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A real railway bridge over the river Osam in Bulgaria was built for the film, and will remain as part of the railway network.
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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."
Sylvester Stallone canceled his promotional tour for this film after his son Sage Stallone was found dead July 13th, 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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. In this context it may be worth noting that, while his character does kill a great deal of people, the film never directly shows him doing any of it.
Arnold Schwarzenegger shot his role in 5 days, one week prior to beginning work on The Last Stand (2013).
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.
All of Jet Li's scenes were filmed in Hong Kong because he was working on another movie at the same time.
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".
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).
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 Team refers to Chuck Norris character Booker as the "lone wolf". This is a reference to the Chuck Norris movie Lone Wolf McQuade.
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.
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)).
Jackie Chan said he had been offered a role, but was forced to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Chinese Zodiac (2012).
The title screen doesn't appear till the 14:09 mark in the movie.
Chuck Norris agreed to come out of retirement from acting at the age of 71 in order to appear in this film.
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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.
Chuck Dixon (who wrote a prequel comic book of the characters) was originally tapped by Sylvester Stallone to do a script rewrite, but declined.
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).
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.
Taylor Lautner was considered for the role that went to Liam Hemsworth.
Gina Carano was considered for the role of Maggie.
Donnie Yen was offered a role but he declined.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
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.

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