Van Damme vs. Jet Li in The Expendables? That Was the Plan…

We’ve all heard from Jean-Claude Van Damme on the reasons why he didn’t join up with all the other action stars in Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables”. According to the Muscles from Brussels, he didn’t like the fact that Stallone couldn’t tell him a lot about his characters, and Van Damme doesn’t do movies where his characters are not fleshed out. Um. I’ll leave that alone and move on…

According to Stallone, though, the true story goes something like this:

I wanted to set Jean-Claude against Jet Li, but he didn’t want to lose to Jet.

He didn’t think that was cool. But that’s why it would be cool; to have Jean-Claude beaten by the other man. Hey, they could have a rematch. But Steven Seagal and Van Damme, they weren’t really into our gallows humour.

So apparently the Dolph Lundgren part was meant for Van Damme? Because it’s Lundgren’s character who goes off his meds, gets kicked off the team, and ends up fighting with Li in the movie. Though I don’t recall Lundgren “losing” to Li; in fact, he almost won the fight. Almost.

Don’t cry for Van Damme, though. The Muscles from Brussels has yet another “Universal Soldier” film on the horizon, plus an action movie called “Weapon” with Vinnie Jones.

In any case, let’s see the “Expendables” try this: