The Expendables 2 is coming to a theater near you real soon, it’s hard not to be excited about it. Anyone you’ve ever seen in an action movie before, is pretty much in The Expendables 2! Anyone who did an action movie in the 1980’s is literally in it. The Expendables 2 cast includes such action greats as Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Liam Hemsworth, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Scott Adkins, and Randy Couture, Did we fail to mention, it also includes B-movie Action Gods Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme?
Here’s a list of the greatest movies of The Expendables 2 cast to get you in the mood for it hitting theaters. We’ll list the greatest, slam-bang action movie each of these hard-hitting superstars.
Sylvester Stallone was great in the Rocky movies and almost every other film he did besides Rhinestone (really, Stallone singing with Dolly Parton?), even that arm-wrestling movie he did was awesome! His best role though was playing John Rambo in the first Rambo film First Blood. This was Stallone at his best, playing a disenfranchised Vietnam vet, who just comes to town to pay his respects to a fallen friend. Instead, he ends up arrested and humiliated to the point where he breaks down and fights back with the skills he earned in the war. Never has Stallone been so kick-ass in a role. In the original cut of the film (which was based on the book) Rambo ends up getting killed at the end of the picture. Test audiences loved Stallone as Rambo so much, they freaked at the idea of that happening to him, so they re-cut the movie and he survived. Sadly, the sequels that followed, made him into a Reagan-Era super-soldier cutting down 50 soldiers at a time, full of violence and not much else.
In the Keannu Reeves classic Speed, if the bus went under 50 mph, the bus would explode along with everybody else on it. In the movie Crank, Jason Statham essentially has the BUS part that Keannu wished he had! Statham plays an assassin who’s been injected with a poison that will kill him if his heart rate drops below a certain point. He spends the entire movie pushing himself to his limits, committing acts of uber-violence along the way, just so he survives!
In Unleashed, Jet Li plays a man who was raised as a slave. His “master” treats him like a beast and refers to him as “Danny the Dog”. His whole purpose is just to fight others, in matches to the death using his superior martial arts skills. Danny escapes and tries to live a normal life, but his “master” won’t let go of him so easily, and triggers him into being a beast again with the painful collar around his neck.
Not only a great fighting film, as Jet Li gets fierce fighting his opponents to the death, but a great showcase of how underrated as an actor that Jet Li really is.
Bruce Willis was still playing suave, cool private detective David Addison on TV show Moonlighting, when he got the role of New York cop Officer John McClanee in the first Die Hard movie. When a bunch of criminals are holding hostages while performing a heist in a large office building, and one of those hostages turns out to be the wife of a New York cop, he fights to free them, even though the odds are against that happening. Bruce Willis went from TV star to kick-ass action star in one swoop, as he took on these terrorists one by one.. and liked it. It’s definitely the best of the Die Hard series, as John McClane hadn’t been turned into an over-the-top caricature of himself, taking down helicopters single-handedly. He was still a real guy, which made the danger that he faced all the more real.
Arnold Schwarzenegger went from world class bodybuilder to one of the most successful American actors ever without knowing how to act or talk English, with a last name that most people still can’t spell even after years of being a star. And from there.. to Governor of a state that has a larger population than quite a few countries. What next?
His most kick-ass movie being Terminator 2: Judgement Day. In the first Terminator movie Arnie played the killer robot Terminator from the future sent back to kill Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor character before she gave birth to John Connor, the man who would save mankind from the evil machines in the future. As cool as that was, for the second movie, Arnie essentially sent the same Terminator character, but this time he was sent back to protect Sarah and John Connor, as well as to kick Terminator ass. He went from future killing machine to future killing machine.. with a conscience.
Dolph Lundgren is the KING of crappy action movies, he’s the guy who shows up when nobody else will. That being said, he was incredible playing Russian boxer Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Not only was he an imposing physical presence, seeming like a giant compared to Stallone, but he also killed Apollo Creed in the ring, Rocky’s former enemy in the ring and current best friend. Rocky vowed revenge against the superhuman boxer and we ended up with a real battle of the superpowers.
You don’t judge Chuck Norris‘ films, Chuck Norris’ films judge you!
in the movie Timecop, Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a cop, Max Walker, who works for a law enforcement agency called the Time Enforcement Commission. Recently, time travel was discovered. The task of the TEC, to combat the misuse of time travel, which most people used to gain power or money, which could inadvertently destroy the future. Walker is sent back to the past to stop a businessman from using his knowledge to become President. While he’s back in time, he bumps into his wife, who had been killed in the future that he came from. While he’s trying to save the world from unravelling, dare he risk trying to save her?
While he’s been pretty well known in his native Australia for a few years now, on this side of the world he only became the worldwide star he is playing Marvel Comics’ Thor. Thor, son of Odin and Thunder God, is kicked out of Asgard for his arrogance and banished to Earth. He goes from butthead to hero and protects us from the dark forces coming at us. It’s nothing deep or introspective, it’s just Gods battling Gods, what fun!
Terry Crews played for the NFL for 6 years until he retired to go into acting. For a while he was a series regular on an extreme sports show called Battle Show, as a character called T-Money. He’s done several films since then including Malibu’s Most Wanted, The Sixth Day and Bridesmaids. At this point, he’s still really a newbie in the action field.
Scott Adkins is still a relative newby to movies, having mostly had supporting parts rather than starring parts up until now. You can see him in such great movies such as Bourne Ultimatum, X-Men Origins and Undisputed II and III. He’s known for his superior martial arts skills.
Still a relative newbie to movies, you’ve seen him as a MMA fighter in the UFC, winning the UFC Light-Heavyweight Championship twice and the UFC Heavyweight Championship 3 times. He has since retired from the UFC.