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Sylvester Stallone confirms some names for The Expendables 2, but also doesn't

09.13.2011

Even before the first movie was done filming, a lengthy list of aging action stars and macho men was rumored for the inevitable sequel to THE EXPENDABLES.

Plenty of big (or at least fairly recognizable) names have circulated recently, and star Sylvester Stallone acknowledges several of them to EW... but doesn't seem able to commit 100% to them all.

As expected, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back with larger roles, and Sly confirms his rumored clash with the Muscles from Brussels: "We’ll have a big showdown between me and Van Damme, which has been anticipated for a long time, so it should be a good one."

Also: "We’ve got Chuck Norris and I think Nic Cage." This would also reunite Cage with THE EXPENDABLES 2 director Simon West, who directed the muscular mulleted actor in CON AIR (as well as the upcoming thriller MEDALLION).

And what about Cage's FACE/OFF adversary John Travolta? "It’s possible. The one thing I’ve learned is what is a fact on Monday is a complete fallacy on Tuesday. A lot of it is scheduling. It’s not financial. It’s just that Bulgaria is definitely a jaunt."

Sly does drop a couple more names as potential hired guns and/or bullet catchers: "I like using people that had a moment and then maybe have fallen on some hard times and give them another shot. So we’re always looking for actors like Michael Biehn and Michael Pare. I like those kinds of guys. Someone did it for me and I like to see if I can do it for them. We also need some new blood in there, a Navy SEAL-type, because with the Expendables none of them have 20-20 vision anymore. They need some help, man."

Considering he's still contemplating and chasing different actors for roles, the script must be sufficiently malleable -- the movie is scheduled to shoot this month and already has a planned release date of August 17, 2012. Most of the original surviving cast will return for further carnage, along with (apparently) whoever can or will make the trip to Bulgaria.

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8:47PM on 09/14/2011
The ONE guy we ALL want to see even more than than any other actors in this movie...MR.T. But he'd never do this now.
The ONE guy we ALL want to see even more than than any other actors in this movie...MR.T. But he'd never do this now.
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8:09PM on 09/14/2011

For awesome douchebaggery...

How about Bill Paxton and Tom Arnold?
How about Bill Paxton and Tom Arnold?
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6:32PM on 09/14/2011
I think it would be hilarious if Chuck Norris was killed off shortly after he appeared onscreen.
I think it would be hilarious if Chuck Norris was killed off shortly after he appeared onscreen.
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3:53PM on 09/14/2011

No Taylor Lautner!!!!!

all sound good, but I heard rumors of Taylor Lautner, if hes in this movie it should be boycotted. He's not a well established action hero. Shark boy dont cut it.
all sound good, but I heard rumors of Taylor Lautner, if hes in this movie it should be boycotted. He's not a well established action hero. Shark boy dont cut it.
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12:24PM on 09/14/2011

Pumped to the max!

I think I was expected too much from the first one, but I think this one is going to be much better regardless..

I think I was expected too much from the first one, but I think this one is going to be much better regardless..

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11:14AM on 09/14/2011

and finally...

i think chuck norris will have the smallest part out of all the new bigger named guys in the cast...prob around the same length as the willis/arnie screen time in the first one.
i think chuck norris will have the smallest part out of all the new bigger named guys in the cast...prob around the same length as the willis/arnie screen time in the first one.
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11:09AM on 09/14/2011

Chuck

If it's got Chuck Norris in it, I'm overjoyed. Nic Cage? Kid in a candy store. Michael Biehn? probably going to die of happiness.
If it's got Chuck Norris in it, I'm overjoyed. Nic Cage? Kid in a candy store. Michael Biehn? probably going to die of happiness.
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11:08AM on 09/14/2011

various hodge-podge picks for the new blood types

In no specific order...(some of these guys asking price may be too high, for a smaller part, but here's some ideas nonetheless- and you never know; high asking price guys may come down on $ just to be in something, historically, very cool.)

