Click this link for another interview re The Expendables 2 with Jason http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otLMSqqCWwA – here is an interview I found via Film Review…………
Interview with Jason Statham and Jean Claude Van Damme.
They’re back. Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and Toll Road (Randy Couture), join forces again in The Expendables 2, when CIA operative Mr Church (Bruce Willis) enlists them to take on a seemingly easy job. They are assisted by new members, Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan), with extra help from Booker (Chuck Norris) and Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger).
But the simple task soon turns deadly, due to their latest nemesis, Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme).
I spoke with Jason Statham and Jean-Claude Van Damme about their new blockbuster at the press day for the movie.
Does it up your game when you work with a cast list like this?
Jason: Yeah, it takes you back. You see all those people right next to you about to shoot a scene together.
Normally, you are used to sitting in the cinema and watching them on the big screen. It’s slightly different. (he laughs)
These are cinema’s biggest action heroes of all time. That is as good a line up as you could ever get.
We have to tip out hats to the chaps who coined the phrase ‘action hero.’ That phrase only appeared because of Sly, Arnold and Bruce.
How did you become involved with The Expendables 2?
Jean-Claude: Sly called me about the film. I said, ‘Can I play the bad guy? I know how to do action, and if I give you myself as the bad guy, I think it will have more of an impact with the audience.’
He loved the idea. It was a good decision, I think.
Is it fun to play the villain after all your good guy roles?
Jean-Claude: It’s fun, but it’s also fun to be in The Expendables as a good guy, because then I could do The Expendables 3, Expendables 4. But I made the decision to go the bad guy way. But I’d like to come back as a twin.
As you get older, is it harder to do the action sequences?
Jason: What we do is a contact sport. It’s inevitable that you’re going to get an injuty, whether you’re twenty years old or forty years old. If you’re doing it correctly and you’re giving it your most, there’s going to be injuries that come.
The thing is, this group the lads lead by example. They don’t sit on the chair and have some stunt double do it. I have a massive respect for those chaps, because I’m seeing it firsthand.
Jean-Claude, you have a wonderful fight scene with Sly at the end of the movie. How long did that take to shoot?
Jean-Claude: Not long, because Sly knows the camera very well, and I know my moves and I’ve seen almost all his movies, so I know what he can do.
Sly told me to go and design the fight. When he said that to me, there was joy in my body.
Then he brought in his stunt coordinator, who was a cool guy, and he added his own spice, and that’s how the final fight became what it was.
I was like a kid with his idol. I wanted the fight to look great. He made me look good.
Jason, you and Sly have a great rapport on-screen. Is that relationship the same off-screen too?
Jason: Yeah, we’re good friends. The chemistry is either there or it’s not. I don’t think you can work on that, you can’t practice how to create chemistry, it’s just one of those things.
If you’ve got that sense of humor, that banter, it comes easy.
What was it like for you seeing all these action stars together?
Jean-Claude: It was amazing. I saw Sly in Rockyand Rambo. I saw Arnold in Conan, I saw Bruce Willis in Die Hard. All these stars made it before me, so they were big heroes of mine. They were my role models.
After Bloodsport I was dreaming to have just one of those guys in my movie, or for me to be in their movie.
Suddenly, years later, I’m the villain and they are all running after me, when I was running after them, buying a ticket in the theatre, (to see their films).
PHOTOS: The Expendables Invade London For Sequel
After London hosted the world’s greatest athletes for a two week Olympic extravaganza of sport, today it hosted the world’s greatest action stars as they got together to celebrate the upcoming release of ‘The Expendables 2’.
There were Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren, a collection of action heroes from across the globe to rival any assembled.
‘The Avengers 2’ returns to the travails of Barney Ross (Stallone) and his comrades, a motley bunch of mercenaries who nonetheless are some of the toughest men on the planet, as well as those present in London also starring are Bruce Willis, Liam Hemsworth and action legend Chuck Norris.
Jason Statham and Lundgren looked to be having fun with guns, as they joined a collection of soldiers in wielding a pair of assault weapons.
Stallone looked happy that the movie had come to fruition after troubles involving the death of a stuntman, and his own personal tragedy, the death of his son Sage. As for Schwarzenegger, he sported the grin that took him to two terms as Governor of California.
PHOTOS: ‘The Expendables 2’ Photocall
Sylvester just took a vacation with his family aboard a yacht in Cannes.
20+ pictures inside of Sylvester Stallone and the cast of The Expendables 2…
Still got it! An agile Jean Claude Van Damme shows off his six pack as he joins Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren at Expendables 2 photocall
He may have entered his fifties now but that’s not having an effect on movie hardman Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The action man, 51, went out of his way today to show that he’s still got it as he flaunted his six pack and showed off his moves in front of waiting photographers.
He was at a photocall for The Expendables 2 in Madrid, Spain along with his castmates Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren.
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And ensuring he wasn’t overshadowed he made quite the impact as he fooled around to please onlookers.
Van Damme first of all lifted up his shirt to reveal his honed stomach as he flexed his arm muscles while grinning at the cameras.
The Timecop star was obviously in a cheeky and jovial mood as he also high kicked the air several times for maximum impact.
Taking it seriously: Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren looked dapper as they joined their excitable co-star
And he pretended to get embroiled in a slapping fight with his wife Gladys Portugues, who happily pretended to hit his face for one image.
The actor also did some shameless self promotion as he later changed into a black T-shirt emblazoned with his website logo and the words: ‘JCVD-Online.com.’
Wearing spectacles he punched the air and merrily hugged Statham, who seemed happy and relaxed at the screening at the city’s Ritz Hotel.
He wore a grey suit jacket with jeans and shoes, while he put sunglasses on his face to ensure he looked as cool as could be.
Swedish star Dolph also looked dapper at the event in a full suit, shirt and tie.
He giggled and adjusted his jacket as Jean-Claude joked about his height in comparison to the other two hefty men.
Missing from the promotional trail was actor Sylvester Stallone, who is currently continuing to mourn the death of his 36-year-old son Sage, who passed away last month.
Stallone was left devastated when Sage, his son with ex-wife Sasha Czack, was found dead in his Los Angeles home on July 13.
His body was found near bottles of pills scattered all over his room, the L.A. County Coroner reported, but toxicology results aren’t expected until late August.
Stallone released an emotional statement at the time, talking about his ‘agonising’ loss.
He said: ‘When a parent loses a child there is no greater pain… This agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives.
‘Sage was our first child and the centre of our universe and I am humbly begging for all to have my son’s memory in full left in peace.’
The new Expendables movie is due to be released in the UK on 17 August.