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Dolph Lundgren breaks Quint while chatting EXPENDABLES, DIRECT CONTACT and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Now, I tried to pass the buck on this interview. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up on Dolph Lundgren’s work and was very, very pleased to get a chance to speak with the man, but this interview shouldn’t have been done by me. I begged Vern to do it. He considered it, but ultimately just didn’t think doing interviews was his thing. So, I was torn. There is no way I could do as good a job with this interview as Vern could, but I was also excited to have some time with Ivan Friggin’ Drago, and especially cherished the chance to dig up some EXPENDABLES stuff. And I found that Dolph was more than happy to talk about Sly and his movie, so you’ll find quite a bit of EXPENDABLES talk going on below. I also want to take a moment to thank Brandy Fons for setting this chat up and give a real special, heart-felt thanks to Sir Stroker Ace who came in when I was in a pinch and transcribed the below chat for me. I am grateful, oh mustached one. Beware some EXPENDABLES spoilers when we divert into Stallone territory during the chat. Without any further ado, here's Mr. Lundgren. Enjoy!

Quint: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me, man. I really appreciate it.

Dolph Lundgren: Sure, me too.

Quint: I watched the movie last week and one thing that really stood out to me on this one was that you guys seemed to get a lot of value out of your location.

Dolph Lundgren: Yeah.

Quint: Yeah. It’s like the movie’s, you know, all over the place – tons of exteriors. You shot that in Bulgaria, right?

Dolph Lundgren: Yeah. It was Les Weldon and Danny Lerner who developed and produced it, and shot in Sophia. I shot a couple other movies there actually, one right after that called COMMAND PERFORMANCE that I directed – it was actually a two-picture deal, and did this one, DIRECT CONTACT, and then COMMAND PERFORMANCE, later the same year – last year.

Quint: That’s cool. I take it you guys went there for an incentive or something? Is that why…

Dolph Lundgren: Yeah. Well, the thing is they own a studio there, Nu Image. So, they get a great deal for, you know, for a lot of things – for crew, for equipment, cameras, they got a special effects company there, a visual effects company that did, for instance, the RAMBO picture, the last one, my last movie COMMAND PERFORMANCE, so…yeah – there’s some advantages there that it’s hard to get in the West these days.

Quint: There’s something about that kind of Eastern European feel, you know – it’s just real production value, you don’t really see anything like that here in the States, so, you know, if you see a movie made here in the States, or around there, it’s always something built, and they can’t really show too much of the city…

Dolph Lundgren: Yeah, well Europe is different, it’s good for movies with people getting killed in mysterious ways, cause that’s the way it is over there, so… (laughs)

Quint: Did you ever run into any of that? I’ve talked to people who’ve shot in Eastern Europe and have actually run into the mob.

Dolph Lundgren: Yeah, sure - if you know them, they’re cool! You just gotta be sure they’re on YOUR side.

Quint: Yeah, you just gotta bring them on and give them some craft service.

Dolph Lundgren: Give ‘em a couple of roles in the movie and stuff like that – it works well.

Quint: Oh yeah? Did you actually cast some of those people?

Dolph Lundgren: Well, not in that movie, but in the next one, COMMAND PERFORMANCE, I had a couple of guys in there. But that was good, you know – they help you out.

Quint: Yeah, great – and I’m sure it’s also gives you a real feel to those guys man – you look ‘em in the eye, you can tell they’ve done the real shit.

Dolph Lundgren: Yeah, for sure. Yeah. In COMMAND PERFORMANCE – it’s a hostage drama – and there’s a crew of bad guys in it, like maybe 15 guys, and I’d say about half of those or more are real. So, you know, you can tell straight away, the way they carry their weapons and everything. Most of them have been in the military as well, before that – so they’ve got both things going.

Quint: For DIRECT CONTACT, how much time did you spend on the training, cause there’s just a lot of action in that movie.

Dolph Lundgren: I - well, I’m always training, I’m always working out, and I’m always staying in shape. My sparring partner’s from Bulgaria, and uh – that particular film had a lot of fights, and I work with the stunt coordinator and try to make it my own, to some extent. It takes a couple of weeks before you start. I think for me, it’s a bit easier than for some actors, but you have to practice – you have to train for at least a week.

Quint: Yeah. Do you like the hand-to-hand stuff, as opposed to, like the more gun-driven action?

