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Fresh blood is added to the action mix of ‘The Expendables 2’ in the person of Liam Hemsworth, fresh off the mega hit of Lionsgate’s ‘The Hunger Games’, as the world-class sniper Billy The Kid.
Sylvester Stallone explains, “Billy the Kid is a hero out of Afghanistan but he’s disenchanted after being on the verge of winning the Medal of Honor. He joins our team but soon realizes that it’s really not for him. He agrees to go along for one last mission – but what he really wants is to go home, be with his girlfriend and start a normal life. The rest of us are a little jealous of The Kid because we never really got to have normal lives. I think my character, Barney understands him. At one point Barney tells him, ‘If you have a choice, I wouldn’t grow up to be us, either.’”
Billy the Kid represents the next generation of the Expendables. Stallone explains, “He’s the new young guy, full of hope and aspiration. He has a future ahead of him and he’s not as cynical as the other team members. He regards Barney Ross as a father figure, and Barney regards him as the new generation that he’s got to look after and train and they have a great affection for each other.”
On this mission, the Expendables get another addition with a whole different style—their first female heroine, Maggie, played by rising Chinese actress Yu Nan. Stallone explains, “Maggie is a Chinese agent who’s very mysterious. Nobody quite knows what her role is to start with. But as the story unfolds, you realize how important she is to the story. Yu Nan is a wonderful actress and she adds a lot of mystery and intrigue to the story. Maggie challenges Barney all the time because Barney’s not very good with women; he’s got this wall up he tries to keep her at a distance. And she’s constantly trying to penetrate his outer shell.”
Producer King-Templeton adds, “Yu Nan is a very accomplished actress in China. She’s perfect for this role because you also really believe that she can fight and you believe she can get involved in these kind of dangerous situations. She holds her own with all the boys. Maggie challenges Barney’s emotional side. Barney as the leader of the Expendables is always looking out for the guys. He’s never really had time for any kind of female relationship. She makes him look at another side of life he could have possibly had.”