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Stallone says male audiences are tough to impress with action roles

U.S actor Sylvester Stallone, center, with his wife Jennifer Flavin, second right, and daughters, Sophia Stallone, Sistene Stallone and Scarlet Stallone arrive for the World Premiere of The Expendables 3 at a central London cinema, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jonathan Short/Invision

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U.S actor Sylvester Stallone, center, with his wife Jennifer Flavin, second right, and daughters, Sophia Stallone, Sistene Stallone and Scarlet Stallone arrive for the World Premiere of The Expendables 3 at a central London cinema, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jonathan Short/Invision

LONDON - Sylvester Stallone may come across as the ultimate guy's guy. But he says action stars like him are "the hardest characters to sell" to other men.

"Men are very competitive," Stallone said ahead of Monday's world premiere of "The Expendables 3."

"They go, 'Who's that? I'm sure he takes diuretic steroids, you know, he's shorter than he looks.'"

"It's very hard to do it. People think 'Oh it's really easy,'" said Stallone. "It's good to jump around but to get other men to like you, it's very difficult. Men are kind of stand-offish that way."

The third installment of "The Expendables" sees the team come into conflict with a ruthless arms dealer, played by Mel Gibson. Harrison Ford and Wesley Snipes join the cast of action legends. And there's new blood, including "Twilight" heartthrob Kellan Lutz and mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey.

The extended team of Expendables battle it out to bring down the bad guys and save the world.

"The Expendables 3" is in U.K. theatres from Aug. 14 and opens in the U.S. on Aug. 15.

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