Dolph Lundgren: Yeah, I think so. I mean, I think you need the balance. But, certainly, I think that, you know, the physicality is certainly a bit more primitive, and people like to see that, you know - especially if you’ve got actors who are big, or who are powerful, that’s certainly something that means more to you because not a lot of people can do it and make it look real. Just grabbing somebody and throwing them up against a wall – that can be more powerful than aiming a high-tech weapon at them.

Quint: Yeah. Anybody can pick up a gun, but not just anybody can knock some teeth out.

Dolph Lundgren: Well, that’s what’s cool about what Stallone has done with EXPENDABLES, which I’m working on now, because he knows that the trend is coming back a little bit that way. With MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) being big, and even kids seeing it – younger kids – they kinda know what a real punch does to somebody, so he’s kinda bringing it back down to a bit more fighting – knife, knives, hand-to-hand, gunplay – stuff instead of doing this totally fantastic stuff that’s more reserved for super heroes. But before, regular guys would do it in movies, and you would believe it, so…

Quint: Yeah. We’re very much looking forward to EXPENDABLES here at AICN. It just seems like the kind of movie that we don’t see come out of the studio system anymore.

Dolph Lundgren: No.

Quint: I love that Stallone’s been able to re-establish himself as a big player. I thought ROCKY and RAMBO were both fantastic, and what I love about EXPENDABLES is that it’s his own original idea. You’re not having him basing it off a character that everybody has nostalgia for, you know – so it’s kind of an unadulterated mystery for all of us fans of his and I love the cast that he’s assembled. I can’t wait to see you guys on screen again together.

Dolph Lundgren: Well, I think what it is… I’m realizing myself now, writing and directing… working with Stallone, that he’s one-of-a-kind. He’s one of those pros. Who’s starred in more big action movies than him? Nobody. Nobody’s done that, and he’s got a wealth of experience, and it just took for him to, you know, put it together and put a lot of work into this original script, and getting the crew together. But I think people are going to appreciate it, and it’s gonna bring back some of that old school stuff that I think some people are missing these days, you know – it’s not all flying from building-to-building, it could be a little more by real people, and that’s what he’s done.

Quint: That sounds great. Can you tell me a little bit about your character in THE EXPENDABLES?

Dolph Lundgren: Um…well, I’ll tell ya – he’s an outcast guy. It’s sorta like a movie about a family. It’s a bunch of guys who have their problems, and they’re working, they’re doing these jobs that nobody wants to take, mercenary jobs. My guy, he’s like the big combat veteran, old friend of Sly’s in the movie, and he’s just seen too much, and he’s kinda going through a really hard time, himself. He’s kinda coming apart at the seams in the beginning. He gets thrown out - out of the group, and then he kinda goes on this wild journey throughout the movie, (leading) to an unexpected ending, so…I get to play both good and bad, and crazy – you know. It’s pretty cool. A good role for me. (laughs)

Quint: Yeah, it sounds like a great role. It sounds like you have a lot to play with – not just in an action sense, but in a dramatic sense as well.

Dolph Lundgren: Yeah, that’s correct. That’s what he’s done. He’s a master at creating these larger-than-life, mythical characters, you know – that’s what his whole career is based on, and he’s done it for me once before. This one’s pretty good, too – so I’m really pleased about that.

Quint: (laughs) Have you shot all your stuff for that movie?

Dolph Lundgren: No, no actually I’ve done just a few things. I’ve got most of it coming up next month.

Quint: Fantastic. Is it hard for you – you’ve mentioned that you’ve directed your own features now – is it hard for you to put your trust into another director, be it in a DIRECT CONTACT or THE EXPENDABLES or any of these other pictures, is it hard for you to just concentrate only on the acting side of things?

Dolph Lundgren: No, actually, the opposite. I’ve worked with some good directors – like John Woo, and Stallone, and (Roland) Emmerich – people I learn from. But, you know, not that many, so…I worked with a lot of directors. I mean, I can learn from everybody, you know, but now with Stallone directing… you know, he’s so experienced that that I’m soaking up everything he says, every word. Some of the other actors don’t realize it he’s been around so long, that you know, he’s really got every little detail. Like how do you grip the steering wheel during a car chase, you know… little pointers on how to sit, how to look. The small details. We’re friends, so he gives me a lot of good advice. This is really – it’s a pleasure, cause when I’m directing your performance is the last thing you think about, unfortunately. You worry about everyone else and the movie itself. So it’s really a pleasure. I hope to do more of these cameos.

