January 18, 2012

Expendables 2 Wussing Out With PG-13 Rating?

ThePlaylist is reporting that Expendables 2 actor Chuck Norris stated in a translated interview that he was promised by producers the film will end up with a PG-13 rating. This really doesn't make sense considering the success of the first movie which was hard-R and sheer volume of well known/followed action stars attached to the sequel. Even if the budget was greater than the original the added star power assures it's international and domestic success. Playlist gives the impression this could be a marketing move to cash-in on some sort of Hunger Games bandwagon which sounds beyond ridiculous to me. Even if the DVD/BR ends up with an unrated version of the film.

Names like Sly Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger don't seem like the type of actors that would get together for a PG-13 project. Millennium Films the production studio behind the film isn't in the business of making family friendly films. They're known for hardcore action films like The Mechanic, Rambo (2008), Drive Angry and Conan The Barbarian (2011). Also, I hate to bring up the fact Chuck Norris isn't in any position to be make rating demands of producers. My take is that they promised Norris that "his" scenes would be PG-13, so no graphic violence or swearing.

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