Apparently it's been a good old time on set with the good ol' boys of The Expendables 2 cast. Ever since Con Air director Simon West started rolling film on the sequel to Sylvester Stallone's action-movie throwback, we've seen a variety of photos coming from the set, featuring some of the biggest baddasses on and off the screen once again flexing muscle and shooting off their guns.
However, if there's one player in the cast of the Expendables sequel who fans are especially excited to see, it is no doubt JCVD himself, Jean-Claude Van Damme. The "Muscles from Brussels" famously turned down Stallone's offer to be in the first Expendables, but evidently the sight of his action movie contemporaries having some good fun - and/or the fact that he wasn't really doing much, other than more Universal Soldier movies with Dolph Lundgren - led JCVD to throw his lot in for the sequel. Pretty sweet.
Also joining the cast this second time out are action star Scott Adkins (Wolverine, Bourne Ultimatum) and "the toughest man in the world," Chuck Norris. Furthermore, judging by the amount we've seen of him in the online set photos, Bruce Willis is indeed getting some expanded screen time as promised. Super sweet.
Below you'll find the latest gallery of Expendables 2 set photos, featuring JCVD, a brief shot of Adkins, as well as returning tough guys like Stallone, Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Willis. WARNING: These photos will probably grow your chest hair just from looking at them:
While it's been titillating to see so many badass action stars in one film (Universal Soldier reunion!), I still must maintain that the bigger sigh of relief for me is the presence of Simon West (instead of Stallone) in the director's chair. The first Expendables was a film I was wholeheartedly behind and wanted to love, but the direction (from the incomprehensible photography to the CGI blood to the "shaky cam" filming that Stallone lobbied for) was downright terrible. Considering that West's filmography is littered with B-movie action films that many consider enjoyable or guilty pleasures, he seems well-suited to make The Expendables 2 the type of relentless testosterone-fest that's at least coherent enough for me to get behind.
We'll keep you up to date on Expendables 2 set photos as the movie battles its way toward its August 17, 2012 release date.
Source: Expendables Premiere Site
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