Quint: Do you think you could ever move to directing solely, just do a picture where you’re not the star?

Dolph Lundgren: Yeah, I think so. I already got an offer to do that, actually.

Quint: Oh yeah?

Dolph Lundgren: For some reason I couldn’t do it. Now I’m feeling a little more because of EXPENDABLES and UNIVERSAL SOLDIER and all that, that maybe… I can see where there’s a value where I have something a little unique on screen. There’s something there that’s interesting that certainly, I think, can work in big movies - and small movies – but you know, it is challenging to think about directing only. I can’t do it yet, but maybe in the future I can.

Quint: Well, I mean it sounds like a natural progression for you. You have another directorial effort coming up, don’t you?

Dolph Lundgren: Yeah, I’ve got a film I’m posting called ICARUS that I filmed in Vancouver and I’m now going back between Vancouver and New Orleans all the time. And then the other one, COMMAND PERFORMANCE that I shot and directed, that one’s finished now. We posted that in LA. That’s the rock ‘n roll thing I did when I played drums, so I’ve got a few other things going on.

Quint: I hate to keep going off on tangents, but you mentioned UNIVERSAL SOLDIER, and that’s something I know a lot of people are looking forward to, seeing that next installment. How did that go for you? Was it difficult kind of stepping back into that roll?

Dolph Lundgren: No, it wasn’t difficult, it was just that my schedule was so tough. I was posting one movie and filming another, prepping ICARUS and posting COMMAND. They wanted me in it, and I had a lot of talks with the director about the role, because he’s only got so much time to do it, but he did it – he did a good job. John Hyams. He wrote a really interesting little…well, it’s not a little role, it’s kinda pivotal, but it’s not on-screen that long. But, it’s a cool role that explains some of the plot in the movie, towards the end. So, it was, it was fun. In one way it was bizarre, I should say, to find myself in the UNIVERSAL SOLDIER outfit after 17 years, holding on to Jean Claude, smacking him up against a wall, I was like, “Shit man, are we in a dream or what?” It’s weird ‘cause it happened so quickly. With (EXPENDABLES), it’s not like I’m pulling on the red Russian boxing shorts again, you know? Now that would feel bizarre. But, with Stallone on-screen, doing another sort of confrontational scene with him the other week, which was cool… it was very interesting. But with Jean Claude, it was a little more surreal, (like) the same thing in a new version. I think people are gonna enjoy it, I certainly did. It’s a very violent movie, that one. THE EXPENDABLES… it has violence, yes, but in a different sort, a different league, whereas the other film is super-violent. I think some people will love it. It has a lot of MMA fighters and stuff in it, breaking each other’s balls. I do my own fair share. But I think it’s - they complement each other, to some extent.

Quint: Well if you think that’s weird, wait until they ask you to be in MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE.

Dolph Lundgren: (laughs) Yeah, play his grandfather or something. I don’t know…yeah – why not, you know? We’ll see. I mean, I suppose when you stick around long enough, you know, things take on a different…they take on a movie iconic thing that happens. It’s kinda cool. I see it with Stallone, or you know the actor Clint Eastwood is certainly there. I’m not in their league, but there’s suddenly something… I can feel a little bit of my career going a little bit like that. It feels like that. It’s kinda cool.

Quint: Yeah. No definitely, I definitely get that sense, too – and that’s another thing I really like about what Stallone is doing, he’s very much bringing together people that, you know – for people like me that grew up on ‘80s action movies… we miss you guys! We miss you guys playing on a big scale, especially playing together. Definitely, there’s nostalgia there, but there’s also a unique chemistry that you guys have, especially you and Sly had in ROCKY. You know what I mean – where it’s just, you kinda miss that – you don’t get that kind of chemistry much.

Dolph Lundgren: What you’re saying is what (Sly)’s done, he’s smart with Mickey Rourke, and he’s realizing this that it’s one thing when a young, very fit guy, you know, holding a gun and pointing it at you, it’s another thing when an old scarred guy, still muscular, walks through the door holding a shotgun. It’s a different feeling, you know – that’s what he’s doing in this movie. It’s a bit more menacing, and he’s playing on that, which is kinda cool – I like that.

Quint: Yeah. There’s a weight to somebody who’s had that experience, and it shows on their face.

Dolph Lundgren: It’s fun. Certainly I’m enjoying it, and I hope the fans will.

