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UPDATED: Exclusive: Simon West talks Expendables 2's "hard R" rating!

Jul. 18, 2012by: Eric Walkuski
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It has been pondered over for months now: Will THE EXPENDABLES 2 be rated PG-13? Could that be possible? We heard a few times that, yes, indeed it would be. Then we heard, no way, it's an R up the wazoo. Frankly, it never seemed truly feasible that it could be anything other than an R, but you know how Hollywood works: anything is possible, don't be surprised by any development.

Having just gotten off the phone with director Simon West, I can stomp out any lingering worries you may have had: THE EXPENDABLES 2 is an R. A hard one, too. (Does that sound wrong?) Read the man's comments right here:

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And you can take those words to the (blood) bank, my friends!

Keep your ears open for our entire interview with Simon West, which will exclusively air on Blood, Bullets and Broads: The Arrow in the Head Podcast next month (closer to the film's AUGUST 17 release).

Extra Tidbit: West is also currently working on a sci-fi/ghost story project...

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12:09AM on 07/19/2012

Sly would never let us down

I understand everyones glad over the confirmation, but Sly confirmed this months ago for us.

Perhaps they forgot, or perhaps they needed an official confirmation.
I understand everyones glad over the confirmation, but Sly confirmed this months ago for us.

Perhaps they forgot, or perhaps they needed an official confirmation.
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7:38PM on 07/18/2012
Glad to hear it.
Glad to hear it.
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7:24PM on 07/18/2012

"I'm sure there were some financial people who wanted it to be PG-13 because they thought it would somehow make more money or have a broader audience"

That line sums up everything wrong with Hollywood today. Not everything has to appeal to a broader audience, and The Expendables is not something you should be bringing Grandma and the kids to. It's an action movie made for action fans, a PG-13 rating would be like clipping it's nuts off, then taking adorable pictures of it wearing a floral dress and a bonnet to post on facebook.

"There was a rumor out there or some pressure out there because somebody thought they would somehow make it a
That line sums up everything wrong with Hollywood today. Not everything has to appeal to a broader audience, and The Expendables is not something you should be bringing Grandma and the kids to. It's an action movie made for action fans, a PG-13 rating would be like clipping it's nuts off, then taking adorable pictures of it wearing a floral dress and a bonnet to post on facebook.

"There was a rumor out there or some pressure out there because somebody thought they would somehow make it a family movie." Ugh! That person should be dragged out of his Prius and beaten with his lime green Crocs, then have his Cafe Coolatta with extra whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles shoved down the back of his beige cargo shorts before being swiftly kicked in the ass.
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7:06PM on 07/18/2012

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6:43PM on 07/18/2012
Now I can feel secure about how bad ass this will be.
Now I can feel secure about how bad ass this will be.
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6:36PM on 07/18/2012
Great to hear something from Simon West, I was beginning to wonder if Sly has directed the film by proxy... it wouldn't be the first time.
Great to hear something from Simon West, I was beginning to wonder if Sly has directed the film by proxy... it wouldn't be the first time.
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5:47PM on 07/18/2012

FUCKING GOOD

Now I hope it won't suck like the first one, it better not have a shitty love romance story either.
Now I hope it won't suck like the first one, it better not have a shitty love romance story either.
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