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Schwarzenegger Joins The Expendables
The Gov finalises greatest cast ever

18 February 2009  |  Written by Emily Phillips  |  Source: Ain't It Cool

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It is now official. With a cast including Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Forest Whitaker and The Stath, Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables was sure to be one of the best action films ever made.  But now, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed on to join the testosterone party, which seals the deal - that this will be the biggest and best movie to hit our screens in 2010.

Lest we forget that the ubiquitous mustachioed one, Danny Trejo is also rumoured to have signed on, no doubt as one of the South American drug cartel the band of mercenaries are sent in to quash. But Sir Ben Kingsley has apparently dropped out as their CIA contact - due to a feeling of comparative physical weediness perhaps? - with The Dark Knight's Eric Roberts taking his place.

The shoot will only take Governor Arnie away from his duties for one day, and he will of course be playing himself, so the political world can rest assured that their action hero won't be wandering too far into the undergrowth.

And that means we are now missing just three more names from our action hero tick list of fame. So, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal - get hold of Sly's number and join the gang. The Expendables needs you!


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RE: Schwarzenegger Joins The Expendables
Van Damme and Seagal sound like plonkers in real life, so I'm not surprised that they won't be in it. They probably wouldn't make good team players.    More

Posted by Mason Verger at 16:09 on 27 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
Van Damme fucked up turning this down - what does he think he's too good for this kind of thing now? What's his whole career been based on?? If we could get Segal and Willis in it that would be perfect as well More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 13:45 on 23 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
L: mallas11 wowowowowowow- i cant wait. i dont care if theres not a plotline, this film will rock, wouldve liked seagal to be in it aswell, at abit of seagalote] You'll never beat seagal if a cheeseburgers involved. The damme please for the love of good phone stallone back and say you'll do it!!!! please!!! I don't think its a impossible dream, the damme turned it down because stallone didnt know who he was gonna play yet when they spoke. Write him a good part and the damme More

Posted by Frank Castle at 19:07 on 22 February 2009 | Report This Post

Let's be Frank !
"Cheaper drugs for all" Chatsworth estates very own Frank Gallagher needs an invite........ More

Posted by Knightowl at 18:14 on 21 February 2009 | Report This Post

wowowowowowow- i cant wait. i dont care if theres not a plotline, this film will rock, wouldve liked seagal to be in it aswell, cant beat abit of seagal More

Posted by mallas11 at 23:19 on 19 February 2009 | Report This Post

Ginger Pubes/Sad-Act says it might not be happening now!
Hardly suprising that it turns out to be a load of bollocks - it is AICN (in 1996) after all. More

Posted by SteffanUK at 17:25 on 19 February 2009 | Report This Post

mlong
They should just go all out now. Jessie Ventura, CLINT EASTWOOD, the predator, chuck norris, brian the boz bosworth, ernest borgnine, the shark from jaws, the invisible death that follows kids from the final destination movies, and of course Carl Weathers! More

Posted by MLong1984 at 16:47 on 19 February 2009 | Report This Post

Out-frikkin-standing
As a major Arnie fan this news causes me to embark upon a multitude of romance explosions! This could be great, especially if they handle it like and old school action movie to fit the old school cast. However, despite being great news, it also stirs up a bit of annoyance. If the governator is so avid about starring in this, why the HELL didn't he do I Am Legend?! That role was pretty much made for him for heavens sake. The way I see it, this could go one of three ways. a. It could be More

Posted by jambobjam at 13:20 on 19 February 2009 | Report This Post

Chuck Norris
CHUCK. NORRIS. More

Posted by thamuhacha at 07:09 on 19 February 2009 | Report This Post

high hopes for this... but lets hope its not a piece of Rambo III bullshit
should be good.. dont fuck this up, Sly!! More

Posted by JoKeRJaMeZ at 20:39 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Yes
I have to agree Van Damme you need to swallow your pride and take a small role in this, all's required kick someone in the face with a spinning roundhouse and drop to splits and punch someone in the balls, job done thankyou Jean Claude. Where's the harm. Get Chuck Norris in there somewhere as a mentor type character to the crew. More