Quint: Well thank you so much, man. I realize you’ve probably got a few other people to talk to, so I won’t keep you any longer, but I really appreciate you taking the time.

Dolph Lundgren: Thanks Eric – ‘preciate it, man.

Hope you guys enjoyed the chat! Thanks again to Stroker Ace for the help! Today I interviewed Francis Ford Coppola (how is that for two interviews… Dolph Lundgren and Francis Ford Coppola?) and will have that interview ready for you later in the week. Plus I have some HANGOVER coverage, so keep an eye peeled! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter

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  • June 2, 2009, 8:37 p.m. CST

    He-Man's grandpa for the win!! :P

    by Bouncy X

    That was a funny comment. But am i reading right, the Universal Soldier sequel is already done? I thought that was just a rumor or something being filmed later this year or 2010.

  • June 2, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    2nd!!!!

    by MANNZILLA

    Dolph you rule

  • June 2, 2009, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Transformers will be right back after these messages.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    And now we return to the Transformers... <BR><BR> [Starscream pose]

  • June 2, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Can this fucker act any better yet?

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Universal Soldier was dire acting.

  • June 2, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    DUuuuRRRR....what does "MMA" stand fer????

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Gosh, I hope someone puts it in parenthesis!

  • June 2, 2009, 8:41 p.m. CST

    good stuff Quint

    by bruno91748

    Thanks

  • June 2, 2009, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't it be Universal Soldier 5?

    by scriptgirl_nipples

  • June 2, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Oh man, Expendables sounds even cooler

    by CherryValance

    than before. Dude. I can not wait to see this movie. Nice interview Quint. Dolph seemed supercool. I really have to catch up on his movies.

  • June 2, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Sly is gonna kick Dolph's ass

    by the milf lover

    for spoiling Expendables. Way to go Quint.

  • June 2, 2009, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Isn't it Universal Soldier 3???

    by odo19

    Or 5 even if you include the TV movies.

  • June 2, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Dolph for Thor

    by losder

    Fuck it. He's fucking Swedish.

  • June 2, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Ha! My first thought was: Vern shoulda done this!

    by Raymar

    Good stuff.

  • June 2, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    love it!

    by TheExterminator

  • June 2, 2009, 9:44 p.m. CST

    GREAT stuff!!!

    by ABking

    This was an AWESOME interview Quint!

  • June 2, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    All thats missing from Expendables is the MACHO MAN!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Savin dat fer the sequel...OHHHH YYeeeAAAA!!

  • June 2, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Thanks

    by TELF

    Really enjoyed that. Dolph comes across as a real humble dude.And I totally agree with him re. scarred older dudes with shotguns...

  • June 2, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Macho Man Randy Savage!

    by sith_rising

    hell yeah, that's a great idea. the only things missing would be Tim "Tiny" Zeus Lister, Sven Thorsen, Mack and Billy and Dillon from Predator, Sonny Chiba, and hell, we've got an old-school action movie!

  • June 2, 2009, 10:11 p.m. CST

    hi, how are COMMAND PERFORMANCE you doing?

    by BadMrWonka

    this was a COMMAND PERFORMANCE pretty cool interview. but the guy should COMMAND PERFORMANCE try to work in COMMAND PERFORMANCE mentions of his COMMAND PERFORMANCE other COMMAND PERFORMANCE work from time to time.<p>you gotta COMMAND PERFORMANCE sell yourself, Dolph!<p>COMMAND PERFORMANCE!!!!

  • June 2, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Hey Quint--good good interview.

    by Sal_Bando

    You do alright w/ these things you know? I liked it alot more than I thought I would-a Dolph Lundgren interview in '09? but you know what--good reading.

  • June 2, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    where's the fanletter chat with Oleg?

    by Spandau Belly

    We have like two months of Stallone answering questions from fans, why not at least one session with Dolph Oleg Lundgren?

  • June 2, 2009, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Dolph is fucking cool.

    by ebonic_plague

    Really good interview, Quint. That guy has such a larger than life presence on screen, it's got to be insanely intimidating to even sit down across from him and ask questions. I mean the guy was Ivan Drago, He-Man, AND the Punisher! That's a pretty weighty resume in terms of movie badass-ness. His inclusion in The Expendables seems to me like the only real make-or-break necessity, in light of his onscreen rivalry/relationship with Sly. Sounds like he's got a good part to chew on, too. I just hope he's got enough screentime, and isn't just a glorified cameo.

