Welcome back to the 3rd day of Expendables week here at Screen Rant!
The past two days have probably been the manliest two days ever at Screen Rant. On day one we discussed Randy Couture, Steve Austin, and Terry Crews’ qualifications to be in The Expendables; then yesterday we amped it up a couple of notches to talk about Dolph Lundgren and Eric Roberts.
Heck, while writing these articles, I’ve been getting 5 o’clock shadow at 10 in the morning and I’ve had an unending desire to eat nothing but red meat! I figure by the end of this entire series I’ll be living in a cave, surrounded by tools and grunting.
Well break out your razor, fire up the grill and crack open a bottle of steak sauce because today’s two stars from The Expendables are as macho as they come.
Mickey Rourke – Tool
Mickey Rourke hasn’t had an easy life in the world of cinema. In fact, he was careening down a path of self-destruction so rapidly that he felt it necessary to return to the world of boxing in the early 90s. Whether it was to help him literally beat the demons out of his life or he just wanted to do something different for a time, Rourke went undefeated in 8 matches as a boxer. The sport was hard on him physically: he suffered multiple injuries during that time and his looks certainly began to show it.
He had a pretty face all the girls loved back in the ’80s and got his groove on with Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks, Lisa Bonnet in Angel Heart and Jacqueline Bisset in Wild Orchid. After he got roughed up boxing, his roles as the handsome leading man stopped and he became more of a rugged secondary man/villain. Over the years, Rourke has established himself as a pretty decent actor – with occasional glimpses of extraordinary talent – and almost won a Best Actor Oscar in 2009 for his role in The Wrestler.
Here are the top 5 movies we feel qualify Mickey Rourke to be an Expendable.
#5 – Iron Man 2
Fresh off his Oscar-nominated performance in The Wrestler, director Jon Favreau managed to snag Rourke to play the villain Ivan Vanko/Whiplash in Iron Man 2. While the movie didn’t quite live up to the hype surrounding it, Rourke’s performance did. He played Vanko as the over-the-top villain he is and I personally thought his Russian accent was superb. I know he has a thing for animals, but that bird had to go.
#4 – Domino
“My name is Domino Harvey – I’m a bounty hunter.” OK, so my name isn’t Domino Harvey but Mickey Rourke did play bounty hunter Ed Moseby in the movie Harvey’s life. Bounty hunters, by their very profession, are certified badasses and I seriously doubt anyone would ever want to cross paths with one. While Rourke’s role in the film was second fiddle to Keira Knightley, he managed to make his character cool just by playing him.
#3 – Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
While being the very definition of a financial disaster – the film only made $7.3 million on a $23 million budget – Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is actually quite a fun film and is worth a watch if just for the rooftop scene and opening gas station scene. To be a badass you need three things: Motorcycle – Check; Leather outfit – Check; Hot women hanging all over you – Check. Yup, Rourke qualifies as a badass then.
#2 – The Wrestler
Don’t let those sparkly green tights fool you, this is the movie where Mickey Rourke may have given his finest performance ever. Better than Body Heat and 9 1/2 Weeks, The Wrestler was almost Rourke’s life story in a nutshell. A washed-up wrestler looks for redemption in the eyes of his daughter, love with a stripper and validation in his sport. The fact that Rourke did almost all of his own stunts at the age of 56 is even more impressive.
#1 – Sin City
Mickey Rourke was virtually unrecognizable as Marv in Frank Miller’s Sin City. He wore a series of prosthetics to make him look more like the hulking tough guy with a heart of gold from the comic and his role is mostly considered to be the most popular part of the comic and film. His fight scenes with the cops, mobsters and bad guys are fantastic as is his stomach-turning final battle with the psychopath killer, Kevin.
Jason Statham – Lee Christmas
Jason Statham is one of those actors whose entire filmography is one long ode to action, but he didn’t start out to be an actor. His first love was diving…I’ll let that sink in for a moment…that’s right, diving! He was so good at it that he was a member for Britain’s National Dive Squad for 12 years and even placed 12th in the 1992 World Championships.
He got his first big break in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and his first solo lead in The Transporter. While Statham has improved as an actor over the years, it’s his ability to perform his own stunts and fight scenes that has impressed movie audiences the most.
In The Expendables, Statham plays “Lee Christmas,” a former SAS solider who is adept with bladed weapond and is Barney’s (Stallone) best friend. If the qualifications to be part of The Expendables team are delivering one-liners with a smarmy attitude, kicking bad guys’ butts and being loved by the ladies, then just about every film Statham’s ever made qualifies him to be in this movie (except In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, which has been stricken from my memory).
Since we can’t list every film, here are our top #5 movies that prove why Jason Statham is qualified to be an Expendable.
#5 – Crank
Crank is one of those films you either hate or love; I’ve really never met anyone that took the middle ground with it. Statham is Chev Chelios, a man who has been poisoned by one of his enemies and will die if he doesn’t keep a steady stream of adrenaline pumping to his heart. The things he does to keep his heart pumping are way over-the-top insane – drinking liters of Red Bull, taking a shock from a defibrillator, stabbing himself in the heart with epinephrine and even good ol’ fashion sex in public with Amy Smart (which is sure to make anyone’s heart race!).
#4 – Death Race
Statham plays Jensen Ames, who is sent to prison after being framed for his wife’s murder. This isn’t a normal prison though, because the female warden, Hennessey (Joan Allen), has set up a death match between the inmates involving cars, guns, explosions and…well…death. Her most popular driver, Frankenstein, was fatality injured just before Ames shows up and Ames is blackmailed into filling the role. Statham drives hard, fights hard and whoops some serious ass in this movie.
#3 – Snatch
This was Statham’s second pairing with British director Guy Ritchie and once again it was very successful. He plays a small time boxing promoter named Turkish who’s being hassled by the mobster Brick Top. Statham doesn’t do any fighting in this film (that I can recall) but it was his acting ability that really shines. Thanks to a great script and story, this movie is one of my personal favorites.
#2 – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
This is another one of those all-acting-and no-fighting roles for Statham. He plays Bacon, a lad who joins up with his 3 partners in a high stakes poker game and ends up owing the mob $500 thousand Pounds. This is the movie that gave Statham his start in cinema and it was a home run. A well-crafted story and all the players in it tell it well.
#1 – The Transporter
This is the action film that put Statham on the map for most American moviegoers. It’s crazy fun, with a ridiculous plot and even more ridiculous action scenes. A fire hose, an axe and a hallway full of bad guys? Not a problem – Frank Martin handles them with ease. Dozens of thugs coming out of the woodwork like ants to a picnic all trying to kill him? Statham dispatches them while half-naked and covered in used motor oil. Want to try and kill him by shooting a rocket into his bedroom? Amateur! You can’t kill Martin and there are 3 Transporter movies to prove it.
Well there you have it: ten very solid reasons why Hollywood bad boy Mickey Rourke and up-and-coming international superstar Jason Statham both belong as members on The Expendables team. Did we leave off your favorite film for either of these guys? Or perhaps one of our choices doesn’t sit well with you. Hop into the comments below and sound off.
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