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The film reveals that Gunnar Jensen earned an advanced degree in chemical engineering, then abandoned his science career to work as bouncer in order to impress a girl. Dolph Lundgren earned a chemistry degree from Washington State University in 1976, a chemical engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in the early 1980s, and a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1982. Lundgren walked away from a science career to work as bodyguard for his then-girlfriend Grace Jones. While stuck in the mine, Gunnar refers to himself as a "Fulbright Scholar," which Lundgren achieved in real life.
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Sylvester Stallone asked Chuck Norris to include a reference to The Chuck Norris facts (a popular internet meme) in the screenplay. Norris's wife Gena O'Kelly suggested him the one with the cobra. ("Chuck Norris was bitten by a cobra, and after five days of excruciating pain... the cobra died.")
Sylvester Stallone explained that his casting was looking particularly for actors who had not experienced recent hits: "I like using people that had a moment and then maybe have fallen on some hard times and give them another shot. I like those kinds of guys. Someone did it for me and I like to see if I can do it for them."
Chuck Norris agreed to come out of retirement from acting at the age of 71 in order to appear in this film.
John Travolta and Nicolas Cage were considered to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in this film. Ironically 15 years previously, Travolta and Cage took the roles of Sean Archer and Castor Troy in Face/Off (1997) which was made and written for Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
Gunner Jensen refers to Chuck Norris' character Booker as the "Lone Wolf". This is a reference to the Chuck Norris movie Lone Wolf McQuade (1983).
While filming an action scene in Bulgaria, an explosion on a rubber boat killed one stuntman and left another in critical condition.
Tennis player Novak Djokovic filmed a cameo for the airport shootout for free. However his scene, which involved him beating down terrorists with his racket, was cut.
Liam Hemsworth was originally cast in The Expendables (2010) but when the script was re-written, his role was cut out. He later got a call from Sylvester Stallone to be in this movie.
The sequel was considered seven months before The Expendables (2010) was completed and released in theaters. The first movie's plot was revised during filming so that Dolph Lundgren's character, who was killed in the first draft, could be saved for the sequel.
Sylvester Stallone canceled his promotional tour for this film after his son, Sage Stallone, was found dead on July 13th, 2012.
In September 2011 Sylvester Stallone confirmed that he was in talks with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta about roles in the film and that scheduling would be the only obstacle to their involvement.
A real railway bridge over the river Osam in Bulgaria was built for the film, and will remain as part of the railway network.
Liam Hemsworth's character Billy the Kid's back story is based on the real story of Dakota Meyer's experience in Afghanistan as told in his book "Into the Fire".
Arnold Schwarzenegger shot his role in 5 days, one week prior to beginning work on The Last Stand (2013).
In the battle scene with all the Expendables and the Sangs there are many tongue-in-cheek references to the actors other films such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis saying "I'll be back" (many of Arnold Schwarzenegger); Arnold Schwarzenegger saying "Yippie-Kai-Yay" (in reference to Bruce Willis "Die Hard" series) and later asking "Who's next, Rambo?" (Stallone's film).
This is Jean-Claude Van Damme's fourth time working with both Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins.
In an interview with BBC Radio, Sylvester Stallone confirmed that he named Jean-Claude Van Damme's character 'Vilain' to make it similar to the name of 19th Century French poet Paul Verlaine. This was to set up an extremely obscure in-joke where the final showdown between Van Damme and Stallone, could be seen as a fight between Vilain/Verlaine and Rambo/Rimbaud. Arthur Rimbaud (pronounced Rambo) being another French poet with whom Verlaine had a tempestuous affair.
All of Jet Li's scenes were filmed in Hong Kong because he was working on another movie at the same time.
Sylvester Stallone's character is named Barney Ross in memory of decorated World War II hero and World Lightweight, Light Welterweight, and Welterweight Boxing Champion, Barney Ross (i.e. three-divisional champion).
In the German version of the movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone's characters have the same voice actor.
Jackie Chan said he had been offered a role, but was forced to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Sap ji sang ciu (2012).
Some controversy arose online when rumors started spreading that this film might receive a PG-13 cut, as opposed to the Rated-R cut of the first The Expendables (2010). The name of Chuck Norris was most often associated with this story, that he was having problems with the extreme violence and basically refusing to take part in the movie unless it would be toned down.
The fountain pen that Barney Ross pulls out to write on the napkin is a Montegrappa Chaos limited edition pen that Sylvester Stallone, a long time Montegrappa aficionado, helped design. It includes a skull and other symbols inspired by The Expendables (2010).
In November 2010, Charlie Sheen was considered for the role of a CIA agent hunting down Church. The role was eventually written out of the script.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's first film after leaving office as Governor of California.
Only the third time Schwarzenegger has used the paraphrase, "I'm back". The first was in Kindergarten Cop (1990) and the second was Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003).
