No ‘Expendables 3′ for Chuck Norris; ‘Expendables 2′ Clip: Stallone vs. Van Damme

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Chuck Norris Not Returning for The Expendables 3 No Expendables 3 for Chuck Norris; Expendables 2 Clip: Stallone vs. Van Damme

Last weekend audiences were treated to a ’80s action star extravaganza. The Expendables 2 marked an explosive-filled reunion for former Planet Hollywood investors Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis, and put them shoulder to muscular shoulder with the likes of Jason Statham, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Chuck Norris.

Even before Expendables 2 released there was discussion of whether a threequel was already in the works, and a few members of the cast confirmed our suspicions. While the plot of that film might border on the absurd, the assumption is that no matter where Expendables 3 takes audiences, the film will build on its already established cast of action icons.

Unfortunately, before discussion of Expendables 3‘s logistics can even get off the ground, one team member, Chuck Norris, has called it quits. For Norris, the experience of working on Expendables 2 – getting to reunite with old friends and fellow action stars like Stallone and Schwarzenegger – was enough.

Check out Norris’ own words to Access Hollywood:

The Walker Texas Ranger star does sing the praises of the Expendables 2 production, calling it better than the first – and even compliments Terry Crews on his “tree stump” biceps. Even so, for Norris, this return to action was just a brief visit.

It doesn’t surprise us to hear Norris is done – especially considering the amount of physical torture and pain some of the production’s principal actors had to go through. While nothing as shocking as Stallone breaking his neck during production occurred this time around, there were surely more than a few bumps and bruises. At age 72, Norris doesn’t have the physicality he once did to endure such grueling physical strain. (Though we hear that every time old age tries to reach Norris, he kicks it in the face.)

No Expendables 3 for Chuck Norris No Expendables 3 for Chuck Norris; Expendables 2 Clip: Stallone vs. Van Damme

Another reason for the action star’s departure could have been disagreements over the film’s violent content. A few months back it was revealed that Expendables 2 would be rated PG-13 (the first film was rated R), due to Norris’ insistence. Sylvester Stallone then came out to assuage fan fears saying that the film would be R, and it would be a hard R at that. While ratings and violence are probably not absolute deal-breakers for Norris, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they played a factor in his decision to move on.

Anyone that’s interested in seeing some of those previously-mentioned bruises being created, should look no further as we have a clip from The Expendables 2‘s epic showdown between Jean-Claude Van Damme and Sylvester Stallone. This fight between two of the ’80s and ’90s most prolific action stars was worth the price of admission alone. Van Damme even pokes fun at that fact with the line, “I want my money’s worth.”

We wont say whether the entire fight delivers, but we do endorse Norris’ statement that Expendables 2 is better than the first movie (read our review). It’s unfortunate that he won’t be returning, but there are plenty more intriguing casting possibilities out there: for example, Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood are supposedly being courted for roles in Expendables 3.

The Expendables formula – bringing high-profile action stars together with more explosions than any one budget can hold – appears to be catching on. Maybe in a few years, audiences will not only see the release of The Expendables 3, but a female Expendables film as well.

The Expendables 2 is in theaters now.

Sources: Lionsgate & Access Hollywood

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  1. He can easily be replace by somebody less ridiculous.
    Steven Seagal?

    • It would be interesting to see MR T, Hulk Hogan, Don Johnson, Danny Trejo,
      in the Expendables movie series also next to all those characters mentioned before with all those unnamed characters not mentioned yet.

    • Wait… Steven Seagal is LESS ridiculous?


  3. Where is Liam neeson? You really have to grab him to finish off the crew.

  4. kurt russell should be in this movie.

  5. Arnold vs Rutger hauer and tommy lee jones. Jeff bridges vs tommy lee jones or Kurt Russell. Mel Gibson vs George Clooney and tommy lee jones. Kurt Russell vs Tim Robbins. Ray liotta vs Stallone or Schwarzenegger. Andy Garcia vs Alec Baldwin.

