WHAT THE FUCK? NEWS
The Expendables: Rated R for strong action and bloody violence throughout. The Expendables 2: Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout. The Expendables 3: Rated PG-13 for some horseplay and roughhousing?
That’s right, the third (and supposedly final) entry in the father of all macho movie franchises will be getting a watered down PG-13 rating. The Expendables 2 was actually originally intended to be PG-13 and was even shot that way, but after the fans blew up Sylvester Stallone’s Twitter account in an uproar, the filmmaker’s went back and added CGI blood to earn an R rating and please the violence hungry public.
However, The Expendables 2 didn’t fare as well at the box-office, taking in $85 million domestically as opposed to the first films $103 million haul. Based on that, the taming of Part 3 seems like a complete financial decision on the part of the studio in an effort to get more money out of younger moviegoer’s pockets.
Stallone almost says as much:
"We want to reach as many people as possible. It’s very close to an R, believe me, it’s right there. But I think we owe it to the next generation. We thought we’d join that club for a while."
We went through this once already and maybe another fan protest will once again force the filmmaker’s to change their minds and amp up the violence, but that seems more doubtful this time around. Money talks in Hollywood and when your franchise starts to show diminishing returns, something has to be done to correct the situation.
Now, just because The Expendables 3 will be less bloody doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be as good as the first two. Sure, it’s disappointing for us lovers of graphic violence, but an R rating and quality don’t always go hand in hand. Just ask A Good Day to Die Hard.
Returning for the third film are Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Arnold Schwarzenegger. New recruits include Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer and Mel Gibson.
The Expendables PG-13, sorry, The Expendables 3 hits theaters on August 15th.( Collapse )
TV SPOTIn The Expendables 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
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