Wesley Snipes was meant to star in the first two Expendables films, Terry Crews has revealed.
The Blade star, who will be in the third instalment, had to forego his part in the previous movies after he was jailed for three years for failing to file income tax returns in 2008. He was released in April.
Terry told Collider: "The cool thing is, Wesley Snipes is here. I told Wesley, 'Dude, I've been keeping this part warm for you in the first two movies', because he was originally meant to be in them."
The 45-year-old also hinted that Wesley could recite his famous line, "Always bet on black" from Passenger 47, saying: " Everyone's got their cool one-liners."
The former NFL star-turned-actor, who plays Hale Caesar, makes up part of The Expendables in the third film alongside returning co-stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenegger. They will be joined by newcomers Wesley, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas and Kellan Lutz.
"We're blowing stuff up, we're shooting people. But now that Wesley's in there, it's like the stars have aligned and everything is back. It's bigger than ever," Terry teased.
He also admitted that there was pressure to follow in Mr T's footsteps, after he replaced him as Earl Devereaux in Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2.
"It was hard. I didn't want to be Mr T. You don't want to be a caricature of a guy - he's irreplaceable," he said.
"(Directors) Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron told me just to be me. They weren't looking for me to copy him, so that's what I did. And I had a lot of fun. It was my first big animated movie - I had never done anything this big before - so it was exciting."