Aug 16, 2010 04:00 PM EST

Stallone Discusses Success of "The Expendables"

Sylvester Stallone recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his #1 film, "The Expendables". The film is Stallone's biggest directorial opener yet, proving that the icon still has major Hollywood smarts.

When asked by about the success of the film, Stallone stated that he "didn't do this all by myself. It was a movie about teamwork, and the team helped make it a success. I always say that if you are a star -- even a faded star -- the light never goes out. You just need to rekindle it". He went on to say that a sequel could be a possibility in the future. "It's plotted out in my mind's eye. I believe this group has to continue to evolve; it just can't become the same people. So how do you get new people introduced into the group, and how do you have some of the other people leaving? Those are the challenges."

While Stallone is certainly no lightweight in the Hollywood arena, he still was a bit surprised about scoring the number one slot this past weekend."I never thought we would win this weekend, as we were up against some tough competition. I told Lionsgate and (CEO) Jon Feltheimer and Avi that I'm so grateful how those guys just dug in. Lionsgate hung tough and opened the purses. The campaign worked because it was honest. What you saw in the campaign was what you got. This movie is pure escapism. You just buckle up and enjoy a rocket ship ride down memory lane."
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