Monday, August 16, 2010

Expendables is #1

Sylvester Stallone wanted to prove that tough-guy films weren't dead. Tired of seeing films taking pretty boys and using special effects and make-up to make them believable action stars, Stallone set out to show that real men do it better.

You could say that he succeeded as the resulting movie, THE EXPENDABLES, reached #1 at the box office this weekend.

The action flick brought together a bunch of buff tough-guys to overthrow the dictator of a South American country. To add coolness, the characters are all given names, ala A-Team, that would make Tarantino proud.

Sylvester Stallone

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

Randy Couture

Dolph Lundgren

Jet Li

Jason Statham

Terry Crews

Mickey Rourke

Bruce Willis

I have not seen it, yet, but I've been looking forward to it ever since I read about it last year in Muscle and Fitness. I'm planning to see it sometime this week.

That issue of M&F (The Hollywood Issue) was very interesting as Stallone went and listed off who he thought were the key icons of true action heroes since the 60's.

Here's the rundown:

Sean Connery
Lee Marvin
Steve McQueen

Charles Bronson
Clint Eastwood
Fred Williamson

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sylvester Stallone
Dolph Lundgren

Jean-Claude Van Damme
Bruce Willis
Wesley Snipes

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Jason Statham
Daniel Craig
Hugh Jackman

Quite an impressive list. I think he nailed it on each decade.
Stallone also gives props to the sword-and-sandal actors that paved the way.
If you can find a copy of the magazine it's worth keeping (there's also a feature on Hugh Jackman's workouts for Wolverine).

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