Sylvester Stallone and the legendary cast of The Expendables 2 preview the real-deal muscles, weapons, skills, and explosions that went into making a film even bigger and badder than the original. Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme and Arnold Schwarzenegger will join the panel discussion and you can follow along in our live blog below!
In the August 17 release, Barney Ross (Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Li), Gunnar Jensen (Lundgren), Toll Road (Couture) and Hale Caesar (Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother.
You can read the archived version of our live blog below:
ComingSoon.net: Hi everyone, we’re awaiting Sylvester Stallone and the cast in Hall H. It will be a bit as they’re running behind.
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not sure if my comment came through but thanks again for doing this!
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Silas Lesnick: The panel is starting with a new trailer!
Silas Lesnick: The moderator is asking the crowd to shout “Yo, Adrian!” as Stallone comes out. He’s getting a major standing ovation.
Silas Lesnick: They’re moving right into a montage that recaps Sly’s career.
Silas Lesnick: He jokes that he says, “Ouch, ouch, ouch” as he looks at all those action scenes.
Silas Lesnick: He just coined the term “Male pattern badness” for the Expendables 2 cast
Silas Lesnick: The room holds about 6,500 and it looks pretty packed.
Silas Lesnick: He says the sequel is about amplifying what they learned worked on the first film
Silas Lesnick: He says he certainly thinks that the sequel surpasses the original
Silas Lesnick: More cast members are coming out — Terry Crews is first
Silas Lesnick: He screaming with mock rage and just jumped up on the panel table.
Silas Lesnick: Randy Couture has arrived as well!
Silas Lesnick: Dolph Lundgren is next, who Sly says broke a few bones during the production
Silas Lesnick: Now they’re recapping Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career with a similar montage
Silas Lesnick: Arnold has arrived on stage!
Silas Lesnick: Again, an enormous standing ovation
Silas Lesnick: “I’m back,” he laughs
Silas Lesnick: He says that he’s so competitive that, as he was watching the montages, he was thinking “Sly just killed 288 people, but I killed 289!”
Silas Lesnick: He says they’ve always been very competitive friends.
Silas Lesnick: He’s saying that, when he came back, everyone wanted to train him on how to do action again.
Silas Lesnick: He said that, thankfully, he didn’t forget it all.
Silas Lesnick: Arnold is remarking that he and Crews worked out on Crews’ first movie
Silas Lesnick: And he’s complimenting Crew’s incredible bodybuilding
Silas Lesnick: “I can die now!” crew says, “Arnold likes my muscles!”
Silas Lesnick: Lundgren is saying that, one time, he punched Sly so hard that he had to go to the hospital
Silas Lesnick: Sly is talking about the plot and how Bruce Willis’ character basically blackmails them into going on a very dangerous mission.
Silas Lesnick: He says that the climax is so incredible that he doesn’t know if there will be anything like it ever again.
Silas Lesnick: They’re all talking about how tricky it was to bridge three very different action styles.
Silas Lesnick: Arnold is joking that, when he came to America originally, Sly was his english teacher
Silas Lesnick: “We should have a spelling bee sometime,” Sly laughs.
Silas Lesnick: Sly and Arnold are talking about the first time they met.
Silas Lesnick: Sly thought Arnold’s name was ridiculous.
Silas Lesnick: He said it was a big case of “Congratulations. I hope you fail.”
Silas Lesnick: He said that, after ROCKY won best picture at the Golden Globes, he threw a vase flowers at Arnold he was so excited.
Silas Lesnick: Arnold said that, after that, Sly’s mother came over and said, “You look like a piano mover.”
Silas Lesnick: They said they also just finished shooting their project together, THE TOMB.
Silas Lesnick: Arnold joked that he didn’t think it was hard to return to acting because critics never really said he was an actor in the first place.
Silas Lesnick: It’s being opened up to fan questions now.
Silas Lesnick: A Jedi knight is asking, “Is there room for a Jedi in EXPENDABLES 3?”
Silas Lesnick: Sly says absolutely.
Silas Lesnick: Arnold just delivered a nice little speech about how important fans at events like Comic-Con are
Silas Lesnick: The next guy is doing an Arnold impression, asking if he’ll ever do KING CONAN
Silas Lesnick: Arnold just said, “Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And hear the lamentations of the women.”
Silas Lesnick: Sly is talking about how great Van Damme is as the villain
Silas Lesnick: Two twins are asking a question.
Silas Lesnick: “Am I drinking?” says Sly
Silas Lesnick: The want Arnold to talk about the sequel to TWINS
Silas Lesnick: He’s saying he’s interested in doing it. It’s moved along and Ivan Reitman has potential interest in being involved.
Silas Lesnick: They’re looking for a writer now.
Silas Lesnick: He says comedy is his next favorite thing after action.
Silas Lesnick: “It’s not a tumor!” he just shouted
Silas Lesnick: Sly is joking that soon enough they’ll be called “The Dependables”
Silas Lesnick: “If all you guys, right now, got in a fight, who would win?”
Silas Lesnick: “Who has the best lawyer?” laughs Sly.
Silas Lesnick: A woman is asking what Sly’s favorite Arnold movie is and vice versa
Silas Lesnick: Sly says JUNIOR
Silas Lesnick: and that Arnold’s favorite is STOP OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT!
Silas Lesnick: But he says, honestly, he loves TERMINATOR 2
Silas Lesnick: Arnold says he loves Sly’s franchises because he’s so impressed at how much better each is than the last
Silas Lesnick: But he also says that he loves Sly’s paintings
Silas Lesnick: “He doesn’t want me to talk about it because of the IRS,” Arnold jokes
Silas Lesnick: “We’ve killed thousands of guys,” says Sly, “But we’re really painters and poets at heart.”
Silas Lesnick: “The more injured I get on a film, the better it does,” says Sly. “Hopefully I’ll get beheaded in the next movie.”
Silas Lesnick: They’re ending the panel with one last bit of footage.
Silas Lesnick: It’s an airport scene where Van Damme is leading a group of armed men.
Silas Lesnick: The full Expendables team is waiting though and a massive fight breaks out
Silas Lesnick: Schwarzenegger, Willis and Stallone are together. Chuck Norris is shooting from a sniper position.
Silas Lesnick: Schwarzenegger gets in his “I’ll be back.” line, but Willis goes, “You’ve been back enough. I’LL be back.”
Silas Lesnick: “Yipee ki-yay!” replies Arnold.
Silas Lesnick: And that’s the end!
Silas Lesnick: Wait!
Silas Lesnick: More is coming. Schwarzenegger is coming back on stage
Silas Lesnick: He’s being given a special award on behalf of SDCC
Silas Lesnick: That’s it! NOW it’s over.