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Sly Stallone has talked, almost since the moment the first movie hit theaters, about his desire to add even more big action names to his second installment in The Expendables. Over the weekend Bruce Willis confirmed that he’s in, hopefully with a much bigger role than his cameo in the first film. Now it looks like Jean-Claude Van Damme is on board.
Van Damme was offered a part in the first installment of The Expendables but turned it down. Now Moviehole has heard he’s coming around. Though their story has been subsequently picked up by other sources, incorrectly credited, and improperly characterized as an interview with Van Damme’s friend Sheldon Lettich, their information actually comes from a private Van Damme Fan board. There Lettich (who wrote and directed Van Damme’s Double Impact and worked with him as recently as 2001 on The Order), has been answering fan questions and in the process of doing so revealed that Jean-Claude is ready to do The Expendables 2. Here’s exactly how he states it:
JC seems to be leaning towards appearing in the sequel, as far as I know. If Steven Seagal is not in the sequel, from what I’ve heard it won’t be because of Sly but because of producer Avi Lerner, who had a few bad experiences with Steven.
There’s some confusion out there over whether it’s really Van Damme and Seagal who have a problem with each other. Several different sources have speculated that it’s actually Expendables 2 producer Avi Lerner who has a problem with Seagal. Maybe it’s both. Jean-Claude and Steven have long been rivals, in fact back in the 90s their hatred for one another nearly came to blows at a party hosted by Stallone.
Meanwhile word is that Avi Lerner has had problems working with Seagal in the past (they worked together on Kill Switch in 2008) and doesn’t want to do it again. Plug all that into a calculator and it sounds like one way or another, though Sly tried and failed to get both Van Damme and Seagal on board for the original movie, they’re only interested in Van Damme for the sequel, and as long as Seagal stays out, maybe we’ll see the Muscles from Brussels on screen and kicking ass with Stallone. For now it’s all wild rumor, stick around and we’ll let you know once JCVD is confirmed to be on board.