‘The Expendables 2′ To Be Rated PG-13 Because of Chuck Norris [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated January 20th, 2012 at 8:47 am,

chuck norris expendables 2 rating The Expendables 2 To Be Rated PG 13 Because of Chuck Norris [Updated]

Considering that The Expendables 2 will feature a who’s who of macho male action icons, be chock-full of explosion-happy set pieces, and aims to embrace the model of testosterone-fueled blockbuster romps that were all the rage in the 1980s and ’90s – even more so than the first film – it is assumed that this would be a very hard R-Rated movie, right?

Well, apparently that might not be the case after all, as the screenplay for the Expendables sequel is said to have been watered down to a PG-13 Rating, thanks to (bizarre though it may seem at first) co-star Chuck Norris.

Norris was interviewed recently by the Polish paper Kazeta. That story was thereafter translated by Expendables Premiere into English, which fished out a comment from the Walker, Texas Ranger actor about how “playing in this movie was a lot of fun. I play a super hero, who saves everybody’s life” – along with the following tidbit:

“In Expendables 2, there was a lot of vulgar dialogue in the screenplay. For this reason, many young people wouldn’t be able to watch this. But I don’t play in movies like this. Due to that I said I won’t be a part of that if the hardcore language is not erased. Producers accepted my conditions and the movie will be classified in the category of PG-13.”

Now, Norris is not at all shy when it comes to letting people know about his Conservative outlook; so, the idea of him demanding that Expendables 2 not feature an excess of f-bombs isn’t so ridiculous. Seeing how star/co-writer Sylvester Stallone was reportedly very determined to get just about every aging, muscle-bound badass of the silver screen onboard for the second Expendables, it’s certainly possible he might’ve agreed to remove some of the more naughty language from the film’s screenplay, in order to snag Norris.

That said: seeing how the above quote was translated from English into Polish and then back again, some errors might’ve popped up, in the process. Hence, Norris might’ve actually meant that Expendables 2 just won’t feature anything worse than PG-13 Rated language – as opposed to the film itself being tailor-fit for anything lower than an R-Rating, as a whole (violence included).

[Update: Stallone confirmed the PG-13 rating with AICN but promises the film will deliver on the action. If the overall movie is better than the first and the action stars do what they do best, then it won’t matter in the end. Below is Sly’s quote.]

“…the film is fantastic with Van Damme turning in an inspired performance… Our final battle is one for the ages. The PG13 rumor is true, but before your readers pass judgement, trust me when I say this film is LARGE in every way and delivers on every level. This movie touches on many emotions which we want to share with the broadest audience possible, BUT, fear not, this Barbeque of Grand scale Ass Bashing will not leave anyone hungry…”

The Expendables 2 Maggie The Expendables 2 To Be Rated PG 13 Because of Chuck Norris [Updated]

"Remember, guys: no bad language while killing the terrorists, cool?"

For the time being (and for the sake of discussion) let’s just assume that Expendables 2 is going to be Rated PG-13. Is that, per se, a bad thing?

Well, on the one hand, studio heads should like the idea; after all, PG-13 movies tend to be much more lucrative than R-Rated films. Plus, seeing how a good chunk of the blood and guts spilled in the first Expendables flick was either CGI or digitally-rendered, it probably wouldn’t require an extremely different filmmaking approach to produce a PG-13 sequel. Not to mention, naughty language wasn’t really that big an aspect of the first Expendables movie, anyway.

However, graphic violence and cursing is a big part of many decades-old action classics (ex. Rambo, Commando, Die Hard, etc.), so for Expendables 2 to truly be a fitting homage to those kind of movies, it should arguably feature plenty of both. Otherwise, it seems to defeat the purpose of making an action movie throwback in the first place.

What do you think? Are you cool with the idea of The Expendables 2 being Rated PG-13? Or will you be skipping the theatrical cut of the film if it’s anything less than R-Rated?

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Source: Kazeta (via Expendables Premiere and The Playlist)

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  1. If the language being toned down is the only reason to change the rating, then who cares? But if the action, blood & gore we to be made to be less then I might be a bit pissed.

  2. Can’t fault Chuck for his choice. I have a lot of respect for him. He is a very devout Christian and has strong morals. Good for him.

    • Strong moral?! To me he seems like a hypocrite. Why complain about foul language when the rest of the movie glorifies violence and killings. Oh, that’s just the double standard of the devout christian.

      • Double standard? It’s just classic good guys versus bad guys. What’s wrong with that?

      • Very true about the hypocrisy. Foul language bad. Violence good.

        Although, the Old Testament is also a pretty bloody affair in certain books too, but it is still considered a source of high morals despite the internal contradictions.

