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Bruce Willis was set to reprise his role of Mr. Church, at a salary of three million dollars (750,000 dollars per day for four consecutive days). When he demanded one million dollars per day instead, Sylvester Stallone and the producers refused, and he left the film. Within three days, Stallone was able to get Harrison Ford to replace the Church role as a new character. Ford's "short notice" quip, as used in the trailer, alludes to these events (which were well publicized long before the film premiered).
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While shooting an action scene in a truck, Jason Statham almost drowned when the truck fell into the sea after brakes failed.
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Although top billed, Jet Li has less than five minutes of screentime.
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When Toll Road (Randy Couture) asks Doc (Wesley Snipes) why he got locked up Doc replies: "Tax evasion". In 2008 Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion. He served from 2010 to 2013.
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Sylvester Stallone tried to get Wesley Snipes to play the role taken by Terry Crews in The Expendables (2010). Crews went on to play Hale Caesar after Snipes declined due to legal matters related to his tax-evasion charges that prevented him from leaving the United States without the court's permission. Wesley Snipes got the role as "Doc" shortly after his release from prison. In a scene, Dolph Lundgren's character asks Snipes' character what he was locked up for to which he replies "tax evasion".
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When he is asked about the whereabouts of Church (portrayed by Bruce Willis in the two previous films), Max Drummer (Harrison Ford) answers that "He's out of the picture". This is an in-joke about the fact that Willis' character was written out of the film and replaced with Ford's character.
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As his character in the film, Harrison Ford is a skilled pilot in real-life. In fact, Ford has conducted some search-and-rescue missions, just like his character does in the film.
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In one scene, Antonio Banderas' character sings "El novio de la muerte" ("Bridegroom of Death"). That song is the official hymn of the Spanish Legion, an elite unit of the Spanish Army. Banderas was made an honorary member of that military unit in 2013.
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Sylvester Stallone offered a supporting role to Jackie Chan but Chan refused, due to scheduling conflicts, and he also prefers to play a lead role.
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A copy of the film was leaked online three weeks before the release date. The film was downloaded one hundred eighty-nine thousand times in the first 24 hours after the leak.
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This film marks many reunions for numerous principal actors outside their "Expendables" roles. Terry Crews' first film role was in The 6th Day (2000) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, who co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan (2013). Stallone starred opposite Antonio Banderas in Assassins (1995) and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, who appeared in Machete Kills (2013) which featured Mel Gibson. Gibson headlined Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) which co-starred Jet Li in his first American role. Li later starred in The One (2001) and War (2007) with Jason Statham, who was in Chaos (2005) with Wesley Snipes, who starred opposite Stallone in Demolition Man (1993). Stallone wrote, directed and starred in Rocky IV (1985) featuring Dolph Lundgren, who starred in Blood of Redemption (2013) featuring Robert Davi. Davi was in Raw Deal (1986), starring Schwarzenegger.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger worked a little more than a week on the movie. (On the first film, Schwarzenegger worked half a day, and on the second film, he was on-set for four days.)
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Arnold Schwarzeneger's character twice quotes his previous films, "Get to the chopper" from Predator (1987) and "I lied" from Commando (1985).
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Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, and Antonio Banderas each played the antagonists in three different Sylvester Stallone movies. Rocky IV (1985), Demolition Man (1993) and Assassins (1995) respectively.
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In the first drafts of the screenplay Antonio Banderas' character is named "Matador" (Spanish for "killer"). After Banderas agreed to play the role, he made several suggestions for the character. One of them was to change his name to "Galgo" (Spanish for "greyhound").
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Terry Crews begged Sylvester Stallone during production not to kill off his character.
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Dwayne Johnson, Clint Eastwood, and Milla Jovovich were considered for a role.
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Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Bonaparte.
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At one point Mickey Rourke was set to reprise his role of Tool from The Expendables (2010).
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Jason Statham has the last line at the end of every Expendable film.
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After Mel Gibson was cast as Conrad Stonebanks, Director Patrick Hughes suggested the character have an Australian background. Although Gibson was born in the U.S., he spent most of his youth in Australia.
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Steven Seagal was offered a role, but he declined.
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Terry Crews' screentime was limited, due to schedule conflicts with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013).
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While trying to save Doc from the train, Christmas calls him a maniac. This is a slight reference to what Stallone's character, John Spartan, calls Snipes' character, Simon Phoenix, in Demolition Man (1993).
