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Over twenty-five years ago, Dolph Lundgren went head-to-head against Stallone as Russian fighter Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Now he returns in ‘The Expendables 2’ in the role of volatile Gunner Jensen, who has nearly been undone by too much adrenaline, drinking and combat stress. Lundgren says, “Gunner is still crazy but the main thing now is that he’s with the team all the way through. In the first picture he was kind of on his own journey.”
Former NFL football player turned actor, Terry Crews — known for his comedic roles in television shows like “Everybody Hates Chris” as well as in a memorable series of Old Spice commercials — makes his return as street-smart barrel weapons specialist Hale Caesar. During production, Crews became reacquainted with Hale Caesar’s weapon of choice in the film: the AA-12 auto assault 12-gauge shotgun, capable of delivering 300 rounds per minute and is considered the most powerful weapon in the world by enthusiasts.
More drawn to hand-to-hand combat, Mixed Martial Arts superstar Randy Couture returns as Toll Road, the brawny intellect of the group. “Toll Road is the glue that holds all of these dysfunctional guys together,” says Couture.
Like the rest of the cast, Couture was ready for non-stop action but even more excited about the characters and their friendships. “For me the physical part of making movies is the easy part,” he explains. “I just retired from Mixed Martial Arts, and I’m still in the best shape of my life, right now, at age 48. But finding the emotions and finding my way inside my character is really the more challenging, and the most interesting, part for me.”