  • June 2, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    that was a great interview

    by EmptyWalletProductions

    informative, and funny has hell: "I’ve worked with some good directors – like John Woo, and Stallone, and (Roland) Emmerich – people I learn from. But, you know, not that many, so…" awesome! but anyway, great interview!

  • June 2, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Dolph rules

    by Omar B

    Yesterday I was thinking of all the awesome movies he kicked ass in. Rocky, Red Scorpion, I Come In Peace, He-Man, Cover-Up, Showdown In Little Tokyo, Universal Soldier, Army Of One, Shooter, Peacekeeper,Bridge Of Dragons, it goes on. He kicks ass in everything!

  • June 2, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Omar B

    by Forsakyn

    I agree. Dolph has done a wider (and wilder) range than most of his counterparts. I've always enjoyed him, although I'm first to admit movies like Universal Soldier had really bad acting out of him. That said, he HAS dramatically improved over time. Really looking forward to The Expendables (and Command Perfomance).

  • June 2, 2009, 11:34 p.m. CST

    QUINT- What happened to the Tintin story and talkback?

    by D.Vader

    Since you posted the story, perhaps you know why it has disappeared completely from this site? You know, the one where you announce Spielberg's release date?

  • June 3, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Seriously Vader?

    by brokenheadstuff

    you bring up TINTIN in a DOLPH talkback?

  • June 3, 2009, 12:10 a.m. CST

    VERN

    by brokenheadstuff

    get the fuck in here and say something

  • June 3, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Good job Quint

    by Vern

    Quint was very nice to offer it to me. He also tried to get me to interview Van Damme one time. But he's a much better interviewer than I would be. My questions would have all been about Blackjack, whether his character was supposed to be gay and could he elaborate on why he is afraid of the color white. Quint got much more important information out of him.<p> I enjoyed reading this and can't wait for COMMAND PERFORMANCE and THE EXPENDABLES. Kind of sounds like they might've made his character bigger than in the script I read (but then am I reading it wrong or does he refer to it as a cameo? Hmmm.)

  • June 3, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    DOLPH IS LARGE AND POWERFUL

    by HaterofCrap

    CRUSHER OF NECKS

  • June 3, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST

    not worthy...not worthy

    by Bloo

    Great interview Quint, fun to read, informative as all get out, etc<P> vern, I think he was refering to basically an extended kicking JCVD's ass cameo in Universal Solider<P>OLEG

  • June 3, 2009, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Dolph Lundgren = Professional

    by otm shank

    Expendables is going to kick all kinds of ass.

  • June 3, 2009, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Dolph as The Punisher

    by Movie_Grinder

    Was a movie that rocked! They should've cast him in the new one instead of Thomas Jane.

  • June 3, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Cool ass in terview. Well done.

    by JuanSanchez

  • June 3, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Good interview

    by caruso_stalker217

    THE EXPENDABLES. Raping a theater near you. April 2010.

  • June 3, 2009, 3:19 a.m. CST

    GODDAMMIT!!!!

    by Han Cholo

    THE WHOLE FUCKIN' PLATOON'S DROPPING LIKE FLIES!!! <p> WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU STARING AT?!?!! <p> DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IT'S LIKE OUT THERE?! DO YA?!! <P> WHEN i'M FIGHTING THIS WAR, I KICK ASS, you kiss ass and I'm BUSTING heads. <p> And these SHITHEADS, these... yellow traitoring motherfuckers..... they're everywhere.... <p> See? They're everywhere....

  • June 3, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST

    "What is your opinion on being the best Punisher?"

    by Prossor

    "Yeah it feels pretty good. Jane's Punisher sounds like a rough porn video. People moping and sobbing around, it felt just like in Terminator 2 when they're all crying and thinking a lot while looking at things importantly. Sticking a popsickle on some dude's back was gay too, i wouldn't be surprised if he fed the prisoner some pudding afterward. And John Suckolta, that guy's face looks weird, like there's another face trapped inside trying and pushing to get out. And this new Punisher at least had action for a change but was too much like Looney Tunes with people breakdancing on ropes while shooting and fighting. I think i nailed the fine balance between awesome action and realism. only in da 80s baby! Anyway i gotta get back to my tracksuit comrades, i'm traficking sports cars for them, they're practically funding more and more of my pictures. I love it! 500 cars in 2 days, i call it work in progress."

