R.P. McMurphy and I were in Hall H for The Expendables panel yesterday, and although no crazy new information was released, they did show some new footage from the film and had many of the stars in attendance.
Harry Knowles from Ain't It Cool News moderated the panel, which consisted of Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Terry Crews. After Crews jumped up on the table and gave his patented "chest dance" from those hyper-testosterone fueled Old Spice commercials, the rest of the cast was introduced - including a special appearance from Bruce Willis!
The panel was really laid back, with Harry asking questions about the filming process and the audience praising Stallone's decision to avoid 3D and shoot the movie "old school" in 2D and without a lot of CGI. Stallone revealed that he used to wear a Superman suit underneath his clothes when he was a kid, and he's always been drawn to stories of heroism.
A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records made a surprise appearance on stage to present Stallone the award for the most successful sports franchise of all time (Rocky). Lundgren was also given an award for his involvement in the franchise - in case you're completely unaware, Lundgren played Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.
During a Q&A section, someone asked Sly if he spoke to other action stars about joining the cast, and he revealed that he spoke to Steven Segal, Jean Claude Van Damme, and even Chuck Norris about roles. Due to scheduling conflicts and, to quote Stallone directly, "insanity," it didn't work out.
Stallone found a 60-year-old plane in the jungles of Brazil, and talking about how badass his cast was, he asked Jason Statham if he'd be willing to hang out of the front of the plane even though it was all rusted up and hadn't been off the ground in four years. Statham simply asked, "When do we start?"
They also revealed a few action sequences from the film, and I'll say that if you're looking forward to this movie, you won't be disappointed with it. Excessive violence, badassery, and one-liners abound.