In EXPEND4BLES, a new generation joins the world’s top action stars for an adrenaline-fueled adventure. Jason Statham and Sylvester Stallone are back, leading the irreverent and indestructible team of elite mercenaries who laugh in the face of death. They are again joined by Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture. Armed with every weapon they can get their hands on and the skills to use them, The Expendables are the world’s last line of defense and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table.
Because the Expendables simply refuse to die … until they’re dead.
The core team is buttressed by some new blood with equally unique styles and tactics – but with the same Expendables-style attitude – as Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Andy Garcia come aboard the global franchise, with a worldwide gross of $770 million to date. The Expendables films are celebrated as a kind of “Avengers” of action, with the world’s biggest action stars coming together to create an explosive mix of thrills, camaraderie, loyalty, and teamwork.
They are a tight-knit team who run missions for various and ultra-secretive agencies. The leader of the pack, Barney (Stallone), has been with The Expendables since its inception. As Barney heads into battle, you’ll never find him without his lucky skeleton ring. As he describes the elite force he commands: “We are the shadows and the smoke. We are the ghosts that hide in the night.”
Barney’s number two – until he passes the torch in this new installment – is Lee Christmas (Statham), a hot-headed, knife-wielding merc who’s always by Barney’s side. Christmas is rough around the edges, but The Expendables are always there to support him. If you double-cross Christmas, you’ll probably end up with a knife between your eyes.
Gunner Jensen (Lundgren), a hulking giant, is, like all The Expendables, dedicated to the team’s success. A former chemical engineer, Gunner combines brains – when he chooses to use them – and brawn. He’s truly an agent of chaos.
The fourth founding member of The Expendables is Toll Road (Couture), a skilled demolitions expert who’s also proficient in grappling. Due to the latter, Toll Road sports a prominent “cauliflower ear,” which his teammates, including the new crop, enjoy making fun of.
Newly “Expendable” are Marsh (Garcia), a suit-and-tie CIA bigwig who assigns the team to its most dangerous mission; Easy Day (50 Cent), a former Marine who had once worked closely with Barney; Gina (Fox), a hired gun and Christmas’s hot-tempered ex; and the hot-blooded, fast-talking Galan (Scipio), who’s the son of a former Expendable stalwart.
Also starring in EXPEND4BLES are two contemporary martial arts movie legends: Tony Jaa as Decha, a Buddhist monk and former teammate of Barney; and Iko Uwais, as Rahmat, a former special forces operative and now a deadly arms dealer.
EXPEND4BLES is helmed by Scott Waugh, a former top stunt coordinator whose directorial credits include the hit action film Need for Speed. The film was produced by Kevin King-Templeton and Les Weldon, who have produced all four films in the Expendables franchise, as well as Yariv Lerner, and Jason Statham. Returning as a franchise keeper is executive producer Avi Lerner, who has founded Millennium Films. In addition to Lerner, executive producers include Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Robert Van Norden, Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger, Spenser Cohen, Anna Halberg, Stephen Paul, Gareth West, Allen Dam, Michael S. Constable, Lati Grobman, Christa Campbell, Basil Iwanyk, Guymon Casady, Jon Feltheimer, Jason Constantine, Eda Kowan, Christopher Woodrow, and K. Blaine Johnston.
The Expendables’ new mission finds them once again aboard their iconic turboprop plane, the Antanov, headed to a secret base adjacent to Libya’s nuclear weapon program. They’re on the hunt for a pitiless arms dealer, Rahmat, and his private army, which has stolen detonators to a nuclear device that could start World War III. When Christmas goes off mission to help a comrade, Rahmat makes a narrow escape, taking the detonators with him. It’s a rare but total mission failure for The Expendables. As the team regroups, they set off on their most fateful journey to stop Rahmat and uncover the high-level operative he’s serving.
BROTHERS IN ARMS
The leader of The Expendables, Barney Ross, is iron-willed, a master tactician, and supreme badass. He’s also a loyal friend to his comrade-in-arms, Lee Christmas. Before embarking on the team’s next mission, Barney’s bond with Christmas comes to the fore at a biker bar, where Barney and Christmas are seeking the return of the former’s cherished ring, which Barney lost … in a thumb-wrestling contest. When the duo’s fast-talking, joke-infused banter fails to yield results, Barney and Christmas do what they do best: take on the entire bar in a wild melee.
“Barney and Christmas are closer than brothers,” says Sylvester Stallone, who’s not only starred in all the Expendables films, but he’s also helped steer the entire franchise. “We wanted to remind audiences how close they are, in the film’s opening scenes. “It also sets the stage for later, when Barney seems to pass the torch of leadership to Christmas.”
But as The Expendables come together for their new mission, Barney is still very much in charge, greeting his longtime team members, welcoming the newcomers, and setting the table for the daunting and life-changing challenges to come. “It all seems like business as usual for Barney and the team, but as the mission unfolds, and Barney remains in the pilot’s seat of their plane while his men battle the enemy on the ground, everything is about to change,” Stallone hints.
Jason Statham, an international action superstar whose recent hits include The Meg and Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, says Lee Christmas, is a man in transition when we meet him in EXPEND4BLES. After serving as Barney’s right-hand during the team’s previous missions, he takes the mantle on this one, only to see it end in failure.
Before diving into his character’s twists and turns in the new film, Statham is quick to credit Stallone with the latter’s invaluable contributions to the global franchise. “Sly wrote, directed and starred in the first film, and hired me and the rest of the cast,” Statham recalls, adding, “he pretty much created this world. Sly is The Expendables; without him, I wouldn’t be here. Without his presence, creativity, and backbone, the team is nothing. He’s an incredible source of inspiration. My greatest days in the movie business have been around that man.”
Statham also credits the bonds forged between the characters as a defining element throughout the films. “It’s all about the camaraderie and chemistry. These guys can’t navigate through life, in general; they are only successful when they are together, saving the world. Their individual dysfunction makes them relatable; instead of being indestructible warriors, they feel pain and loss.”
That’s where we find Lee Christmas as the story opens. He’s having a volatile break-up with his girlfriend, Gina. And the team mission that follows is marked by a monumental error in judgment, not long after Christmas takes the reins from Barney as team leader.
Says Statham, “We see Christmas at the beginning of the story as an outcast. He is responsible for a mission failure for which he needs redemption. To find it, he goes on a journey he’s never been on.”
Of course, that journey involves incredible martial arts action, and Statham credits new cast members Iko Uwais and Tony Jaa for leveling up The Expendables’ fighting sequences. “Iko and Tony are highly skilled practitioners who have dedicated their lives to martial arts. Their abilities add to the film’s element of danger. If you want a bad guy to be truly bad, they better have some physical skills that come from that world.”
“Iko is a terrific villain,” Statham continues. “Your film is only as good as your bad guy, and Iko is the real deal. And that also goes for Tony; his character starts off as a soft-spoken monk, but his long friendship with Barney leads him to join The Expendables in a big way.
“The Expendables is synonymous with great fighters and martial artists,” Statham concludes. “It’s in the franchise’s DNA. To carry that flame forward and keep it alive, we continue to pay tribute to the great fighters in cinema.”
GINA TAKES THE LEAD
In addition to being a skilled warrior, Christmas is known for his way with the ladies. But he’s met his match with Gina, a fellow mercenary with whom he’s experiencing a tumultuous – and very loud – breakup. “They end their relationship because they’re just too competitive with one another,” explains Megan Fox, who previously starred as the iconic comic book heroine April O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and has also toplined two of the Transformers blockbuster films. So, it’s no surprise that Fox was ready for the challenges presented by a once testosterone-fueled franchise. “I feel at home in these tentpole action movies,” she attests.
