Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be in Stallone's The Expendables!
It looks like this will be the year Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his Hollywood comeback! Well, not exactly, but besides his rumored CGI appearance in Terminator Salvation, AICN has just learned that Arnold will be appearing in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables. They have a pretty trustworthy source - Stallone himself - so I don't we have to be worried that this is a rumor. Their source let them know that they've convinced Arnold to show up as himself, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, because Sly's character Barney Ross and Arnold "have some history back when the Gov was shooting Conan the Barbarian."
This casting news is almost ironic because every time I've written about The Expendables previously, I've joked that the cast would be perfect if Arnold or Jean Claude Van Damme joined. It was a joke because, as we know, Arnold retired from acting when he became the Governor. And JCVD, well, we heard about him. So now when it turns out that Stallone has convinced Arnold to appear, not only is that pretty damn impressive, but it's almost like a dream come true. Though we sadly won't see him doing any fighting. Word is Arnold will only be shooting for one day. Ben Kingsley has also been replaced by Eric Roberts.
They were also told that Stallone is tweaking the script in order to "nail the right tonal balance of humor, action and emotional reality." Which is good news considering the backlash from Van Damme's quotes last week. I've still got high hopes that this is going to be a frickin' badass action movie in the end!
Reader Feedback - 27 Comments
I could make some joke here about the real "Expendables" being the 20,000 government workers getting laid off here in California, where Arnold is governor. But I won't. Because Arnie clearly has his priorities in order.
Film Adventurer Paul on Feb 17, 2009
AH-Nuld is joing this cast, as well as Eric Roberts? Wow! This film will rock and roll!!
Blue Silver on Feb 17, 2009
loved the latest rambo...pretty pumped for this
shutupmrburton on Feb 17, 2009
number 1, lay offs are happening everywhere buddy. movies are hot right now, and in a movie like this, more star probably equals more money. money is good for economy. so thats not what concerns me. what concerns me is he made the promise that he would not be in any films while serving in office. can't tolerate those who go back on their word.
Al on Feb 17, 2009
Eat ERIC ROBERTS!
Patrick Bateman on Feb 17, 2009
hey Al, Arnold has done some cameos while governor in a movie with tom arnold etc.....he'll only be filming this for 1 day...I doubt it will affect anything..
Mike on Feb 17, 2009
i know it wont effect anything....thats kinda what i was getting at. what i am disappointed in is his going against his word. it doesnt matter to me if it causes harm (which i know it wont) or not. if the dude lies, hes a liar, and that never sits well with me.
Al on Feb 17, 2009
im going to say what i said in every topic about the expendables....THIS BETTER BE RATED R GODDAMN IT
Cody on Feb 17, 2009
I remember Cecil.
Button on Feb 17, 2009
Great! it's good to know that another badass will appear. And maybe with the script revisions and hopefully more prodding by Stallone JCVD will join the cast. But I highly doubt it. It's so sad cuz JCVD in his prime could kick all of the other cast members asses. But this movie is still going to kick ass with or without him
Scott McHenry on Feb 17, 2009
Great smokin' cast! It would have been freakin' awesome to have JCVD in the flick too. I think that there's always a reason why things happen. I relish the thought of Sly making this a franchise and maybe seeing JCVD in the sequel....but, that's looking a bit far ahead!!! 😉
Spider on Feb 17, 2009
i thought his last cameo was in the jackie chan movie, around the world in 80 days, or was it with rock in welcome to the jungle/rundown?
evilnik on Feb 17, 2009
How did you graduate High School when this is how you write?
The Doctor on Feb 17, 2009
Eric Roberts!! *shakes head*
tct on Feb 18, 2009
Actors are 'liars for hire', that's how they make good politicians. This film sounds terrible. Old steroid junkies...
Crapola on Feb 18, 2009
Arnie and Sly should have made a film back in the days whats the point in it now. In the titles its going to have all the big names that will make money just like Sly wanted. That's why JCVD opted out in the first place. To make things better, why doesn't Arnie play for president, that way he will have more involvement in the movie.
Fearl3ss on Feb 18, 2009
Where the hell is chuck norris at?
dacfan on Feb 18, 2009
Hey Dafcan, I think Chuck Norris would be too powerful for this film, and the other actors would be intimidated by his explosive presence!
Crapola on Feb 18, 2009
Bucks down Arnold will get shit for this and will then donate his paltry take back into Sacremento.
b on Feb 18, 2009
AAAHAHA!! Aw man Im SO! watchin this movie now...CANT WAIT!! xD
Toucmyinfection on Feb 18, 2009
I see all of our bad asses are represented but where the hell are the one dimensional goofy sidekicks. Like Poppi from Cobra, Brien Benben in I Come In Peace, Tommy in Snatch, Estelle Getty in Stop or my mom...eh, nevermind
Frank on Feb 18, 2009
I wouldnt wipe my ass with an Arnold film...no talent whatsoever and the f*&^ing hack has ruined the lives of thousands of hard working Californians....f*** him and any film that has him in it....jmo...
moldybread on Feb 18, 2009
CONFIRMED!!!!!!!!!! Arnie WILL NOT be in "The Expendables" both sides have commented on this within the past 24hours.
Ken Masters on Feb 19, 2009
#23 OI Ken, wat the hell u doin here, u meant to b practicing for our forthcoming movie, street fighter legends
Ryu on Feb 19, 2009
@21 Frank, I'm totally with you . . . I'm hoping for at least one comic sidekick (a la 80s action films). I would also like to see Chuck Norris, but I don't think he'll join. Another name missing from the list: Bruce Willis. Not as much of a fighter as some of the others, but hard core in his own way.
Bhyphenlow on Mar 3, 2009
If it's true ( Van Damme claims that Stallone was just interested in pitching money and action, not story. ) . then what the fuck Vandamme is doing for the last 10 years ? if it is not for money ,then where is the fucking story in his movies!
Ivan Dimitrov on Jun 2, 2009
If you search for a site full of Expendables videos & pictures can suggest you this one: http://myfantasyweb.com/expendables/movie.html. EXPENDABLES. What a casting !!! Jason Statham and Stallone together WOW !!
Bookaroo on Oct 7, 2009
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