Posted by durelius at 19:13 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

The best just get better
It'd be even better if he showed up as Governor of Califonia carrying a massive mini gun or two and just spout out some usual political or 'stop them Sly save us all' guff all nonchelantly as if he weren't armed to the teeth. Oh and Chuck Norris SO sucks, he was only good when he didn't have that beard getting his ass kicked by Bruce Lee. Just JCVD needed for this movie, oh and Bruce Willis too if he's not doing Sin City 2 - AGAIN More

Posted by Taz69 at 18:47 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Le Chuck
Cynthia Rothrock for the love interest, and surely Norris has to get involved...Don Johnson too! More

Posted by Danny boy at 18:11 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Le Chuck
How dare you forget the one true god of action cinema... CHUCK NORRIS!!! What the hell is wrong with you all?! More

Posted by Restart at 18:05 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: We should petition to get Van Damme in this
L: James2183 Is there finally a film which will match the manliness of Predator?  t's gonna be hard to top Jesse Ventura's "mini-gun", that's for sure. More

Posted by Maria Noir at 17:10 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: We should petition to get Van Damme in this
Is there finally a film which will match the manliness of Predator?  More

Posted by James2183 at 16:53 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

We should petition to get Van Damme in this
Stallone... get Van Damme a more actingey role in it to get him in. also, remind him that back when Empire did that big action feature in the mag, Van Damme said he'd love to do.. pretty much exactly this.(or was it Lundgren who said that? maybe it was both... or Stallone... i dont remember now... but tell him he said it) More

Posted by Adrian at 16:33 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: this...
Get Van Damme in it for God's sake! He's back!!! More

Posted by CORLEONE at 15:56 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

this...
sounds awesome! More

Posted by muchobenny at 15:51 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: No Jean-Claude Van Damme :(
L: Samoa Joker Sorry, folks! Jean-Claude Van Damme won't be in the movie, he said so himself! In the interview with him in this month's issue of Total Film, Van Damme says Sylvester Stallone approached him to be in the movie, but the Muscles from Brussels turned him down! Apparently, after the warm reception for JCVD, Van Damme wants to try his hand at more dramatic fare, and felt the part Stallone offered him was too lightweight for his planned new career direction. sp;   More

Posted by HughesRoss at 15:38 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

No Jean-Claude Van Damme :(
Sorry, folks! Jean-Claude Van Damme won't be in the movie, he said so himself! In the interview with him in this month's issue of Total Film, Van Damme says Sylvester Stallone approached him to be in the movie, but the Muscles from Brussels turned him down! Apparently, after the warm reception for JCVD, Van Damme wants to try his hand at more dramatic fare, and felt the part Stallone offered him was too lightweight for his planned new career direction. More

Posted by Samoa Joker at 15:31 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

wooohoooo!!
2010 just cant come quick enough!! im highly excited abt this film and simply cant wait for it. just hope it lives up to all the hype its generating already More

Posted by Coolerking2007 at 15:21 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Bring back the 80's action movie
L: Giles83 I must admit im very excited about this! Having grown up in the 80's and early 90's watching movies like Rambo Tril, Commando, Predator, Aliens, Missing in action, The Delta Force, Die Hard, Nico, Hard to Kill, Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Under Seige, Red Heat, Terminator etc some times all I really want for essential late friday night viewing to go with my beers is an action movie 90 mins long with big guns, bigger explosions, bad acting, worse hair, cheesy one liners and hammy pant More

Posted by bronco3114 at 15:01 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Bring back the 80's action movie
I must admit im very excited about this! Having grown up in the 80's and early 90's watching movies like Rambo Tril, Commando, Predator, Aliens, Missing in action, The Delta Force, Die Hard, Nico, Hard to Kill, Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Under Seige, Red Heat, Terminator etc some times all I really want for essential late friday night viewing to go with my beers is an action movie 90 mins long with big guns, bigger explosions, bad acting, worse hair, cheesy one liners and hammy pantomine bad guys! A More

