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Harrison Ford and fellow action stars do battle with age

How old can they go? Harrison Ford has expressed interest in reprising his gun-slinging intergalactic smuggler Han Solo for Disney’s planned “Star Wars” sequel. This would make the action star, who was 35 the year the first “Star Wars” film was released, 73 years old for the expected 2015 release date.

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Action stars Harrison Ford (73), left, Bruce Willis (57), center, and Tom Cruise (50) are still going strong.

How long can a guy keep believably kicking butt on the big screen?

Seemingly forever.

Slideshow: Harrison Ford

Ford, who also reprised his beloved Indiana Jones character nearly 20 years after staring in the one-time-trilogy’s third film, is in good company.

Viewers turned out in droves to see Sylvester Stallone’s assembly of over-the-hill action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren in “The Expendables” and The Expendables 2.”

Slideshow: Tom Cruise

With ages spanning from 72 to 52, the actors blew up jets, helicopters, cities and an uncountable number of cars while wielding guns, knives, bombs, planes and their own fists onscreen. Combined, the films have taken in over $500 million worldwide and they’ll be going for more. A third movie, which will potentially include 82-year-old “Dirty Harry” star Clint Eastwood, is in the works.

Next year Willis, 57, will also bring back his “Die Hard” detective John McClane and play the original G.I. Joe, Joe Colton, in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” in which he keeps step with 32-year-old Channing Tatum.

Even Tom Cruise, who celebrated his 50th birthday this year, continues to take on extremely physical roles. The “Top Gun” actor, who scaled the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, for 2011’s “Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol,” is playing a tough-as-nails former Army officer in “Jack Reacher,” out Dec. 21.

The trailer shows a ripped Cruise, who notoriously loves doing his own stunt work, busting down doors, driving cars off the road and street-fighting five men on his own. Age is just a number

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