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Poll: Who is your favorite “old school” action hero?

"The Expendables 3" Stunt Photocall & Press Conference

It was a rough weekend to be an old school action hero.  The third movie in The Expendables franchise got spanked at the box office.  It didn’t just get beat by popular hold-overs like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy.  It came in 4th place behind the $7 million dollar comedy, Let’s Be Cops.

There were extenuating circumstances to be sure.  An internet leak allowed millions to watch the movie for free weeks before it opened in theaters.  Clearly, that had an impact.  But it’s still a bad sign for the franchise.  Which is bad for old action dude everywhere.  For a lot of these guys, a shot at an Expendables movie is the best thing going.  With the franchise on life support or critically wounded, a lot of these guys are looking at spending the rest of their careers in video limbo.

But let’s not dwell on the sad fate that awaits many of our favorite brawny senior citizens.  Instead, let’s remember them for their glory days.  Who was your favorite old school action hero?

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A-List: The Expendables 3

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Recently, I read an article about “The Expendables Effect”.  The premise of the article was that The Expendables franchise was responsible for one comeback after another.  It was suggested that actors of a certain age and type were falling all over themselves to be cast in the next Expendables movie.  With the exception of a couple of stubborn hold-outs, franchise creator Sylvester Stallone could pick and choose from the population of less-than-relevant action heroes because he and he alone had discovered a cinematic fountain of youth.  It was a franchise that could resurrect any flagging career.  It was viagra for the aging action set.

So what does it mean when an Expendables movie proves to be expendable?

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What The Hell Happened To Sylvester Stallone?

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Sylvester Stallone

After knocking around Hollywood for a few years, Sylvester Stallone broke through in 1976 with one of the most beloved movies of the era. It went on to win some awards and make its title character an icon. Six years later, he would move into the role of another iconic character. Stallone rode both these characters to much box office success throughout the 80s. But when he tried to move beyond those franchises the results were either disastrous or ignored. At one point, he was on the verge of being exiled to direct to video territory and the only thing that saved him was to first bring back the two franchises for one more round, then start a whole new one.

What the hell happened to Sylvester Stallone?

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What the Hell Happened to Jean-Claude Van Damme?

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Jean-Claude Van Damme

In the late 80s and early 90s, Jean-Claude Van Damme was part of a wave of martial artists turned movie stars.  Movies like Van Damme’s break-out role, Bloodsport, were cheap, easy to make and usually provided a great return on investment.  Van Damme in particular seemed poised to break out of low budget movies into legitimate movie stardom.  But instead, the action movie craze subsided and Van Damme was cast aside along with the other action heroes of the time.

What the hell happened?

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Jean-Claude Van Damme

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