‘Expendables 2′ Stars Talk Action-Packed Comeback, Franchise’s Box Office Success (VIDEOS)
Action veteran Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone are back — and proving that they can kick just as much butt than before — in the action-packed sequel to 2010’s The Expendables.
The flick made over $26.5 million during its opening weekend, and shows no signs of slowing down in out-earning its predecessor.
Though many from the first installment returned for the sequel, a handful — including shoot-‘em-up heroes Jean-Claude Van Damme and Bruce Willis — were new on the testosterone-filled set.
So how did they feel getting into character alongside other famous macho men?
“First of all, it was very scary,” Van Damme, who plays the main villain in the flick, told Celebuzz. “If I’m going to play a bad guy, I’m going to play the best I can.”
But the action star, whose known for films such as Universal Soldier and Timecop, admits that the star-studded cast had no affect on him.
“To me, life is not even dangerous or funny — it’s one straight line and I’m on a mission,” he said of getting into character.
However, not all actors were impermeable to the movie’s star power.
“[It] was very surreal to be around guys I grew up watching that I was talking about at school,” Randy Couture said. The actor, who appeared in The Expendables, first made his mark in Hollywood as a UFC heavyweight champion. “It was one of those ‘pinch me’ moments for sure.”
Costar Terry Crews echoed the sentiments, saying , “For me, it was one of the greatest things I’ve ever done.”
“The movie in of itself is a miracle,” he told us. “You’re talking about every single action star that’s ever existed … Then [for it] to be a hit movie, and then to come back again? You’re talking about a miracle on a miracle!”
“I just want it to keep going. I’ll seen more and I’m here pitching for [Expendables] 3, 4 and 5!”
See more of our interview with the stars, below.