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The Expendables is a 2010 action film directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. The film is intended to be an homage to the blockbuster action films of the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Following the success of the film, a sequel, The Expendables 2, was released on August 17, 2012, with most of the original cast reprising their roles.
- Plans for the sequel were already planned 7 months before the debut in the theaters.
- Steven Seagal was asked to play a cameo but turned it down due to negative connections with producer Avi Lerner.
- Producer Avi Lerner decided to cut the film down to two versions, a PG-13-rated version and an R-rated version, both of which will be screen tested to see which one will be officially released. Lerner had considered cutting down the violence because of the success of recent PG-13 action films like Live Free or Die Hard and The Dark Knight. Lerner has claimed that Sylvester Stallone’s previous film Rambo could have been even more successful, had it not contained such extreme violence and gore.
- The initial budget for the film was $60 million but increased to $70-$80 million.
- The silver badge on General Garza’s right breast is actually a United States Army Combat Action Badge. It is awarded to non-infantry soldiers who have actually engaged an enemy force in combat, and worn on the left breast. Since it would be nearly impossible for a foreign general to earn a CAB legitimately, the costume department most likely simply picked out a random military badge.
- In Germany both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger share the same voice actor (Thomas Danneberg). This, the first movie with both stars on screen, required Danneberg to do the voices for both actors. While keeping Stallone’s voice raspy and low, Schwarzenegger’s was dubbed lighter, but it’s the same voice.
- This could have been Brittany Murphy’s final film before she passed away. However Sylvester Stallone cut her character from the script before anything was filmed.