How Sly Stallone Plans To Rewrite History


Words by Tony Grands

To date, the superstar cast of The Expendables movie franchise (parts one & two) consists of: Sylvester Stallone (who writes, produces, acts, & directs), Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Randy Couture, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, & Terry Crews.

For what it’s worth, this is a man’s man’s list of action gods that – if you’re roughly in my age range – you grew up watching, if not imitating & idolizing.

As kids, we dreamed about these types of mega movies being made. Who would’ve guessed it would actually happen, many, many, many moons later. It’s an impressive roster nonetheless, & kudos for Sylvester Stallone for trooping forward after lthe death of his oldest son..

Also, while of have your attention, I’d like to point out that the Rocky film series is highly underrated & totally misunderstood for the self-esteem building, confidence-boosting, “against all odds” tutorials that they are. The final installment, Rocky Balboa, helped me through my rehabilitation, even though he lost the fight at the end, but that’s neither here nor there.

Speaking of Rocky – with no intended disrespect to Mr. Terry Crews – why isn’t Carl Weathers or any other Black(ish) action(esque) movie star involved with this? There are already rumors swirling about the next installment’s roster, which may possibly include Nic Cage, Harrison Ford, & Steven Segal, & while this isn’t necessarily confirmed, I’m positive they’ll still have Crews in the movie to fill that blank. & that sucks.

There’s another Mr. T, thee Mr. T, who deserves a spot next to those old ass action heroes. What about Vin Diesel? Michael Jai White? Ice Cube? The UFC cat that was in that horrid A-Team flick?

Wesley Snipes is in jail, but I swear to Chick Hearn that Snipes should get an obvious honorable mention in every The Expendables flick, like Stan Lee in Marvel movies, because he’s possibly the greatest Black action hero of all time, but that’s for another day.

At this point, I’ll settle for Duane “The Rock”Johnson, which I can totally see happening already…

The movies are epic testaments to the destruction & demise that man is capable of, which is what makes them so great. But this is also similar to one of those moments in some futuristic dystopian movie where you don’t see any Black people in the background. If this movie is documenting the cultural icons of the genre, it has to be more accurate. This is how history gets rewritten over time, & it’s a dangerous thing that goes unnoticed regularly.

Well, I noticed.

Words by Tony Grands


7 comments on “How Sly Stallone Plans To Rewrite History

  1. Curtis75Black says:

    “As kids, we dreamed about these types of mega movies being made. Who would’ve guessed it would actually happen, many, many, many moons later.”

    That list is like the ultimate Posse cut of late 80’s emcees, finally letting their ego chill and get on a cut produced by Marley Marl or Dr. Dre !!


    • Tony Grands says:

      Absolutely. I’m not a big fan of “super movies” because too many stars make it hard to see who really shines, but this is true homage. I just need Stallone to tune in a bit more concisely as to who else contributed to it.


  2. Snipes, Mr. T, and Micheal Jai White need to be in the next one. I always think of Snipes or Vin Diesel when I think of black action heroes. I’ve been getting into Michael Jai White movies recently and his build along with his martial art skills make him a shoe in.


  3. DV says:

    I couldve sworn i read that Snipes will be in the next one. Maybe im mistaken. What about Tiny “Zues” Lister? And yeah Action Jackson shouldve got a nod as well. While we are at it Will Smith and Samuel L Jackson qualifies as well. Especially since they both are at the top of the “earned revenue” lists.


  4. markdub7 says:

    I wonder how Terry crews was selected when he’s never been an action hero per se as compared to Carl Weathers or Wesley Snipes or even Michael Jai White. My guess was that Terry Crews was actually working a lot at the time and when they were saying “who could fill the role of the token black guy”, his name came up. Still, I like Terry Crews and I’m glad he wasn’t killed in the first film so that he can appear in the second.


    • Tony Grands says:

      After I broke the piece down (& had to explain that Ice Cube has been in @ least two action flicks), my wife made me realize that perhaps there was a falling out between Sly & Carl.

      As far as Crews, he may be the only cat who got the part based strictly on the merit of his actual acting experience versus being an icon of the “genre.” (Because let’s face it, most of The Expendables are bad actors.)


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