“She's clever. That's probably her strong suit,” Fox says of Gina. She continues “She’s clever and also…reckless. I think they're probably all reckless. That's why they are The Expendables.”
Fox also enjoyed exploring the evolving dynamic between Gina and Christmas. “Even after their wild break-up, there’s still something there,” Fox explains. “Christmas wants to connect with her, but he doesn’t have the capacity for that. They have this cat-and-mouse relationship.”
That competitiveness peaks when Christmas is sidelined and Gina returns to her mercenary life, as the new leader of The Expendables.
“You haven’t seen a character like Gina in the previous films,” Fox continues. “She brings something new and fresh to The Expendables, including some humor and attitude. Gina is not overly serious; she’s sarcastic and loves giving the boys a lot of s****.”
GUNNER GUNNING FOR A CHANGE
Dolph Lundgren’s Gunner Jensen is an Expendables OG, whom the Creed 2 and Aquaman star calls “a crazy Scandinavian mercenary who always carries some weird baggage with him. This time, he’s trying to stop drinking, and is hung up on a woman he’s met only on the internet. Gunner is always fun to play.”
Lundgren believes this franchise is different from other action movies. These characters are relatable. “You know, what's interesting about EXPEND4BLES is all the characters are quite colorful and they're drawn in different ways,” he says. “They're not perfect. They're not superheroes, but they are involved in big battles and big action scenes 一 and within those action scenes there are a lot of those human moments.”
Lundgren dives into some additional details about where Gunner is in this mission. “There’s always something comedic going on with him, so he’s a bit of a comic relief for the team. Gunner is the only Expendable that isn’t trying to be tough; he doesn’t really care about that. Gunner has more than his share of idiosyncrasies and issues, be it substance abuse or concentration. But in EXPEND4BLES, he’s been sober for several months and is doing the AA program. He’s also dating on the internet and love may be affecting his skills.”
Also affecting his formidable marksmanship props: age. “It’s caught up with him, so Gunner is sporting spectacles and even has a bifocal scope on his sniper rifle,” Lundgren offers. “But those things aren’t working out for him so well, so he may have to make some adjustments.”
That’s an understatement for a character who’s never less than bigger than life.
“We've done four of these and the cast is very closely knit, so to speak. So for me to come back and work with Jason, work with Sly, and see Randy and all the new people 一 it's really a blast for sure.”
A BUMPY TOLL ROAD
Another founding member of The Expendables is Toll Road, an explosives expert who “finally gets to blow things up,” notes Randy Couture, the actor who has embodied the character in all four films. Indeed, as the wrestler-turned-actor elaborates, seeing Toll Road doing what he does best was a draw to reprise the role.
Filming EXPEND4BLES in Bulgaria has been full circle for Couture. “The first time I was ever in Bulgaria was at the World Championships in wrestling right here in Varna. I wrestled in 1991 in Varna, Bulgaria at the World Championships. And that was my first experience in Bulgaria. And now to get, come back and be able to film EXPENDABLES 2, EXPENDABLES 3, and now EXPEND4BLES back in Bulgaria.”
Couture also looked forward to the story’s twist that, he says, “looks like The Expendables are failing miserably and falling apart …but of course, they come together and have each other’s backs – as they always do.”
Moreover, each new adventure defies Couture’s already high expectations for the film, and he expects a similar experience for audiences. “Every time I get one of these Expendables scripts, I wonder how we’re going to pull it off. It is always insane! Plus, this one blends the new team members with the familiar ones, and that makes it special.”
“What audiences love about these films are that they bring together some of the biggest names in action films, all in the same story, and that really fires people up,” Couture wraps up.
MARSH SETS THE MISSION
Another Expendables newcomer in a leadership role is Marsh, a CIA operative who brings them their new assignment. “Marsh is in charge of orchestrating who goes where and why,” says Andy Garcia, who takes on the role.
The Oscar®and Emmy® nominee felt right at home in his Expendables debut, recognizing the film series’ appeal and central themes and characters. “The heart and soul of EXPEND4BLES is the relationship – the brotherhood – between Barney and Christmas,” Garcia points out. “It’s all about what they have to do with, and to, each other and what they’re prepared to do in the future, which is basically take a bullet for one another. It’s a brotherhood, kind of thing.”
Moreover, Garcia notes that The Expendables is a contemporary take on a time-honored idea of “gathering a group of rough individuals who are experts in their respective fields to go out and right a wrong.”
EXPEND4BLES reunites Garcia with director Scott Waugh. “In the 90’s we did a movie together called Desperate Measures, and Scott was my stunt double. So that's where we first met and now he's directing the film. He's always been a talented man even from those days.”
“Scott has been great, first of all.” Garcia continues, “It's always great when you have a director who knows exactly what they want and there's also freedom to, to play, you know, and to experiment with different ideas. I think it's important for the genre because sometimes you find magic on the day that's not even written.”
THE WARRIOR / MONK
When The Expendables need help in their dangerous quest to stop an arms dealer threatening WWIII, Christmas turns to an old friend of Barney’s, a former Thai Special Forces operative named Decha. But the once fearsome warrior had long ago turned his back on war and now lives quietly, tending to a dock. “We meet Decha calmly sweeping the ground with a broom,” notes Tony Jaa, who portrays him. “He’s two characters in one: a simple, peaceful, and smiling worker with the demeanor of a monk; but when things are looking especially hopeless for Christmas and the Expendables, Decha becomes a warrior again. He’s like a wolf warrior. He’s like a tiger. When he fights, he fights with anger, power, and energy.”
Having been trained in the martial art of Muay Thai, Jaa suggested to director Scott Waugh that Decha wouldn’t carry a firearm. The actor recalls, “Scott immediately agreed, saying, ‘You have a weapon – Muay Thai – use your elbow, knee, everything!’ I was so grateful because I wanted to represent Thai culture via Muay Thai.”
“I am inspired by Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee and Jet Li, but we needed our signature. We used the Muay Thai, you know, to represent.”
Jaa also worked closely with Statham, who notes that he had long wished to collaborate with the martial arts titan. “Tony is extremely talented, and audiences will get to see him do what he does best in EXPEND4BLES. If you saw his film Ong-Bak you know what he’s capable of. Tony is the real deal and doesn’t use trickery or CGI or wires. He can physically do everything you experience on the big screen, which is very rare.”
Tony speaks of Statham “It was a really good experience for me with Jason. It was the camaraderie really. And we’re lucky because we have the Jackie Chan stunt team for help also.”
RAHMAT AND THE ROAD TO ARMAGEDDON
Another martial arts mega-star, Iko Uwais, known for his work in the seminal action film The Raid, takes on the role of the arms dealer, Rahmat, a former military officer who’s now spearheading a deadly arms deal that could trigger nuclear war. “He has his own army and some very dangerous clients,” Uwais confirms.
While The Expendables films have featured some memorable villains, Uwais thinks Rahmat is the baddest of the bad guys. “I think the audience will see Rahmat as the darkest character in the series,” he maintains. “He has a kind of blood lust that will thrill and put fear in moviegoers. Rahmat is a smart and relentless villain.”
This character was a challenge to play, Uwais says. “It's not only fight scenes, it's not only action stuff, but the drama scenes as well for Rahman. I've never done the heavy drama stuff in a project, so this was a challenge for me.”