Posted by Giles83 at 14:53 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Wow!!!
If they can add the final 3 (though I personally HATE Segal) and you'd have probably the best action movie cast ever... the plot, direction etc would be virtually redundant! Maybe Milla Jovovich as the female and of the crew and Michael Ironside as the or one of the villains!? More

Posted by bronco3114 at 14:33 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

WHAT ABOUT BILL
Why oh why is Bill Paxton not in this moive? he is the crem de la crem of the 80's. More

Posted by PAULFOX82 at 14:13 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Throw in Carl Weathers and you got yourself an action stew baby! Can they not get the Bennett guy back to be the evil right hand man (complete with Freddy Mercury Casual attire...)? More

Posted by Mr Grizzly at 13:30 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

It's going to be awesome. One person missing though - where's Carl Weathers? Tthat guy would be perfect for this film More

Posted by dr_pepper at 13:30 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Yes
Any part for David Patrick Kelly? (Sulley from Commando for those who dont know. Shame on you!) Clancy Brown? Robert Davi? Adam Baldwin? More

Posted by broonie at 13:18 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Yes
Get Eastwood,Bruce Campbell,Bruce Willis,Biehn,Tony Jaa....the list is endless! More

Posted by CHUFFSTER at 13:15 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

WHAT ABOUT BILL
Why oh why is Bill Paxton not in this moive? he is the crem de la crem of the 80's. More

Posted by PAULFOX82 at 13:03 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Like An Explosion In A Porridge Factory!
C'mon this is going to be the best movie ever, even if it's dire it's going to be the ultimate guilty pleasure (for me anyway)...step aside Shawhank Redemption we have a new contender for the IMDB No.1 spot! More

Posted by craigrlee at 12:52 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Yes
Get Eastwood,Bruce Campbell,Bruce Willis,Biehn,Tony Jaa....the list is endless! More

Posted by CHUFFSTER at 12:48 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Talking of big
Steven Segal is so fat these days that the rest of the expendables could just roll him down a hill to crush the bad guys! More

Posted by marlo at 12:48 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

This is gonna be BIG
  What was JCVD thinking when he turned down Sly?!….even if it’s a cameo itd be worth it.   Surprised Willis isn’t in there either - what with the Planet Hollywood thing they did.   And what of Segal? Russel? Norris? Weathers? Biehn? Mr T? and dont forget Gibson and Glover - then again be pushing it to have every 80s action star in it…   Sly must’ve got the idea from all the early rumours about Inglorious Basterds being an 80s action man reunion…maybe abit More

Posted by jackcarter at 12:40 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

and wouldn`t it be awesome to have billy drago as one of the bad guys? More

Posted by kpenga at 12:37 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Yes
Get Eastwood,Bruce Campbell,Bruce Willis,Biehn,Tony Jaa....the list is endless! More

Posted by CHUFFSTER at 12:37 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Awesome, but Arnie, one day's filming!? I hope his firing a gun of some sort, a bloody big one as well! This film won't be complete unless everyone fires a gun! A swan song for the old action dinosaurs. More

Posted by steveg66 at 12:36 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

What about Chuck Norris!?
And now that you mention it, what's Kurt Russell up to these days? More

Posted by plank at 12:34 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

and wouldn`t it be awesome to have billy drago as one of the bad guys? More

Posted by kpenga at 12:31 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

if you`re not crying right now... well, you`re just dead inside More

Posted by kpenga at 12:29 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Yeh but............
Sure its a great cast of 80s action heavyweights, I just fear that with this amount of characters there wont be enough screen time for them to be properly established and as a result be left rather one dimentional. Tropic Thunder for me fell victim to this.........(too many cooks spoil the broth) More

Posted by coolasice2001uk at 12:26 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Get Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura and Bennett from Commando involved. Michael Biehn maybe? Seagal more than likely isn't doing anything either, and if you can bust Wes out of the clink I'm sure he'd be game. To man up I feel I should switch to a diet of beef jerky and chewing tobacco, maybe some sawdust, and drink diesel every day until it comes out. Wrestle some trains, punch a few boats, keep my form up. More

