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Wesley Snipes pokes fun at his three-year jail time

Published on Aug 13, 2014 11:41 AM
Wesley Snipes (above) on his jail sentence for tax fraud. -- PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE

Wesley Snipes appears in the new movie The Expendables 3 and would have been in the first one in the franchise too, except that he was a little busy at the time - serving a three-year jail sentence for tax fraud.

The movie is the first the 52-year-old action star has done since his release from a Pennsylvania correctional facility last year. And he has been totally at ease discussing his jail time as he promotes the flick. The star of the popular Blade vampire trilogy (1998-2004) is more than happy to poke fun at it off screen, too, as Life! and other reporters discover at a press event in Beverly Hills last week.

Radiating a relaxed confidence, the actor confirms The Expendables creator Sylvester Stallone wanted him to be part of the star-studded cast of the first film in 2010.

"Sly's been talking to me about doing something for a while, but we didn't find the right thing," he says of Stallone, whom he appeared with in the 1993 science-fiction action comedy Demolition Man. "Then this came along but schedules didn't align, events in personal life put a damper on things. Who knew the stars would line up again (on The Expendables 3)?"

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"It's not as funny when it's happening but, afterwards... we can throw back a lot of beers on that one."

Wesley Snipes on his jail sentence for tax fraud