Speaking of the stunt and weapon training, Uwais says “It was really complex and really rich when you combine my style and Jackie Chan’s style too, and kind of like a little bit with Jason [Statham’s]. It's like, we played the knife stuff and the stick stuff, and it's gonna be great. It's gonna be cool when, you know, when the result is done.”
Being careful not to reveal spoilers, Uwais notes, “Rahmat changes the dynamic of The Expendables. He takes something away from them – something they will never forget – and that motivates The Expendables to stop Rahmat.” But it won’t be easy because, as Uwais concludes, “Rahmat is a super cold-blooded killer, and a master of fighting and deception. He shows no mercy.”
“EXPEND4BLES is successful in giving a great ensemble, ensemble of cast, well developed characters, a great story plot and a satisfying film for action movie lovers.”
LASH: SECRET WEAPON
Gina isn’t the sole distaff member of The Expendables. Meet Lash, a young, tattooed ninja with a unique skill set that will intrigue audiences. Lash, whom Gina brings to the team, is portrayed by Levy Tran, who hints that her character “has a special set of skills that we have not seen before in the Expendables films – as well as wisdom, sass, and a special edge.”
That’s not to mention her secret weapon – a whip chain. “I am really excited to share that with audiences,” she enthuses. “It’s so cool.
“The most exciting part about filming an action film is the action part, like the training, the stunt training.” She continues “I get to rehearse with Tony Jaa, which is blowing my mind. We have a fight scene together where we kick some bad guy's a**, so we've been doing that and learning some new martial arts moves that I've never done before. It's really hard but exciting and I'm proud of it.”
Lash’s signature trait is eye-popping tattoos that stretch across her collarbone and chest. “Levy really makes Lash an interesting, dynamic character, and brings some new kinds of excitement to the team,” says Waugh.
Levy says the latest Expendables installment is going to feel fresh and new to audiences. “The original Expendables fused in with the new up-and-coming Expendables. We mesh well and it's just gonna be fun and a new, like, action-packed Expendables. It's gonna be a new vibe!”
GALAN: NEPO EXPENDABLE?
Another newcomer is Galan, an operative who has an “in” with the team, being the son of former Expendable Galgo, portrayed by Antonio Banderas in the saga’s third chapter. “He’s definitely his father’s son,” says Jacob Scipio, who plays Galan, “so he wears his heart on his sleeve. Galan also doesn’t necessarily think before he talks. He speaks from his loins and heart, instead of his brain. Galan is young and fresh, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind, even in front of his fellow Expendables.”
“Galan is a man whose two favorite things in this world are warfare and women, and he loves them equally, but his stories kind of get muddled a little bit.” Scipio continues, “His wires get crossed a little bit.”
For Scipio, who had a memorable turn as the antagonist in Bad Boys Forever, EXPEND4BLES marks a new peak of audience-pleasing thrills. “We put our foot on the gas, and we don’t let up,” he tells us. “That’s exactly what you want from an Expendables movie.”
“Expendables crosses over generations. You have these iconic 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s action movie stars who are still clanging and banging with the best of them to this day. But you also have a new generation passing through, so you are honoring the new, the old I should say, but inviting the new into it,” he says.
“Everyone involved in this is a legend within their own right. And I'm just, I'm just happy to be invited to come and play.”
EASY DAY – THE HARD WAY
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson plays another new Expendables recruit, Easy Day, a former Marine who had once worked closely with Barney. The award-winning rapper, entrepreneur, actor, and producer says Easy Day has had six tours of duty before joining the team, “so there’s nothing in his life left for him to lose.”
Jackson continues “He chose the military because it was an opportunity to continue his education and it was financially something that was secure. So, coming from the inner cities into the military to do this, and after losing that relationship, he becomes completely focused or immersed in this work. Easy Day has no kids or family of any kind, so he can keep taking risks.”
Whatever the risk, Easy Day is quick to join the fray. Jackson especially enjoyed what he terms the “heroic” action sequences, “where things blow up, there’s smoke and fire, and then Easy Day is seen walking through it. I think audiences will love that. Of course, I’m never going to get a chance to do that in real life, but there it is on the big screen.”
Jackson also enjoyed and was admittedly very involved with Easy Day’s costume design. “If it feels like Easy Day is oddly cooler than the rest of the Expendables, it's really me…it’s really me picking these things out of the things that they already established for the character. So, you know, he's like probably the coolest guy in the film.”
Still, stylish or not, it’s not easy being a newbie to such an illustriously close-knit and unconventional squad. “Easy Day knows Barney, but all the other Expendables are new to him,” says Jackson. “He looks around and thinks, who the **** are these guys!?”
Director Scott Waugh embraced collaborating with his cast to bring these thrills to life. “The most fun on this franchise is working with actors who are themselves action icons,” he notes. “We really wanted to raise the bar by getting back to the roots of the original Expendables, while adding some new characters and even more wild scenarios. So, it’s a blend of getting back to the franchise’s roots while taking the action to the next level.”
While next-level, explosive action provides the thrills, Waugh maintains the heart and soul of The Expendables films are “what the team members will do for one another by risking their lives – and being expendable – for their brother or sister fighting alongside them.”
Waugh also strove to make his bad guys – led by Iko Uwais and French-Cambodian actor/fight choreographer Daren Nop as Rahmat’s chief enforcer Bok – as memorable as his Expendables. “We had a great time bringing these bad guys to the party,” he says with a laugh. “We all know Iko from The Raid and Daren is one of the top fight guys in France. All the characters are legit stunt experts, which allowed me to capture the action without stunt doubles, which will propel audiences into the action and fighting.”
Waugh and the producers credit The Jackie Chan Stunt Team with helping create the non-stop action. The team is a group of stuntmen and martial artists who worked alongside Jackie Chan before branching out into other top action films. Founded in the 1970s, it initially included Hong Kong action stuntmen and martial artists, before expanding to include international talent. “Jason really wanted to raise the bar with the style of fighting in this movie, and we were blessed to have the Jackie Chan Stunt Team with us. They added so much creativity to the fights,” Waugh points out.
Producer Kevin King-Templeton also credits second unit action director Brian Smrz with “upping the ante of the action in different areas, including hand-to-hand combat in more of a Hong Kong style than we’ve seen in the previous Expendables films.
“Scott and Brian choreographed the fight sequences, many of which were filmed in Greece, where we had a huge steel factory,” King-Templeton continues. “One sequence took over a month to design.”
Producer Les Weldon similarly praises the work of Waugh and Smrz. “We wanted to preserve a lot of in-camera action, and Brian is a genius when it comes to physical action. Even though capturing the action in camera takes more time than to green screen it for CGI, it creates a much more visceral feel, which is what the Expendables films are all about.”
Yariv Lerner, another producer, confirms the action in EXPEND4BLES “is way above and beyond what we’ve seen before, and I’m excited for moviegoers to experience it on the big screen. Some early scenes, set at a Libyan military site, were captured at a massive steel factory in Greece and provide the scope and style you couldn’t dream of in dressing a set. The factory presses tin and had all this amazing machinery in place. We incorporated it into our story, and it worked wonderfully.”
Another key location, also in Greece, was the interior of the Jantara, the massive aircraft carrier commanded by Rahmat. The production built that set, which encompassed a four-story bridge, seven cranes, nine scissor lifts, and 180 light panels.
