If you think about it, Sylvester Stallone is very similar to Jesus Christ. Jesus rose from the dead on the third day; Stallone rose from career death by making Rocky Balboa, the third-best Rocky movie. Jesus single-handedly cast the moneylenders out of the Temple in Jerusalem; Stallone single-handedly cast the Neo-Fascists out of Los Angeles in Cobra. And whereas Jesus assembled twelve of his best pals into a crack team of religious emissaries known as “The Twelve Apostles,” Stallone convinced his twelve BFFs to join him for The Expendables 2, the sequel to 2010′s bloodsoaked beefcake tone poem. READ FULL STORY »
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The Project: The Expendables 2
The Panel: Stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren. Moderated by The Los Angeles Times writer and Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher
The Big Revelations: Arnold came to Hall H! The former California Governator made a triumphant appearance to a standing ovation, and proceeded to alternatively joke with and compliment the rest of the panel.
Footage Screened: Both Stallone and Schwarzenegger were welcomed to Hall H with an aggressively edited retrospective of their respective cinema careers, which included brief clips from Expendables 2 that could be best summed up with the word KERPLOW!
A full clip from the film played at the very end of the panel, featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme as the main baddie strolling through a panicky airport backed by his goons, all of them armed to the teeth. READ FULL STORY »
Today, Ain’t It Cool News debuted a clip from Expendables 2, in which Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham zip down a zipline into a jungle and kill a whole bunch of dudes. At one point, it almost looks like they’re going to die. But then — spoiler alert — they don’t die! Anyhow, the important thing to remember is that Sylvester Stallone was born one year after World War II ended, and he’s still ziplining into a jungle, so what’s your excuse? Get a job, hippie!
Watch the clip, which also includes a rare sighting of a Hemsworth: READ FULL STORY »
Jean-Claude Van Damme on his new film 'Dragon Eyes,' his 'Expendables 2' villain, and kickboxing over 50
Jean-Claude Van Damme may be 51 years old, but he can still kick you through a wall. The kickboxing Belgian has been fighting through scores of baddies ever since he first roundhoused his way into our hearts in 1988′s Bloodsport. His latest film, Dragon Eyes, sees him taking the backseat as a mentor to martial arts star Cung Le, but with a role as the villain in Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming Silver Pictures Reunion Tour sequel The Expendables 2, there will be plenty of Van Damage in the near future. We spoke with the Muscles From Brussels about kicking ass, taking names, and collecting puppies.
In Dragon Eyes, you play a Yoda-esque mentor character. Did you enjoy the chance to play the teacher?
Playing a mentor reminded me of when I was giving karate classes to children, which I started at the age of 17. So I understood training people, because I’ve done that before, and before I came to America I owned a gym. I was kind of a training mentor by profession before I came to the States, so it was exciting to me to remember those moments, but it was also the excitement of meeting Cung Le because he’s a fighter who’s using his legs a lot, so I was attracted to his style of fighting.
Both of you have experience in the world of competitive martial arts. Did you exchange stories while filming?
My time of martial arts was traditional. Today, in 2012, it’s different. People have special vitamins, they drink special water, they pump in oxygen, they have a different training program — it’s like taking care of a Formula 1 instead of a Model T. But, nevertheless, when two warriors, ex-fighters, talk together, it’s the same spirit, so the spirit was there.
How much do you train when you’re actually making a movie?
When I go on location, we have a schedule. And when you have a schedule, you know when you’re not working, so I train very well on location. But I also train three or four times a week at home, but today I train differently than before. I train, for me, very smartly. I don’t train heavy, I do a lot of isometrics. I actually have an idea. I don’t know if it’s good, but I want to do it. It’s half-hour lessons to teach people how to train themselves at home and also I can talk about my experience of life.
The JCVD Workout Routine?
And a part of the money will go to charities. I love animals. I’m crazy about dogs, I want to save lots of dogs. That’s my hobby.
Do you have a lot of them?
Oh, yeah. I have nine here, and four in the U.S. at my second residence. I’ve even got a handicapped dog who has a wheelchair made in Holland.
Based on that fact alone, I’m now thinking it was a bit of a stretch for you to play a nasty villain like the one in The Expendables 2.
No, no, I’m good as a villain! I don’t play many of them, but I play good villains. Plus, it’s a big movie and it’s good for me to go from DVD back to the big screen.
So is this going to start you off on a string of villainous roles?
Well, in my next movie I play a villain. But it’s a very strange villain. I have a good director—Peter Hyams, we did Timecop together. Just to give you an idea, I play a villain who’s a vegan, so imagine if you have a leather belt around your waist, he’s the type of villain who would say, “Why do you have that piece of skin around your hip, please?” So he’s really for the animals, he loves animals. He can kill somebody and you’re falling down to the floor, and suddenly he becomes interested in a flower on the floor. He’s a very interesting villain.
And plus you can relate, because you both love dogs.
