When the day comes for Expendables 3, I figure the series will have
featured every American action star that didn’t show up in the first one for whatever silly reason. Norris… White… Seagal… maybe even Snipes (if he’s
out of jail by then…) would all surely see the value of getting into a big
ensemble that’d put them out of DTV and back in front of an “A” blockbuster's kind of audience again. C'mon, who else got a bizarre, rekindled appreciation for Dolph
Lundgren after that movie? There's value there.
Van Damme was another old school tough guy conspicuously missing from Expendables. Stallone said he wrote a part for him (I want to say it eventually went to Jet Li) but JCVD turned it down because he didn’t think it was deep enough. He told Sly the plot should be about something more thoughtful, instead--like the Expendables saving kids in South Central LA (?!)
Even kickboxers come around eventually, though, and the Daily Blam’s saying that Van Damme’s slotted to play one of the villains in movie #2. Specifically, he’ll be the enforcer of the main heel Bruce Willis is playing; the Stone Cold Steve Austin to his Eric Roberts, as it were, but with more split kicks, and fewer middle fingers.