Much of the action centers on eye-popping motorbike and car chases, with daredevil and stunt motorbike legend Robbie Maddison, doubling for Statham, taking center stage. The world record holder had previously stunt doubled for Daniel Craig in Skyfall, for Vin Diesel in XxX, and for Tom Hardy in Venom.
For EXPEND4BLES, Maddison performs an incredible jump or, as he calls it, “a whip to invert the motorcycle so its machine guns point downward at the pursuing villain.
“This stunt has been a dream of mine since I was a child,” Maddison continues. “I was able to live my dream on EXPEND4BLES.”
Another key player in the action is Eddie Hall, crowned as The World’s Strongest Man in 2017.
While highlighting the film’s extraordinary action and visual palette, the filmmakers note that it’s all rooted in the characters and the evolution of The Expendables. Says executive producer Rob Van Norden, “The most exciting thing about this is watching Jason Statham’s Lee Christmas really come into his own. Sly was always the tip of the spear with this franchise, and there’s still so much of him in it, but we now finally see Jason take the wheel.”
“It’s a natural progression,” agrees King-Templeton. “Sly has been an incredible custodian for this franchise, and for this he wanted to put Jason in the forefront.”
Waugh adds, “Jason brings an intensity and vulnerability to the films, and that’s why he’s so likable. He has incredible charisma.”
But for Statham and the rest of the cast, the film is, above all, “about the camaraderie and chemistry.”
Summing up, Waugh says, “EXPEND4BLES is a film to enjoy for its characters, thrills, heart, and laughs. That is the film’s triple-threat. Audiences will laugh and be at the edge of their seats but will also be rooting for these characters and their bonds.”
JASON STATHAM - LEE CHRISTMAS
JASON STATHAM is an international star best known for his hard-hitting action films. Worldwide, Statham’s films have grossed over $1 billion dollars at the box office with massive hits including Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw and The Meg. Statham received a Critics Choice nomination for his comedic turn in Paul Feig directed Spy, which he starred alongside Melissa McCarthy.
Born in Sydenham, England, Statham became a member of the British national diving team as one of their top divers, eventually placing 12th in the world. While training at the famed Crystal Palace National Sport Center in London, film crews and photographers pursued him as new talent.
He eventually met director Guy Ritchie who cast Statham in his film debut as ‘Bacon’ in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Statham teamed up with Ritchie in Snatch, starring opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro and recently in the crime caper Wrath of Man and Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre. Then French film impresario Luc Besson, trusted Statham in the title role of Frank Martin in The Transporter after which he went on to star in the blockbuster remake of The Italian Job, Crank, Crank 2: High Voltage, Transporter 2 and Transporter 3. Statham other credits include the highly praised The Bank Job for Roger Donaldson, Death Race, Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 1 2 & 3, The Mechanic, Blitz, Killer Elite, Safe for Boaz Yakin, Parker with Jennifer Lopez and directed by Taylor Hackford, Homefront, Wildcard and Steven Knight’s directorial debut Hummingbird. In 2015 he joined the highly successful Fast and Furious franchise as ‘Deckard Shaw’ in Fast 7. He was just seen in Fast and The Furious: Fast X and the The Meg 2: The Trench.
SYLVESTER STALLONE - BARNEY ROSS
Sylvester Stallone has established worldwide recognition as an actor, writer and director since he played the title role in his own screenplay of Rocky, which won the Academy Award® in 1976 for Best Picture.
Since that seminal motion picture, Rocky grew to a franchise of five sequels and in 2006 Stallone concluded the series with Rocky Balboa, a critical and audience success which resolutely confirmed both Stallone and Rocky as iconic cultural symbols. In addition, to commemorate a character which has become as real as any living person to film- going audiences around the world, a statue of Rocky Balboa was placed at the foot of the now famous steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum at a dedication ceremony presided over by the Mayor.
In 2015, 40 years after the original film, Stallone returned to the role of Rocky in Creed for director Ryan Coogler co-starring Michael B. Jordan. His critically- acclaimed performance earned him an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe® Award, National Board of Review and Critic’s Choice Awards as well as countless awards and nominations from National Critic Associations. The role enthralled audiences and solidified Stallone as one of the most enduring and endearing actors of his generation. With the release of Creed, Stallone became the only actor to open in a number one film across five decades. The sequel, Creed II also filmed on location in Philadelphia.
Then recently, Stallone personally took two years to re-edit Rocky IV to create Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago The Directors Cut which is scheduled for a highly-anticipated release in the fall of 2021.
Stallone wrote, directed and starred in Rambo, which continued the saga of Vietnam vet John Rambo twenty five years after the debut of Rambo: First Blood. For that installment, Stallone took the company on location to the inner jungles of Burma basing the compelling story in a country where crimes against humanity and genocide have existed for over 60 years – and no one is doing anything about it. For Rambo Last Blood, the character confronted his past and unearthed his combat skills to extract revenge in his final mission.
Stallone created and released another ambitious project, the action thriller The Expendables¸ which he c0-wrote, directed and starred in, and for which he hired an all-star cast including Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lungren and Steve Austin – as well as Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger which opened to number one at the Box Office – making him the only actor to open a Number One Film across Five Decades. Stallone took the company on location to the interior of Brazil and the city streets New Orleans, filming over just a few short months.
The Expendables spanned another successful franchise for Stallone including The Expendables 2, which brought Liam Hemsworth to the team and The Expendables 3, which brought on even greater talent including Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Kelsey Grammer.
Born in New York City, Stallone attended school in suburban Philadelphia where he first started acting and also became a star football player. He then spent two years instructing at the American College of Switzerland in Geneva.
Returning to the United States, he enrolled as a drama major at the University of Miami and also began to write. Stallone left college to pursue an acting career in New York City, but the jobs did not come easily. By 1973, Stallone had auditioned for almost every casting agent in New York and had gone on thousands of acting calls, with little success. During this period, he turned more and more to writing, churning out numerous screenplays while waiting for his acting break. The opportunity first came in 1974 when he was cast as one of the leads in The Lords of Flatbush.
He also received his first writing credit for “additional dialogue” on this film. With the money earned from that film, Stallone left New York for Hollywood. He again began to make the rounds of studios and casting agents, managing to get a few small roles in television and movies. He also continued to pursue writing. Prize fighter Rocky Balboa was born and given life in a script Stallone wrote in longhand. Several producers offered to buy the screenplay, wanting to cast a name star in the title role, which Stallone insisted on playing himself.
Although his bank balance was barely $100, Stallone held fast with his perseverance finally paying off in a big way.
In addition to Rocky Balboa and Rambo, Stallone’s credits as actor/writer/director are Rocky II and Paradise Alley. As actor and co-writer, Stallone filmed F.I.S.T., First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rhinestone and Rambo III.He co-wrote, directed and produced Staying Alive and starred in Nighthawks, Victory, Tango & Cash and Lock Up. Rocky V, starring and written by Stallone and directed by John Avildsen, opened in 1990. He also starred in Demolition Man, which set box-office records for it’s Fall 1993 release and in the films The Specialist, Assassins and Daylight.
Stallone starred in the challenging and unique role of Freddy Heflin, in the Miramax feature film Copland, which has garnered him further international critical and audience acclaim.
He had the starring role in Get Carter for Warner Brothers co-starring Michael Caine, which opened in the Fall of 2000. Stallone wrote and starred in the number one box office race-car thriller Driven, co-starring Burt Reynolds and Christian de la Fuente. In addition, he filmed Avenging Angelo, co-starring Madeline Stowe. Both films were for
the Warner Bros. He also starred in the role of “The Toymaker” for director Robert Rodriguez in the hit film Spy Kids 3, the final installment of that successful film franchise.