MAX MARTINI
TONY JAA
CHARLIE HUNNAM
ED BURNS
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT
JUSTIN THEROUX
FORREST GRIFFIN
MATT HUGHES
DAMIEN LEWIS
JOHNNY MESSNER
SCOTT SPEEDMAN
SAM WORTHINGTON
CASPER VAN DIEN



In no specific order...(some of these guys asking price may be too high, for a smaller part, but here's some ideas nonetheless- and you never know; high asking price guys may come down on $ just to be in something, historically, very cool.)

MAX MARTINI
TONY JAA
CHARLIE HUNNAM
ED BURNS
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT
JUSTIN THEROUX
FORREST GRIFFIN
MATT HUGHES
DAMIEN LEWIS
JOHNNY MESSNER
SCOTT SPEEDMAN
SAM WORTHINGTON
CASPER VAN DIEN



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11:07AM on 09/14/2011
im gonna need action choreography to step it up and im gonna need michael jai white. but thus far im stoked. movie wont be great as we all should know, but the cast alone will do what i need to have done to walk away with a smile
im gonna need action choreography to step it up and im gonna need michael jai white. but thus far im stoked. movie wont be great as we all should know, but the cast alone will do what i need to have done to walk away with a smile
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10:54AM on 09/14/2011
This might just be my most anticipated flick for next year now!!! Really do hope Michael Biehn is in it
This might just be my most anticipated flick for next year now!!! Really do hope Michael Biehn is in it
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11:10AM on 09/14/2011
me fuckin' too, man!
me fuckin' too, man!
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10:41AM on 09/14/2011
The new blood era/age should stop at actors about the same age as Scott Speedman, who'd be a nice surprise in the movie actually, he was great in the underworld flix, and in DARK BLUE...he also has that young NAVY SEAL vibe.
The new blood era/age should stop at actors about the same age as Scott Speedman, who'd be a nice surprise in the movie actually, he was great in the underworld flix, and in DARK BLUE...he also has that young NAVY SEAL vibe.
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8:30AM on 09/14/2011

New blood?

uSounds like a tayor lautner pigeon hole to me... (sigh). But guy pearce would not only be amazing, it would be magnificent.
uSounds like a tayor lautner pigeon hole to me... (sigh). But guy pearce would not only be amazing, it would be magnificent.
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11:12AM on 09/14/2011
i'm thinking Lautner would be too pricey to gain for the cast...so i think we're good.
i'm thinking Lautner would be too pricey to gain for the cast...so i think we're good.
8:12AM on 09/14/2011
While a Sly vs JCVD throw down is enticing, I personally am going to root for a Chuck Norris/Jet Li martial arts extravaganza.
While a Sly vs JCVD throw down is enticing, I personally am going to root for a Chuck Norris/Jet Li martial arts extravaganza.
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7:46AM on 09/14/2011
Haha, I like that 20/20 Vision joke. It'd be awesome to have guys like Michael Biehn, Michael Pare, and hopefully Carl Weathers in the movie. As for the new blood, it might sound like an odd choice but I'd love to see Guy Pearce in it.
Haha, I like that 20/20 Vision joke. It'd be awesome to have guys like Michael Biehn, Michael Pare, and hopefully Carl Weathers in the movie. As for the new blood, it might sound like an odd choice but I'd love to see Guy Pearce in it.
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5:31AM on 09/14/2011
michael biehn and schwarzenegger? holy crap its kyle reese vs the terminator again.......stuff it get linda hamilton too this'll be cool
michael biehn and schwarzenegger? holy crap its kyle reese vs the terminator again.......stuff it get linda hamilton too this'll be cool
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4:55AM on 09/14/2011
If it bleeds, we can cast it.
If it bleeds, we can cast it.
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4:46AM on 09/14/2011

Marc Singer

what about Marc Singer? he is The Beast Master
what about Marc Singer? he is The Beast Master
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4:05AM on 09/14/2011

