The Expendables 2 (2012) Poster


All of Jet Li's scenes were filmed in Hong Kong because he was working on another movie at the same time.
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The film reveals that Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren) has an advance degree of chemical engineering. This is a reference to Lundgren himself, who has a degree in chemistry from Washington State University in 1976, a degree in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in the early 1980s, then a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney in Sydney in 1982. The character abandoned his career a scientist to work as bouncer in order to impress a girl. In real life, Lundgren turned it down to work as bodyguard for his then girlfriend Grace Jones. Further, while stuck in the mine Gunnar refers to himself as a "Fulbright Scholar" which Lundgren also achieved in real life.
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."
Tennis player Novak Djokovic filmed a cameo for the airport shootout for free. However, his scene was cut, which involves him attacking terrorists with his racket.
A stuntman died and another was left in a critical condition while filming an action scene for the movie in Bulgaria, that included an explosion on a rubber boat.
The sequel was considered 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 July 13th, 2012.
A real railway bridge over the river Osam in Bulgaria was built for the film, and will remain as part of the railway network.
Chuck Norris agreed to come out of retirement from acting at the age of 71 in order to appear in this film.
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 Team refers to Chuck Norris character Booker as the "lone wolf". This is a reference to the Chuck Norris movie Lone Wolf McQuade.
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.
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.
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".
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).
Arnold Schwarzenegger shot his role in 5 days, one week prior to beginning work on The Last Stand (2013).
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 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.
Sylvester Stallone's character is named Barney Ross in memory of decorated WWII hero and World Lightweight, Light Welterweight, and Welterweight Boxing Champion, Barney Ross (i.e. three-divisional champion).
In November 2010, Charlie Sheen was considered for the role of a CIAgent hunting down Church. The role was eventually written out of the script.
John Travolta and Nicolas Cage were considered to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in this film. Ironically 15 years ago, Travolta and Cage took the roles of Sean Archer and Castor Troy in Face/off which was made and written for Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
In the German version of the movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone's characters have the same voice actor.
This is Jean-Claude Van Damme's fourth time working with both Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins.
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."
Jackie Chan said he had been offered a role, but was forced to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Chinese Zodiac (2012).
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.
The title screen doesn't appear till the 14:09 mark in the movie.
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.
Barney Ross says, "That thing belongs in a museum." This was a famous dialogue from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusede (1989). Coincidentially, Harrison Ford who played Indiana Jones appeared as CIA Agent Drummer in Expendables 3 after Bruce Willis refused to reprise his role.
This is the 4th time Jason Statham and Jet Li have co-starred in a film together (following The One (2001), War (2005), and The Expendables (2010)).
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).
Taylor Lautner was considered for the role that went to Liam Hemsworth.
Chuck Dixon (who wrote a prequel comic book of the characters) was originally tapped by Sylvester Stallone to do a script rewrite, but declined.
Donnie Yen was offered a role but he declined.
Gina Carano was considered for the role of Maggie.
Only the second time Schwarzenegger has used the paraphrase, "I'm back". The first was in 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines' (2003).
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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 1990 sci-fi movie I Come in Peace (aka Dark Angel), where, at the end, the villian says "I come in peace" & after blowing him away, Lundgren remarks "But you go in pieces"
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The first time in 19 years that Schwarzenegger has uttered the phrase, "I'll be back" on screen. The last time was in 'Last Action Hero' (1993).
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Chuck Norris's character is referred to as a Lone Wolf. Lone Wolf was also the code name for Sylvester Stallone's character John Rambo in the second Rambo movie where he returns to Vietnam on a secret mission looking for American POWs.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's first film after leaving office as governor of California.
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Chuck Norris's character's name Booker is also the name of his character in Good Guys Wear Black.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
Arnold in this film says "Yippie Kai Yay" a reference to Bruce Willis's role in Die hard 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.
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One of only four films where Schwarzenegger's face is covered at his introduction. The others are 'Stay Hungry' (1976), 'True Lies' (1994), and 'Eraser' (1996).
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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).
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Is the only Expendable film not to be nominated or win a razzie.
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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-USSR and in the eastern bloc countries.
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