Why They’re Expendable: Randy Couture, Steve Austin & Terry Crews

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In case you haven’t heard, there is a movie coming out this Friday that is in all likelihood the single greatest consolidation of male action stars ever assembled – The Expendables.

The names of actors in this film alone are manly enough to put hair on your chest - Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Terry Crews, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke and cameos by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger! (My voice just lowered two octaves typing all that).

We here at Screen Rant thought it would be a fun idea to put together a series of articles explaining exactly what makes each of these macho actors qualified to be in The Expendables. Each day this week we’ll post a different article showcasing a member of The Expendables team, starting with the younger less-seasoned guys, working our way to the main guy himself, Sylvester Stallone.

In this first installment we’ll be discussing Randy Couture, Steve Austin and Terry Crews.


Randy Couture – Toll Road

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Randy Couture is “Toll Road,” just one of the badasses that make up The Expendables team. Road is a skilled demolitions expert and, other than Jet Li, may be an ACTUAL badass. Couture started his butt-kicking career as a UFC fighter, where he put up an impressive 18-10 record and even came out of retirement at the age of 44 to open a can of whup-ass on Tim Silva to win the Heavyweight title and just a few months later defended it against Gabriel Gonzaga. In Hollywood, if you are athletic, can act and have a somewhat pretty face, then it won’t be long before studios are knocking on your door with movie roles. Such is the case for Couture.

He doesn’t have an extensive lineup of work to talk about and is really the “greenest” of the crew in terms of film experience, but when he is onscreen, his action scenes are fantastic to watch. Back in 2003, he had an uncredited role in Cradle 2 the Grave and followed that up as a football player in Invincible and a prison inmate in Big Stan – but to me, Couture’s standout role was two episodes of The Unit in 2007, where he played Sergeant Strickland. He then starred in the direct-to-video movie The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior; that movie was terrible (they can’t all be good) but that didn’t make him any less of a badass.

Randy’s next body of work will be co-starring with Karl Urban in the action film Relentless. Randy Couture is slowly earning his reputation as an action film star and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does well in The Expendables. If you disagree, then he would like to discuss the matter with you in the Octagon.

Here is a clip that proves Randy Couture is qualified to be on The Expendables team (Sorry, none of his fights are on YouTube and this crappy video cut was all I could find):


Steve Austin – Paine

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Steve Austin is another one of those wrestler-turned-actors that has made his way from ring to screen fairly easily. Unlike wrestlers such as  Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, The Big Show, Triple H and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who also took the plunge into films, Austin has managed to keep his wrestling stage tag “Stone Cold” off of Hollywood’s prime radar. In The Expendables he plays “Paine,” a henchman for ex-C.I.A. agent Eric Roberts (another bad ass) and as it turns out, both have less than honorable intentions toward The Expendables team.

Austin, like Couture, has also dabbled in television, doing a stand-up job on Nash Bridges as Detective Jake Cage; his first major film role came in the form of Prison Guard Dunham in the comedy remake The Longest Yard. It would be two years later before audiences got to see what kind of action star Austin could truly be in the movie The Condemed, which was his first starring role. The movie had it’s moments of fun and even though it wasn’t the greatest of films, it allowed Austin to really show off what he could do as an action star.

Even though Steve has tried to set himself up as a dominate male action star in Hollywood, the fact that he has a limited acting repertoire has hurt his choice of roles, although he did an above-average job this year in the direct-to-video action/thriller The Stranger.

Here are a two clips the prove Steve Austin is qualified to be on The Expendables team:


Terry Crews – Hale Caeser

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Terry Crews is another one of those guys who didn’t start off as an actor, but easily fell into the role. Drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1991, he played defensive end and linebacker for 3 other NFL teams and retired in 1998. The following year, he started his onscreen badass routine in the short-lived game show Battle Dome where he went by the name T-Money. In The Expendables, Crews plays “Hale Caeser” who has known Barney (Stallone) for 10 years and is a long-barrel specialist.

Crews has that unique ability to be play both the big intimidating guy, as well as a funny – often times buffoonish – character. He combined both of those characteristics as Damon in Friday After Next, Malibu’s Most Wanted, Idiocracy and The Longest Yard, where he played Cheeseburger Eddy. He, too, has had television roles that have helped establish his acting ability, only with a bit more success then Couture or Austin. You probably know Crews best as Chris Rock’s dad Julis in Everybody Hates Chris.

