‘Indiana Jones 5’ Cast News: Harrison Ford Was ‘Hard To Cast’ For ‘Expendables 3’ Because Of Other Film Franchise Hopes? [PHOTOS]

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He's a big name for several huge film franchises, but Harrison Ford nearly didn't come back for the third installment of one of his more recently successful roles.

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While he's best known for his roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise and as the title character in Indiana Jones, his most recently successful franchise has been The Expendables-where he has starred as CIA head Max Drummer for all three films-but despite the success, Ford almost didn't return for the most recent Expendables.

In an interview with The Belfast Telegraph, Sylvester Stallone, who also produces and stars in the film franchise, revealed that it took some time for him to convince Ford to return for the role in the third film-and Stallone spent a good portion of his own birthday on the phone with the actor, begging him to come back to work on the film.

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"It's very time-consuming. It takes a long time to convince some people. You're calling them for favors on your birthday and on the phone for four hours," he said. "You're like 'it's my birthday. Do me a favor!' You do a lot of begging, it's wild."

Though an Indiana Jones 5 movie has yet to be confirmed, Ford's hesitancy to sign on to another large role could have been in part of his plans to return to that franchise-the one he has previously voiced his favoritism for.

"I would do it in a New York minute, yes...I don't think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart," he said back in October 2013. "I'm old enough that we don't need (Sean Connery) any more. I'm old enough to play my own father!"

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