‘Bad Asses’ Trailer: Trejo and Glover Are Low-Budget Action Heroes

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This is the age we live in: Three years ago, cell phone video of a fist fight on an Oakland city bus went viral across the Internet, spawning the “Epic Beard Man” meme. In 2012, Danny Trejo (Machete Kills) starred in a low budget, direct-to-video action flick titled Bad Ass – a movie with the premise, “What if Epic Beard Man turned into a Death Wish-style vigilante?”

Featuring appearances by Charles S. Dutton (American Horror Story) and Ron Perlman (Pacific Rim), Bad Ass apparently overcame its absurd roots to make a good-enough deal of cash to warrant a sequel. Now, the first trailer for Bad Asses shows off its primary hook: veteran action star Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) joins up with Trejo for an expanded round of geriatric butt-kicking.

Bad Asses Trejo Glover Bad Asses Trailer: Trejo and Glover Are Low Budget Action Heroes

Bad Asses looks awful. There may be more gentle ways to state this, but this first preview displays a movie openly trying to ape such “aging action stars run amok” action-comedies as RED and The Expendables (even name-dropping the latter), only to come up considerably short. The jokes feel forced, the action poorly staged, and any sense of parody is rendered anemic by tonal whiplash.

All this said, trailers can be remarkably poor representations of the films they advertise. What comes off as cheesy or tone-deaf in a preview can – in context – end up being genuinely good comedy. If Bad Asses can utilize the able talents of its leads and transcend its queasily ridiculous origin, it might be a minor B-movie classic in the making.

At the very least, we can all agree that Trejo’s beard truly is epic.

Directed by Craig Moss (The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It), Bad Asses also stars Andrew Divoff (Lost), Jacqueline Obradors (NCIS), and Johnathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire).


Bad Asses will be released in 2014.

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  1. Well it seems like Screenrant is putting the rant back in. No but seriously this movie looks bad, I like the first one for what it is but this just looks like they’re not even trying.

  2. Yeah. Looks bad. As for the definition of bad we’ll have to wait and watch.

  3. He’s getting to old for this s***.

    • Good form!

      • +1

  4. I looove Danny Trejo as badass!! He is just as good as Machete!!! Danny Glover in the mix now. Bring on more BADASSES!!!

    • the movie is amazing. its funny has a lot of heart and the guys have a great cantankerous relationship. no doubt the reviewer got this wrong. the original BADASS is a cult classic with huge following worldwide because unlike Red and Expendibles which are smart assess on steroids Badass has heart and comedy

  5. The new film, like the first one is superior to Expendibles and Red, both of which are snarky cynical films with over indulgent egos and attitude. Badass and Badasses have heart, relationships which is why the first film is and the second will become B movie cult classics. the original film is a cult classic all over the world