A friend and mentor is never expendable -- just ask "The Mechanic" star Jason Statham.
The hot action star got a visit Tuesday from "The Expendables" director Sylvester Stallone at the Los Angeles premiere of Statham's new flick.
A red-carpet screening of the remake was held at the ArcLight Hollywood, where Statham and costars Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland and Mini Anden showed up to support the assassin flick -- as did Tila Tequila, rather inexplicably, but sporting a darker 'do nonetheless. Click the pic of Miss Tila, right, for more photos from the red carpet.
After the show, filmmakers enjoyed a private dinner across town at Italian joint Ago, where Statham, Foster and Arden broke bread for a significant family celebration: Producers David Winkler and Bill Chartoff revived the title from its 1972 original, made by their fathers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff.
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-- Matt Donnelly
Photos, from top: Jason Statham, top left, Sylvester Stallone and Donald Sutherland arrive at the premiere of "The Mechanic" in Hollywood on Jan. 25, 2011. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images. Tila Tequila on "The Mechanic" red carpet. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press