‘Expendables 2′ Is Rated R; Terry Crews Promises Better & Funnier Sequel

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 9:51 am,

terry crews expendables 2 rating Expendables 2 Is Rated R; Terry Crews Promises Better & Funnier Sequel

Sylvester Stallone back-peddled on his previous claims that The Expendables 2 is snagging a PG-13 Rating, and the MPAA is likewise confirming the sequel has an R Rating for “strong bloody violence throughout” (it appears that Chuck Norris will be keeping his mouth clean after all, even while getting his hands dirty).

Previously-unseen Expendables 2 footage shown at Comic-Con was scrubbed clean (re: edited) for an all-ages audiences, but still delivered loads of stabbing, bone-snapping, and baddies being riddled with bullets. It remains to be seen if the flick carries over (unpopular) digitally-rendered bloodshed from its predecessor.

Terry Crews told Crave Online that Expendables 2 takes more time to explore the personalities of (and interactions between) the film’s crusty mercenaries:

“I think the coolest part about [‘The Expendables 2′ is that we [the main cast] have a better rapport. You get to see a little more of what we are like together, even in the downtime. Whereas the first one was just action, action, action, I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised when they get a little more of our characters, because we didn’t have time for backstory in the first one. This one, you get to learn a little bit more about Dolph [Lundgren], Randy [Couture], myself and how we interact with Sly and Jason [Statham].”

The theatrically-released version of the first Expendables is lighter on character development than the director’s cut, but Crews says the sequel also allows him to flex his comedy muscles. That holds true for the rest of the cast (including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, who riff on their respective, iconic one-liners):

“… It kind of opened things up for me in a lot of ways, took advantage of my comedic timing. I don’t look at myself as a badass. I’ve never done that. With comedies I’ve done, all the things, I can’t do that. But Sly knew how to work with all our gifts and I get a nice hefty load of some of the comedic stuff.”

Crews insists that Expendables 2 is “the movie that Sly really wanted to make in the beginning” and trailer footage suggests his claims aren’t just hot air. That’s encouraging news, for fans eagerly awaiting a proper throwback to the unhinged, testosterone-fueled mayhem found in action movies of decades past.

The Expendables 2 stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Nan Yu, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s based on a screenplay co-written by Stallone and Richard Wenk, and directed by Simon West.

Look for The Expendables 2 when it opens in U.S. theaters on August 17th, 2012.

Source: Rope of Silicon, Crave Online

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  1. Just watched the first one again last night. It had its moments, but I must say that there were some glaring editing problems in that movie. Watching it again I can see what they were TRYING to accomplish, but they didn’t quite deliver. Hoping the sequel can.

    • The directors cut is much better IMO.

      • that is the only way anyone should watch the movie b/c it fixes all the terrible editing we got in the theatrical (originally pg13) version.

        what i really hope is that some of the cast dont just disappear and re-appear at the end of the movie (terry and randy in expendables 1), that was the one major thing that really pissed me off – these character being ‘introduced’ only to disappear so that statham and sly can dominate screen time then they appear for the grand finale.

        • Haha like Optimus Prime in every one of the Transformers movies… I get what you’re saying there. I’ll definitely try to check out the Director’s Cut on The Expendables.

    • I’m worried about the above “down time” statement. The dialogue with the guys in the down time was horribly written and performed in the first one. So many “funny” moments that fell absolutely flat.

  2. THANK GOD chuck almost ruined it

  3. Can’t believe they will be killing off Jet Li. The more I see and hear of this movie the more I am convinced he will be the one who’s killed off.

    • It looks like BOM is/was listing the wrong reason for the Expendable 2 rating.

      Thanks for catching that, it’s been corrected accordingly.

  4. Ah, if it’s “funnier”, I don’t think it will be “better”. Not looking for a campy action movie.

  5. same old same old

  6. I read the ComicCon Panel that Screen Rant posted for The Expendables 2 and it was HILARIOUS!!!

    If you haven’t read it, take a few minutes and get caught up.

    I can’t wait to see this movie!

  7. This has been my most anticipated movie of 2012 besides The Dark Knight Rises (Avengers was just a cool surprise that I knew nothing about going into it).

    Can’t wait.

  8. The first Expendables movie was a good action movie but it was just about action and action.

    I hope The Expendables 2 has character delevopement, great action scenes and awesome fights and also turned out to better than the first one.

    • “The first Expendables movie was a good action movie but it was just about action and action”

      And what little it had…

      • I agree,they added JCVD in it it should be cool? whatever happened to carl wethers this dude was good???we need TONY JA ,if they make next 1,, and DONNIE YEN??

  9. He can’t make promises he can’t keep…

  10. He’s right about the better and funnier part. It’s also more violent and fun than the original. No serious “plight of the people” political BS. Balls to the wall action based on simple vengeance. The intro to EX II is bigger than the ending of the original. Cuts right to the chase.

  11. i find it funny how people expect every movie to be as ‘dark and gritty’ as nolan’s steaming piles of unrealistic (in terms of dialogue and characters) bs. people need ot realise that back in the day character dev was 2nd thought to action, cool one liners and bad a** ending shoot outs, just take a look at both hollywood and asian cinema from back in the good old days (80’s and early 90’s) and you kids will know what i’m talking about.

    i believe the cast when they say that this is bigger and better then the 1st b/c it seems that with less roles to fill, stalone has had time to write a better story, one that will hopefully be better paced then his usual stuff).

  12. SO they are seriously going to kill off Jet Li and keep Liam hemsworth in this?? I don’t see him in most of the trailers and even the new posters don’t have him. Or have him in the way back. Come on, you can’t kill off the originals!!!

  13. Honestly people, Im anticipating this more than Batman 3.

    • So am I, buddy. And proud of it!

  14. I’m the farthest from the target demographic but I love these things. I agree about some of the editing in the first one, but it had some hilarious moments. With Chuck involved, it simply has to be sublimely nonsensical with action above and beyond the call.

    Can’t say that I anticipated it more than “The Dark Knight Rises”, but as soon as they announced a release date, “Ex 2″ went on the calendar.

    Just a note to the columnist: it’s “back-pedaled” (reversed); “peddle” means to sell.

    Keep up the interesting work, SR!

  15. yea sounds good to me. I did like the first 1? guess what the critics were making fun of the expendables,on CELSEA LATELY,dint even know that show existed? whatever?? also making offensive statements against JCVD ,and made fun of him?? I was pissed of, this actor is a legend.

  16. It was very nice movie

  17. Waiting for expendables 3, all very good actors

  18. How can dolph lundgren die in the first movie expendables, and reappear as if nothing happended in expendables 2 i findd that very hard to comprehend.

  19. Excellent movies for sure, loved every minute of them, i hope there will be a third one!!!!!