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Will Donnie Yen be lending his patented punches to the cast of The Expendables 2?

Aug. 23, 2011by: George Merchan

Hong Kong sensation Donnie Yen (IP MAN 1 & 2) is no stranger to the art of introducing fists to faces. Will that magnificent talent be put to use in the second action hero man-fest that is THE EXPENDABLES 2?

According to Hong Kong newspapers (via Twitch), maybe! Yen was on holiday in the United States recently where he attended a dinner with EXPENDABLES producer Avi Lerner. Reportedly, Lerner made an offer to the filmmaker/martial artist to play a "tailor-made" part in the upcoming sequel. Yen's people have since confirmed that an offer was made, saying "that Yen may be interested in THE EXPENDABLES, but because he currently has a number of projects to choose from, he will not decide until he sees if the script appeals to him or not."

As Twitch notes, Yen has been around kicking ass for some time, even in Hollywood itself (SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, BLADE II), but a memorable role in a mantastic sequel opposite 80s, 90s, and 00s action icons could catapult him into a new tier of fame. Question is: does he want that?

THE EXPENDABLES 2 - from director Simon West, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren and possibly Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, and John Travolta - will begin production in October with a release currently set for August 17, 2012.
Source: Twitch

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1:40AM on 08/24/2011
Donnie Yen would make Jet Li his bitch!! Unless Donnie is one of the main stars then he shouldnt waste his time on this. Can the guy speak English? I honestly have no idea.
Donnie Yen would make Jet Li his bitch!! Unless Donnie is one of the main stars then he shouldnt waste his time on this. Can the guy speak English? I honestly have no idea.
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3:12AM on 08/24/2011
He grew up in the States and is a naturalized American.
He grew up in the States and is a naturalized American.
11:33AM on 08/24/2011
so why the heck isnt he headlining over here? The guy is his own action reel.
so why the heck isnt he headlining over here? The guy is his own action reel.
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10:49PM on 08/23/2011
Yen is a bad ass mofo, go watch the japanese ninja scene in Ip-man. He's much too good to be wasted here. We all know he will get 5 minutes of screen time, and half of that is him taking short guy jokes from the rest of the cast. Don't do it Donnie, lets get Ip-man 3 and a remake of fist of fury.
Yen is a bad ass mofo, go watch the japanese ninja scene in Ip-man. He's much too good to be wasted here. We all know he will get 5 minutes of screen time, and half of that is him taking short guy jokes from the rest of the cast. Don't do it Donnie, lets get Ip-man 3 and a remake of fist of fury.
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5:02PM on 08/23/2011
Yen is infinitely better than this shit! I hope he doesn't sign on, because then it'll just be another talented person reduced to a 5 minute role in a shitastic film.
Yen is infinitely better than this shit! I hope he doesn't sign on, because then it'll just be another talented person reduced to a 5 minute role in a shitastic film.
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3:06PM on 08/23/2011
I would be excited if Donnie decides to do it, but part of me thinks he probably shouldn't. Jet Li was indeed wasted in the first one and if this is a similar part, then screw it. Give the man a five minute long, well-shot and edited action scene... otherwise I'd rather see Donnie in Ip Man 3.
I would be excited if Donnie decides to do it, but part of me thinks he probably shouldn't. Jet Li was indeed wasted in the first one and if this is a similar part, then screw it. Give the man a five minute long, well-shot and edited action scene... otherwise I'd rather see Donnie in Ip Man 3.
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2:43PM on 08/23/2011

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope he does it. His fight scenes are incredible!
I hope he does it. His fight scenes are incredible!
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2:02PM on 08/23/2011

LETS MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY

Jet Li vs. Donnie Yen in Expendables II... come on!!!
Jet Li vs. Donnie Yen in Expendables II... come on!!!
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9:33PM on 08/23/2011
Just go rent "Hero" and "Once Upon A Time in China 2" lol.
Just go rent "Hero" and "Once Upon A Time in China 2" lol.
4:43PM on 08/24/2011
ur goddamned right!
ur goddamned right!
1:31PM on 08/23/2011
Only if he gets Jason Statham like screen time. If he is delegated to Jet Li from the first one, FUCK IT Donnie.
Only if he gets Jason Statham like screen time. If he is delegated to Jet Li from the first one, FUCK IT Donnie.
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12:24PM on 08/23/2011
Awesome sauce! I just hope he doesn't get shafted like in his few Hollywood outings back in the early 00's.

