At­tack of the gnarly old he-men

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS/CHARTS -

There’s noth­ing like flog­ging an old hit fran­chise to re­vive a flag­ging ca­reer. That ap­pears to be the motto of sev­eral ac­tors whose box-of­fice glory days seemed far be­hind them. Now 60, Sylvester Stal­lone steps back into the ring, play­ing one of the old­est box­ers in the world in Rocky Bal­boa, which opens here next month and is the first in the se­ries since Rocky V in 1990. He will fol­low it with Rambo IV: In the Ser­pent’s Eye next year. Bruce Wil­lis is don­ning his dirty white vest again to play dogged de­tec­tive John McClane for the fourth time in Live Free or Die Hard, to be re­leased next sum­mer. And Ed­die Mur­phy will re­turn as de­tec­tive Axel Fo­ley in Bev­erly Hills Cop IV.

there’s talk of Mur­phy se­cur­ing an Os­car nom­i­na­tion as best sup­port­ing ac­tor for his per­for­mance in the mu­si­cal, Dream­girls.

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