He was associated with The Contender, a powerful and action-packed unscripted series which aired on the NBC Television Network and then ESPN.
In 2002 Stallone was honored by the Video Dealers Software Association when he was presented with the “Action Star of the Millennium Award” at the Organization’s 21st Annual Convention.
In addition, Stallone’s influence and appreciation are acknowledged worldwide. In 2008 The Zurich Film Festival presented him with the Festival’s Inaugural Golden Icon Award, which recognized his achievements as a great American Actor and Filmmaker and In 2009, The Venice Film Festival honored Stallone with their Glory to the Filmmaker Award.
For the release of The Expendables Stallone was honored at the Spike TV’s Guy’s Choice Awards with the coveted GuyCon Award, presented by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was also feted at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival as the event’s Honored Guest and received the Visionary Award at the Hollywood Reporter Key Arts 2010 Event. At the 2010 Comicon Convention, he was the first inductee into the IGN Action Hero Hall of Fame.
The Expendables 2, the highly-anticipated sequel opened to Number One at the Box Office. Shot on location in Bulgaria, Stallone wrote and starred in the film along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham and the original Expendables cast. Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris also starred. Stallone appeared in Bullet To the Head for director Walter Hill for Warner Bros. Studios, Escape Plan co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger for Summit Pictures and he starred with Robert DeNiro in the Warner Bros feature Grudge Match. He starred in The Expendables 3 with many of the original cast and included the additions of Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas. The film was also shot on location in Bulgaria. Stallone had a pivotal role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 which he will reprise in the next film of the franchise due to film in 2021. He subsequently made Escape Plan 2 and 3. In March 2014, Rocky the Musical opened at The Winter Garden on Broadway. The musical was based on the original film written by Stallone and earned a Best Actor Tony Award® nomination for the play’s star, Andy Karl.
Recently Stallone completed filming Samaritan for MGM in partnership with Universal Studios Releasing for a 2022 debut and was recently seen as King Shark in the Warner Bros film The Suicide Squad for director James Gunn.
Currently also for director Gunn Stallone is filming Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Stallone established Balboa, his own production company which creates and distributes film and television projects including an upcoming biopic on famed boxer Joe Jackson and an announced project with A&E.
In addition to his extensive film career, Stallone is an accomplished artist, completing paintings on canvas as well as sculpture work. He has had impressive exhibitions at Art Basil, The Russian State Museum and most recently at the Nice Museum of Contemporary Art in France.
ANDY GARCIA - MARSH
Andy Garcia has been one of Hollywood’s most respected leading actors for decades. Andy just wrapped production on the reimagining of Father Of The Bride where he was the centerpieces of the film as well as producing it for Warners. He will next be seen in Brian Petsos' upcoming film Big Gold Brick, Words On Bathroom Walls directed by Thor Freudenthal and Redemption Day, a feature film directed by Hicham Hajji. On the television side, Andy was seen starring in Rebel for ABC, and on Amazon’s Modern Love based off NPR’s popular podcast Modern Love.
He will next be seen starring alongside Sly Stallone and Jason Statham in the fourth installment of the successful Expendables franchise.
Previous films were exceptional performances in Mama Mia: Here We Go Again and Book Club. Garcia also starred alongside Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper in The Mule. Additionally, he co-starred in HBO movie My Dinner with Herve as Ricardo Montalban and in the revenge thriller Bent directed by Bobby Moresco.
Other films completed include GeoStorm, True Memoirs of an International Assassin with Kevin James, Columbia’s remake of Ghostbusters. He also co-starred in the HBO series Ballers with Dwayne Johnson, and the critically acclaimed film City Island.
Garcia garnered Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III in 1990. He later received an Emmy® Award nomination and his second Golden Globe® Award nomination for his portrayal of legendary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval in HBO’s 2000 biopic For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. As the executive producer of the telefilm, Garcia also earned an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie. The film was Golden Globe®-nominated for Best Miniseries or Made for Television Movie. In addition, Garcia produced the movie’s soundtrack and the Emmy®-winning score, featuring the music of Arturo Sandoval. The film won two ALMA Awards as Best Made For TV Movie or Miniseries and as Outstanding Latin Cast in a Made for TV Movie or Miniseries.
Garcia’s production company, CineSon Productions he made his directorial debut with the documentary concert film Cachao…ComoSu Ritmo No Hay. He also directed, produced, composed the score, and starred in The Lost City, which earned him two Imagine Awards for Best Director and Best Film and an ALMA Award nomination for Best Director.
CURTIS “50 CENT” JACKSON - EASY DAY
50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III, is an award-winning rapper, entrepreneur, actor and producer from Queens, New York. Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, the GRAMMY Award®winner rose to fame with his record shattering debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin' and has since sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and been awarded numerous prestigious accolades. Jackson has leveraged his star power to cross over with unparalleled success as an entrepreneur, actor and producer. From Get Rich or Die Tryin' being one of the fastest selling albums in history to creating one of the most influential deals in hip-hop with the sale of Vitaminwater, Jackson continues to break records. He currently has the most watched series on Starz “’Power” additionally in January 2020 Jackson received a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as being awarded an NAACP Award for Best Director in a Drama Series.
Jackson has carved out a thriving television and film career as both a best in class producer and star. In 2005, he founded G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. which has produced a wide variety of content across numerous platforms and sold a myriad of shows to various networks. Among these is the critically-acclaimed #1 show on Starz, “Power,” in which he not only co-starred in but also served as executive producer and director. In October 2018, Jackson and Starz/Lionsgate closed an unprecedented deal for Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. The partnership, touted as among the most significant deals to date for an Executive Producer in premium television will focus on expansion of the “Power” universe, recently announced spin-offs ‘’Power Book II: Ghost,’’ “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” and “Power Book IV: Force.” G-Unit Film & Television also recently aired the second season of the ABC Mega-Hit, “For Life” and is in production on the first season of the widely anticipated series, “Black Mafia Family” for Starz. G-Unit is also in development on scripted series “Family Affair” ABC, “The 50th Law” Netflix, and “Angel’s Playbook” and “Moment in Time” and “The Case of Cyntoia Brown” at Starz. It was announced in May 2021 that “Confessions of A Crime Queen” was a straight to series order on Discovery+ and “Let Me Hear a Rhyme” at Peacock. The company is also building out its feature slate, starting with a 3 picture Horror deal as a collaboration with Horror phenom Eli Roth and 3BlackDot.
Additional credits include the variety show “50 Central” on BET and “The Oath” on Sony Crackle the networks most-watched new original series. Jackson’s successful film career has included roles in several blockbusters: most recently Den of Thieves costarring opposite Gerard Butler, which Jackson has signed on to produce the sequel along with Butler. Jackson has also appeared in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama Southpaw, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Spy with Melissa McCarthy, and reprised his role in Escape Plan 3. In April 2021 it was announced that Jackson will star as a lead and produce the feature film Free Agents for Lionsgate.
The exceptional businessman serves as CEO of G-Unit Records, which he founded in 2003 and has since signed a host of multi-platinum artists. Jackson continues to dominate the charts with hits like the recently released "The Woo" which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
Jackson continues to extend his brand, which encompasses a broad spectrum of businesses including Sire Spirits which Jackson formed in 2016, a luxury Wine and Spirits company that owns Le Chemin du Roi Champagne and Branson Cognac. In April 2020 Jackson released his second New York Times Best Selling self-help book Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter.