Posted by woody1812 at 12:15 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Yeh but............
Sure its a great cast of 80s action heavyweights, I just fear that with this amount of characters there wont be enough screen time for them to be properly established and as a result be left rather one dimentional. Tropic Thunder for me fell victim to this.........(too many cooks spoil the broth) More

Posted by coolasice2001uk at 12:11 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Yeh but............
Sure its a great cast of 80s action heavyweights, I just fear that with this amount of characters there wont be enough screen time for them to be properly established and as a result be left rather one dimentional. Tropic Thunder for me fell victim to this.........(too many cooks spoil the broth) More

Posted by coolasice2001uk at 12:08 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

What about.....
Jackie Chan? Chuck Norris?...maybe Ray Winstone,...or am I being a bit too optimistic and perhaps,,, stupid! More

Posted by Sinfonic at 11:24 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

'Come on, don't bulls**t me'
Either this is the biggest prank ever, or the best cast list of all time! It's gonna have to be shown in IMAX to fit all the testosterone in. More

Posted by mjscarface at 11:19 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

One Man Missing...
Clint. More

Posted by sagart at 11:13 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

fuck segal...
but I could do wit willis and van damme for this one! and eric roberts! are you kidding me!? step up in my opinion, he is waaaay awesome! More

Posted by uheiberg at 11:09 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

just one more thing
why dont they just hire the cast of predator as extras that would be fun just to see jessie ventura bring old painless back for the fun of it More

Posted by monodogg at 11:08 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

amazingly awfull
this is gonna be a completely shit movie, crap acting poor diailog, but oh my goodness does this make me very very happy. im away now to cry manly tears More

Posted by monodogg at 11:06 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

We Need Carl Weathers
It will not be the ultimate cast without Carl Weathers!! Carl needs to Stallone's no.! More

Posted by Icon at 11:01 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Oh good lordy lordy
I don't think it's possible that you could wipe the smile of face at the moment with this news. I'm sure it's the same for the Empire office too. I can just imagine the look on J.Ross' face and all! Now if they announced that Willis and Kurt Russell had signed up, well i'd just curl up in a little girly ball and weep at the thought of not being man enough to go see this film. More

Posted by richm_drevil at 10:54 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

this is going to be just amazing
seriously, even if this film ends up shite, it's still gonna be great, just like Cobra! More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:52 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

I WANT TO TO SEE THIS NOW!!!!!
THIS..........FILM.........WILL.........KICK.....ASS... ....... More

Posted by ROTGUT at 10:50 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: He'll be back...
Best. Action. Film. Ever. As a girl who grew up with brothers that lived on a diet of 1980's action flicks, I am genuinely excited about this. The fight scenes, the wisecracks, Eric Robert's wardrobe choices etc. It's going to be great. More

Posted by Maria Noir at 10:46 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: He'll be back...
"What's the matter, Governor? The government got you pushing too many pencils?" "Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew yooooooooou!" More

Posted by Timon at 10:37 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: He'll be back...
This is gonna be awesome! Hopefully he'll play himself as the President, or even just the Governer who signs off on their mission. More

Posted by Mojo at 10:25 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: He'll be back...
Arnie in a new film!! With everyone else involved, this is gonna be great fun More

Posted by dj vivace at 10:19 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

He'll be back...
And even if it's just for a brief moment...at least The Governator will be making an appearance. I dont care what anyone says, this will be one of the most entertaining action films to grace our screens. Bad acting it may have in some parts I am sure...but hey, seriously what good is an action movie without some bad acting right? So now, we just need Willis, Van Damme and Seagal and I think we are set! More

Posted by Noelg25 at 09:57 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Where is the bearded one????
Can't believe van damme turned down a part in this! More

Posted by Frank Castle at 09:47 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Where is the bearded one????
Why is Chuck Norris missing from the list of 80s action stars yet to sign up. He would roundhouse Segal in to next week. More

Posted by majordjohnson at 09:18 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

Awwww nuts!
For a minute i thought he'd have a proper "acting" part in it, playing a battle scarred general or something,....playing himself is just booooring!! Still gonna kick ass though,....seriously cant wait for it! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 09:09 on 18 February 2009 | Report This Post

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