Famous Tough Guys: “The Expendables” Edition

Whether on a quest for justice or vengeance, these butt-kicking movie icons show no mercy.

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Director, co-writer and star Sylvester Stallone is in the works of filming the sequel of the testosterone-fueled movie The Expendables in Bulgaria. Stallone said the movie is now going to be directed by Simon West, who is famously known for Tomb Raider and The Mechanic . Let's take a look at the new additions of The Expendables 2 that will hit theaters August 2012.
Known for his martial arts techniques in Bloodsport and Double Impact, the Belgian action actor Jean-Claude Van Damme will join the cast of this highly anticipated sequel. “We'll have a big showdown between me and Jean-Claude Van Damme which has been anticipated for a long time, so it should be a good one,” reported Stallone to EW.com
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Watch out for his roundhouse face kick! The action legend Chuck Norris will be getting into the mayhem as well. The Walker, Texas Ranger star will show no mercy!
The English martial artist, Scott Adkins, is going to play Jean-Claude Van Damme’s henchmen and Australian actor Liam Hemsworth has also signed up for the Expendables after gaining fame by playing the younger brother of Thor.
Perhaps no American tough guy has taken as many jabs in the face or been engulfed by as many fireballs as Sylvester Stallone. And he's not done yet. In The Expendables Sly is the ringleader of a cast that includes the '80s biggest tough guys. Click ahead to see them all in their current and past roles.
EMPTY_CAPTION"In town, you're the law, but out here, it's me," Stallone said in Rambo. Whether he's lugging a machine gun through the jungle or slugging Russians in the boxing ring, Sly has earned the right to be head bad dude.
The summit of strong men would not be complete without the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. "He'll be playing what he's always played," said Stallone, "the guy the one-ups me all the time."
Schwarzenegger's giant biceps burst on to the action movie scene in 1982 when he played Conan the Barbarian, and then Conan the Destroyer.
Although his latest feature, Cop Out, drew more groans then laughs, Bruce Willis lends his tough guy credentials to The Expendables, too. Sly said in the movie, Willis plays "his sarcastic tongue-in-cheek self."
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Bruce Willis has whipped terrorists with his sarcasm and his firearms in four installments of the Die Hard and there's a fifth one in the works.
The career-revived Mickey Rourke muscled his way into this manly movie, playing a tattoo artist named Tool. In a touching scene, Mickey gives Sly a tattoo while he sits on a motorcycle.
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The chihuahua-loving Rourke played a psychopath in Sin City. He would stop at nothing to avenge the murder of his true love, Goldie. Honestly ladies, should you expect anything less from your boyfriends?
British bulldog Jason Statham managed to hang tough with the rest of man-tastic crew. Cast members said Statham loved to show off different techniques to slit their throats while on set.
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Statham is famous from the Transporter franchise, and before that, indie hit Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.
Sly went back into his cinematic past to find old-school tough guy Dolph Lundgren. "These are not just kid actors who pretend to be tough, no offense to anyone" Lundgren said about his supporting cast. "These are real tough guys."
Who could forget the Dolph's masterful performance as a 'roid-raging Russian in Rocky IV? He's also played He-Man, and the Punisher.
The "Stone Cold" professional wrestler Steve Austin, right, put the hurt on Stallone during the filming of Expendables. After the director and Austin tangled in a fight scene, Sly had to go to the hospital with a fractured neck.
It's hard to find a man tougher than Stone Cold, who actually drinks beers while he wrestles. The only guy who might be tougher is...
China's current reigning tough guy, Jet Li. He joined the testosterone-heavy Expendables team to add his martial arts expertise.
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Jackie Chan may tell more jokes, but Jet Li gives more beat-downs. The heir to Bruce Lee, the Chinese martial-arts master will kill you with anything he can get his hands on, as he demonstrated in Fearless.
Randy Couture, the real-life mixed martial arts champion, joined the cast of cinema tough guys as a demolition expert and the "intellect" of the crew. He gives a long monologue in the movie about the origins of cauliflower ear.
When Randy is not in the movies, he beats people up for real. He is a mixed martial arts champion several times over in two different weight classes.
Former NFL journeyman Terry Crews brought his athletic might to The Expendables, too. He played Sly's oldest friend in the flick, Hale Caesar.
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When Terry is not fighting bad guys on screen, he is battling odor with Old Spice. The well-sculpted pitchman starred in a hilarious Old Spice ad that became a viral hit.
Here are some other kick-butt actors and actresses. How about the most dangerous man without a memory, Jason Bourne. Played by Matt Damon in all three Bourne films, Jason is constantly trying to uncover his shady past while being hunted, but mysteriously never forgot his killer instincts.
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Director Quentin Tarantino says there will be "Kill Bill 3," telling an Italian TV show "The bride will fight again!" We can't wait.
