Friday, August 13, 2010

Stallone takes one for the team in The Expendables

Sylvester Stallone's new action movie, The Expendables, hits theaters today and audiences are about to be convinced that even at 63, the guy still knows how to take a beating. No, not the kind he took for making Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot, we're talking a serious thrown-across-the-set ass kicking. They're also going to have to admit he looks like he can still give one as well.
The fans of star driven action movies will also be hoping for another kind of beating this weekend, beating up the box-office competition.

It won't be hard for Stallone and his assembled cohorts to kick Julia Roberts' tush in her new movie adaptation of Eat, Pray, Love. It may be slightly more challenging to rough up Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in last week's number one The Other Guys. But the film were hoping gets taken to the ground and trampled is Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Pilgrim is led by actor/professional wimp Michael Cera and is poised to attract a swarm of Comic Con geeks (the geekiest ones that cheer for those pimply high school angst comic books that dwell on fantasies of the nerd triumphing over cool kids and jocks while winning the girl through cleverness and math skills), who usually come out in opening weekend droves when it's one of their own on the front lines. If Stallone and crew don't come home on Monday having beaten and bloodied Scott Pilgrim, action fans and Spike TV junkies should go hang their heads in shame.

For The Expendables, we're still trying to decide which must have been tougher, doing your own fight scenes at 63 (and ripping and breaking some important body parts in the process), or assembling a cast that includes Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Eric Roberts, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (who opens the can of Stallone whoop-ass in the clip below) and, wait for it... the Governor of California. Body slams can be brutal but star egos? There's clearly some serious respect being paid to the guy we'd credit for fathering the genre of modern day, character driven action movies.

What may prove toughest and most important for Stallone's action swan song is coming in with a first place box-office tally by Sunday night. We find ourselves enthusiastically rooting for Stallone. After all, who knows more about triumphing against the odds than the guy who penned Rocky? (You can almost hear the theme music playing in the background.)

We'll get you ready for the weekend with a clip shot on set the day that may have ended Stallone's action hero movie career (at least as far as doing his own stunts). Here's to guy who's never walked away from the fight that is making Hollywood movies. We're glad he decided to take one more for the team.

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