Wow

My penis grew a penis reading this.
My penis grew a penis reading this.
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3:30AM on 09/14/2011
We're approaching a tipping point where it will be quicker to list the actors who AREN'T appearing in Expendables 2.
We're approaching a tipping point where it will be quicker to list the actors who AREN'T appearing in Expendables 2.
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2:45AM on 09/14/2011
Looks like he really has been listening to the fans. News of Van Damme and (hopefully) Biehn makes me happy. Plus we get a decent action director & real cinematographer this time. [link]

Let's hope Sly can sit back and let the director do his job.
Looks like he really has been listening to the fans. News of Van Damme and (hopefully) Biehn makes me happy. Plus we get a decent action director & real cinematographer this time. [link]

Let's hope Sly can sit back and let the director do his job.
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1:43AM on 09/14/2011
For the love of god Stallone, get Michael Dudikoff, The American Ninja, in there already!!!
It'd nice to see Michael Ironside too.
For the love of god Stallone, get Michael Dudikoff, The American Ninja, in there already!!!
It'd nice to see Michael Ironside too.
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2:48AM on 09/14/2011
I agree. Dudikoff would be cool!
I agree. Dudikoff would be cool!
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1:30AM on 09/14/2011
Great choices. I miss Michael Biehn. He should be in a lot more movies than he is. I just hope the movie is at least a couple hours (if not longer) so all the characters get enough screen time. It should be awesome though. The first one was great and judging by the change of direction, the new cast members, etc this has potential to eclipse it.
Great choices. I miss Michael Biehn. He should be in a lot more movies than he is. I just hope the movie is at least a couple hours (if not longer) so all the characters get enough screen time. It should be awesome though. The first one was great and judging by the change of direction, the new cast members, etc this has potential to eclipse it.
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1:10AM on 09/14/2011
I would love to see Thomas Jane in the sequel and would really love to see Wesley Snipes resurface in this. The man has fallen on hard times and what better way to resurrect himself than being in Expandables 2.
I would love to see Thomas Jane in the sequel and would really love to see Wesley Snipes resurface in this. The man has fallen on hard times and what better way to resurrect himself than being in Expandables 2.
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4:41AM on 09/14/2011
would be interesting to bad he's locked up for the next two years with no chance of early release
would be interesting to bad he's locked up for the next two years with no chance of early release
1:09AM on 09/14/2011

PUMPED

Sounds awesome! This one needs even more screen time for Dolph though. It was awesome to see him in action again in Expendables
Sounds awesome! This one needs even more screen time for Dolph though. It was awesome to see him in action again in Expendables
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12:28AM on 09/14/2011

While you're at it...

LOVE the Michael Biehn idea!!! Hope he can make that happen...
My name for consideration: Chow Yun Fat...
LOVE the Michael Biehn idea!!! Hope he can make that happen...
My name for consideration: Chow Yun Fat...
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11:05PM on 09/13/2011
Michael Biehn and Michael Pare are great choices. I'd much rather see obscure faces like that brought back than see the over played Cage and Travolta.
Michael Biehn and Michael Pare are great choices. I'd much rather see obscure faces like that brought back than see the over played Cage and Travolta.
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10:54PM on 09/13/2011
Fine choices Stallone.
Fine choices Stallone.
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10:39PM on 09/13/2011
The first one was a blast. I can't wait!
The first one was a blast. I can't wait!
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10:00PM on 09/13/2011
Love that he brought up Michael Bien as a possibility, but while your on that train of thought how about Thomas Jane, Sly? It didn't work out for Bullet to the Head, but it would be great to see him in The Expendables sequel.
Love that he brought up Michael Bien as a possibility, but while your on that train of thought how about Thomas Jane, Sly? It didn't work out for Bullet to the Head, but it would be great to see him in The Expendables sequel.
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9:56PM on 09/13/2011
Ugh! I just want this to FOD.
Ugh! I just want this to FOD.
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4:32PM on 09/14/2011
Funny. Seems like everyone was thinking the same about you.
Funny. Seems like everyone was thinking the same about you.
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