Hulk Hogan Might Be the Villain in ‘The Expendables 4’ (Brother)
Let me tell you something, brother: Hulk Hogan wants to star in the next Expendables movie.
Frankly after the cruddy box-office performance of The Expendables 3, and the fact that they’ve basically run out of old action heroes to throw into this thing (unless they want to start adding the Michael Dudikoffs and Kurt Thomases of the world — which I’m not opposed to, mind you), I’m surprised there’s going to be an Expendables 4 at all. But, to my surprise, 2014’s The Expendables 3 made over $200 million worldwide. Granted, $166 million of that came overseas. But money is money, wherever it comes from. That’s why they call it money.
The first Expendables featured Stone Cold Steve Austin as henchman Paine, but beyond that, the franchise hasn’t really exploited the world of professional wrestling. The Expendables is all about mining ’80s nostalgia, and who are ’80s kids more nostalgic for than Hulk Hogan? The answer, brother, is not too many people.
That’s probably why, per Entertainment Weekly, Sylvester Stallone is interested in bringing the Hulkster in for Expendables 4. This is what the man with the largest arms in the world told the crowd at a recent Q&A in England:
“Was talking on the phone with Sly about doing The Expendables 4. We’re trying to figure out a way to maybe turn me into the most evil man in the world. Y’know, Stallone gave me my first break and he’s been a great friend. We had a great conversation, talking about the possibilities. Can I still run, can I still jump? Well, not as fast or not as high, but I think Hollywood could find a good stunt man to help me out.”
Yeah, sure, is there anything more intimidating than a menacing villain who can’t run or jump? If you get within arm’s length, you’re in real trouble!
Three years ago, Hogan campaigned pretty hard to get thrown in to Expendables 3, so who knows how serious any of these conversations really are. But hey, anything’s possible with enough training, prayers, and vitamins, right Hulkster? In reality, Hogan wouldn’t be the first Expendable who needs the assistance of stunt doubles to pull off his fight scenes (or, y’know, walk at a brisk pace). Stallone put Hogan in Rocky III 30 years ago and basically made his career, so it stands to reason he might bring him back just to exploit that connection one more time. Plus Thunderlips is a great name for a bad guy.