        Morals = it’s OK when the approved side does it

        • It’s just an action movie people. It’s not evil. And violence doesn’t equal evil if that’s what you guys think.

      • I know right ? lmao!

      • Lol I was thinking the same while I was reading it. “good christan morals” dont say no no words whil e scissor kicking the hell outta the baddies lmao

  3. chuck norris is and has been one of my favorite actors and martial artist for as long as i can remember.i respect his judgement.i will still see the movie no matter what.the first one was great can not wait to see this one.

  4. It just won’t be the same…..you look at all the greatest action movies and they all have two things in common…gore….and cursing. And come on if you were getting shot at in real life I don’t think they would be saying oh crap or darn.

    • Probably won’t go that far with it. Probably just won’t have the f word all the time. Just imagine any other PG-13 action movie.

  5. Those of us who would prefer *less* profanity are guilty of “dumbing down” films? Ummmmm, okay.

    To the guy who went right to the Christ-hating card, ridiculing me for “worshipping a guy on a plank” (clever!) – first, thank you for recognizing my convictions are rooted in my love for Jesus.

    Second, your crassness pretty much lets the rest of us know where *your* convictions are coming from. You’ve taken up the cause of more coarseness and crudity in our popular culture. Now *there’s* something to fight for. Knock yourself out.

  6. This movie might as well premiere on spike t.v.on cable.

  7. taking out swearing won’t get it a pg-13 if people are being beheaded or have knives going through them

  8. I don´t get all this hype about Chuck Norris. If he´s really that tough mothereffer, he´d come to my place and slam my head on the keyboarlwerzjugnrinrwvgirmjgunrwVÖÜIORGVB

    • good stuff guy, good stuff

      • That was pretty funny! lol

    • Damn you Scapegoat i just spit water on my fresh t-shirt. lmao

    • HA! Now that’s funny…i like that…

  9. haha,that was good!

  10. Don’t swear I’m a christian! … now watch me blow this guys arms and legs off then piss in his face! yah america!

    • Ahahahaha

    • Ahahaha

  11. Truly remarkable – we start a discussion about Chuck Norris muscling Stallone into trimming the profanity in the upcoming Expendables 2. Within hours, a number of the participants have devolved the thread into insulting, anti-Christian diatribes and attacks on America.


    • Agreed.

  12. Everything Jesus did and taught is crap and America sucks — all because Chuck Norris thinks there is too much cursing in contemporary films.

    This is some genius reasoning on display.

    • sjplwc,

      You’re not helping, you’re stoking the fire.

      I want both sides to drop it, please.


  13. Did anyone notice how the only reason why its Pg-13 is because they removed the F-bombs???

    Not because they watered down the violence they just cutback language

  14. Is it possible we can discuss this movie without insulting a person’s religious beliefs? Come on people!

  15. Many movies were made for a looooong time BEFORE it became OK to use profanity in films. Very many of those movies were action films, and very many of them were VERY GOOD.

  16. Why do we care if they swear or not majority of them you cant understand Stallone Lundgren Li Arnie JCVD but bad acting is made better with vulgar language.

    • “bad acting is made better with vulgar language.”


      I have no idea how to respond to a statement like that…nicely.

  17. I understand what Norris is saying. Although there will be thousands of kids and teens that see Expendables 2 regardless of rating. I’ve found that the more you put certain things into the media the more kids will mimic it. For example, (lets not take this the wrong way) A cartoon called The Boondocks that is made by African Americans For African Americans, uses the N-word heavily, and I find that more and more black kids and teens are using the word because its used in hilarious ways on the show. My point? believe it or not a lot of kids know and respect Norris (And many others) and hearing him drop the f-bomb would only encourage them to do likewise. I mean, who wants to here a 10 year-old blurt out 5 cuss words in 15 seconds for no other reason then that they heard some popular guy say it?The only reason I can give for a movie having a crazy amount of profanity is to make me laugh, but is not necessary to make a movie great.

  18. Just don’t mess with the violence and gore. as long as it at least equals that of the first one we’ll be ok.

  19. I don’t think he was mad at all, my two cents.

  20. cussing for the sake of cussing does nothing for me. if there are less curse words in the script, it won’t take away from the movie for me. I will still see it.

  21. No one like cursing overly used..it detracts from the whole but in this type of movie if its used perfectly and at the right moment, it makes the characters seen alot more real given thier situation

  22. Me and my friends will not waste 10 bucks on this lol the whole thing is having the oppisite of the inten d purpose of lowering the rating for a money grab…lol like anyone who fear the 13 yr old is keen to the idea of them seeing violence. Lol very unlikely

  23. When Chuck Norris demands that R-rated language be taken out a film that he’ll be participating in, they take out the R-rated language out of that film no questions asked…. Well, one guy asked one question, but he’s with God now.