  • June 3, 2009, 4:58 a.m. CST

    the zone at aicn worships the man as a living god

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/qu3449 <P> DRAGO!

  • June 3, 2009, 5 a.m. CST

    SEQUEL TO ROCKY BALBOA: IVAN DRAGO

    by ironic_name

    sly, do it man. or at least give the rights to dolph to make his own.

  • June 3, 2009, 5:06 a.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/oc5lex

    by ironic_name

  • June 3, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/ywpe3k

    by ironic_name

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    http://tinyurl.com/2f75jv

    by ironic_name

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    http://tinyurl.com/2xly8f

    by ironic_name

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    http://tinyurl.com/p6ek83

    by ironic_name

  • June 3, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    BUT WHAT IS IT GOING TO BE RATED!!??

    by DeNiro4Prez

    I LOVE SLY--ALWAYS HAVE. GREW UP WATCHING ALL OF HIS MOVIES... RAMBO WAS ABSOLUTELY KICK-ASS, AND ROCKY BALBOA WAS, SAVE FOR THE LACK OF A PROPER ANTAGONIST, WAS VERY PROPER. BUT... IF THE EXPENDABLES IS RATED PG-13; I'M TERMINATOR SALVATIONING IT. PERIOD. IN OTHER WORDS, I'M NOT SEEING IT. WHY THE HELL WOULDN'T YOU HAVE ASKED MR. DRAGO WHAT THE HELL THE RATING WOULD BE!? FROM A FANS PERSPECTIVE, THIS WOULD BE THE #1 QUESTION TO ASK...????

  • June 3, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST

    No one is looking forward to the next Unisol

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    installment. The first one was great. An original idea that had some of the biggest, baddest mo fos on the block. JCVD, Dolph with his ear necklace, and a great second echelon including Tiny Lister. The second one sucked so bad. I guess I mean the second one with JCVD because wasn't there a DTV sequel? That was a shame really because JCVD and Michael Jai White are both great. Goldberg made a decent debut. If it wasn't his acting debut it was his first, shall we say larger part role. The plot of that one just didn't cut it for me.

  • June 3, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Dolph's Punisher was terrible but not because

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    of him. Again, it's a shame. The man is a great action actor. He's how old now, and still keeps in rock hard shape. It's these damn writers. They come up with good concepts, but then blow it. He had the Frank Castle look, but the script was nothing out of the comic. And then there's I Come in Peace. Good premise, but I thought the effects were just terrible. What really needs to happen, and from what I'm told it's happened in several DTVs that I haven't seen, is that we need Dolph in a movie where there's a decent plot, decent effect, and him doing what he does best which is breaking people.

  • June 3, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    I hope we see more than a sliver of Dolph

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    in The Expendables. There's so many badass guys in it. He should be at the top of the heap. As Spandau Belly pointed out in the other talkback, and Ironic also said they should make an Ivan Drago movie where decades after he's been released from the gulag for choking his commie handler he's back with a vengeance. Dolph, ask Sly about it. Sly, make it happen. We love both you guys.

  • June 3, 2009, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Fuck, I take the night off and OLEG appears.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I feel shame.

  • June 3, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    "If he dies...he dies"

    by moviemaven83

  • June 3, 2009, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Put Carl Weathers in Expendalbes just so

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    OLEG can beat his ass again.

  • June 3, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Pissed Off And Bitter

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Best scene brother.

  • June 3, 2009, 9:03 a.m. CST

    I still need to see Command Performance

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    When Dolph is banging on the drums he should do it like the Ewoks at the end of Jedi, but instead of Stormtrooper helmets have severed heads. Okay, I know it's wishful thinking, but c'mon.

  • June 3, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    BrokenHeadStuff- yes I brought up Tintin

    by D.Vader

    I'd like to know why AICN had the entire story deleted, and sometimes the best way to get that answer is to call out the editor in question. In this case, its QUINT.

  • June 3, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    dolph lundgren raised elvis froom the dead

    by ironic_name

    then killed him again. <P>scientists are calling this 'superdefenestration'.

  • June 3, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    dolph 'OLEG' lundgren is the first professional

    by ironic_name

    the patient zero of light trashing and neck smashing.

  • June 3, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Ironic, we're a bunch of morons. How come

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    we didn't suggest OLEG for Thor? He's not too old He's the right age. Thor is a man, a warrior, a god. Dolph should have been the first to pop into our heads.