Humor isn’t all Crews does well, as he showed some decent acting chops in the movies Puff, Puff, Pass, Get Smart and Gamer. He’s a big dude who I would never want to cross and I have a feeling that he would still treat me like a quarterback on the gridiron, given the chance. By the way, did I mention he’s a heckuva dancer?

Here are a couple of clips the prove Terry Crews is qualified to be on The Expendables team:


The Expendables opens in theaters Friday August 13th, 2010. Be sure to check back in all this week for the rest of our Expendables cast breakdown.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out our choices for an All Female Expendables team.

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  1. Don’t want to say too much because I haven’t seen the movie but all three “actors” will do just fine-acting not important-bad-ass is!!!

    • Saw the movie about a month ago in a special presentation “thank you to the military” kind of thing, it was awsome, and they all great, got to say, love Lungren and Crews performances, Sathan is always great, and of course Stallone is the man.

  2. Terry Crews Character was originally going to Weasley Snipes, then Forrest Whitaker, and even 50 Cent before Crews got the part

    Kurt Russle, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme were all offered roles but all turned it down. but i’m still happy with how this movie looks and its still a great cast.

  3. Ah, I took that info directly from The Expendables website lol


    “Randy fought last year in front of a sold-out audience to regain his title as UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD. At 44, Randy came out of retirment to shock the world by re-capturing the Heayweight belt and proved beyond a doubt that the oldest fighter on the circuit was able to defeat the bigger, stronger, younger and odds-on favorite (Gabriel Gonzaga).”

    I’ve watched a few fights but I’m nowhere near the aficionado that you are John. Correction forthcoming.

  4. After reading this article I feel Terry Crews is the only one of these three that’s truly “qualified” to be in The Expendables. The other two were horrible actors from what I saw in those youtube clips. Just because someone’s a badass in real life doesn’t mean they should be thrown into a action movie. Hopefully they up’d their acting for the movie.

    • Yeah… I don’t think Oscar-Caliber thespian skills are needed for this one…

      • im not going to see “acting” im going to see !@#% blow up.

  5. Just a quick correction. As an MMA fanatic I need to point out that Randy “The Natural” Couture did NOT come out of retirement to fight Gabe Gonzaga. He actually came out of retirement to fight then heavyweight champion Tim Silva. He defeated Silva and then defended his title against Gonzaga a few months later.

  6. How could ya’ll forget Terry Crews’ awesome Old Spice commercials as were directed by Tim & Eric (of “Tim & Eric Show, Great Job!”)??? Those were some amazing, flexing, yelling, intense commercials!

    • Block!
      Building kick!

  7. Euro training, always a classic!

  8. I hate to admit this, but I’ve actually enjoyed Steve Austin films. I enjoyed The Condemned and the movie that you left out which was fairly good with Walton Googins called Damages.

    I really haven’t watched much of Randy’s acting, but he’s always been good in the ring he was even better when he came back in his 40′s than he was before he left.

    Also Steve Austin despite dropping the name Stone Cold still uses his wrestling name by using Steve Austin given that his real name is Steve Williams.

    • wow daniel, you do continue to surprise me man. i havent seen damages yet.

    • Ah right you are Dan. I guess my point was more that he was able to shake his “Stone Cold” moniker from being in the credits quicker than most of the other wrestlers. It took several movies before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was able to just be Dwayne Johnson.

  9. Honestly, I don’t think Terry Crews has earned the right to breathe the same air as any of these guys. He’s just muscle-bound. Everyone else is either a bad-ass fighter or a bad-ass movie star. Terry is neither of these IMHO. I’m still going to see the movie because it looks awesome, but ever since I saw the trailer and Crews’ name showed up along side the likes of Li and Stallone…I was UPset!

    • nothing you can do about it lol.

    • I don’t know. He was a bad ass defensive lineman in his day and some of the hits he laid on people back then were insane.

    • Upset for what? Terry Crews is more than just muscle bound and I’m sure you haven’t seen every one of his films to base that opinion on.

  10. I expected I’d have to explain my self lol. Let me start off with the fact that I’m an ex wrestling fan. I was really in to wrestling and Mma before my accident I was training for both. I watched wrestling all the way until John Cena became popular. Most people can’t see past the soap opera writing but in it’s purest form wrestling is like an art. Of course these guys are not really beating on each other but in the ring they are telling a story and I respected that but the industry has taken a very wrong turn by being more flash than substance the art is dead and it’s become flashiness only. I was a Steve Austin fan and I would watch anything with Jim in it. That’s why I bother to watch Condemned.

