Hip Hop Culture for Grown-Ups
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