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Sylvester Stallone Teases Jason Statham’s Bigger Expendables 4 Role

After largely being the right-hand man for the first three films, Sylvester Stallone teases a much bigger role for Jason Statham in The Expendables 4. Statham stars in the action franchise as Lee Christmas, the second-in-command for the titular team of mercenaries behind Stallone’s Barney Ross, and the group’s knife expert. Though receiving a wide range of reviews across their three films, The Expendables franchise has largely proven to be a consistent performer at the box office, having grossed a combined $804 million against its combined $282 million budget.

In a recent career-spanning interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sylvester Stallone looked to the future of The Expendables franchise. While discussing the upcoming sequel, The Expendables 4, the star/co-creator teased that his co-star Jason Statham will have a much bigger role in the next film. See what Stallone shared below:

I heard it turned out pretty good. Jason Statham is 80 percent of it. He’s happy with it.

What Statham’s Bigger Role Means For The Expendables’ Future

This isn’t the first time Stallone has hinted that Statham would be getting a bigger role in The Expendables 4. A set video released by the franchise co-creator this past May saw Stallone indicate he would be leaving the action series following the fourth film, with The Expendables 4 acting as a proper passing of the torch between him and Statham. Though initially seen as more of a joke at the time it was released, Stallone’s latest comments could be proof that he is indeed taking a step back in his involvement with the property, which would make sense given his current ties to the Paramount+ drama Tulsa King from Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, as well as his upcoming return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Stallone has also teased plans for a Demolition Man sequel, though word on that has gone quiet in the past few years, while more recently indicating that his planned Rambo prequel movie is gaining ground behind-the-scenes. Though the latter project wouldn’t require his onscreen presence, per se, his close involvement with the action franchise over the years would likely necessitate his taking a step back from The Expendables series. This would, in turn, open the door for Statham’s Christmas to take on the leadership role left vacant by Barney for any future Expendables movies.

While the franchise may be better known for their action-focused nature, Statham getting a bigger role in The Expendables 4 could actually prove to be an interesting story direction for the series, given Christmas is generally considered to be a hot head who often doesn’t work well with others, outside of Stallone’s Barney. Pushing his character into a leadership position for future sequels could actually lead to some proper character development for Statham’s action hero as he becomes responsible for lives other than his own. Only time will tell if this proves to be the case when The Expendables 4 hits theaters on September 22, 2023.

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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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