    Now I like it for a few reasons. I’m probably reading way to much in to it but to me Condemned was much more than a basic action film it had a message to send it was an exploration of human nature and the mind. Obviously it’s not a great film but I respect that it tried to be more. I’d give it a 6.8 out of ten that with just a few minor Tweens could of easily been a 7.5.

    The Stranger was awful though. Damage was an ok film that I would give a 7 to but just barely. What kept it up was Austin showed alot of improvement as an actor and actually had a pretty good character. Also Walton is amazing as an actor

    • walton is good in just about anything he does. iused to watch wrestling, but these days i cant stamd the fact that its just all meatheads now. i still however enjoy watching piper lol

  11. Anthony guys like Kurt Angle, Shawn Micheals and Ric Flair were gifted the were very good. Chris Benoit was talented sad story that he snapped and did those awful things. Now it’s no longer about the sport it’s guys talking for 10 mins and doing the same two moves over and over with a few punches. These guys today don’t even know what wrestling is. I was an amature wrestler in high school and Jr high Kurt Angle was a guy I looked up to before he made it in the WWE I looked up to him before he was a major name when he was just a guy in the olympics winning gold medals.

    • i couldnt agree more man, now its all talk, 5 mins ring time, more talk lol. vince just ruined it all for me

    • I grew up back in the 80′s when WWF and WCW were in they heyday. I once went into Tatanka’s home and met his wife and 2 big dogs. Of course the outcomes of the matches are setup before hand and the “fight” itself is nothing more than a loosely scripted and choreographed fight scene but that didn’t make it any less entertaining.

      I pretty much stopped watching when WCW and WWF combined and when McMahon started wrestling with his pansy ass son in the ring. That’s when the stories got lame to me.

      • youre right Paul, seeing “Shane’O mack” in the ring was just bad. his little shuffle dance entrances we always comical. and what could be more funny than that you say DX’s parodies of the McMahon clan LOL

  12. Its too bad this film looks like a generic action figure party, or mercenaries video game.

    Totally don’t care to gay up for this macho lovefest.

    Maybe a used 99c dvd purchase,,,, :-)


    • lol. im going to see it regardless of what anyone says lol. AMC theaters here only charge 6 bucks for showings before noon on the weekends here anyway

    • Are you a straight male? If so, im sad for you. Very very very sad for you.


      Even if you’re one of those pretentious jerks who only appreciate films like “Brokeback Mountain,” the nostalgic value ALONE should force you to bend to the will of this film!!! lol. Man. Again i say…..im sad for you.

  13. C’mon, how could you forget what could be Terry Crews best performance EVER! White Chicks was AWESOME! LOL,
    Seriously, guilty pleasure for me, and worth watching for Terry Crews performance alone.

  14. Ahh I see what your saying now Paul.

  15. @ Daniel f

    I was an ameteur wrestler as well and won a bronze medal in my weight class competing on the National level in Canada..that was 25 years ago though..a lot has changed since then..

  16. Terry Crews could probably play Luke Cage in a Heroes for Hire movie.

  17. YepANDnope, are you addressing me???
    I’m gay, if I don’t get excited by seeing a film chock full of some of the most ravishing action heros of our day,???
    If that wasn’t the only thing going for it then yeah maybe. The trailer revealed the plot and its generic and boring.
    (To me,,,)

    Have fun, bring your girlfriend, maybe she has secret fantasies about Statham when she’s with you???

    And for the record, I’ve never seen Brokeback Mountian. Not my deal,,, :-)

  18. Can anyone tell me why Stallone did not cast Wesley Snipes for the Expandables? Do not get me wrong I like Terry Crews but when I think of action film stars I think of Snipes more than Crews.

    • The tax case. While Stallone was recruiting, Uncle Sam was prosecuting Wesley for non payment of taxes.

  19. Yepandnope that’s one of the dumbest comments I’ve read here.

    Wanting to watch a bunch of muscle bound guys doesn’t make you a man. I’m sorry I don’t like looking at bulging make muscles if your In to that yepandnope good for you but I’m a little to straight to get all hot over a bunch of muscle guys.

    I’m good holding out for a good story with character development. I’m not a nastalgic person so that is meaningless to me.
    Brockback is clearly more your area than mine.