There is a rumor going around that The Expendables 2 is going to be PG-13, and it is because of Chuck Norris. During a recent interview with the Polish site Gazeta, Norris claimed the rating was one of his conditions for signing on to the project.
Watch the video below of the interview:
Here is a transcription of the interview thanks to /Film:
With The Expendables 2, you have a lot of hard language in there that means that means that young people won’t be able to see it. I said, I don’t do movies like that. I didn’t do them in the past, I didn’t do them on my TV series. I said, you have to cut out all the language, hardcore language or I can’t do it. So they did, and Expendables is now a PG-13 film so kids can see it.
Below is another translation thanks to ExpendablesPremiere.com. It differs slightly, but has the same overall message:
In Expendables 2, there was a lot of vulgar dialogue in the screenplay. Fot this reason, many young people wouldn’t be able to watch this. But I don’t play in movies like this. Due to that I said I won’t be a part of that if the hardcore language is not ereased. Producers accepted my conditions and the movie will be classified in the category of PG-13.
It is hard for me to understand why Norris is focusing his statement on the bad words, when the first film had so much violence (not that I mind). This is still a rumor, so no need to get too upset yet. In my mind, Norris does not have enough Hollywood pull to make demands like that.
Simon West directed the sequel that stars Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Expendables 2 opens August 17. What are your thoughts on this news?