The actor, who is actress Emma Roberts' father, has joined the cast of the new season of reality TV show Celebrity Rehab, where celebrity counsellor Dr. Drew Pinsky will attempt to help the star battle his substance abuse demons once and for all.
The details of the actor's addiction problem are hazy, but his publicist Chuck Jones tells WENN, "It's not for anything serious. He's not hooked on prescription meds or hard drugs or anything like that."
A spokesman for Roberts' new film Rock Slyde says, "It's ironic that Eric is going through the same Celebrity Rehab experience as Andy Dick, his co-star in the film.
"They certainly never bonded on the set and chatted about anything like this. It's a complete surprise. No one knew Eric had a problem."
Roberts, who was arrested in 1987 for cocaine and marijuana possession and continued to battle a cocaine problem throughout the 1990s, joins fallen pop star Leif Garrett and fellow actor Jeremy London in the new season of Celebrity Rehab, which began shooting earlier this week (beg19Jul10).
It's always nice to hear how much fun a movie's cast and crew had on set - especially when the cast is comprised of ten of the hardest, toughest, most bad-ass action stars of the last several decades. This morning at Comic-Con, we got to hear the Expendables crew (including co-star and director Sylvester Stallone) tell all about their exciting, albeit pain-filled, shoot in Brazil.
Here are some of the hilarious and/or cringe-worthy highlights from the discussion:
The panel opens, and co-star Terry Crews is first out of the gate, ripping his shirt off and flexing his pecs.
The rest of the cast begin coming on stage, with one striking absence. “If Arnold does show up, don't let him in," says Stallone, who's been waiting for Schwarzenegger to arrive. "I've had it with him." Not clear if he's kidding or not.
Stone Cold Steve Austin remarks that he was disappointed when he learned that all the Expendables had been cast, but was so excited when he got a call from Stallone asking him to play the villain that he accepted on the spot. "I enjoyed kicking all these guys' asses," he jokes.
Dolph Lundgren (of Rocky IV fame) gets asked which was tougher to shoot - The Expendables or Rocky IV - and he admits that "Rocky IV maybe hurt a little more," although in The Expendables "Jet [Li] clipped me twice. Stallone agrees that Rocky IV was a memorably painful experience, adding “I wouldn't wanna do that again – he [Lundgren] put me in the hospital for 4 days.” Ouch.
Still, filming The Expendables was clearly no cakewalk. The production designer forgot to make fake bricks for the movie's many action sequences, so when any of the actors went flying into a wall of bricks, it was the real deal.
And there's more: “The constant bombardment, the injury, the infection, the bronchitis... These are the things the audience doesn't know about," says Stallone. "They don't know that fight scene took 4 weeks to shoot.”
The plane we see Jason Statham riding in the trailer wasn't fake either - Stallone recalls that they found the old plane propped up on crates, decided to repair it, and then flew it in the movie, no CGI required. Statham was apparently unfazed as he stood in the plane's nose, firing a prop machine gun as they flew at 200 mph.
Of course, Stallone wasn't exempt from injury just because he's 64 years old: the director broke his neck during a fight scene with Austin; he now has three screws in his neck. “Now if people say 'Get screwed!', I go, 'I already have!'” he laughs. “In my defense," Austin says, "when the writer, director, and star says kick the shit out of me, you kick the shit out of him.”
And just in case you didn't get an appreciable sense of the great danger that the cast faced in order to bring you this movie, Stallone reveals during the Q&A that much of the ammunition and weaponry used during filming wasn't legal on sets in the U.S. "Terry's gun could kill you," he says. One of the larger guns, Stallone adds, fires up to 25 feet. In an earlier movie he claims he witnessed the same weapon blast "a fist sized hole" in Rutger Hauer on set.
The cast apparently ended up at the hospital so frequently that eventually the entire medical staff knew their names. This in an area so dangerous that they required 70 bodyguards on set, in addition to ten of the most intimidating movie stars of all time!
Finally, perhaps the greatest quote of the morning goes to Stallone for the reason he chose to film in Brazil: "You can kill people and blow the whole country up and they'll say thank you and give you a monkey.” The Brazilian Tourist Bureau should make that their motto.
If The Expendables is half as exciting as its hardscrabble actors and their crazy behind-the-scenes stories, you can bet I'll be in the theater opening weekend.
ANDY DICK is hoping to revive his flagging career after a series of legal woes by playing a cult leader in new movie comedy ROCK SLYDE, which also features Patrick Warburton, Jason Alexander, Eric Roberts and Alice in Chains star Jerry Cantrell.
There's a box office battle brewing in the Roberts household - Pretty Woman star JULIA ROBERTS' new movie, Eat, Pray, Love, hits U.S. cinemas a week after brother ERIC ROBERTS' new blockbuster The Expendables. Experts predict brother Eric's all-star action film will debut at the top of the box office and so his sister will have to topple him if she is to retain her crown as the queen of Hollywood. And, to add to the family drama, Julia's film is released on her mother's birthday!
The Clueless star passed away on Sunday (20Dec09) after suffering a cardiac arrest in her Hollywood home.
Roberts worked alongside the actress in 2002 independent film Spun and again in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming action movie The Expendables, and he admits he's been left stunned by Murphy's untimely death.
In a statement, Roberts says, "I would like to offer my sincere condolences, deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Brittany Murphy. I am saddened by her passing, She was a terrific young lady and an incredible actress.
"It was a genuine pleasure to have worked with such a talented individual. Brittany will be greatly missed by her family, friends and fans. Her untimely passing is a tremendous loss for Hollywood."
Murphy's cause of death has yet to be determined.
Friends reveal the 18-year-old actress daughter of Eric Roberts, and niece of Oscar winner Julia Roberts, is smitten with UCLA athlete Dathan Kuppin.
The young lovebirds were recently caught smooching during a shopping spree in Los Angeles store Fred Segal. The onlooker tells Star magazine, "They were feverishly making out, and they didn't care who noticed."
Check out the new promotional trailer for The Expendables; written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. The action-adventure film, full of A-list action stars, follows a team of mercenaries on a mission to overthrow a dictator.
The film is due out on August 20, 2010 and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, Charisma Carpenter, Giselle Itie, Brittany Murphy, David Zayas and Amin Joseph.
Check out the trailer, below:
UPDATE: Sorry folks, looks like Lionsgate didn't want this trailer released yet and we had to remove the video. We'll get more video for this posted as soon as the studio releases new material.
The picture, which also features martial arts star Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham and Eric Roberts, revolves around a group of mercenaries who set out to overthrow a South American dictator.
The Expendables was originally set for an April (10) release, but it will now hit cinemas in August (10), reports Daily Variety.
Stallone has lined up some of Tinseltown's toughest stars to appear in the movie - which focuses on mercenaries overthrowing a South American dictator - including Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham and Eric Roberts.
The Rambo actor has even enticed action hero-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to return to the big screen in a cameo role.
And now, Willis, who has long been rumoured to be appearing in the film, has confirmed he plans to shoot some high-octane scenes - insisting he's just waiting for Stallone to call him to the set.
He tells MTV.Com, "Not yet (filmed his scenes), I haven't united with them. I'm waiting for a call from Sly about when we're going to try and make that happen.
"I don't know anything about (my character) yet, haven't seen any pages yet. But I'm excited about it.
The last time the Willis teamed up with Stallone and Schwarzenegger was when the trio helped launch the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain in 1991.