As a product of the 1980s and 1990s, we all grew up on a steady diet of cheesy action movies. Plot didn’t matter. See: Road House. That’s why a movie like The Expendables 2 that brings all those aging action heroes together and give them one last dance did so well at the box office. It’s high on the nostalgia factor and while it admittedly isn’t the best movie around, it was a fun, popcorn-munching romp of a flick. After watching The Expendables and The Expendables 2, the natural thing to do is come up with another dream cast, right? Everyone who saw it probably wished a few other folks were involved. So, cinemanerdz.com compiled ten considerations (and two honorable mentions) for the next group of Expendables. (Note: Because all of these actors exude awesomeness in their own way, this list is in no particular order.)
Apollo Creed. Major Dillon. “Action” Jackson. Those three roles alone more than solidify Weathers as a major player in the action genre. I even used to be called “Action” Jackson by a few friends back in the day. That would have never happened if not for Carl Weathers. In general, I think it’s a shame that Weathers never reached the pinnacle that his Rocky and Predator co-stars did, so now it’s time for Stallone to throw his sparring buddy a bone.
That he hasn’t been included in this franchise yet is a crime. Sure, he’s put on some weight and tried his hand at law enforcement, but deep down, I know Seagal can still kick some butt. Everything he did from Above the Lawthrough Under Siege is gold and is a healthy enough resume to get him a part on the team. Rumor has it, Van Damme wouldn’t do The Expendables 2 if Seagal was involved, so now I want to see those two go head to head even more. Come on Sly, make it happen!
Since Steve Austin won’t be reprising his role in the sequel, there’s a blatant hole in the cast for an ex-wrestler. Roddy Piper was really only in They Live (and we all know he was just pretending to be Kurt Russell in that one), Hulk Hogan is too brittle these days, and The Rock is too mainstream. Who does that leave? Jesse “The Body” Ventura. He had parts in a few of Schwarzenegger’s movies in the 1980s, most notably Predator and The Running Man. He was also in Demotion Man with Stallone.