The Expendables 4 isn’t guaranteed. The films in Sylvester Stallone’s aging-action-hero franchise have made less and less money over the years, with the latest chapter earning an embarrassing $39.3 million domestically. That stings. Tomorrowland made that in one weekend, and it’s being called a disappointment. But if Stallone wants to get people interested in The Expendables 4, one way to grab headlines is to cast Hulk Hogan in a villainous role.
The Hulkster was speaking to fans at the Body Power Expo in England recently, and conducted a Q-and-A session (via Uproxx) that covered a whole mess of topics, including a conversation that he claims to have had with Sylvester Stallone about The Expendables 4, explaining:
By "my first break," Hulk Hogan is referring to his Oscar-worthy role of Thunderlips in 1982’s Rocky III, where Stallone’s Rocky got in the ring with the towering giant:
Hogan has stayed very busy on screen over the years, not just in character (his words, not mine) as Hulk Hogan in the WWE, but also as a reality television star. He candidly admits in this Q-and-A that his acting career "sucked," and he takes credit for opening the door for fellow wrestlers to make names for themselves as box-office draws. (Are you listening, The Rock? San Andreas wouldn’t exist without Hulk Hogan!) I don’t know if a role in a fourth Expendables movie would juice Hogan’s career as a movie star. Ask Wesley Snipes what The Expendables 3 did for his stardom.
As for The Expendables 4, I’m willing to bet this stalls in the planning stages, but we’ll continue to track the sequel’s progress as it possibly moves along.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.