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These butt-kicking icons show no mercy. In Planet Terror Cherry Darling, the gun-leg wonder, takes her act from a strip club to the streets as she tries to save the world from flesh-eating zombies.
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In The Hurt Locker, Staff Sergeant William James (played by Jeremy Renner) fears nothing as the leader of an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit stationed in Iraq. Translation? He keeps bombs from blowing up. Constantly seeking the thrill of the dismantlement, James is a renegade who puts his unit in danger just as often as he saves lives.
With brains and brawn, Harrison Ford as "Indiana" Jones will stop at nothing to uncover the great artifacts of history. With a film series spanning over two decades that includes Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indy (played by Harrison Ford) is still kicking butt.
Just because a guy has superhuman powers doesn't mean you can tell him what to do. Hancock's John Hancock (played by Will Smith) is a cynical drunk who often causes more damage than good, but somehow still manages to save the day.
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Government agents are always kind of cool, but how about someone who has worked with the U.S. Army Delta Force, the LAPD SWAT team and the CIA, all before joining the Counter Terrorist Unit? With a resume like that, it's no wonder 24's Jack Bauer, played bt Kiefer Sutherland, is considered to be the best of the best.
You might not be able to talk about Fight Club, but you definitely want to talk about Tyler Durden. Played by Brad Pitt, Durden brings out our innermost desire to kick some...butt, and without consequence. Well, not until later, anyhow.
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Pulp Fiction's Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield aren't your typical hitmen. In fact, just before they kill you, you might get an intellectual sermon from Jules. "And you will know my name is The Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you."
Snake Plissken was an unforgettable tough guy in Escape From New York, saving the President after he was captured by bloodthirsty inmates. Besides, who rocks an eyepatch better than Kurt Russell?
The Fast and the Furious' Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) is just your every day mechanic, provided you ignore the fact that he's a superstar street racer/highway thief by night. The only thing cooler than Toretto might be his vast selection of rides, especially his 1970 Dodge Charger.
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Go ahead. Make his day. As a San Francisco PD inspector, "Dirty Harry" Callahan (played by tough guy, Clint Eastwood) enforces his own version of justice. He's also probably the most quotable cop in movie history, coining classic lines throughout the Dirty Harry series like, "You've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"
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Who's the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about? SHAFT! Private detective John Shaft (played by Richard Roundtree) is the man to call when you need a case solved...with style. He also comes with his own theme song.
Maybe it's the accents, but English mobsters rarely strike fear into the heart of the common man...unless that mobster happens to be Get Carter's Jack Carter. Played by Michael Caine, Carter will stop at nothing to avenge the death of his brother Frankie, brutally killing everyone in his path. Hey, family first, right?
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EMPTY_CAPTION"You see in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig?" We really dig Clint Eastwood as the morally ambiguous cowboy, "The Man with no Name." Sergio Leone brought us "the Dollars Trilogy," but The Man with no Name is at his finest in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
The Great Escape's Captain Virgil "The Cooler King" Hilts might be the most laid back prisoner of war to ever be captured by the Nazi's. Constantly irritating prison guards with his escape attempts and irreverant behavior, Hilts (played by Steve McQueen) spends his time in isolation (i.e. "the cooler") dreaming up new escape tactics.
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Girls can be tough, too. Lara Croft (played by Angelina Jolie in the Tomb Raider series) lives for the thrill of archeology. But don't expect this wealthy English lady to sit in the desert brushing sand off of artifacts all day. Lara goes where the action is.
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As the mother of the only hope for mankind (no pressure) Sarah Connor (played by the uber buff Linda Hamilton) transforms herself over the course of the Terminator series from a weak confused waitress into a fierce warrior intent on protecting her son. Judging by Terminator Salvation, she did a pretty good job.
Another gal that can take you down is G.I. Jane, or Jordan O'Neil to you. While training to become the first woman on the U.S. Navy Combined Reconnaissance Team, O'Neil (played by Demi Moore) has to endure grueling training, abuse and discrimination.
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And speaking of dangerous dames, if you are ever trapped underground and surrounded by zombies, is there anyone you would rather have on your side than Resident Evil's Alice? Despite suffering from amnesia, Alice (played by Milla Jovovich) can wield a shotgun and a knife with the best of them.
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When you need someone to dish out a beatdown to an Alien, Ellen Ripley's your gal. As the only survivor of the first film, Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) somehow makes it through four Alien films and countless gruesome battles, becoming an even more butt-kicking version of herself when she's cloned in Alien Resurrection.
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From Foxy Brown to Jackie Brown, Pam Grier has an arsenal of butt-kicking characters on her resume, but perhaps none were as unforgiving as the title character in the blaxploitation classic, Coffy. Nurse by day and vigilante by night, Coffy avenges her sister's drug habit by using her sheer strength as well as her feminine wiles.
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