  • June 3, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Dolph kicks ass

    by Toby_FN_Wong

    How many action icons did we have in the 80s? How many new action icons have come since the 90s? An no, Tom Cruise and are not action icons.<br><br> By the way. I think Dolph would be an awesome Thor.

  • June 3, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/qw6lnw

    by ironic_name

  • June 3, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    I'm onboard with your Macho Man idea GibsonUSA Returns

    by iwasredempted

    or how about Roddy Roddy Piper. Who else besides me thinks that They Live is an underrated John Carpenter movie? Raise your hands. "I'm here to chew gum and kickass. I'm all out of gum." And the alley fight with Keith David was stunning.

  • June 3, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    U Yanks always think about the MOB when u think about E-Europe

    by Frye777

    well let meg tell you..it is not fucking MOBLAND here u hypocrites! it is far more safer here than in the USA. we do not have people (or schoolkids) walking around with guns (and shooting on the streets or in schools) here for instance.

  • June 3, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Frye777

    by Omar B

    Last major school massacre was in Germany dude. Need we mention crime riddled places like Romania, Croatia or how anyone with more than $5 in Russia has to have bodyguards?

  • June 3, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Since when is Croatia "crime riddled"?

    by travis-dane

    OLEG for life!

  • June 3, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Nice Job Quint

    by Genre_Baby

    Refreshing to hear Dolph talk about being on both sides of the camera, but I hope he'll continue acting for a while yet. She who wouldn't mind seeing Street Preacher come back (even though he was juiced at the end of Johnny Mnemonic).

  • June 3, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    We need new blood in Expendables!

    by Kenshiro_187

    Dolph, Sly and Jet are cool but we need some new blood! And not the pancies in HOllywood now, check this guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Od4sFlyECw You asked for Kurt Russel, he doesnt wanna do the film. This guy wants to be in the film and has the chops. You think 50 cent was better, please. SLY PUT IN THIS GUY STEVE KASAN!

  • June 3, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    AICN, tell Sly to hire this guy!

    by Kenshiro_187

  • June 3, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    DAMN Button!!! Hokuto NO Ken on this!

    by Kenshiro_187

  • June 3, 2009, 1:30 p.m. CST

    "Dolph would be an awesome Thor."

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/out8b6

  • June 3, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    okay--AICN, tell Sly to hire this guy!

    by Kenshiro_187

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Od4sFlyECw Has the skill to kill!

  • June 3, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    as per binks and wong

    by ironic_name

    http://i40.tinypic.com/2l91vew.jpg

  • June 3, 2009, 1:35 p.m. CST

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/oqoxq8

  • June 3, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/q8wwxa

  • June 3, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    SLY, IF YOU READ THIS SITE...

    by Kenshiro_187

    PUT STEVE KASAN in the Expendables! You trust the fans, trust me on this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Od4sFlyECw

  • June 3, 2009, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Lungren's Punisher did a lot right.

    by TheLastCleric

    His "I don't give a shit" attitude was dead on and the extreme violence of his character was accurate. My favorite part of the film is when he is fighting that little karate chick and he just puts his hands around her neck and snaps it, negating all her fancy bullshit.

  • June 3, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I come in Peace. Then you go in pieces!

    by Supershadow

    Lungren cracks me up.

  • June 3, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Amen, Last Cleric

    by TedKordLives

    Lundgren's Punisher is still the best one. Why? Well, first of all, before the end of the opening credits, it's established that he's got a body count of 175+. Badass. It's got the best villain-Jeroen Krabbe. Not much competition tho: Gayass Travolta (no offense intended, but he sucks.) and Disco Frankenstein. And the way Dolph is made up in that movie, he looks the spitting image of Jim Lee's Frank Castle. He tells his torturer to Fuck himself before he escapes and kills him. Oh, and Punisher vs. a Ninja Squad? Fucking epic. If I recall correctly, he even makes a derorgatory comment about Batman! <P> Oh, and FTW: I present Louis Gossett, Jr. Awesome.

  • June 3, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    The Expendables 2 (THE EXPENDABLERS)....should be gunslinger the

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    CHOW YUN FAT<BR> ANTONIO BANDERAS<BR> BRUCE WILLIS<BR> TAKASHI KANESHRIO<BR> WESLEY SNIPES<BR><BR> <BR><BR> and of course THE MACHO MAN!!

  • June 3, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST

    And for the record:

    by TedKordLives

    Blue Beetle takes down Punisher. Not easily, but the BB Gun blows him out a window or something.

