SDCC 2010: Action Stars Assemble At ‘The Expendables’ Panel
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A panel for Sylvester Stallone‘s action overdrive movie, The Expendables was held early on at Comic Con 2010. This is one of the movies that you’ve likely seen a ton of times via TV spots and trailers that have been released over the past few months. The Expendables brings together a who’s who of action stars in an attempt to reclaim the beauty and brutality that were the action films of the ’80s, and nothing could sound more exciting.

The panel — moderated by Ain’t It Cools’ own head geek, Harry Knowles — featured Stallone, who wrote, directed, and starred in the movie. He was joined by Terry Crews, who offered up a little Old Spice P-P-P-P-P-P-POWER! by ripping his shirt open when he came out, Dolph Lundgren, UFC legend Randy Couture, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Bruce Willis, who peeked in for a few minutes having been there already for the RED panel. A cameo by a cameo actor — how perfectly fitting.

Because the movie has been known for so long, not a lot needed to be said. The panel was really just a chance to get an awesome collection of action stars out there to chat a bit about the movie, making it, and other things.

At one point, someone asked Stallone who else they wanted to get in the movie. He mentioned names like Chuck Norris (Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal were also said to have been offered roles) but said they couldn’t do it due to “extenuating circumstances…such as insanity.” No doubt the goal was to get as many legendary action stars as possible in the flick; it would have really been incredible to see them all gathered for one movie. I mean, they got Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for a cameo (who unfortunately couldn’t be at the panel), so why not everyone else?!

Stallone then touched on whether any egos clashed on this set with so many scary, giant dudes running around. He joked that there was a little, but that they were all really sneaky about it and would sneak an “f-you” in from time-to-time before anyone realized it was said or could react to it accordingly.

Sly also talked bout the amazing cast that he DID get and how he never expected it to come together so well. He elaborates by saying that he just wanted to get the movie made and found himself getting a really great cast along the way.

Someone asked about when they were beating each other up if any of them took it personally. Sly talked about some times back in the day on movies like Death Race 2000 and Demolition Man where he’d get hit and the actor opposing him couldn’t wait to do another take and hit him again.

The group also talked about injuries a bit — specifically the time that Austin ended up breaking Stallone’s neck during a scene and how they were all in the hospital so often that they knew the doctors by name.

A lot was also aimed at Couture and his forearms, as well as if he helped with some of the moves considering his background as a real fighter. Being a longtime MMA fan myself this is cool because Couture is probably one of the least-known of the stars, but he would likely beat the crap out of all of them with his background in boxing, wrestling, and numerous UFC championship titles.

A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records came out at one point to present Stallone and Dolph Lundgren with an award declaring Rocky as the most successful sports movie franchise of all time.

The actors are asked what their hardest scenes were. Couture being a real fighter said the hardest stuff was the monologue. Lundgren tells a story about his first scene where he had to come out and act crazy and tell a joke. He said he had trouble with it and had to do the scene like 20 times, but later he talked to Sly who told him (in Dolph’s best Stallone) “Hey! Guess which take I used? I used the first take!” which got a great response.

And that about did it! Should be a hell of a lot of fun to see The Expendables.
Panel Photos

Photos by Dave3


  1. Thanks for posting this.

    I’ve been wanting to see this since it was first announced, and after having met Eric Roberts earlier this year, and what he was able to tell me, and what I’ve read here, I’m ecstatic to see this film.

    Comment by Brian — July 26, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  2. Thanks for the write up! I didn’t make it to sdcc this year so I’m living vicariously through you guys! And this is a panel I would have LOVED to have sat in on for sure.

    Comment by Dick — July 27, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

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