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- Charlie Sheen was considered for a role.
- The Bonaparte character was written to fill a void left by Mickey Rourke, who at one point planned to reprise his role from the first film.
- Lucas Till was considered for the role of Smilee.
- Tom Sizemore was considered for the lead villain role at some point.
- The role of Conrad Stonebanks was written for Mel Gibson, who initially turned down the part. Jack Nicholson was also offered, and turned down the part before Gibson signed on.
- While the role of Galgo was written specifically for Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo was considered for the part.
- Jean-Claude Van Damme, who portrayed Jean Vilain in The Expendables 2, jokingly wanted to return as Jean Vilain's brother, Claude Vilain.
- It was rumored "The Expendables" films were to be a trilogy. However, a fourth film was announced to be in development.
- After the release of the film, Sylvester Stallone admitted the PG-13 was a mistake, saying "I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again."
- [?] Steven Seagal was offered a role, but he declined.
- Terry Crews' screentime was limited, due to schedule conflicts with [Brooklyn Nine-Nine].
- Dwayne Johnson, Clint Eastwood, and Milla Jovovich were considered for a role.
- Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Bonaparte.
- Terry Crews begged Sylvester Stallone during production not to kill off his character.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger worked a little more than a week on the movie. (On the first film, Schwarzenegger worked half a day, and on the second film, he was on-set for four days.)
- Sylvester Stallone offered a supporting role to Jackie Chan but Chan refused, due to scheduling conflicts, and he also prefers to play a lead role.
- In one scene, Antonio Banderas' character sings "El novio de la muerte" ("Bridegroom of Death"). That song is the official hymn of the Spanish Legion, an elite unit of the Spanish Army. Banderas was made an honorary member of that military unit in 2013.
- As his character in the film, Harrison Ford is a skilled pilot in real-life. In fact, Ford has conducted some search-and-rescue missions, just like his character does in the film.
- When Toll Road (Randy Couture) asks Doc (Wesley Snipes) why he got locked up Doc replies: "Tax evasion". In 2008 Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion. He served from 2010 to 2013.
- Although top billed, Jet Li has less than five minutes of screentime.
- While shooting an action scene in a truck, Jason Statham almost drowned when the truck fell into the sea after brakes failed.
- Bruce Willis was set to reprise his role of Mr. Church, at a salary of three million dollars (750,000 dollars per day for four consecutive days). When he demanded one million dollars per day instead, Sylvester Stallone and the producers refused, and he left the film. Within three days, Stallone was able to get Harrison Ford to replace the Church role as a new character. Ford's "short notice" quip, as used in the trailer, alludes to these events (which were well publicized long before the film premiered).
- Arnold Schwarzenegger shares the same birthday as Terry Crews. They were both born on July 30th.
- This movie has two actors from the James Bond franchise: Dolph Lundgren had a bit part as a bodyguard in A View to a Kill, and Robert Davi as the main antagonist in Licence To Kill.
- In addition to his role of main villain, Mel Gibson was offered the chance to direct the film, but he declined.