Expendables 3 Movie Premiere: Back in Black

If you were ever a fan of 1980s old school action movies, then the “Expendables 3” Los Angeles Movie Premiere was an “All Star,” action packed adventure for the ages!   Imagine having a super team comprised of Rambo, The Terminator, Indiana Jones, Mad Max, Zorro, Blade and more- all in one place!



Growing up in the 80s, these characters were larger than life, and often times as kids, we would reenact some of their most adventurous movie scenes with the toy action figures of these very actors.

Spygame Studios was honored to provide celebrity security services for this memorable event, and below are some stories from the Black Carpet.994481_10203614639958040_1369835826456214992_nEXP Chinese Theater


Wesley Snipes: Protection Detail

We were assigned to the protection detail of Wesley Snipes and his family, for The Expendables 3 World Premiere.  It was our job to make sure Mr. Snipes was safe from all potential harm.  Hundreds of rabid fans, autograph hounds, and pushy photographers, all wanted a piece of Snipes.  Snipes was a great sport and posed for fan photos pretty much the entire night, resting only for a couple minutes to spend time with his family.   The experience offered us ALL ACCESS to the Black Carpet of the movie, giving us some amazing moments with Stallone and his team of mercenaries.



Photo Credit: Alex Orellana/ SpyGame Studios

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Photo Credit: Akita Yasunari/ SpyGame Studios

Mel Gibson Selfie:

At one point during the premiere, Mel Gibson was right next to us on the Black Carpet.  As he was being interviewed by the media, he decided to take a selfie phone pic.  Unaware, we ended up in that photo discovering it all over the internet the next day.  The selfie was posted by Fandango.  Here’s the funny selfie pic as well as some other photos of the moment taken by Spy Game Studios’ Akita Yasunari.


Photo Credit: Akita Yasunari/ SpyGame Studios


Photo Credit: Fandango



Harrison Ford:

Harrison Ford at the Expendables 3 premiere

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Meeting Harrison Ford has always been a dream of ours, but working along side of him was unthinkable.   With this said, you can imagine how excited we were to provide security services to Han Solo himself.  Once inside the theater, Ford approached us, asking for an escort to his car so he could leave and return for the after party.

We cleared the perimeter and took Ford out the secret side door of the Chinese Theater.  As we were walking through the remote corridor, Ford started up some small talk.  Our precious moment didn’t last long because we were interrupted by a huge pack of autograph hounds, causing Ford to retreat around the corner for refuge.  “It’s ok, we got this. Crazy huh?” we said to Ford.  “Yeah no kidding” Ford responded.  “We’re ready when you are, let’s go…”

As silly as it sounds, if felt like we went to battle, as we led him into the crowd of fans and fortunately he came out in one piece.  After every poster and photo was signed, we were able to get Ford to his getaway car.  He thanked us profusely and we parted ways.


Expendables take the stage: 

Once inside the theater, it was our job to help get the cast in a line to be introduced by Stallone himself.  Like an “All Star” Wedding party at Stallone’s wedding, it was pretty amazing to be in the company of all these accomplished action heroes for this big event.  As Stallone was trying to read this cast list, he complained that it was too dark for his old eyes to see the list.  We gave him our flashlight and he thanked us.  It was cool to be near Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Ford as they were having a private side conversation about the event.

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Soon, Stallone was introducing each Expendable, and we were imagining the moment when Stallone would say our names, inviting us on stage.  Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but the experience was still priceless.

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Terry Crews:

We have personally known Terry Crews for years, which dates back to the days when Alex used to sell Crews Apple Computers.  Whenever we run into Crews, he is very gracious and friendly.  He always takes a moment to talk and at this event it was no different.  We wish him much continued success.


Photo Credit: Akita Yasunari/ SpyGame Studios


Photo Credit: Akita Yasunari/ SpyGame Studios

Celebrity Meet and Greets:

There were many moments where our Camera Operators, Julian Esquivel and Akita Yasunari met up with the cast.  Below are some pix.


Photo Credit: Akita Yasunari/ SpyGame Studios

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Photo Credit: Akita Yasunari/ SpyGame Studios

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Photo Credit: Alex Orellana/ SpyGame Studios

Randy Couture

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 Expendables 3 After Party:

The Expendables 3 After Party was at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and below were some pix from the festivities.


Photo Credit: Alex Orellana/ SpyGame Studios


Photo Credit: Alex Orellana/ SpyGame Studios


Photo Credit: Alex Orellana/ SpyGame Studios


Photo Credit: Alex Orellana/ SpyGame Studios



Photo Credit: Alex Orellana/ SpyGame Studios

In the end, we were very happy working so close to our heroes of yesterday.  Looking forward to many adventures with them tomorrow!



About the Author: Alex Orellana

Director/Producer/Camera: Alex Orellana / SpyGame Studios
Photographers: Akita Yasunari, Julian Esquivel