Sylvester Stallone pleased with Expendables foe

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An ensemble action film and sequel to the original 2010 hit actioner, The Expendables 2 stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme & Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. Church (Willis) reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
July 6th, 2012

Sylvester Stallone was thrilled when Jean-Claude Van Damme asked to be the villain in 'The Expendables 2' - because he got to ''kick the s**t out of him''.

The Belgian actor joined the all-star cast of the action sequel and admits his co-star - who conceived the idea of the movie series - was delighted to be able to do battle against him in his role as adversary Jean Vilain.

Jean-Claude said: ''I wanted to play the villain, I said. Which is not stupid. Stallone said, 'F**k, he's giving me the pleasure to kick the s**t out of him.' ''

Jean-Claude says working on the film - which also stars Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham and Jet Li - gave him an added respect for Stallone because of his passion for the project.

He added to Total Film: ''Stallone was very happy about my acting. He was kinda upset because he didn't know which take to take. So he's a great teacher in a sense of knowing the character. Very intelligent.

''He's really making a movie as an Expendable. It's almost like he has his own world. He's created a world and he's in that world. I have a lot of respect for that because he really showed me how much a person can love a film.

''And then being with all those guys was kinda cool because I knew all of them before. I met them on the screen. I met them on my way up when I was just doing movies like 'Bloodsport', 'Kickboxer'... So it was kinda like a reunion.

''So I've got to say a big thank you to the idea of Stallone putting the 'Expendables' together, and to choose me for the villain.''