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The Expendables 2 [2012]

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Director:Simon West
Writer:Richard Wenk
Sylvester Stallone
Composer:Brian Tyler
Length:103 minutes
(1 hour 43 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:65%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.


Personal Rating: 7/10

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Simon West => Director
Richard Wenk => Writer
Sylvester Stallone => Writer / Barney Ross
Brian Tyler => Composer
Alexander Moskov => Stephan
Amanda Ooms => Pilar
Arnold Schwarzenegger => Trench
Bruce Willis => Church
Charisma Carpenter => Lacy
Chuck Norris => Booker
Dolph Lundgren => Gunner Jensen
George Zlatarev => Bojan
Jason Statham => Lee Christmas
Jean-Claude Van Damme => Vilain
Jet Li => Yin Yang
Liam Hemsworth => Billy The Kid
Nan Yu => Maggie
Nikolette Noel => Billy's Wife
Novak Djokovic => Himself (uncredited)
Randy Couture => Toll Road
Scott Adkins => Hector
Terry Crews => Hale Caesar

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Gina Carano was considered for the role of Maggie.
  • Taylor Lautner was considered for the role that went to Liam Hemsworth.
  • Donnie Yen was offered a role but he declined.
  • Only the third time Schwarzenegger has used the paraphrase, "I'm back". The first was in Kindergarten Cop and the second was Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
  • In November 2010, Charlie Sheen was considered for the role of a CIA agent hunting down Church. The role was eventually written out of the script.
  • This is Jean-Claude Van Damme's fourth time working with both Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins.
  • All of Jet Li's scenes were filmed in Hong Kong because he was working on another movie at the same time.
  • Jackie Chan said he had been offered a role, but was forced to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Chinese Zodiac.
  • The fountain pen that Barney Ross pulls out to write on the napkin is a Montegrappa Chaos limited edition pen that Sylvester Stallone, a long time Montegrappa aficionado, helped design. It includes a skull and other symbols inspired by The Expendables.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger shot his role in 5 days, one week prior to beginning work on The Last Stand.
  • In September 2011 Sylvester Stallone confirmed that he was in talks with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta about roles in the film and that scheduling would be the only obstacle to their involvement.
  • A real railway bridge over the river Osam in Bulgaria was built for the film, and will remain as part of the railway network.
  • Liam Hemsworth was originally cast in The Expendables but when the script was re-written, his role was cut out. He later got a call from Sylvester Stallone to be in this movie.
  • The sequel was considered seven months before The Expendables was completed and released in theaters. The first movie's plot was revised during filming so that Dolph Lundgren's character, who was killed in the first draft, could be saved for the sequel.
  • Tennis player Novak Djokovic filmed a cameo for the airport shootout for free. However his scene, which involved him beating down terrorists with his racket, was cut.
  • While filming an action scene in Bulgaria, an explosion on a rubber boat killed one stuntman and left another in critical condition.
  • Gunner Jensen refers to Chuck Norris' character Booker as the "Lone Wolf". This is a reference to the Chuck Norris movie Lone Wolf McQuade.
  • John Travolta and Nicolas Cage were considered to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in this film. Ironically 15 years previously, Travolta and Cage took the roles of Sean Archer and Castor Troy in Face/Off which was made and written for Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
  • The film reveals that Gunnar Jensen earned an advanced degree in chemical engineering, then abandoned his science career to work as bouncer in order to impress a girl. Dolph Lundgren earned a chemistry degree from Washington State University in 1976, a chemical engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in the early 1980s, and a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1982. Lundgren walked away from a science career to work as bodyguard for his then-girlfriend Grace Jones. While stuck in the mine, Gunnar refers to himself as a "Fulbright Scholar," which Lundgren achieved in real life.
  • Chuck Norris agreed to come out of retirement from acting at the age of 71 in order to appear in this film.
  • Sylvester Stallone asked Chuck Norris to include a reference to The Chuck Norris facts (a popular internet meme) in the screenplay. Norris's wife [?] Gena O'Kelly suggested him the one with the cobra. ("Chuck Norris was bitten by a cobra, and after five days of excruciating pain... the cobra died.")
  • Sylvester Stallone explained that his casting was looking particularly for actors who had not experienced recent hits: "I like using people that had a moment and then maybe have fallen on some hard times and give them another shot. I like those kinds of guys. Someone did it for me and I like to see if I can do it for them."
  • In Russian theatrical dub the name of Chuck Norris character is just "Chuck Norris".
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, in this film says "Yippie Kai Yay", (a reference to Bruce Willis's role in Die Hard as John McClane), after he says "I'll be back", when Bruce Willis steals his line. Arnold was considered for the role of John McClane in Die Hard along with Sylvester Stallone himself.
  • Is the only film in the Expendables series not to be nominated for (or win) a Razzie Award.