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The Real Reason The Expendables (Almost) Never Kills Its Heroes

Across The Expendables movie trilogy, dozens of actors have joined the titular team, but here’s why only one has died to date. Sylvester Stallone built another franchise for himself with the first Expendables, which united some of the most iconic action stars of all time. Despite a premise that aped mission movies like The Dirty Dozen or The Magnificent Seven, the franchise has been surprisingly coy with killing any of its heroes. Outside of Liam Hemsworth’s “Billy the Kid” from The Expendables 2, every member of the group has survived to the end credits.

Stallone wrote and directed the first entry and had a strong creative hand in both sequels, and a 1988 Los Angeles Times might explain his reluctance to make his mercenaries truly expendable. While discussing Rambo III – which also co-starred Marlon Brando – he revealed the original plan for the Afghan boy Hamid – who helps the titular soldier – was that he would die. While Stallone admits this would have hammered home the sequel’s supposed theme of war being Hell, he vetoed this because “Some people get really rattled when a character they’ve grown to like dies.

Well, I don’t want to rattle the audience, I just want a little grief.” He also used the second film as an example, stating “When the girl dies in ‘Rambo II,’ it’s very smooth. It’s not a jar.” and “No one gets up and says, ‘Aw, I’m leaving!’ It wasn’t one of those.” Stallone has pretty much carried this storytelling mantra through all of his later films, where no key characters tend to die before the end credits.

How Stallone’s Rule Hurt The Expendables Series

Had Rambo III been a little gritter and darker, the death of Hamid may have worked. Of course, audiences wouldn’t have found this conclusion uplifting, but since the sequel was covering a then real-life conflict, it would have carried more weight. Unfortunately for The Expendables, Stallone’s unwillingness to go darker has been a consistent problem.

In The Expendables 3 (which Jack Nicholson passed on) for instance, outside of Terry Crews’ Hale Caesar being gravely wounded in the first – but eventually recovering – none of the heroes are in real peril. During the finale, there are 13 or so “expendables” against an entire army, but not only do they all survive, none are even injured.

Part of that might be The Expendables 3’s push to appeal to younger audiences – hence the PG-13 rating – but the sheer invulnerability of its heroes greatly undermined the stakes. Stallone seems comfortable with death as a motivating factor to set up a story – hence Billy’s demise in Expendables 2 – but he doesn’t want to end on a downer note either. That’s not to say a character dying would greatly improve any of The Expendables films, but Stallone’s unspoken rule undercuts their tension.

Expendables 4 Might Break Stallone’s Death Rule

The upcoming Expendables 4 – which already fixed two problems from part 3 – will see Stallone take more of a backseat in the series, with Jason Statham’s Christmas taking the lead. Stallone stepping back also appears to apply creatively, as he doesn’t have a credit for the story or screenplay either. That means one or more of the team might actually die, including Stallone’s leader Barney Ross. The Expendables franchise has never quite lived up to its potential, so maybe the fourth film could serve as a soft reboot that embraces the core concept.

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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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