Chuck Norris is the pop culture subject of countless larger than life "Chuck Norris facts" created by fans. The film's cast and crew jumped on the bandwagon when Norris arrived in Bulgaria, coining a new one: "Chuck Norris doesn't visit Bulgaria, Bulgaria visits Chuck Norris."
The title screen doesn't appear till the 14:09 mark in the movie.
This is the fourth time Jason Statham and Jet Li have co-starred in a film together (following The One (2001), War (2007), and The Expendables (2010)).
While filming in Bulgaria, Arnold Schwarzenegger went in his role of a politician and met with the Bulgarian prime-minister awarding him with the sword of Conan the Barbarian (1982). The latest version of Conan the Barbarian (2011) starring Jason Momoa as Conan was also shot in Bulgaria.
Sylvester Stallone wrote and starred in this installment, unlike his duties in the previous The Expendables (2010) as an actor, co-writer, co-producer and director.
Sylvester Stallone's first time in 10 years to star in a movie (as the lead) that he did not direct. The previous was Avenging Angelo (2002).
After the team kills a lone remaining gunman during the fight with the Sangs, Stallone says "Rest in pieces". This is a reference to Dolph Lundgren's line in the sci-fi movie I Come in Peace (1990), where, at the end, the villain says "I come in peace" and after blowing him away, Lundgren remarks "But you go in pieces".
Chuck Norris's character's name Booker is also the name of his character in Good Guys Wear Black (1978).
Gina Carano was considered for the role of Maggie.
Chuck Dixon (who wrote a prequel comic book of the characters) was originally tapped by Sylvester Stallone to do a script rewrite, but declined.
Right after Trench says "I'm back" after saving them from the mine, the music beat is the same first few beats of The Terminator theme.
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Donnie Yen was offered a role but he declined.
Taylor Lautner was considered for the role that went to Liam Hemsworth.
Chuck Norris's character is referred to as a Lone Wolf (as in Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)). Lone Wolf was also the code name for Sylvester Stallone's character John Rambo in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) where he returns to Vietnam on a secret mission looking for American POWs.
The first time since Red Heat, twenty four years earlier, that Arnold Schwarzenegger shot outside North America.
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Director Simon West was not allowed to complete post-production on the film and therefore the final cut is not his.
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The plane the expendables are using is a Canadair CL-215 fire fighter.
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Scott Adkins, who played Jean-Claude Van Damme's right hand man, played the main character in the movie Hard Target 2 (2016). It is the direct-to-video sequel of the film Hard Target (1993) where Van-Damme played the main character.
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One of two films released in 2012 starring both Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren where Van Damme plays the villain. The other was Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. Also the fourth movie starring Van Damme and Lundgren after Universal Soldier (1992), Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009) and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012). And the only collaboration with the two action stars that is not a Universal Soldier film.
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The song Expendables sing in the closing scene is composed of several unrelated verses from the 1912 poem 'Congo' by Vachel Lindsay.
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At the start of the film, Sylvester Stallone drives a 4x4 with a heavy metal plow on the rear. When he spins the vehicle and drives with the plow facing front, his 4x4 bears more than a passing resemblance to a vehicle from Judge Dredd, another Sylvester Stallone film.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Near the end of the movie, Barney Ross says "That thing belongs in a museum." This was a famous line from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Coincidentially, Harrison Ford, who played Indiana Jones, appeared as CIA Agent Drummer in Expendables 3 (2014), after Bruce Willis refused to return as Mr. Church. Harrison Ford, like Arnold and Sly, was offered to play John McClane in Die Hard but turned it down and the role then went to Bruce Willis.
The working storyline had Mickey Rourke from The Expendables (2010) returning as Tool and being killed off as the motivation for the team's subsequent actions. This was changed to Liam Hemsworth's character when Rourke abruptly left the production to pursue another project.
In the final scene, Arnold Schwarzenegger is wearing a vintage Hawaiian style Planet Hollywood Jam shirt under his jacket. Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis were founding partners in the Planet Hollywood chain.
Body Count: 482.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, in this film says "Yippie Kai Yay", (a reference to Bruce Willis's role in Die Hard (1988) as John McClane), after he says "I'll be back", when Bruce Willis steals his line. Arnold was considered for the role of John McClane in Die Hard along with Sylvester Stallone himself.
One of only five films where Schwarzenegger's face is covered at his introduction. The others are Stay Hungry (1976), True Lies (1994), Eraser (1996), and Terminator Genisys (2015).
When Arnold Schwarzenegger 's character rescues the crew and the villagers from being trapped inside the mine, he uses a giant drill machine similar to the one that Benny the cab driver used to try to kill his character in Total Recall (1990).
The plane received as a "gift" at the end of the film is a soviet made utility/agriculltural Antonov AN-2 designed and manufactured by the Antonov Design Bureau since 1946. Various versions are still in use in the ex-U.S.S.R., and in the eastern bloc countries.
Is the only film in the Expendables series not to be nominated for (or win) a Razzie Award.

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