Dolph Lundgren Talks ‘The Expendables 2′, ‘Duke Nukem’ & ‘He-Man’

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This weekend Sylvester Stallone and his team of gun-wielding, butt-kicking, old-school action stars come together again in The Expendables 2. A few new characters are introduced in the film and some of the original cast come forward with a bit more backstory.

One of the more interesting histories in the film is given to Dolph Lundgren’s Gunnar Jensen, who we discover is an MIT graduate. What is most fascinating is that the background is taken from the actor’s own life experience.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Lundgren recently to talk about the fun of playing Jenson in this film, his thoughts on the upcoming Masters if the Universe reboot and where he’d like to see his character go in The Expendables 3.

the expendables 2 dolph lundgren Dolph Lundgren Talks The Expendables 2, Duke Nukem & He Man


The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal… Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time — six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother.

That is done the Expendables way….

The Expendables 2 opens in theaters this Friday, August 17th.


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  1. Why did you mention Duke Nukem in the articles title?

    • Because he mentions duke nukem

  2. Always great to see Dolph!

  3. One of the more interesting histories in the film is given to Dolph Lundgren’s Gunnar Jensen, who we discover is an MIT graduate. What is most fascinating is that the background is taken from the actor’s own life experience.

    • Wasn’t Dolph a qualified physicist or something, at least before getting into acting?

      • He graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm with a degree in chemical engineering.

  4. Lundgren has a really great face and his accent has mellowed considerably so I’m surprised he hasn’t gotten more roles that would take advantage of his look and sheer size.

    I’ve been trying to figure out what Marvel/DC superhero/villain he could play but nothing is jumping out at me.

    • He’d make a great Punisher…

      • …..then again, maybe not!

        • He did, it was just a bad movie…now that marvel have the rights back though…..

      • he already was the punisher in 1989

    • Hah, nice one.

  5. I’ve always thought he should be Judge Dredd, right now he’s got a really good, grizzled look and of course he’s really tall too.

    • Dredd isn’t necessarily tall or muscly. It’s just certain artists have drawn him that way, so people think it’s the norm. Some of the best Judge Dredd strips were when he was drawn average height and very lean.

      He may well have made a good Dredd, and he’s actually a good age to do him now, but from what I’ve seen and heard, Karl Urban has nailed him.

      I do think we should see Lundgren in more films though. He’s always impressed me more than many other actors that keep getting cast in movies. Maybe Dolphs just been doing other things.

  6. Duke Nukem has to be American, that’s all I have to say about that… :-P

  7. Disappointed. The 1st one was better. Fight scene with Sylvester Stallone and Van Damme was too short, dull, and had a corny ending. The same with Van Damme killing Billy the kid. So phony. Are you kidding me. Come on Sly. You could have done better than that. Also the Super Star characters such as Arnold, Bruce, Jet, Chuck roles should have had some individual fight scenes like they did in their movies. I give it a passing grade but not too high because it lacked more substance.

  8. he definitely should play Duke Nukem all the way.