MEGAN FOX - GINA
Megan can currently be seen starring in the high-concept thriller Till Death from Millennium Media which premiered at #2 on iTunes VOD charts and is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Megan recently wrapped production on the Netflix thriller Night Teeth alongside Alexander Ludwig, Debby Ryan, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, Alfie Allen, and Sydney Sweeney which will premiere worldwide October 20th. She will soon be seen in Samuel Goldwyn's Big Gold Brick, from executive producers Oscar Isaac and Kristen Wiig. Megan stars in the film opposite Oscar Isaac, Andy Garcia, Emory Cohen, and Lucy Hale. Megan recently starred opposite James Franco in the independent feature Zeroville, which is Franco’s adaptation of the acclaimed Steve Erickson novel set against the backdrop of late 1960s Hollywood. Franco directed and co-starred alongside Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson as well as Will Ferrell and Jacki Weaver.
Megan can also be seen in the family comedy, Think Like A Dog starring alongside Josh Duhamel for director Gil Junger and producer Andrew Lazar. Megan also appeared in the independent feature, Above The Shadows, starring with Olivia Thirlby, Alan Ritchson, and Jim Gaffigan for director Claudia Myers. Megan was seen on her worldwide documentary show for Discovery and Travel Channel, entitled Legends Of The Lost With Megan Fox which she co-created, Executive Produced, and hosted. Megan also starred opposite Zoe Deschanel in season 6 of the critically acclaimed comedy NEW GIRL, reprising her role of ‘Reagan’ from Season 5.
Megan starred as the iconic comic book heroine ‘April O’Neil’ in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows,for Paramount Pictures. The film premiered at #1 in the box office, now totaling over $224 Million Worldwide. The first film debuted at $65.5M domestic on opening weekend and was #1 at the box office two weekends in a row, currently TMNT has generated over $493 Million Worldwide. TMNT is the 4th highest August domestic opening of all time. The film also debuted #1 in 17 International markets on opening weekend.
Megan also starred in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40 opposite Paul Rudd, Jason Segal, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy, and Leslie Mann for Universal Pictures, and the feature film Friends With Kids opposite Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, Kristin Wiig, and Jennifer Westfeldt. As well as in her hilarious cameo in The Dictator opposite Sasha Baron Cohen for Paramount Pictures.
In 2010 Megan starred in the cult hit Jennifer’s Body opposite Amanda Seyfried as ‘Jennifer’. Written by Diablo Cody, directed by Karyn Kusama and produced by Jason Reitman, the film premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.
Megan also starred as ‘Mikaela’ in billion-dollar franchise Transformers & Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen-opposite Shia LaBeouf for Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay in one of Hollywood’s biggest worldwide global billion dollar franchises. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fall hit $900 Million worldwide box office, becoming 2009’s highest grossing movie.
Megan Fox has appeared on the covers of ALLURE, EMPIRE, ESQUIRE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, INTERVIEW, GQ, ELLE, COSMPOLITAN, ROLLING STONE, and ANGELENO. Her GQ and ELLE issues were the top sellers of the year for each magazine.
Megan is currently ranked #1 for non-singer female Facebook fan pages in the world with about 50 Million fans worldwide. The largest portion of her fans come from the United States, followed by Mexico, Brazil, India, the UK, and the Philippines. The cities that she is most popular in are Mexico City, Lima, New York, London, Bogota, and Santiago. Overall, her page is ranked #32 in the world on a site that boasts 2.23 billion monthly active users.
Megan also has a large following on Instagram with over 10 million followers. She boasts an average engagement rate per post of 17% (avg. engagement rate for most influencers and celebrities is less than 3%). About 85% of her followers are over the age of 18, and a majority of those interacting with her page are from the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Bangalore, Bogota, and Houston.
She starred in the 2013 Call Of Duty: Ghosts commercial directed by James Mangold. Megan is the first ever female to be featured in the brands ads and sales of the game reached $1 Billion in the first 24-hours. Megan also starred with Dominic Monaghan, Eminem, and Rihanna in the world-wide smash hit single “Love the Way You Lie” music video. The video broke the all-time YouTube record at the time for most hits in a 24-hour period – 1.4 Million- and was nominated for numerous awards including a Grammy.
Megan hosted the 2009-2010 season premiere of Saturday Night Live with musical guest U2. The premiere delivered the highest rating of the night outscoring every Saturday primetime and late-night telecast on every major network over the previous 16 weeks. She has won numerous MTV Movie Awards and received the 2009 Scream Award for best actress. Named SEXIEST WOMAN in the WORLD by online voting system at FHM magazine by over 1 million plus reader votes two years running in 2008 and 2009.
DOLPH LUNDGREN - GUNNER JENSEN
Dolph Lundgren was born and raised in an academic middle-class family in Stockholm, Sweden. As a young boy, he suffered from numerous allergies and the physical abuse that his father subjected him to. “It was a pretty tough time. I loved my dad, even though he had some deep emotional and mental issues. When someone you love hits you, it is an extremely traumatic and confusing situation for a young child.”, Dolph explains. “Being sent off to my grandparents in the northern part of Sweden gave me a chance to heal physically and emotionally. I started studying the martial arts and my grades in school gradually improved.”
Despite their troubled past, Dolph decided to follow in his father’s cerebral footsteps and pursue an engineering degree. After having completed his military service in the Swedish Marine Corps, Dolph enrolled in the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, studying
the same subject as his older brother: Chemical Engineering. He attended both Washington State University and Clemson University in South Carolina, studying Chemistry on various scholarships. He graduated from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, completing his master’s degree in Chemical Engineering on an exchange program with the University of Sydney in Australia. Graduating at the head of his class, Dolph was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, one of the world’s top engineering schools. His dad’s favorite academic institution.
That same year the young exchange student and karate champion met the New York based singer Grace Jones and fell in love. Dolph decided to stay in New York City and take up modeling to make some extra cash. He was to begin at MIT a few months later. On a friend’s advice: “Hey man, you’re a karate fighter. And you look like you could be in the movies” – Dolph started studying acting and his life took an unexpected turn. His motion picture debut came in the James Bond feature A View to A Kill in 1985. However, it was Lundgren’s memorable performance in Rocky IV, later that year that definitely got him noticed worldwide. After a nine-month audition process among 5,000 hopefuls Dolph was chosen by writer-director Sylvester Stallone as his fearsome Russian opponent, Captain Ivan Drago. Dolph hasn’t stopped working since and built an impressive career as an iconic action star in more than 70 feature films. Throughout the ups and downs of Hollywood, Dolph has always stayed close to the martial arts: “Karate and physical fitness have kept me sane in a tough and sometimes spiritually shallow business.” Last year, Dolph was awarded a Fourth-Degree black belt by the World Karate Organization in Tokyo. His athletic accomplishments include being the captain of the Swedish National Karate Team and the individual champion of the Swedish, European and Australian Heavyweight full contact divisions. In addition to his karate expertise, Dolph was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to serve as the team leader of the U.S. Olympic Pentathlon Team during the 1996 Atlanta Games. After getting married, Dolph spent considerable time in Marbella, Spain, raising his two daughters. In 2009, Dolph received a call from his old friend Sly Stallone: ‘Yo’ Dolph, check out this script’. Lundgren ended up starring opposite Stallone, Willis, Li, Statham and Schwarzenegger in the box office smash, The Expendables. “It felt great to be back on the big screen again’, says Lundgren. “However, during those years, I went through a rough period when my childhood traumas came back to haunt me. Too much drinking and inner-personal conflict let to a painful divorce.” Soon, The Expendables 2 and 3 followed, adding Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Harrison Ford to the worldwide action franchise. Dolph moved back to Los Angeles, took up meditation and started therapy. “Today, I feel much more stable, much happier and certainly have dealt with most of those issues from my early years”. Dolph actually did a Ted Talk about the troubled relationship he had with his dad called ‘On healing and forgiveness’. As well as being an actor, Dolph has written and directed six feature films. His production companies Thor Pictures and Red Orm Productions are currently developing several projects for Lundgren to direct. Including the thriller Malevolence and a drama currently in production called Castle Falls.
