Over the course of the current filmsthe action icon star packed franchise the Expendables has had its ups and downs. Each of the films individually and the series as a whole has a polarizing effect on fans of action films in general, either loved or berated by fans of the respective large ensemble cast of action film icons in particular that each film has brandished, and mostly brushed off by film critics as nothing more than self indulgent attempts of washed up macho hero actors to re-establish themselves in the waning twilight years.
I personally loved the first film, it was classic action type filmmaking and a overflowing dose of action hero nostalgia, which is why I hated the second film, while it was interesting to see Stallone fight Van Damn, the other cameos (Chuck Norris) were simply that, quick “look at me, remember me? I want to be included!” cameos and the plot revolved around a uninteresting character who was unknown, and therefore really should not have mattered.
And unlike many moviegoers I enjoyed the third film, if only to see Westley Snipes reclaim himself as a veteran action star, and watch the climatic ending as the rag tag heroes fight off a literal army, including a number of tanks. B
ut seriously what the hell was Kelsey Grammer doing in the film? And why couldn’t Mickey Rourke’s character have returned?
Well regardless, Stallone (along with Rambo: Last Blood) is currently working on the fourth film of the franchise and according to reports is pushing for two things which have yet alluded him, an R rating and more familiar faces. And supposedly according to Hulk Hogan, he is currently talking with Stallone to be the villain in the next action filled episode…
“Was talking on the phone with Sly [Stallone] about doing The Expendables 4. We’re trying to figure out a way to maybe turn me into the most evil man in the world. Y’know, Stallone gave me my first break and he’s been a great friend for all these years … We had a great conversation, talking about the possibilities. Can I still run, can I still jump? Well, not as fast or not as high, but I think Hollywood could find a good stunt man to help me out.”
Now that should be taken with a large swallow of salt as Hogan, at 61 is not in the best of shape physically… like at all. But he can play a good villain. (ThunderLips from the Rocky 3 and the despised but popular “Hollywood Hogan” from his stint in WCW as the leader of the NWO. (some people laugh and others need an explanation, if you don’t know, please don’t ask me to explain it all just look it up.)
Source: Wrestling Inc via Screenrant.com