Comic-Con got a huge jolt of testosterone early Thursday evening as Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News moderated The Expendables panel featuring Terry Crews, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis (for a moment) and writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone. We got a trailer, a few new clips, a ton of laughs and plenty of curing and fun stories. Hit the jump for all the details.
After the lights went down and we were shown a trailer (which I haven’t seen before, but it could be out already) Knowles began to bring out the crew. First was Terry Crews, who was so pumped to be here, he jumped up on the table and ripped his shirt off. As Austin, Lundgren, Couture and Stallone joined him, it was a little less theatrical. Except that the entire Hall H chanted “Rocky, Rocky!” while Stallone shadow boxed.
The first question was about how each of the guys got involved and they each told the story. Mostly, they heard about the movie, got a call, and met Stallone in L.A.
Bruce Willis then came out for a brief moment and thanked Stallone for getting the two of them and “The Governor” (as they called Schwarzenegger) into one scene. Apparently, Stallone had a bunch of ideas for them to be in separate scenes but it was Willis who suggested they all do it together.
Then was the first clip of some random fight scene in what looked like an underground lair. Knowles said he couldn’t believe Comic-Con was allowing this to be shown and he wasn’t kidding. It was super bloody (CG blood, actually) and featured a ton of murder and mayhem. The fighting was heavily influenced by the WWE and MMA with plenty of slams, spears and arm bars that resulted in bruises and broken bones. It definitely looked pretty awesome, and it got a huge pop from the crowd, especially when Crews showed up with a grenade launcher or something and messed stuff up.
They talked about needing a bodyguard to guard the set from all the onlookers, and because they were blowing up so much crap.
Stallone tried to get Van Damme, Segal, and Chuck Norris among others. He also prefers directing to acting because there is more to do. He referred to himself as a “control whore.”
The film has some parallels to Rocky because, when that started it was a sort of B-movie. This was like that too because, from its inception, it just kept getting bigger and bigger.
When growing up, Stallone was a geek. He wore a Superman costume under his clothes to school and watched movies like the 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts.
Everyone got hurt while making this movie but it was never personal. On certain movies though, like with David Carradine on Death Race 2000, Stallone did want to hurt them back.
Several stunt men had to leave the movie because of Randy Couture’s insane ability as a fighter.
Next up, the guy who runs the Guinness Book of World Records (Craig Glendon) came out and gave Stallone and Lundgren awards for Rocky being the most successful sports franchise in history.
Every day, Stallone wakes up in awe that his life is what it is because of that character. He really wanted to make the sixth movie to put the franchise to bed and then he was going to retire. But it really worked so he decided to do the same for Rambo. And then, when that worked, he decided to make this movie.
The event ended with the actors giving their most difficult challenge making the movie. For Couture and Lundgren, it was dialogue, for Stallone it was directing the most pivotal scene in the movie under incredible time constrains and for Austin and Crews, it was almost getting blown up.
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