In all honesty, I would rather see an Asian version of The Expendables with Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa, Sonny Chiba, Sho Kosugi, etc.
Awesome sauce! I just hope he doesn't get shafted like in his few Hollywood outings back in the early 00's.

In all honesty, I would rather see an Asian version of The Expendables with Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Tony Jaa, Sonny Chiba, Sho Kosugi, etc.
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11:51PM on 08/23/2011
i had the same thought! a martial arts expendables set in colonial times. each superstar is the master at a different dojo and unique style and some supervillain comes across challenging (and defeating?) each of them (probably thru cheating). then it is up to one student to defend the fallen masters' honor. or something like that.
i had the same thought! a martial arts expendables set in colonial times. each superstar is the master at a different dojo and unique style and some supervillain comes across challenging (and defeating?) each of them (probably thru cheating). then it is up to one student to defend the fallen masters' honor. or something like that.
4:35PM on 08/24/2011
That actually would be an exponentially better flick than the current one.
That actually would be an exponentially better flick than the current one.
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11:43AM on 08/23/2011
If he's in the film, that would seal the deal for me. He's currently my favorite action star coming out of Asian and he doesn't get enough recognition for being the same league as Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Of course, I didn't care much for the first one, so hopefully he gets a decent role, as opposed to the poor second-rate role that Jet Li had in the film.
If he's in the film, that would seal the deal for me. He's currently my favorite action star coming out of Asian and he doesn't get enough recognition for being the same league as Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Of course, I didn't care much for the first one, so hopefully he gets a decent role, as opposed to the poor second-rate role that Jet Li had in the film.
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11:32AM on 08/23/2011
If they have him kick ass like he did in Ip Man 1 & 2 then abso-freakin-lutely.
If they have him kick ass like he did in Ip Man 1 & 2 then abso-freakin-lutely.
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11:28AM on 08/23/2011
I get wet in the pants when I read the cast for this movie
I get wet in the pants when I read the cast for this movie
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11:18AM on 08/23/2011

Donnie Yen is a hell of an action star

I only hope they use him better than they used Jet Li in the first film. A bunch of short jokes and then gets his ass kicked by Dolph Lundgren? Yeesh!
I only hope they use him better than they used Jet Li in the first film. A bunch of short jokes and then gets his ass kicked by Dolph Lundgren? Yeesh!
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11:15AM on 08/23/2011
Awesome! I still want to see Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson get added to this though.
Awesome! I still want to see Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson get added to this though.
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10:21AM on 08/23/2011
If he does, I could see Expendables being a trilogy that gets better and bigger with each movie.
If he does, I could see Expendables being a trilogy that gets better and bigger with each movie.
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8:49AM on 08/23/2011
Donnie Yen = Ultimate Action Star
Donnie Yen = Ultimate Action Star
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8:42AM on 08/23/2011
Yes! Bring him in.
Yes! Bring him in.
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8:31AM on 08/23/2011
I've always been a Donnie Yen fan since forever, and seeing him in this would be cool, but give him good screen time. I also would like Colin Chou (Seraph from the matrix) to be in more films, but he is underrated.
I've always been a Donnie Yen fan since forever, and seeing him in this would be cool, but give him good screen time. I also would like Colin Chou (Seraph from the matrix) to be in more films, but he is underrated.
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8:18AM on 08/23/2011
Would love to see this happen. If there is no Jet Li, I'd take a Yen/JCVD or Yen/Chuck Norris fight anyday.
Would love to see this happen. If there is no Jet Li, I'd take a Yen/JCVD or Yen/Chuck Norris fight anyday.
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8:14AM on 08/23/2011
John Travolta?!

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John Travolta?!

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6:53AM on 08/23/2011
what happened to Jet Li?! i wanna see some donnie yen vs jet li action here!
what happened to Jet Li?! i wanna see some donnie yen vs jet li action here!
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