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This film marks the first acting part for mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey, who performed most of her own stunts. She has since been cast in Furious 7 (2015), The Athena Project as well as Entourage (2015).
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Patrick Hughes said in an interview, that the first cut of the movie ran three and a half hours.
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It was rumored "The Expendables" films were to be a trilogy. However, a fourth film was announced to be in development.
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Mel Gibson's character is a former ASAS (Australian Special Air Sevice) operative. This is a nod to Attack Force Z (1981), one of Gibson's early lead roles.
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After the release of the film, Sylvester Stallone admitted the PG-13 was a mistake, saying "I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again."
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Jean-Claude Van Damme, who portrayed Jean Vilain in The Expendables 2 (2012), jokingly wanted to return as Jean Vilain's brother, Claude Vilain.
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A majority of Brian Tyler's score is re-used and re-worked music from the first two films.
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After the mission at the art gallery, the N7 logo from the Mass Effect games can be seen behind Thorn in the van.
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While the role of Galgo was written specifically for Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo was considered for the part.
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Charlie Sheen was considered for a role.
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This entry marks the first time in the Expendables franchise, that Sylvester Stallone does not sport a mustache and goatee.
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When Sylvester Stallone's and Harrison Ford's characters meet outside the airplane hangar, both are inside a car. The car is a Ford model, whose logotype is emphasized by the camera as nod to the actor.
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The characters drink original Czech Budweiser beer.
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Sylvester Stallone and Mel Gibson worked with Kurt Russell in the late 80s, with movies like Tequila Sunrise (1988) and Tango and Cash (1989), before they worked with each other. Kurt Russell was considered for the first one as Church, but turned the part down.
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752 is the combined age of all the main characters in the film. This creates an average age of 44.2 years per character.
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The airplane used by Barney and the Expendables, is a An-26, a twin-engined turboprop civilian and military transport aircraft, designed and produced in the U.S.S.R. from 1969-1985.
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Harrison Ford and Wesley Snipes both starred as "fugitives"; Ford in The Fugitive (1993), and Snipes in U.S. Marshals (1998), respectively.
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When watching Thorn (Glen Powell) rock climbing, Barney (Sylvester Stallone) says, "I can do that." This is a nod to Cliffhanger (1993).
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The Bonaparte character was written to fill a void left by Mickey Rourke, who at one point planned to reprise his role from the first film.
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Several actors played comic book movie characters. Sylvester Stallone played Judge Dredd (1995). Wesley Snipes played Blade (1998). Dolph Lundgren played The Punisher (1989). Kelsey Grammer was Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Terry Crews voiced Blade on Ultimate Spider-Man. Glen Powell was a trader in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Arnold Schwarzenegger was Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997).
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This is the first film in the franchise to have a running time longer than two hours.
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Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas collaborated in three movies. In Assassins (1995), Stallone played the good guy and Banderas, the bad. In Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), their good guy and bad guy roles were reversed. Here, they are both good guys.
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The helicopter of Conrad Stonebanks at the Somali port of Mogadishu, is actually a Eurocopter AS565 Panther, of the Bulgarian Air Force. Filming of the scene was done close to the 63rd Independent Maritime Helicopter Air Base at Varna, and the film crew used their aircraft. The green, red, and white roundel of the Bulgarian Air Force can be seen on the helicopter.
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There was going to be a fight scene done in a single-take in the train sequence based on a previsualization shown to journalists.
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Lucas Till was considered for the role of Smilee.
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The first Expendables movie to be rated PG-13.
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Doc (Wesley Snipes) refers to the dog tags of the fallen Expendables members, by the reference "jangle leg, jangle leg". This is a tribute to the late Bernie Mac's character from Life (1999) Jangle Leg. He even mimics the way Mac says his own name.
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A free video game titled "The Expendabros" was created to promote the release of the movie. It was commissioned by Lionsgate, and developed by Free Lives Games - the developers of BroForce.
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Tom Sizemore was considered for the lead villain role at some point.
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Early drafts of the script included Gunnar's daughter.
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The role of Conrad Stonebanks was written for Mel Gibson, who initially turned down the part. Jack Nicholson was also offered, and turned down the part before Gibson signed on.
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The production shot from August 19, 2013 through the end of October. It was a fifty-six day shoot.
