to its cast – – – but only because Oscar Winner Forest Whitaker has dropped out (the film’s schedule has changed and as a consequence Whitaker wasn’t available).
Needless to say, there’s a few unhappy campers out there – largely on the StalloneZone boards where Sly just emerged to defend his latest casting decision.
“I appreciate the incredible amount of work you’ve done on my behalf. Please tell the loyal followers to be positive not negative in their feedback. I am not self-destructive. The anger of the casting of 50 Cent is understandable, but not fair. A player is only as good as his coach. If a man can communicate in one medium, he can communicate in another if his strengths are brought out and he has the support of well-wishers. So, trust me, the change of Forest Whitaker to 50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson is a good one“, says Stallone, who is also writing and directing the picture.
”No one thought Dolph Lundgren was a good choice for ROCKY or Mr. T. for Rocky III. Carl Weathers was an afterthought when Ken Norton fell out. The same with Talia Shire and Richard Crenna (who was known as a comedic actor, not a serious one). Nobody wanted Eric Roberts over Ben Kingsley, but I believe it’s a vastly improved casting. The point is, you either believe in me and the project, setting your personal feelings aside, or you take a darker approach, which really serves no purpose since your insight and suggestions and overall enthusiasm are a great thrill for me to behold everyday I sign on.”