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Jean-Claude Van Damme Turned Down "The Expendables" for This?

Posted: April 15th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Jean-Claude Van Damme Turned Down "The Expendables" for This?Submit Comment
Ever since Sylvester Stallone announced his new movie "The Expendables," fans have been closely following his casting choices for this "tough guy homecoming." Stallone has already signed Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Arnold Schwarzenegger, but his attempt at getting Jean-Claude Van Damme went nowhere.

Van Damme created a comeback for himself with "JCVD" and felt that taking a role in "The Expendables" was a wrong move for his career. Now, a new production company (Flagship Films) has announced that their first movie will be "Weapon," which will unite Van Damme with Steven Seagal for their own "tough guy homecoming."

In "Weapon," Jack Conway (Seagal) and Derek Chase (Van Damme) are the two best assassins in the world but unknown to each other. While Conway is a master sharpshooter, Chase is equally skilled with a knife. These two rival assassins form an uneasy alliance to take down the head of a drug cartel, which is backed by the DEA.

Principal photography is set to begin in July around New Mexico and Vancouver. A director will be announced in the next several weeks.

With any luck, "Weapon" will be released at the same time as "The Expendables," which is in April of next year. "Weapon," however, will likely go straight to DVD.

Source: IGN


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AmazingBill writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 7:36:48 PM

What the hell is wrong with Van Damme? First he said that he would do a cameo in another straight-to-DVD Universal Soldier film, and now this crap.
WAFFLE MAN writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 7:39:53 PM

Yeah He wants to stand out that's why that dumb ass. If the movie's not about him then he wont do it.

"Weapon," however, will likely go straight to DVD. OHHHHHH!!! I love those cheap shots! HA HA HA HA!!

Keanu Reeves voice: Nice one article dude!
bunkzter1 writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 7:52:05 PM

im a van damme fan but i gotta say he f*cked up BIG TIME!!!!!...come on van damme...seagal!? are u f*cking serious....have u seen against the dark for yourself?????
frankii writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 8:14:07 PM

this is guy used to be a legend. Now he's just a legendary dumb-ass. Wake UP!!
Blank x2 writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 9:09:40 PM

Who cares about Van Damme? The Expendables will be awesome even if he isn't in it, and Weapon will be terrible because Seagal is in it. End of story. Fade to black.
LonnyManCan writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 9:14:51 PM

two STV stars in ONE DVD!?! .. omg omg .. hahah .. has beens, in one movie .. I'm SO getting it (really) .. its like, an Asylum version of The Expendables .. right? .. anyways, cant wait to see any of the 2 movies
Ranger writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 9:23:59 PM

I predict 'Weapon' will go straight to Laser Disk.
Ranger writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 9:28:05 PM

I'm a lot hard-pressed to think Van Damme was ever offered anything in the Expendables.
lokopr writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 10:08:01 PM

this sounds like...Sly's movie, "Assassins"...very creative =/
vineethchacko writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 10:29:24 PM

I think Van Damme was offered Lundgren's part at first. But I love me some Lundgren, so I 'll take him in 'The Expendables' any day.
Osiris3657 writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 10:33:29 PM

It all doesn't matter anymore, The Expendables is going to be PG-13, according to Sly (so all the kids can see their role models together).
lost_addict writes:
on April 15th, 2009 at 11:20:22 PM

how can u refuse working with steven seagal?the guy is a legend
thomas deadison writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 12:37:26 AM

Interesting. There's a script called Van Damme VS. Seagal. They should make that instead.
gunfighterii writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 2:38:09 AM

i'm glad that seagal and van damme are making a film together.. 2 of my favourite actors but this could work out for the pair of them i mean come on could anything be worse then the vampire film seagal made :D
jjjjjoey writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 2:48:47 AM

Why would Van Damme create a comeback for himself to only follow up with a straight to DVD project? Doesn't make sense. Hopefully this is wrong.
Ranger writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 2:58:03 AM

No...it's correct. Even some A-List Actors make movies that go direct to DVD in-between filming their really big hits we all hear about. But this won't be a come-back for either Seagal (whom I actually like... he can actually fight), and certainly not for Van (wait for my predictable 'splits' signature move) Damme... he's too far down the washed-up road. At least Seagal was his own Producer in his day... I'm sure his bank account is fine. Check out Van Damme's paydays on IMDB... I'm sure he's doing this to get his pool pump fixed.
PencilNinja writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 4:14:41 AM

Uhm... Seagal -used- to be able to fight.. from what I've seen of his latest ventures into dvdland it's been standins with even worse hairpieces than him doing the real fighting....
tolgaboy writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 4:29:53 AM

flop flop flop flop
Johnny Neat writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 11:19:13 AM

Could be good, if done with a serious tone and not an 80's shlock value.
Ranger writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 11:47:44 AM

To: PencilNinja. You're right. It is almost 20 years (already) since Seagal was at his peak/best (if he ever had one... oh hell... you know what I mean!).
BloodyMickJagger writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 2:51:46 PM

Straight to DVD? Don't they mean straight to a shelf in a vault never to see the light of day?
thedudeman69 writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 4:10:09 PM

Point blank. hes a f*cking washed up idiot.
Ranger writes:
on April 16th, 2009 at 5:32:20 PM

C'mon dudeman... don't sugar-coat it. Tell us what you really think.

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