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Randy Couture Joins Cast of Stallone’s “The Expendables”

(I blame you for this, Samuel L. Jackson hat.)

All that waiting just to see Randy Couture in the Octagon again, and now after one fight he looks to be headed back to the glorious world of film, where people only pretend to punch you in the face. 

Sylvester Stallone has revealed
that Couture will appear in his upcoming movie “The Expendables,” which begins filming this March in Brazil.  The film – a charming little tale about a group of mercenaries who must infiltrate a South American country to overthrow an evil dictator – was written by Stallone and will also be directed by him.

Couture joins an all-star action movie cast that includes Dolph Lundgren, Jet Lei, Jason Statham, and even…wait for it…Forrest Whitaker.  Ghost Dog, son!  How could this not be good?  

If the name of the movie seems familiar in a Stallone context, that’s probably because you’ve seen “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” in which the titular character explains to his improbably attractive Vietnamese friend what the word expendable means: “It’s like someone invites you to a party and you don’t show up?  It doesn’t really matter.”

Sly wrote that script too, so just imagine what’s in store for us when “The Expendables” finally hits screens in 2010.  

In the context of the MMA world, this lets us know a little something about where Couture’s head is at.  With the clock running down on his career, he’s signing on to do action movies rather than frantically trying to land more big fights. 

Maybe he could fight one more time before filming starts in March, if he cares to.  Or maybe he’s already decided that if there’s an easier way to make a living that also allows him to hang with Ghost Dog, who will not punch him behind the ear and bounce his head off the mat like a basketball, then forget this fighting stuff.  

As much as we might hate to admit it, I think we all know that line of reasoning is difficult to argue with.  

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Da Truth- December 20, 2008 at 3:41 pm
This Will Rock!
Anonymous- December 17, 2008 at 11:22 am
DaKYN? you cant be serious?? Stallone has directed/written Rocky, Rocky balboa, Rambo and more....all great films....alot better than Statham/Li have done...

and stallone can act...ever watched Copland with Stallone/Deniro?
sPeLLcHeCkEr- December 16, 2008 at 12:11 pm
Randy &
Dolph &
Sly &
Jet &

Motherfucking Statham.

= Awesome shirt / "Expendables" Ad campaign.
Kim couture- December 16, 2008 at 11:30 am
the last rambo wz really good he tore a guy's neckpipe out!!! u guys will like this
Perdew- December 16, 2008 at 11:04 am
big ups for the ghost dog clip. everyone should read Rashomon.
Hexed- December 16, 2008 at 11:02 am
Part of me wants to tell Randy Couture that hat looks a little faggity. All of me doesn't want to get my ass kicked by someone wearing a hat that looks a little faggity.

Hopefully I never run across the Natural while he's wearing that faggity hat.
Dakyn- December 16, 2008 at 10:47 am
I'm assuming that Stallone didn't see Couture's acting debut in The Mummy III - then again maybe he did.

I don't know what'll be worse Randy Couture's complete inability to act or Stallone's inability to write/direct/act.

Jet Lei and Jason Statham give the movie some appeal, but two actors aren't going to make up for terrible writing and shocking performances from other cast members.

If there was any justice in the world this movie would flop - but unfortunately, as constantly proven, there isn't; so I guess this film will sell purely off name power.

Lets just hope we don't have to listen to Randy doing some "hard-man" lines in his soft voice; because incongruity in a film that's bidding for some degree of realism/authenticity or wishes to be taken seriously doesn't really wash.
Derekrva- December 16, 2008 at 10:44 am
I liked Ghost Dog
kwagnuth- December 16, 2008 at 10:35 am
Or if you go to a party get really drunk passout in your own vommit, shit yourself and they just carry you out too the back yard and leave you there you might qualify as expendable too.
Geriatric Peon- December 16, 2008 at 10:19 am
Holy Shit, I can't believe I forgot about Norris. You have to add him, his beard can kick the crap out of the current cast.
Emo Sux- December 16, 2008 at 10:12 am
I wish I wasn't a bastard.... I wish Sylvester Stallone was my dad....
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 10:07 am

Randy. Dolph. Sly. Jet. Whitaker. Motherfucking Statham.

Even if this movie sucks ass...I'm going to watch it. This is just too much manly. Holy fuck this movie might turn me gay.
Hesh to Steel- December 16, 2008 at 9:56 am
If this movie will be anything like the most recent Rambo movie I'll definitely see it.

As far as action movies go it was a lot of fun.

Maybe we'll get to see a cheesy MMA action scene like that time when Frank Shamrock was a guest on Walker Texas Ranger and he fought Chuck Norris in an illegal prison fight ring, haha. Choreographed BJJ brah.
BuckWild- December 16, 2008 at 9:55 am
Lets throw Hulk Hogan in there as well shall we !

I think they should also think about adding Mr. T into the mix. I mean come on , Hulk and T !

They wouldn't be over powering egos or nothin !
C-Bus Allstar- December 16, 2008 at 9:45 am
I think I'm with Geriatric on this one. Add Arnie, "The Body", and that Black guy (lol Carl Weathers) and you'd have yourself one big ass bag of whoop-ass.
Jesse Ventura- December 16, 2008 at 9:31 am
Hey Geriatric Peon, it's Jesse "The Body" Ventura to you
Sweep the Leg- December 16, 2008 at 9:26 am
So...basically "Wild Hogs" with machine guns.
Anonymous- December 16, 2008 at 9:24 am
It's good to see Randy exploring other options as his fight career comes to an end. I would hate to see him become another human punching bag like Ken Shamrock.
Ted Nutmeg- December 16, 2008 at 9:15 am
"Expendables" sounds like a particularly apt title for a Randy Couture vehicle these days. I can only assume Josh Koscheck will be signing on to co-star.
Geriatric Peon- December 16, 2008 at 9:13 am
according to imdb Cameron co-wrote the screen play with Stallone
munson roy e- December 16, 2008 at 9:08 am
i thought james cameron wrote the script for first blood part 2
xocgx- December 16, 2008 at 9:07 am
didn't Stallone write the first rocky as well? that was a damn good moved!
Old, Bald and Irish- December 16, 2008 at 9:03 am
Rumor has it that Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren square off in a massive one-on-one fight! I'd LOVE to see that!

I actually liked Rambo and Rocky Balboa a lot, so I'll give Sly the benefit of the doubt. It seems to me that he's trying to bring back the over-the-top-80s-action-flick. I got no problem with that.
Geriatric Peon- December 16, 2008 at 9:01 am
add Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura and Carl Weathers to that roster and you got yourself a fanboy right here.
Ouch! That hurts- December 16, 2008 at 8:51 am
hee hee, you said 'titular'