This week WWTW is filled with a lot of testosterone as the bad boys of Hollywood return for “The Expendables 2.”
Topping this weekend’s box office with around $30 million, Sylvester Stallone’s second concoction of old and new action stars including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, and the addition of Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, Arnold Schwarzenegger in an expanded role from his cameo in the original film and Jean-Claude Van Damme as the villain, proved to still be a crowd pleaser (even with a bomb threat phoned in to the Carmike Cinemas chain on Friday morning, which turned out to be a hoax).
But with all these buffed macho men running around this week on talk shows and our favorite web sites it got us thinking, who out of the “Expendables” crew is the biggest Hollywood bad-ass?
Here’s how it breaks down.
The patriarch of this action movie dream team franchise, Sly has proved that even at 66 he can still play a leading action star. And this week we learned about his bad-ass negotiating skills when he wants something. After being rejected by Jean-Claude Van Damme for him to join in on the first “Expendables” (supposedly because the “Muscles from Brussels” thought the story was below him), he got his man for the second one. And as Terry Crews said at the film’s premiere it was Sly playing off the two’s supposed beef that led to Van Damme coming on to play the villain.
But there was also a more serious topic Sly had to touch on this week, as he spoke out about the passing of his son Sage to Jay Leno.
The MO on Jason Statham is he walks softly and carries a big stick. His credits in the action genre has been built around spin kicks and dazzling stunts while once in a while spitting out a witty one liner. However, in the “Expendables” films he’s gone back to his more talkative side that made him a breakout star in Guy Richie’s films. That led to a surprisingly more fun Statham in the press tour this week as he went on Jay Leno to talk about the film and meeting Olympic hero Usain Bolt. But don’t get us wrong, in “Expendables 2″ he’s still got most of the bad-ass moves. And over at HitFix he chats about his stunts this time around.
Ok, let’s just get it out of the way: HE’S BACK! Now that he’s finished that whole Governor thing, “Expendables 2″ is Arnold’s return to movies on a more regular basis. He’s proven that by releasing this week the poster and trailer for his next movie, “Last Stand,” which looks like vintage Schwarzenegger.
But at 65, only time will tell if he can get the same kind of bad-ass second wind that his pal Stallone has recently received.
Out of the stars over 50 in the “Expendables” films it seems that Dolph Lundgren is the most confortable with getting older. The one-time He-Man has been working steadily (though often in films that never made it over to the States) and as he told The Daily Beast this week he has never been fully into the acting thing, trying to keep his family far from the bright lights of Hollywood to keep them grounded.
However, “The Expendables” has (like many of the names here) brought a new interest in this bad-ass action star. Case in point: remember the 1992 sci-fi actioner “Universal Soldier” Lundgren did with Van Damme? Well, the duo have since made a sequel to the film (yes, it went straight to DVD) and a third one, “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning,” coming out in November. We have a feeling you’ll hear more about the third one now. (Thanks Sly!)
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme has never been one to hide from controversy and that may be why we still love this bad-ass. As you’ve read already, he’s not shy to say what’s on his mind. And though he’s squashed his beef with Stallone, it seems he’s built up a new one with Steven Seagal. In a recent interview for the film he revealed that he thinks the “Hard To Kill” star needs to lose some weight and how in the past they’ve never gotten along when trying to develop projects, because in Van Damme’s eyes, “I’m good.” Can’t wait for these two to team up in “Expendables 3.”
Van Damme’s mouth also got him in a bit of hot water this week with his current wife when he admitted about an affair with Kylie Minogue during the shooting of “Street Fighter” back in 1994.
He also revealed this week his cold reception to the cast and crew of “Expendables 2″ throughout shooting so he could stay in character. We always thought Van Damme was the Daniel Day-Lewis of action movies.
He may be the least known bad-ass in this grouping, but Terry Crews is quickly becoming a favorite. The beefy former football player has quickly fit in with the action veterans as they’ve build a band of brothers rapport thanks to the physicality of the roles.
But Crews admits being in both films has been like a little kid playing with his action heroes, as he told BET that watching “Rocky III” changed his life.
And the winner (and biggest bad-ass) is…
Obviously anyone of these bad-asses could take the WWTW crown. There’s even Robert Pattinson’s clever maneuvering to steer clear from talking about Kristen Stewart admitting that she cheated on him while he promoted “Cosmopolis” this week that puts him in a certain level of bad assness. But after close analysis the winner this week is Terry Crews because frankly he’s building up a resume that will catapult him to a higher level of stardom very soon.
Take away his bulging pecs and starring in Expendables 2, with a guest spot in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama “The Newsroom” and being in the NBC reality show “Stars Earn Stripes,” he’s been on our TV weekly.
Then there’s also his comedic work, which is his secret weapon. And one of our favorite characters may get a rebirth as there’s been news that he and “Office Space” director Mike Judge are working on a movie for Crews’ President Camacho character from Judge’s 2006 film “Idiocracy.”
It’s good to be a bad-ass.