The Expendables


The Expendables

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The Expendables

The Expendables is an upcoming 2010 action film directed and written by Sylvester Stallone and is set for release in 2010. Filming began on March 28, 2009 in Brazil, New Orleans and Los Angeles and is expected to be released on April 23, 2010.

Plot

A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to stop a dictator who has caused destruction for the last 20 years. The government sets to plan the assassination to put an end to the violence.

Production

Production began on March 3, 2009 and filming has started on March 28 and will complete in June. Filming locations include Brazil, Los Angeles, California and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Casting

Jean-Claude Van Damme was personally offered a role by Stallone, but turned it down. This reportedly lead to Dolph Lundgren being cast instead. Kurt Russell also turned down the role of Mr. Church, the man who hires the expendables. The role accepted by Forest Whitaker was originally conceived as a role for Wesley Snipes but later rewritten for Whitaker. Due to a scheduling conflict prior to filming, Forest Whitaker was replaced by Curtis Jackson for the role of Hale Caesar, who was then in turn replaced by former NFL player Terry Crews due to negative fan reaction on Aint it cool News.

Stallone wanted Sandra Bullock to play the role of Agent Diane Lickson yet Bullock's schedule did not work with the film, and she could not participate.
Ben Kingsley was offered the role of Monroe before Eric Roberts was cast. The Role may be combined with that of Agent Will Sands.

The role of the man who hires the Expendables, Mr. Church, has been very difficult to cast. Initially offered to Schwarzenegger, he declined in favor of a smaller cameo in respects to his political career. The role was then offered to Kurt Russell whose agent replied that he was not interested in "Ensemble acting at the moment." Currently Stallone is looking covertly to find a big action name to Cameo as Mr. Church with rumors suggesting that the role has been offered to friend and fellow former Planet Hollywood Co-Owner Bruce Willis.

Cast

Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross a.k.a. "The Schizo", a long-time Expendable and the leader of the team

Mickey Rourke as Tool, an arms dealer who helps the Expendables also was a former long-time expendable himself

Jason Statham as Lee Christmas, a British American Expendable second in command

Jet Li as Kong Bao, a Chinese American Expendable who was a former mercenary in China

Dolph Lundgren as Gunnar Jensen, a German Expendable

Terry Crews as Hale Caeser, an Expendable

Steve Austin as Daniel "Dan" Paine, a bodyguard and a former marine

Charisma Carpenter as Lacy, Lee Christmas's fiancee

Brittany Murphy as Amy, Tool's girlfriend and a singer

Eric Roberts as Monroe, a rogue C.I.A. agent

Danny Trejo as Emanuel, a South American contact who helps the Expendables


Randy Couture as Toll Road, an Expendable

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a cameo role

David Zayas as General Garza, the Dictator

Giselle Itié as Sandra, a native young woman

Gary Daniels as The Brit, a former Expendable who is General Garza's main henchman

The Nogueira Brothers as Garza's henchmen (Credit: Wikipedia)


Profile

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946), nicknamed Sly Stallone, is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s to the 1990s, Stallone is an icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism. He has played two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the boxer who overcame all odds to fight for love and glory, and John Rambo, a courageous soldier who specialized in very violent rescue and revenge missions.

During the 1980s, he enjoyed phenomenal popularity and was one of the biggest movie stars in the world with the Rocky and Rambo franchises. Stallone's culturally influential films changed pop culture history and he has largely enjoyed a career on the Hollywood A list for over 30 years.

Stallone's use of the front entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Rocky series led the area to be nicknamed the Rocky Steps. His popularity in Philadelphia has led to a statue of his Rocky character being placed permanently near the museum as a cultural landmark. Stallone's film Rocky has also been inducted into the National Film Registry as well as having its film props placed in the Smithsonian Museum as a national treasure.

He is part of the generation of movie action hero actors (including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Steven Seagal and sometimes Mel Gibson) who were featured in many of the Hollywood blockbuster action films of the late 1980s and 1990s. (Credit: Wikipedia).

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