The Expendables: Willis & Schwarzenegger Character Info

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 7:16 pm,

The first trailer for The Expendables made its way online the other week although it was unofficial, unfinished and quickly removed everywhere at the request of Lionsgate.

The movie brings together a plethora of action stars, most notably, those who kicked ass during the 80s. It was shaping up to be a perfect reunion of the stars we loved from back in the day. When we got to see the unofficial trailer, the quality of what we saw sure made it feel like an 80s action flick, which to me was good and bad.

From the footage, we never got to see two big names who we know are involved with the movie: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. Thanks to an Entertainment Weekly exclusive chat with Stallone, we now have some details on what Willis and the Governator will be playing.

EW spoke with Stallone (who’s also directing the film) over the phone after he shot the scenes with Willis and Schwarzenegger.

“I was just looking at the dailies, saying, ‘Jesus, this is amazing!’ I talked about this scene with these guys for a long time, but I never thought it would come to fruition.”

The scene that the two stars make a cameo in takes place in a church where Willis has called upon Stallone’s character to finally meet him in person, and see if he’s fit to possibly hire for a near-suicidal mission. After some smartass witty dialogue, in comes Stallone’s rival mercenary who Willis’ character has also called upon for the gig. Yes, that’s Arnold, and they’re competing for the same job.

“Bruce says ‘Well, there’s one other person I want to talk to before I hire you… And then Arnold, who plays my old rival, walks in. We have a history together. And we go back and forth and I tell him that I should have shot him a long time ago when I had the chance. Then it goes on from there. And here we are, the three of us trying to man up to one another, playing off of who we are, using our baggage in this one scene.”

So, that’s the lowdown on the powerhouse scene Stallone has tried so hard to put together – I’m glad it happened and I’m excited to see the end result on the big screen.

Participating in Sylvester Stallone’s dream project are Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, David Zayas, Danny Trejo and Mickey Rourke. And as we know more info on now, there’s also some cool cameos from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.

Are you pumped to see this cast together on screen?

The Expendables opens in theaters August 20, 2010.

Source: EW

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  1. Bg has always been black for me too. Some blood would make sense because bullets through people tends to lead to some blood, but gore I can care less about, but that’s just me, I will watch this whether PG-13 or R.

  2. Too bad Van Damm said no.

  3. I’ve yet to see a good PG-13 shootout, cutaways and those smoke squibs annoy me.

    But the real subject here is Arnold, Bruce and Sly in the same scene. Here’s hoping we get a legit reason why Bruce’s character wont slaughtering mofo’s left and right and leaving it to Sly, i’m just worried he might come off as a girlie man.

  4. Sheeesh take a step back everyone this is turning into some kind of macho action hero love fest that is starting to border on gay love for these old action actors. Wake up and smell the 80′s cheese!!! Its the cheese!!!!

    If your giving me cheese it better be rated R you mfo.

  5. I totally agree on the PG-13 vs R violence thing. If you’re going to show people being shot, there should be blood.


  6. I wonder why “The Rock” and or Vin Diesel dident make the cut…but Randy Couture and Steve Austin did???? Rofllll….Jet li is not an action star lol. Why dident they use that ripped ugly asian dude that was in all the 80′s movies lol.

  7. Really? Jet Li isn’t an action star? Well, I happen to like all of the romantic comedies he is in! lol

  8. I know that I’m adult, but this brings the kid out of me! Too bad Arnie and Willis aren’t more into the film, but I think they might be in the already talked about sequel…Arnold’s Governating ( and now official ) politicial career is ending in 2010. If they’re to start shooting the follow-up in 2010, who is to say there can’t be a showdown between stallone and schwarzenegger? :)

  9. @ Dr. Thriller
    Its gonna be a done deal about Arnold’s Terms in office being up? I wonder if he would go back to makin movies after being off film for 6 years. Doubtful he would decide to run for president since the consitution calls for him to be born in the states. Im all for Arnold’s return to cinema is hes up to it and i hope hes in a cameo in Predators. Did anyone else besides me enjoy Tango & Cash or Demolition Man that Sly Stallone was in? Till this day im surprised that Tango & Cash atleast didnt have one.

  10. @Chrisj: There’s a post on Arnie’s IMDB page that links to a very recent, like last week, interview with Arnie where he says that he won’t stay with politics after his governating times are over. He said that he never saw himself as a politician other than being the governor. He didn’t say he would be into film again, but he’s been hinting more than once lately that he would like to star in something again so I take that as a given if he quite the politicial scene. There’s simply too many fans, too much money, and too fun for him to avoid I’d guess. The guy’s not just popular, he’s a breathing legend.

  11. @ Dr. thriller
    When is Arnold’s final days of office over? I never thought in a million years id see my top 3 favorite action stars in one film face to face,lol. As much as id like to see Arnold’s return to films, i only wonder if he would be up to it with him being in his sixties. You’d think it have its toll even on him. One thing i think he would be useful with is by buying rights to the Terminator franchise. I doubt he’ll be in more terminator films when he mentioned he didnt want to cheat the fans by appearing in T4 but he could help make the films better since he knows about the franchise better than anyone thats been involved lately. I wished Kurt Russell would of been involved in Sly’s film cause those two made a great team in Tango & Cash. I wonder if Sly even considered about having Hugh Jackman in the film aswell since i know the two of them are friends. Anyways PG-13 or R-rated im gonna see the movie. Btw, anyone heard if the news about another Rocky film being made is seriously being considered?

  12. HEY VIC I found the expendable trailer it’s at IMDB