Yes, like me! It’s going to be called Enemies Closer. And it will be from the people who did Dragon Eyes. I’ll go from teacher to villain, and I’ll look different. For the Dragon Eyes role I needed a professor look, so I put some gray color in my hair. [Pause] No, I’m joking! I didn’t put the color in my hair. I was just joking. The color in my hair is my natural hair color: gray.
I promise I won’t tell anyone.
No, go ahead! It looks good when you see someone kicking at the age of 51 with no double. It’s kinda cool for people to know that past 50 we can keep flexible.
Do you ever start to feel your age when making a film?
Of course. When you’re fighting, your body produces less oxygen in your red cells. So for example, if I was fighting today against a fighter, I’d need to win fast, before the third round for sure. And if you take a blow, you will recoup less than a 25-year-old guy, so fighting at the age of 50, it’s a very big, big, big, big challenge.
Well, I still definitely don’t ever want to fight you.
What I’m doing, it’s the element of surprise. I do one kick and it connects and does lots of damage, but for a young fighter, he’ll see me coming and put up a fight. But you’re right, against a simple civilian who doesn’t know anything…
So then you’d be someone who would benefit from my JCVD Workout Routine!
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Liam Hemsworth on working with ‘The Expendables 2′ crew and getting kicked by a famous foot
Listen, it’s all well and good that Sylvester Stallone has turned Expendables 2 into this summer’s cameo feeding frenzy, complete with guest-starring appearance by beefcake legends Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stallone even managed to fill the mandatory Hemsworth quota by casting Liam “Not Thor” Hemsworth as a sniper. But there’s a lingering question lurking over the action sequel: Just what is the plot of this thing? A new trailer answers that question, and the answer is: “Van Damme, Plutonium, Bang Boom Pow.” Now that that’s settled, watch the trailer and prepare for unfiltered action decadence: READ FULL STORY »
Hemsworth was actually supposed to have a role in the first film, but script modifications eliminated his character. “It was a weird moment because I had celebrated with everyone,” says Hemsworth, “and told everyone I was going over to shoot this film, and then it didn’t happen.” Luckily, when it came time for a sequel, Stallone remembered to save a spot for him.
The experience of working alongside all those action icons was a bit of a strange one for Hemsworth, who had watched their movies as a child. “It was weird at first, you have to pinch yourself every once in a while,” he says. “I was working with all these guys I grew up watching—it was nuts. Once Jean-Claude [Van Damme] kicked me in the chest by accident. It was like a present, one of the most awesome kicks you could ever receive.”
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Fact: there is something called the Arnold Sports Festival, an annual multi-sport gathering (billed as the largest in the nation) that features more than 45 sports, over 700 exhibition booths, and one (1) 8-foot bronze statue of festival namesake Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Second fact: at this year’s festival in Columbus, Ohio, the former bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-Governator-turned-actor revealed his upcoming slate of action movies, leading us to believe that the Arnold just does not stop. At a press conference, Schwarzenegger discussed his next film projects, which will begin with The Expendables 2, the Sylvester Stallone-penned sequel to 2010’s adrenaline-cased sausage fest, due out in August.
You have to admire The Expendables franchise for having zero illusions about what it is: An aggro-action spectacular stuffed to the gills with movie stars by and large better known for their biceps than their acting chops. The trailer for The Expendables 2 trades precisely on that expectation: After a quick scene in which Bruce Willis chews off a vaguely threatening speech to a silent Sylvester Stallone, a metal skull spawns a crown of bullets and firearms, and each of the film’s stars is tersely introduced solely by their last name. My favorite part? That Jean Claude Van Damme is billed as “Also Van Damme.” Check it out below: READ FULL STORY »
Lack of substantial plot and character development aside, you have to give The Expendables credit: These guys know their audience. The poster for the aptly titled sequel, Expendables 2, shows a pile of perfectly chiseled action stars preparing to kick some ass. Each and every one, from Sylvester Stallone to a person by the name of Nan Yu, is holding a big freaking gun and showing off an impressive mean face. Stallone’s is best, though Terry Crews gives a valiant effort.
The poster promises more of the same from the first movie, but with a few noteworthy additions. Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger will be happy to see the Governator back where he belongs (holding a giant gun), and a little Chuck Norris always goes a long way. READ FULL STORY »
A stuntman was killed and another was seriously injured in an explosion on the Bulgarian set of The Expendables 2 yesterday afternoon. The movie’s second unit stunt team was filming on a reservoir called Lake Ognyanovo in the southwestern part of the country when the accident occurred, while the movie’s main unit was shooting about 2.5 hours away, according to the film’s unit publicist. The names of the stuntmen are not yet being released, but Nu Image/Millennium Films issued a statement: “It is with great regret that we confirm this unfortunate accident. Our hearts go out to the families and those on the production affected by this tragedy. The filmmakers are working closely with the authorities in responding to and investigating this accident.”
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