Five years ago, Dolph produced and starred in Skin Trade, an action-thriller about human trafficking. This film led Dolph to become an ambassador of CAST/LA, a non-profit organization helping human trafficking victims in Los Angeles. He also works closely with Mentor USA, an anti-drug organization founded by Queen Silvia of Sweden. Recently, Dolph has returned to the big screen, reprising his role as Ivan Drago opposite Sly Stallone, Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson in MGM’s Creed II. He also played King Nereus in Warner Brother’s box office hit Aquaman, with Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman.
Always an avid fitness devotee, Lundgren has penned an autobiographical fitness book: Train Like an Action Star, where he talks about how fitness saved and eventually changed his life.
Dolph Lundgren has two daughters. Ida, 23 and Greta, 17. He is currently residing in West Hollywood, California with his partner Emma Krokdal, a Norwegian fitness trainer.
RANDY COUTURE - TOLL ROAD
As a 6-time World Champion and Hall of Famer in the fastest growing sport in the world, Randy Couture is a true icon in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In addition to his stellar standing in combat sports, Randy is also a successful businessman, best-selling author and actor. Randy’s growing career in acting includes the hit films The Expendables and The Expendables 2, opposite Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis, and he reprised his role as Toll Road in The Expendables 3. On the television front, as part of his multi-year talent, development and production deal with Viacom, Randy served as a coach on the first season of “Fight Master: Bellator MMA” and Spike’s reality show “Gym Rescue,” for which he also served as an executive producer. Randy has also served as a brand ambassador for Bellator MMA, a motivational speaker for numerous NFL teams, as well as a commentator for the UFC on Fox, and more recently, for the Professional Fighting League (PFL) (now on ESPN). Randy has also appeared in "Lip Sync Battle" (Paramount), "I Am Steve McQueen", "Hell's Kitchen", "Whose Line is it Anyway", "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC), "Bill Nye Saves The World" (Netflix), multiple episodes of “Ballers” (HBO), “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC), multiple episodes of “GunnyTime” as well as multiple episodes of "Hawaii Five O" (CBS).
Randy has also appeared in the movies Redbelt, Setup, Hijacked, Ambushed, Stretch, Good Kids, The Row, Antidote, The Hard Way and Alpha Code. As well as Blow Back with Cam Gigandet, and The Outlaw Johnny Blackwith Michael Jai White.
Born in Lynnwood, Washington in 1963, Randy served 6 years in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Sergeant in the 101st Airborne stationed in Germany (air assault qualified). Having completed his service, Randy became a three-time Olympic team alternate (1988, 1992 and 1996), a semifinalist at the 2000 Olympic Trials, a three-time NCAA Division I All-American and a two-time NCAA Division I runner-up (1991 and 1992) at Oklahoma State University. By December of 1997, at the age of 33, Randy made his debut into the world of professional fighting claiming victory in the Heavyweight division of his first appearance in the UFC and soon earning the moniker of “Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture.” Randy eventually moved down a weight class to the Light-Heavyweight division, where he would spend the remainder of his UFC career. Randy is to this day, the first of only two (now three) UFC competitors to hold titles in both the Heavyweight and Light-Heavyweight divisions (or in any two weight divisions).
In June of 2006, Randy became the 4th professional fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame and that same year also retired. In March of 2007, Randy came out of retirement at the age of 44 shocking the world by re-capturing the UFC Heavyweight belt and becoming the first man in UFC history to win the Heavyweight title a total of three times. "The Natural" retired once and for all at the age of 47 but continues to be a highly respected presence in combat sports. Randy also dedicates time to running his own chain of gyms, Xtreme Couture MMA; a thriving clothing line, Xtreme Couture MMA Clothing; a supplement company, Xtreme Couture Pharmaceuticals (XCAP); and giving back through his foundation, the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation dedicated to honoring the veterans of America’s Armed Forces. Randy also serves on the advisory board for Jay Glazer’s Merging Vets & Players. Randy currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for motorcycles, hunting and poetry.
TONY JAA - DECHA
“Tony Jaa” Japanom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Jaa watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li.
Jaa studied martial arts at the local temple school and later under a scholarship at the Physical Education College in Khon Kaen, Thailand where he continued to study Muay Boran, Muay Thai, Wushu, Judo and Tae Kwando. Jaa later did some stunt work in a film for 'Panna Rittikrai', This resulted in Jaa being seen and getting work, doubling for Robin Shou and James Remar in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997). When his demo reel was seen by director Prachya Pinkaew, the film Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003) was created for Jaa. For film credits Jaa adopted the English name Tony Jaa. In 2013 after ending his association with Sahamongkol Film, Jaa was contracted by Universal Studio's for a role in Fast and Furious 7. Since 2013 Jaa has had many starring roles in international films as well as China.
IKO UWAIS - RAHMAT
Iko Uwais is attached to star and produce in The Bellhop for Netflix, with David Leitch, Kelly McCormack, Braden Aftergood and Geoff Shaevitz also producing and Jojo Eusebio directing.
Iko can recently be seen starring in Paramount’s Snake Eyes and will next be seen in Wu Assassins: Fists Full of Vengeance for Netflix both serving as the series star and the Executive Producer (he previously starred in and EP’s the Wu Assassins series now available on Netflix.) He previously was seen starring in Stuber alongside Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan and Kumail Nunjiani and in Mile 22 for STX Entertainment where he plays the lead role of “Li Noor” alongside Mark Walberg. He also choreographed some of the major fight scenes for the movie. Iko had a hit with the local language film for Netflix Night Comes for Us.
After being discovered by director Gareth Evans in 2008, Iko provided the fight choreography and starred in his first movie MERANTAU, which was a success both locally and internationally. Since 2009, Iko has been Gareth’s in house action choreographer, and was the lead actor and fight choreographer for The Raid: Redemption (2011) and The Raid 2 (2013). He then debuted in his first American Film Man of Tai Chi (2013) starring alongside Keanu Reeves. Additionally, Iko starred in and provided fight choreography for JJ Abram’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), as well as for the directing duo, Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel, on Headshot (2016).
JACOB SCIPIO - GALAN
Jacob Scipio recently wrapped shooting The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent opposite Nicolas Cage, andPieces of Her opposite Toni Collette for Netflix. He can be seen as the villain in Sony’s Bad Boys for Life opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence which premiered in January 2020, grossing over $73 million during its opening weekend and over $400 million worldwide during its theatrical run. The new installment centers on the Miami PD and its elite AMMO team’s attempt to take down Armando Armas (Scipio), a cold-blooded killer and the head of a drug cartel. The film is now available on demand.
Scipio can also be seen in The Outpost, a war drama based on a Jake Tapper novel, adapted by Academy Award®nominees Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson and directed by Rod Lurie. The film also stars Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood, and Taylor John Smith.