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The Art Museum in Bucharest (called 'Muzeul de Arta Moderna Bucuresti'), where Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) meets Goran Vata (Robert Davi), is, in actuality, an office building: The Vertigo Business Tower in Sofia. The made-up art works, that are featured in these scenes, include a small replica of the famous "Endless Column" (1938) by Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, a reference to Romania as the filming location.
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The first Expendables film to be shot digitally. The first two were shot on film.
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Sylvester Stallone auditioned for Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), the part famously played by Harrison Ford.
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Acting debut of Ronda Rousey and feature film debut of Victor Ortiz.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger shares the same birthday as Terry Crews. They were both born on July 30th.
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Wesley Snipes' first PG-13 film since U.S. Marshals (1998).
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Sylvester Stallone considered filling the void left by the Mr. Church character with a role originally intended for Charlie Sheen in the second film. The role was that of a C.I.A. operative pursuing Church. The role was ultimately removed from both scripts.
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Doc (Wesley Snipes) is shown to be proficient with knives. This may be a nod to his role as Blade.
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Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, and Robert Davi have all acted alongside Danny Glover; Ford in Witness (1984), Davi in Predator 2 (1990), and of course Gibson in the Lethal Weapon film franchise.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Davi co-starred in Raw Deal (1986). However, they both starred separately in the "Predator" franchise; Schwarzenegger in Predator (1987), and Davi in Predator 2 (1990).
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During the train sequence, the inscription "BDZh", in Cyrillic letters, can be seen briefly on one of the carriages. In Bulgarian, this is the abbreviation of "Bulgarian National Railways" company, a nod to the movie shooting location.
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Rounda Rousey's reference to 1985 (kick the door in and spray bullets. That may have worked in 1985) is a possible nod to Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985).
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This movie has two actors from the James Bond franchise: Dolph Lundgren had a bit part as a bodyguard in A View to a Kill (1985), and Robert Davi as the main antagonist in Licence To Kill (1989).
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After Barney rescues Doc, he reminds him that he was in a prison that should have been impossible to find. A similar prison was the main setting for Stallone and Schwarzenegger's previous film, Escape Plan (2013).
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Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas also worked with Woody Harrelson and Ron Shelton in White Men Can't Jump (1992), and Play it to the Bone (1999). The closest they had together before this movie, was Play it to the Bone (1999), where Antonio and Woody had lead roles, and Wesley had a cameo role as himself. In this film, they have screentime together, which is also a good thing, since they played villains up against Stallone in Demolition Man (1993) and Assassins (1995).
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Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford have worked with Sigourney Weaver; Ford in Working Girl (1988), and Gibson in The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).
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Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford worked with Peter Weir twice, on Gallipoli (1981), The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), Witness (1985), and The Mosquito Coast (1986). They both had hit sequels written by Jeffrey Boam, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), and Lethal Weapon 3 (1992).
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The only film in the franchise, so far, where Randy Couture's character does not read while flying on a plane.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In addition to his role of main villain, Mel Gibson was offered the chance to direct the film, but he declined.
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Reunites Mel Gibson and Jet Li, who last co-starred in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). In the earlier film, Gibson was the hero, and Li was the antagonist. In this film, the positions have reversed.
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Near the end of the film, Sylvester Stallone's character Barney Ross says, "I am the Hague." This is evocative of his line in Judge Dredd (1995) when his character says, "I AM the law."
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Body Count: 480.
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Victor Ortiz, a multiple welterweight boxing champion, doesn't throw a single punch (for the sake of defense or action sequences). Just before his character's shooting range demonstration, he's seen punching a hanging heavy bag with standard red leather boxing gloves, while Barney and Bonaparte first approach him on the DARPA base, nor does Jet Li, most renowned for martial arts, throw a punch, or perform a single kick in his brief appearance.
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First movie that Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford have done together, but share no screentime. Both were considered for a lot of roles in big films, including Kevin Costner's roles in JFK (1991) and The Untouchables (1987).
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Harrison Ford replaced Bruce Willis as the new Expendables C.I.A. contact Max Drummer. Ford, Mel Gibson, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were considered, and offered the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988), but they all turned it down, due to being busy with films made the same year, and the role went to Bruce Willis.
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This is the second film in Mel Gibson's career in which he plays the main antagonist, his first being Machete Kills (2013).
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Near the end of the film, Sylvester Stallone's character Barney Ross says, "I am the Hague." This is evocative of his line in Judge Dredd when his character says, "I AM the law."
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