  6. Arnold vs tommy lee jones. Jeff bridges vs tommy lee jones or Kurt Russell. Mel Gibson vs George Clooney and tommy lee jones. Kurt Russell vs Tim Robbins. john travolta vs Stallone or Schwarzenegger. Andy Garcia vs Alec Baldwin.

  7. Here’s the scoop on EX3: The producers have confirmed that they have already signed Nicholas Cage for the sequel. Not sure how I feel about that one. They have also confirmed that they will be talking to Steven Seagal, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, and Wesley Snipes (he should be out of prison April/May next year). Van Damme confirmed that he may return in EX3 as “Claud Vilain”, the twin brother of the murdered “Jean Vilain”, so hopefully if THAT happens, we will get to see JCVD really let loose with the trademark kicking skills that seemed to have been kept to a minimum in EX2. They are also tryin to get Mickey Rourke to come back, though I personally dont see that as a necessity. As far as Chuck is concerned, I wanted to see a couple of his signature roundhouse/spin kick combos in EX2, but oh well, it was good to see him in the movie regardless. I dont think he’s a necessity for EX3 though. Now as an actor, writer, and obcessively compulsive action junkie myself, it is MY opinion that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a MUST for EX3 (he already said he is interested anyway). Michael Jai White (Blood & Bone, Black Dynamite) would be awesome as hell too, as well as “Ip Man reincarnated” Donnie Yen (who they tried to get in EX2 btw), though in my opinion as a lifelong martial artist myself, there’s NO ONE who could hold a candle to Donni’e technical martial arts skills except for maybe Tony Jaa (Ong Bak films, The Protector), or Jet Li (if they allow him to really let loose like he did in “Forbidden Kingdom” when he fought Jackie Chan), but I digress. Anyway, Tony “the master stuntman” Jaa would be terrific, and Jackie should at least have an extended cameo role, and yeah Kurt Russell (Tango & Cash anyone) would be good to pair with Stallone for dialogue purposes. definitely would love to see Wesley “Blade” Snipes on board. As far as 80′s 90′s cats like Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, Billy Blanks, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Bolo Yeung, etc, as much as I respect them, they just wouldnt make much of an impact respectively. Of the more modern action guys like Vin Diesel, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, and John Travolta (who they also tried to get in EX2) I personally just aint feelin them. As far as the SCRIPT for EX3 goes, whatever they come up with, its gotta be something that outdoes the other two films in EVERY way, ie. gun battles, jokes, explosions, and especially the fight sequences/fight choreography. It even needs somewhat of a deeper plot the next time around, and definitely a slight dramatic arc in there some kind of way. They need to give us action fans some stuff we have NEVER SEEN, and throw some things in there that audiences would never expect, like killing off a few of the principle characters. To conclude my extra-lomg “screen rant” here, I will close with this: Expendables 3 needs to kinda be the “Armageddon” of hard action films, hence the “action movie to end ALL action movies”…my two scents anyway!

    • Hey Mike, i really enjoyed reading your comment. You mentioned so many names of 80s and 90s action flick super stars. That brought back so many good memories. i like the names you mentioned to be in the Expendibles 3 or even 4. Stallone has to get the tough action superstars characters. Like steven seagal, clint eastwood, The Rock, Vin diesal, wesley snipes, jackie chan, kurt russell, carl weathers, tommy lee, bas rutten, and the likes : )

  8. kurt russell vs tim robbins and tommy lee jones. arnold schwarzenegger vs john travolta, tim robbins, rutger hauer and tommy lee jones.

  9. Best movie ever man!!

  10. Chuck Norris looks great for his age

  11. GOO0D!!!! expendables did not and does not need a subaction man like chuck noris. i was only dissapointed watching expendables 2 in the scenes where mrs noris turned up he should be on cooking shows for the elderly.