WEEKLY TOP 10- #2
THE TEN ACTION HEROES WHO SHOULD APPEAR IN EXPENDABLES 3- SPECIAL EDITION!
I know, I know. I just posted my first ever Weekly top ten just last night. But this idea I have kept in the back of my mind for a few months now. I reported last week on some casting rumors circling Expendables 3 and felt I needed to blog MY personal, all-star, DREAM Expendables 3 cast!
The following list is pretty simple. There has been a lot of buzz around the casting of Expendables 3. That has become pretty much standard operating procedure for Stallone these days. We learned early last winter about Jackie Chan's confirmed involvement, and last week we learned that Wesley Snipes will be in on the ensemble too. There is small talk of Mel Gibson directing the third film and Mickey Rourke making a return as Tool. So I thought to myself, what if I was Stallone, who would I want to make sure was apart of the third film. With all of the action stars in and out of the two movies so far, it would seem that Stallone has covered all of his bases. Let me tell you, he has barely scratched the surface. There are a ton of action stars, old and new, which make this growing franchise one to remember. Below is a Special Edition! You will be getting TWO top 10 lists: one made up of male action stars and one made up of female action stars whom I believe would make the third installment of this franchise 100 times better.
TOP TEN MALE ACTION STARS FOR EXPENDABLES 3
10. THE ENTIRE CAST OF "SPARTACUS"
There aren't a whole heck of a lot of television shows that I pay attention to regularly, but there are a few. Spartacus is, OF COURSE, among them. It's action packed, sexy, stylish, and has a tremendous amount of acting talent. I feel that all the actors involved are fantastic and have really come into their own throughout the seasons of the show. I also feel, with the right attention, most of them could become exceptional action heroes. I know they have been playing with swords the last few years, but each of them would be just as cool with assault rifles.
9. CHOW YUN-FAT
So far we have had Jet Li appear in these films and Jackie Chan will be in the third adventure. Now... how awesome would it be if Stallone got the third most awesome Asian American action star? Yun-Fat has been featured in some of the coolest action and kung-fu movies ever made, however, he seems to be missing from the limelight lately. What a better way to make a comeback then to become an Expendable?? And wouldn't it be awesome if Yun-Fat, Chan and Li had a three-way fight scene? I think so!
8. DANIEL CRAIG
That's right...Craig, Daniel Craig. Whether you liked his run as 007 or hated it, one thing is for sure, he has made it his own. I personally think he is rocking it! I am hoping he makes as many appearances as the spy as possible. It saddens me to think about the fact that Stallone has yet to include an Bond actor in this franchise. This got me thinking...since Connery and Moore retired, Lazenby doesn't exist anymore, and Brosnan and Dalton aren't really in the action scene anymore, this makes Craig the perfect guy to fit the bill!
7. VIN DIESEL
This to me seems like a no brainer. Besides his "Furious" and "Riddick" franchises; Diesel's career has slowed down quite a bit over the past few years. So why not join a crazy action ensemble with the best of them? It seems like a great way revitalize his career, AND he would fit right in with the boys. This would be a great way to blend some newer age action stars with the old favorites.
6. KIEFER SUTHERLAND
So far, The Expendables franchise has featured the biggest B.A.'s from the 70's and 80's (Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, Van Damme), today (Crews, Statham, Adkins), wrestling (Steve Austin) and sports (Courture, Daniels). So why not bring the biggest action name from TV? Who else would I be talking about other than Jack Bauer himself? And because 24 is not airing any longer, what else better does Sutherland have to do with his time?
5. MICHAEL IRONSIDE
How Ironside hasn't been asked to be a villain in this franchise yet is flabbergasting. In the 70's, 80's and early 90's, Ironside was one of the go-to guys for action film villainy. Nowadays he has just taken small character roles and cameos in random films. I feel its about time for him to get back to his evil roots. What's a better way to do this than standing against Stallone and his band of Mercs?
4. RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON
Come on. If you included the Texas Ranger, Rambo, The Terminator, and John McClane so far, how on Earth has Macgyver NOT been asked? He could be the team's super awesome gadget guy! Am I the only one who has fantasized about this? Sure he's old, but so is more than half the cast! Of course he could do it!
