In news that might have caused you to hear me scream “NOOOOOOOOOOO” (just like Darth Vader because, you know, that’s what he does now) all the way from sunny Los Angeles, this summer’s action-fest, The Expendables 2 has now been confirmed by Rocky himself as aiming for a….. PG-13 rating.
Are you still there? I’ll wait while you pick yourself up from the floor…
Apparently this is all at the request of newly acquired Chuck Norris, who says:
“In ‘Expendables 2′, there was a lot of vulgar dialogue in the screenplay. For this reason, many young people wouldn’t be able to watch this. But I don’t play in movies like this. Due to that, I said I wouldn’t be a part of that if the hardcore language is not erased. Producers accepted my conditions and the movie will be classified in the category of PG-13.”
At first, I thought this was silly. Really? The sequel to the big hit from 2010 which featured action stars from several decades (including the writer-director Stallone, Jason Statham, and Jet Li, among others) was supposed to be bigger and badder than the original by adding more-than-just-cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger while adding both Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme to the roster. There is no way this was true. Right? Tell me it isn’t so, Sly…
“The PG13 rumor is true, but before (fans) pass judgement, trust me when I say this film is LARGE in every way and delivers on every level. This movie touches on many emotions which we want to share with the broadest audience possible, BUT, fear not, this Barbeque of Grand scale Ass Bashing will not leave anyone hungry.”
I don’t even know what that means, except that I am supremely disappointed. I totally dug the first one, flaws and all, and was really excited to see what Sly had up his sleeve for a sequel. But now, I am concerned that he is not going to be able to recapture even half of the awesomeness that will be missing when it’s rated PG-13 instead of R.
What do you think, folks? Does this matter to you? Did you do your best Vader impression like I did when you read that? Or are you on Norris’ side; is a tamer Expendables the way to go?
Sound off below!