There is a long tradition of athletes transitioning into acting. In the past, action films were most often the order of the day for former fighters, weightlifters and even ball players. The cast of The Expendables 2 reflects that history and embraces it.

In that sense, it’s no surprise that former NFL player Terry Crews and the man credited with ushering MMA into the mainstream, Randy “The Natural” Couture, each play central characters in the franchise.

We had the opportunity to sit down with the actors to talk about heightening the humor in The Expendables 2, how the MMA has been represented in film and where they’d like to see their characters go in The Expendables 3.

Synopsis:

The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal… Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Lee 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….

Be sure to read our official Expendables 2 review.

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

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