3. SAMUEL L. JACKSON
He is the KING of cool! Most of his career has been within the action realm. So I don't see how he wouldn't be a perfect fit for this franchise. Plus, if you know Jackson at all, you know he does 10,000,000 projects every year. He does NOT say no. He stars in everything that seemingly gets thrown at him. So if Stallone offered, I highly doubt it would be a no.
2. CLINT EASTWOOD
I know Stallone has been flirting with the idea of talking to Eastwood about the franchise. This spurs hope! I think Eastwood would be an excellent addition to the franchise and would bring some more old favorites to the series.
1. HARRISON FORD
He is Indiana Jones! He is Han Solo! He should have been in the first movie for Christ's sake! Ford is one of those actors that has defined what it means to be a man's man. To me, he is the macho of macho. So where the heck is he in this franchise?? It's about time for him to get recruited into the group...
AND NOW OFF TO THE SECOND LIST.
TOP TEN FEMALE ACTORS FOR EXPENDABLES 3
I feel that the women in this series have been pretty scarce so far. So I decided to make a list of tough actresses who would definitely fit the bill for this franchise. Take a LOOK!
10. ZOE BELL
In case you don't know her. She's a stunt-woman who has been taking short turns in acting, primarily action films. She was Uma's stunt double ten years ago for Kill Bill. In a special, behind the scenes sneak peek for Kill Bill, Bell was shown slicing 5 fastballs being thrown at her in half with a kitana! That ALONE is a resume good enough for a movie like this.
9. MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ
Over the years, Rodriguez has proven herself to be one tough chick. It is blatantly clear how awesome she is in the action genre. She'd fit right into this franchise. Her filmography speaks for itself!
8. ANGELINA JOLIE
Yeah, I know...she is kind of weird, but a slue of her work comes from the action genre. There are indeed little pockets of greatness in her work within genre. Whether you like her or not, she is an iconic face in the world of action cinema and she should be apart of this franchise.
7. MICHELLE YEOH
Yeoh has had quite a career in kung-fu and other action films. She would be a perfect fit for the franchise. Also, a nice reunion between Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat would be a lot of fun.
6. LUCY LAWLESS
OF COURSE Xena the Warrior Princess should be in the third movie! And now is a perfect time for her to join the fun of the franchise. After her career rebooted with her involvement in the first few seasons of Spartacus, she is now ready to jump back into the action genre once more. I can't think of a better movie to revamp her career with!
5. KATE BECKINSALE
The most fun part of Stallone's action series is the blending of old and new action icons. I think it would only be fair to do the same with the female cast. Beckinsale has proven over the years that she is spectacular in the action genre. Her involvement in this franchise would only highlight what she does best, kick some major ass!
4. MILLA JOVOVICH
All I can say is that she is clearly the queen of action cinema right now! Stallone needs to talk to her ASAP!
3. PAM GRIER
If Samuel L. Jackson is the king of cool, Pam Grier would undoubtedly be the queen of cool. She had a great career in action in the 1970's through the 1990s, but her career has hit a void lately. A great way to reboot her career and get back in the action game would be to join Stallone and the other Expendables on their next adventure!
2. LINDA HAMILTON
Yep, I firmly believe that Sarah Connor herself deserves to be apart of this franchise. Although she's been out of the limelight for awhile, she is still a great actress and desperately needs to resurface.
1. SIGOURNEY WEAVER
You can't destroy the mother of all aliens, single-handedly, and NOT win a badge of honor for it. When I think back on all of my personal favorite female action characters, Ripley from the Alien saga is the first one at the top of the list. Weaver is still a phenomenal actress, she still looks great, and most of all she is STILL kicking butt. I think all three of those characteristics qualify her for this franchise.
That wraps up this special edition of Weekly Top ten
Some Honorable Mentions include:
The Rock, Keanu Reeves, Nic Cage, John Travolta, Carrie Ann-Moss, Tom Hardy, Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, Luke Gross, Danny Trejo and so many more. I hope this franchise continues to make lots of money and hopefully Stallone will make nine more movies in the series.