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Of the three Hollywood heavyweights staging their comebacks in recent action films – The Last Stand, Bullet to the Head and Die Hard 5 – it seems only Willis has bankable brawn

Action stars of yesteryear are staging comebacks in 2013 and so far they have struggled to cling on to former glories – at least in the Us. There was a time when the testosterone-soaked triumvirate of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis could be counted on to do the business at the box office. That time was circa 1990 and the passage of more than two decades has changed the audience.

Those of us who thrilled to Terminator and the original Total Recall whimpered last month when Schwarzenegger underwhelmed audiences with The Last Stand – although his forthcoming thriller Ten could be the real deal. Rambo and Rocky devotees were left deflated when Stallone bombed in Bullet to the Head earlier this month. Now »

- Jeremy Kay

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