Will 'The Expendables 2' Be PG-13 Thanks To The Demands Of Chuck Norris?

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 18, 2012 9:20 AM
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Rounding up a stable of old school action stars, "The Expendables" was touted as a macho return to old school action moviemaking, and came stamped with an R-rating, delivering all the explosions and cussing (though strangely, none of the gratuitous nudity) of classic shoot 'em ups. And so, for the "The Expendables 2," Sylvester Stallone raised the stakes. He rounded up even more faces (including Jean-Claude Van Damme) some young talent (Liam Hemsworth) and snagged Simon West, director of "Con Air" fame, to shoot the thing. But will the demands of Chuck Norris actually find the testosterone-filled movie holding itself back?

According to an interview Norris himself recently did in the Polish paper Gazeta, the answer is yes. The folks over at Expendables Premiere (via Arrow In The Head) have done the translating and it will be disheartening, especially to those who hold up the bearded star as some sort of action icon. "In 'Expendables 2,' there was a lot of vulgar dialogue in the screenplay. Fot this reason, many young people wouldn't be able to watch this. But I don't play in movies like this," Norris explained. "Due to that I said I won't be a part of that if the hardcore language is not ereased. Producers accepted my conditions and the movie will be classified in the category of PG-13."

Frankly, this isn't too much of a surprise. Norris has always been the tamest of the crew of elderly action stars, with his patriotic, flag waving movies giving him plenty of opportunities to save America and blow shit up, but he was never one to drop too many f-bombs. And being the hard rightwinger that is, his aversion to off-color material and his embrace of wholesome values only seems to have increased over the years. Now, whether or not the Norris name has enough power to have sway over the rating and cut of an entire movie remains to be seen. But it's interesting that, just like the MPAA, it's words and not heads exploding that seem to be of the most concern to the actor.

So, will "The Expendables 2" go out as a PG-13 movie? Are the producers trying to snag the post-"Hunger Games" Hemsworth fanbase? Guess we'll find out soon enough, and just remember, last time around an even more violent cut of "The Expendables" was eventually released on DVD/BluRay and we wouldn't be too surprised to see them drop a santized version of the sequel in theaters followed by a more salty version later on to watch at home. So take that you motherlover!

But through all of this, we'll always have "Walker, Texas Ranger." "The Expendables 2" clean or not, hits on August 17th.

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  • JohnnyB | January 31, 2012 1:52 AMReply

    At first, the idea of Chuck Norris being this film was great. Upon hearing this disgraceful news, I was terribly disapointed. We want tough, vulgar and violent action, not some PG-13 wuss-fest! At this point, I'd rather them edit Chuck out of the damn film.

  • DAVE | January 28, 2012 12:46 AMReply

    If I were the producers, I would have agreed to Chuck's terms on one more condition: He agrees to be the one to drop the only f-bomb in the entire movie if the director finds it pertinent, since one f-bomb is permitted per PG-13 film now! He may have thought twice before pressing the matter further - or just not have agreed to participate in the film :).

  • cinematic_high | January 18, 2012 11:59 AMReply

    Live Free Or Die Hard was pretty violent for a PG-13 movie.....I do like my cussing in action flicks....I hope this doesn't affect it....and I agree with y'all about the CGI blood.....up the budget a little and go old school with the fake blood and chest packs!

  • cirkusfolk | January 18, 2012 10:57 AMReply

    I suspected the language was the issue before I even read the article. Obviously, Norris has no problem with violence as almost all of his action movies were rated R. So maybe he doesn't neccesarily demand a PG-13 rated film, just one without cursing. Personally, I hope the shoot the film with R rated violence, but like one poster mentioned, let's keep the CGI blood to a minimum. Although, the last half hour of Rambo was pretty extreme and awesome.

  • Rob | January 18, 2012 10:56 AMReply

    I don't know about this, I mean it's great that Chuck Norris is on board.... but damn! This isn't meant to be a kids movie, and if it does get toned down then it will end up sucking. I'm not saying it has to be a total gorefest, but without a single cuss word, drop of blood or anything else then I just don't see the point. I mean the first one was great my only complaint was it being too short, but if this gets toned down then you might as well just not bother with it.

  • ASFan | January 18, 2012 10:45 AMReply

    Put it to you this way, rather it be PG-13 than R-rated with CGI gore.

  • Zack | January 18, 2012 10:40 AMReply

    Why does his statement sound like it was written by a Czech immigrant?

  • JoJo | January 18, 2012 9:44 AMReply

    I heard Melissa McCarthy has a cameo in this. Any truth to that rumor?

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