  • June 3, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    The Expendables II:More Expendable!

    by TedKordLives

    Must have Fred Ward. Thomas Jane. Scott Caan. Tiny Lister. Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson. <P> Personally, I'd love to see Michael Moriarty reprise his role as David 'Mo' Rutherford, the most badass faux-hick industrial saboteur EVER!

  • June 3, 2009, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Uh, Hello?

    by TedKordLives

    This is an Expendables TB, people. STEP IT UP!

  • June 4, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Lesson for all you yanks here about Eastern Europe

    by Toby_FN_Wong

    Germany is NOT Eastern Europe.<br><br> Eastern Europe isn't that crime ridden as you people think it is. The only countries that are crime ridden for sure are Albania, Romania and Russia. Most other Eastern European countries are definitely not. And people and kids with guns and stuff? Definitely not in most of the Eastern European countries. Those countries are more civilized than you think. And whoever said Croatia was crime ridden... Man, that's the funniest thing I have heard today. That's like saying Canada is crime ridden.

  • June 4, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    So UniSol 5 is in the can already?

    by Brody77

    I didn't know that. Hope it doesn't suck like all the other sequels. I have a soft spot for the first one.

  • June 4, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST

    The Expendables 3 (THE EXPENDABLEST) should be kungfu themed

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    JACKIE CHAN<BR> CHUCK NORRIS<BR> STEVEN SEAGAL<BR> JASON STATHAM (with a moustache so he's a different character now)<BR> KIMBO SLICE<BR><BR> and of course the MACHO MAN!!

  • June 4, 2009, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Oh...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    and Jason Statham's moustache should be half-falling off throughout the movie and he keeps resticking it on..thatd be awesome. <BR><BR> Yes , its 4am, time for bed...

  • June 4, 2009, 6:37 a.m. CST

    expendables 4: the planet is expendable to OLEG!

    by ironic_name

    oleg can watch 60 minutes in 20 minutes.

  • June 4, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST

    OLEG does not love Raymond.

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/quy8rg

  • June 4, 2009, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Oleg is the best thing since sliced throats.

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/6crqlj

  • June 4, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Oleg's piss can melt steel

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/anjnw9

  • June 4, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Oleg does have to choke a bitch

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/qdnrmt

  • June 4, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    OLEG sank das boot. by punching it. once.

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/ob8bmw

  • June 4, 2009, 6:44 a.m. CST

    then he swam back to the glorious soviet motherland.

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/bvyknu

  • June 4, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST

    he didn't come up for air the whole way.

    by ironic_name

    http://tinyurl.com/qxwg6s

  • June 4, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    You guys mention names and they turn it down!

    by Kenshiro_187

    Like Kurt Russell, "dont do ensemble movies anymore" what bullshit! Kurt you rule but I don't see anything new with you attached, maybe as a bit player but that is it! We need new blood, some new slugs to fit into the Magnum 44 barrell! And by new slugs I dont mean these prissy-showboys like Zac Efron or that Channing guy. I mean guys like this guy Steve Kasan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Od4sFlyECw Who has chops, the look and actually wants to be in Stallone's movie unlike Kurt or JCVD.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Sure Dolph's a bad actor, but Brad Pitt sucks too...

    by maverick68

    ..and that's a fact. However, apparently Dolph hasn't had the good fortune to suck the correct Hollywood/media cocks, the way Pitt has...

  • June 4, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    COMMAND PERFORMANCE!!!

    by BadMrWonka

    COMMAND PERFORMANCE!!! COMMAND PERFORMANCE!!! COMMAND PERFORMANCE!!! COMMAND PERFORMANCE!!! COMMAND PERFORMANCE!!! COMMAND PERFORMANCE!!!<p>just had to get that in there one last time. Dolph didn't mention it enough...

  • June 4, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Lundgren's Punisher

    by Prossor

    Also had a nice orchestral score, especially in the opening credits. epic.

  • June 5, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Don't put funny ideas in Dolph's head!

    by M0SQUIT0

    Directing without acting? What a loss that would be! Can't wait for The Expendables. Can't agree more with Quint: "for people like me that grew up on ‘80s action movies… we miss you guys!" HELL, YEAH!

  • July 30, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    COMMAND PERFORMANCE first official trailer!

    by Jox

    He he rocks, you die... Rock 'n load! [url]http://www.rocknload.net[/url]

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