Wesley Snipes on Prison: ‘You Can’t Take Life Too Seriously’

By: Pam Wright - August 6, 2014

Wesley Snipes has served his time behind bars and is now back in his first role since being released — The Expendables 3 — joining his friend, Sylvester Stallone.

On Monday Snipes joked that Stallone had him slated for the first Expendables film but he couldn’t commit because he was “just a little occupied at the time.”

“They reserved a spot for me and when the opportunity came along he reached out again and said come join us, we would like you to be a part of this.”

Snipes began his jail term in December 2010 after being convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion in 2008.

The movie takes a jab at Snipes’ time behind bars in the opening scenes with a tax-evasion joke.

Stallone also had a few jokes of his own to share about his friend’s time in prison.

“You don’t mind that I’m readying you for a part in Escape From Alcatraz 2 do you?” Stallone asked Snipes at a press conference in London.

“Whether I do something really funny or really stupid, it is okay with me,” said the 52-year-old actor. “I think that is what life is about. You can’t take life itself too seriously.”

At the end of the day, nobody really cares. You’re going to be forgotten anyway. The issues and problems that you think are like mountains that you have to deal with now, after time goes by, nobody cares. Might as well have a good time with it.”

The 52-year-old actor is eager to get back into the rhythm of filming action projects and is especially hopeful to return to his role as the vampire in the Blade franchise.

“A lot of people are calling for it and I would like to do it,” he said.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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  • James Page

    I for one would like to see Wesley do Blade again but more so T’Challa of Wakanda aka the Black Panther in the Marvel Universe. But even if he does doo Blade again I wish it could be connected to Marvel/Spiderman (yes I know different studios and rights owners) since Blade was first introduced in Spiderman anyway.