Aging action figures hold their own at the box-office

Aging action figures

In a movie market that is crowded with superheroes and supervillains, real human action figures who are aging are posing some stiff competition to these types of movies.

"The Expendables" and "RED" - ultra-violent action movies featuring retirement-age heroes - have banked big box-office in recent months, expanding, if not redefining, the definition of films for adults.

Hello Bruce Willis and Sly Stallone. So these dudes are going to keep on making movies for a while and not retire just yet.

"I hope it endures as a subgenre, because that just opens up more variety of films for our audience," said Bill Newcott, entertainment editor of AARP The Magazine and host of the retiree organization's "Movies for Grownups" radio show and awards ceremony.

"Too often, when people think of a grownup movie, that means there's got to be a lot of moping, someone's got to die slowly of a debilitating illness and everyone has to be lonely and someone has to lose their memory along the way. So it's very refreshing to see films done like this."

Soon-to-be-61-year-old Jeff Bridges shows off some agile moves in the upcoming "Tron: Legacy" and "True Grit" remake (on the heels of an Oscar win for his redemption-bound country star in "Crazy Heart").

And next year, 68-year-old Harrison Ford will try to erase the floppy taste of recent grumpy old men roles with a new action franchise, "Cowboys & Aliens."

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