Stallone, Schwarzenegger in fighting form for "Expendables 2"

Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:50pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and their fellow aging action heroes are back in fighting form for new movie "The Expendables 2," thrilling crowds at the giant Comic-Con pop culture event with footage from the upcoming film.

The new movie, a sequel to 2010's surprise hit about a group of rebel mercenaries out to kill a brutal military leader, appeared similar to the first one in film clips shown Thursday with an emphasis on old-school shoutouts over sci-fi fantasy.

"Rambo" and "Rocky" actor Stallone, 66, introduced Schwarzenegger, 64, the former governor of California and star of the "Terminator" movies, to the Comic-Con crowd as "one of my fellow brothers in the hard art business ... a true one-of-a-kind movie star, the likes of whom we'll never see again."

"The Expendables" hit theaters in August 2010 with a tale of aging mercenaries on a new assignment and was positioned as a return to classic 1980s action and adventure versus the Spider-Man and Batman film franchises that rule box offices today.

The film was loaded with older actions stars such as Bruce Willis and Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the formula worked well, as the movie blasted its way to nearly $275 million at worldwide box offices.

For the sequel, in theaters on August 17, Stallone and Schwarzenegger reunite with Willis, Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Jet-Li, Jason Statham and others.

"The first one was more searching for what was going to work. Is it more dramatic, comedic? But on the second one, you find out what works from the first one, and you try to amplify it," Stallone told the Comic-Con crowd.

"You have the same playbook ... if you have it all together, the second one can surpass the first one, and I think we achieved that."   Continued...

U.S. actor Sylvester Stallone arrives at the German premiere of his movie "The Expendables" in Berlin, August 6, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Peter