Scipio also stars in Amazon’s Without Remorse starring Michael B. Jordan, directed by Stefano Sollima, and with a script by Taylor Sheridan. He will next be seen in Waldo opposite Charlie Hunnam and Mel Gibson and directed by Tim Kirkby.
LEVY TRAN - LASH
Levy Tran was born on April 8, 1983, in San Jose, California. She is the youngest of two daughters to Vietnamese immigrants. At an early age, every summer, she would go to work with her parents as early as 5am to help with their food truck. It was there she learned the importance of hard work.
After graduating from high school in San Jose, she went on to attend San Jose State University. She majored in Child and Adolescent Development and minored in Mathematics for Teaching. She continued her studies for another two years in hopes to receive her Teachers Credentials. In those two years, she simultaneously taught K-8 as well as waited tables on the weekends. During her last semester, she decided to leave the program.
A year later, she decided to go back to school and applied to the Mortuary Program in Sacramento. During this time, she was also working at a Funeral Home in San Jose as an apprentice embalmer, modeling for magazines / clothing companies, and continued waiting tables. In 2010, she eventually decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue modeling. The decision wasn’t easy. She was 27 years old and thought that she was too old to change direction. It was actually her embalming supervisor who convinced her to take the leap as he told her, “You work with death every day. Go live your life, and if it doesn’t work out, then you come back, but for now…go live your life.”
Once in Los Angeles, she found work doing commercials as well as some small modeling gigs and continued waiting tables. It wasn’t until a few years later that a talent agent asked her if she had any acting experience, to which she replied, “No.” He suggested that she take up acting classes and so she did. A year later, he eventually became her talent agent.
In 2015, she booked her first movie appearing in the seventh installment of the multibillion dollar franchise, The Fast and the Furious. Since then, Levy has appeared in several film and television productions. Her most noticeable work includes a recurring role in The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix), Shameless (Showtime), MacGyver (CBS) as a series regular and appearing opposite Owen Wilson in Paramount Pictures’ upcoming feature Secret Headquarters. It is noted that during these productions, Levy was still waiting tables because she never knew when she was going to book another project.
Levy has been training in martial arts for almost ten years. As a kid, Levy was an action film addict and wanted nothing more than to be those action heroes she saw on the screen. Her training includes a eskrima, muay thai, boxing, silat, and jujitsu. Even though she’s been training in these several forms of martial arts, she doesn’t consider herself a martial artist. However, having been trained in martial arts has helped her with fight scenes in action films and television.
SCOTT WAUGH - DIRECTOR
Scott Waugh most recently directed THE EXPEND4BLES starring Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham for Lionsgate, which will be released later this year. His film Hidden Strike, starring Jackie Chan and John Cena, was most recently number one in the world on Netflix for two straight weeks. The film garnered 46 million views worldwide. He previously produced and directed the film, Act of Valor, which gained notoriety for the use of real Navy SEALs to accomplish the complex action sequences. The film opened at #1 at the box office in 2012. His next film, Need for Speed, was an adaptation of the video game franchise of the same name and starred Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, and Rami Malek. Scott takes inspiration from his career as a former stunt performer, using his experience to draw audiences as close to the action as possible.
KEVIN KING-TEMPLETON - PRODUCER
Kevin is an established film Producer, producing some of the most successful action franchises over the last three decades, including Rambo, Rocky, Creed, and The Expendables.
Kevin started producing in 1996, and has since established himself as an international producer for some of the most beloved action movies, including Rocky Balboa (2006), Rambo (2008), and Rambo Last Blood, starring Sylvester Stallone, and Creed (2015) and Creed II (2018) starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan.
Kevin’s producing credits include Bullet to The Head (2012) starring Sylvester Stallone and Jason Momoa, Escape Plan (2013) starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and 50 Cent, Homefront (2013) starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder.
As Executive Producer Kevin’s credits include Avenging Angela (2002) starring Sylvester Stallone, Madeleine Stowe and Anthony Quinn, Grudge Match (2013) starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger, Criminal (2016) starring Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, TV Series S.T.R.O.N.G (2016-), Ultimate Beastmaster (2017-18), and Hunter Killer (2018) starring Gerald Butler and Gary Oldman.
In Kevin’s early producing career, he was an Associate Producer on Cop Land (1997) starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta, Get Carter (2000) starring Sylvester Stallone, Rachael Leigh Cook and Miranda Richardson, Driven (2001) starring Sylvester Stallone, Kip Pardue and Til Schweiger, D-TOX (2002) starring Sylvester Stallone, Charles S. Dutton and Polly Walker, and was a Co-Producer on Father Lefty (2002) starring Danny Nucci, Marina Benedict and Viola Davis.
Kevin is a key Producer of The Expendables franchise and has produced every movie to date.
The Expendables (2010) starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture.
The Expendables 2 (2012) starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture. The Expendables 3 (2014) starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren.
Kevin is currently producing EXPEND4BLES movie, directed by Scott Waugh, filmed across three locations, the United Kingdom, Greece and Bulgaria. The fourth film in the franchise stars Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Andy Garcia, 50 Cent, Megan Fox, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran. Due to be released in 2023, by Millennium and Lionsgate.
LES WELDON – PRODUCER
Les Weldon (Producer) is a writer/producer whose portfolio includes action films, thrillers, comedies, science fiction, fantasy and family movies.
His writing and producing credits include more than 80 films starring such actors as Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis, Gerard Butler, John Travolta, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Sir Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, John Cusack, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jet Li, among others.
Born and raised in Brazil, Les came to America when he was 15 and graduated from Laguna Beach High School in Southern California.
Les attended the University of Southern California, majoring in business administration, with electives in film.
He has produced multiple hit movies and franchises, including the $275- million worldwide box office hit The Expendables with Stallone, Statham, Jet Li and Mickey Rourke, as well as the $305-million worldwide hit sequel The Expendables 2, The Expendables 3, and London Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman.
Les also produced The Hitman’s Bodyguard, starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, which was #1 at the box office three weekends in a row. He followed that up with Angel Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler, and Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard both films reaching number #1 at the box office.
Les recently finished producing Red Sonja, Hellboy: Crooked Man, Subservience.
Les lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.
YARIV LERNER - PRODUCER
Yariv Lerner is the CEO of Nu Boyana Film Studios – one of the leading film production and post-production studios in Europe, based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Yariv Lerner's producer credits include The Outpost, starring Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, and Orlando Bloom; Rambo: Last Blood, starring Sylvester Stallone; Angel Has Fallen, starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman; The Hitman's Bodyguard franchise, starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel Jackson, Salma Hayek, Gary Oldman; Bullet Head, starring Adrien Brody, John Malkovich, Antonio Banderas; and Hellboy, starring David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, and Ian McShane. Lerner has also worked on various other Millennium Media productions, among which the blockbuster franchise hit The Expendables.
Currently Yariv is producing Runaway Reels Fashion on Film, a filmforge media project. Film Forge is NuBoyanas vocational training institute specializing in training up and coming talent for production.
Born in Israel, Yariv Lerner became involved in the film industry in his early years. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Business Administration from the American Intercontinental University in London, UK. From 2002 to 2007, he had a successful career as a professional volleyball player and a coach.
Yariv is also the founder of Udaya Entertainment and producer of the purpose- driven cinematic film for yoga, meditation, and wellbeing coaching, with an emphasis on integrated healing arts designed to condition users physically, mentally, and emotionally to achieve greater happiness, life satisfaction, and wellness.
JASON STATHAM - PRODUCER
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