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Why Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, and Other Hollywood A-Listers Turned Down Roles In Sylvester Stallone’s ‘The Expendables’

The Expendables is arguably one of Sylvester Stallone’s biggest and most popular projects. Three complete installments of the film feature a host of Hollywood A-listers. Several include Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenneger, Terry Crews, and more. However, while the franchise’s cast features some of the biggest names in cinema, there are even more Hollywood stalwarts, like Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis, that actually turned down roles in the Sylvester Stallone productions.

Clint Eastwood:
As one of Hollywood’s most veteran A-listers, Clint Eastwood has been known to be incredibly selective about his projects. Eastwood’s most recent role came in his 2021 film Cry Macho, where he played the film’s protagonist. However, before he took to the big screen in another modern Western, the longtime star was offered roles in both The Expendables 3 and 4.

According to ScreenRant, Clint Eastwood did have some talks about potentially taking on a role in the Sylvester Stallone production. Clearly though, any plans to move forward fell through. The outlet stated Eastwood never gave one particular reason for why he chose not to accept with the roles. That said, Sylvester Stallone shared his piece regarding Eastwood’s declination. He previously stated, “Well, you know Clint is so involved with what he’s doing, so that’s kind of a pipe dream.”

Despite Sylvester Stallone’s own global status as a Hollywood A-lister, it seems even Rocky can become starstruck.

Bruce Willis:
In addition to Clint Eastwood, longtime Hollywood star Bruce Willis would also eventually turn down a role in The Expendables. Willis appeared as Mr. Church in the first installment of the film, followed by his return in the sequel. However, when it came time to make the third film, the outlet reports Bruce Willis bowed out over a pay dispute. In the end, Willis departed his role, making room for Harrison Ford to step in as Drummer. Essentially, Ford took over the role previously held by the Die Hard icon.

Scheduling Conflicts Cost The Expendables Multiple Beloved Stars
While Clint Eastwood didn’t entirely provide a reason for his decision not to join The Expendables cast and Bruce Willis wound up departing the franchise altogether, scheduling conflicts got in the way of both Grease star John Travolta and National Treasure‘s Nicolas Cage joining the cast.

Per the outlet, Nicolas Cage was in talks to be cast in The Expendables 2. However, Sylvester Stallone previously said the film’s Bulgarian production was a hurdle for the longtime actor. The same went for John Travolta, also potentially set to star in the second installment of the franchise. Had Travolta actually joined the cast at the time of its production, it would have marked the second time he and Stallone worked together, with the latter having directed the Danny Zuko actor in Stayin’ Alive.

Other A-Listers that ultimately didn’t make the cut include Jackie Chan, Mickey Rourke, and Kurt Russel among others.

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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