I’ll admit, when I first took a quick glance at this news I was convinced that Brian Bosworth was making a comeback. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Charisma Carpenter are the latest additions to Sylvester Stallone’s throwback to the Golden Age of action movies, which already boasts a roster including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, and Arnold fuckin’ Schwarzenegger.
The Expendables has generated a great deal of excitement among my peers since the movie was first announced, but with this latest casting news I’m finally starting to feel some doubt creeping in. It’s not specifically Austin and Carpenter that bother me, but rather Stallone’s insistence on cramming in as many action stars as possible, no matter how dubious. The stacked casting was exciting to begin with, but it feels as if The Expendables has reached its saturation point and is fast approaching the level of a superhero sequel, adding so many people that no one character will have a chance to shine. With so much fodder available, does being an Expendable even mean anything anymore?