Action teacher Sylvester Stallone

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Nicolas Cage stars in this 2009 science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. His character of John Koestler is a widowed MIT astrophysicist who discovers that a piece of paper from a time capsule contains the dates and locations of major disasters from both the past and present. Chandler Canterbury plays the role of John's son Caleb.
August 10th, 2010

Jason Statham is Sylvester Stallone's protege.

'Rocky' star Sylvester revealed that he sees himself as a father figure to the 37-year-old British actor and thinks Jason could be the heir to his action hero throne.

Speaking about the paternal angle in the pair's new movie 'The Expendables', 64-year-old Sylvester explained he was making a point that it was time for him to move on and Jason to take over.

He told BANG Showbiz: "It was very intentional. You have to be age appropriate and he would be the protege. He's like that fellow who I confide in who will eventually take over."

Sylvester - who has two sons from his first marriage to Sasha Czack and three daughters with his wife Jennifer Flavin- revealed that he treats action star Jason just like a son.

He said: "I tease him about his love life and taking things too seriously, stuff like what a father would do. But yeah the paternal angle in the movie is not by accident.

And Jason admitted that getting to know Sylvester - who he has idolised as a young boy - was a dream come true.

He said: "I had watched his films for years, that's why I get excited when I get to do films like this."

He continued: "It's a situation where you get to know the real man behind the camera. It's not the filmmaker anymore it's a regular guy. To me that was the best thing about working with Sly, getting to know him as a person and there's no substitute for that."

Sylvester joked about their age gap saying: "Knowing that I am old enough to be his father, it's really comforting."

'The Expendables' is released worldwide throughout August.