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- Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen was considered for a role.
- The Bonaparte character was written to fill a void left by Mickey RourkeMickey Rourke, who at one point planned to reprise his role from the first film.
- Lucas TillLucas Till was considered for the role of Smilee.
- Tom SizemoreTom Sizemore was considered for the lead villain role at some point.
- The role of Conrad Stonebanks was written for Mel GibsonMel Gibson, who initially turned down the part. Jack NicholsonJack Nicholson was also offered, and turned down the part before Gibson signed on.
- While the role of Galgo was written specifically for Antonio BanderasAntonio Banderas, Danny TrejoDanny Trejo was considered for the part.
- Jean-Claude Van DammeJean-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 StalloneSylvester 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 CrewsTerry Crews' screentime was limited, due to schedule conflicts with [Brooklyn Nine-Nine].
- Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson, Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood, and Milla JovovichMilla Jovovich were considered for a role.
- Nicolas CageNicolas Cage was considered for the role of Bonaparte.
- Terry CrewsTerry Crews begged Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone during production not to kill off his character.
- Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold 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 StalloneSylvester Stallone offered a supporting role to Jackie ChanJackie Chan but Chan refused, due to scheduling conflicts, and he also prefers to play a lead role.
- In one scene, Antonio BanderasAntonio 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 FordHarrison 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 CoutureRandy Couture) asks Doc (Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes) why he got locked up Doc replies: "Tax evasion". In 2008 Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion. He served from 2010 to 2013.
- Although top billed, Jet LiJet Li has less than five minutes of screentime.
- While shooting an action scene in a truck, Jason StathamJason Statham almost drowned when the truck fell into the sea after brakes failed.
- Bruce WillisBruce 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 StalloneSylvester Stallone and the producers refused, and he left the film. Within three days, Stallone was able to get Harrison FordHarrison 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 SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger shares the same birthday as Terry CrewsTerry Crews. They were both born on July 30th.
- This movie has two actors from the James Bond franchise: Dolph LundgrenDolph Lundgren had a bit part as a bodyguard in A View to a Kill, and Robert DaviRobert Davi as the main antagonist in Licence To Kill.
- In addition to his role of main villain, Mel GibsonMel Gibson was offered the chance to direct the film, but he declined.