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Continuity When Barney Ross and Yin Yang stop by a traffic light just before the car chase with Gunner Jensen, the car behind them slows down and stops. When the camera changes angle the same car is seen from a distance slowing down and stopping again.
Continuity The final time that Barney Ross gets into the cockpit of the plane, he gets into the seat while wearing a tactical vest. When he is shown from the front, he no longer has the vest on, but is wearing a t-shirt.
Continuity When Ross and Christmas are investigating the island, Ross' goatee changes color from black to grey. When he is avoiding the troops in the street it is clearly grey, but when driving in the truck it is again black. Later on, on the same island it changes to grey once again.
Continuity When Barney is running after the plane while trying to get off the island the gun magically disappears and reappears in his hand during the run.
Continuity Throughout the car chase with Gunner the front bumper of the black pickup, driven by Barney Ross, several times changes from totally missing to half broken and later to almost brand new.
Character Error When Hale Caesar pulls out his straight razor, the blade - engraved with his name - is misspelled "Ceasar".
Audio/Video Mismatch When Barney is firing his sidearm at incredible speeds during the final shootout, the sounds of the gunshots come much faster than he can be seen pulling the trigger. Furthermore, he fires far more rounds than the Colt pistol can hold between reloads.
Revealing Mistakes When the seaplane turns to the right immediately after take off from the island's port, there is no movement of the ailerons. This scene is clearly CGI.
Revealing Mistakes When filming the soldiers moving the car out of the way using the Canon and when they show the camera from the back the on/off switch is clearly in the off position.
Revealing Mistakes After the fight in the tunnels below the palace, the leg of a supposedly dead soldier moves.
Factual Mistake The silver badge on General Garza's right breast is actually a United States Army Combat Action Badge. It is awarded to non-infantry soldiers who have actually engaged an enemy force in combat, and worn on the left breast. Since it would be nearly impossible for a foreign general to earn a CAB legitimately, the costume department most likely simply picked out a random military badge.
Factual Mistake When the seaplane leaves the island port, Lee Christmas mans the guns and Barney Ross switches plane seats as if he's taking over as pilot. In a plane, all controls are available from both seats.
Crew/Equipment Visible Just after the Expendables decide to return to Vilena, there is shot of trucks driving into the General's compound. As the trucks pass by, the shadow of the camera is visible.
In the basketball court scene when Christmas is fighting Lacy's boyfriend, he shoves a basketball onto his chest and proceeds to stab it. A chest protector is clearly visible under the basketball and covering the stomach.
Director and star Sylvester Stallone sustained 14 injuries making this movie including breaking a tooth, rupturing his ankle and getting a hairline fracture in his neck that required the surgical insertion of a metal plate. He also had bronchitis and shingles during the shoot.
Mickey Rourke said he did this film as a favor to Sylvester Stallone, who years earlier, when Rourke was in a career slump, offered him a major role in Get Carter (2000) and helped to pay part of Rourke's salary himself.
This could have been Brittany Murphy's final film. However Sylvester Stallone cut her character from the script before anything was filmed.
Wesley Snipes was offered the role of Hale Caesar but couldn't accept because, due to his tax problems, he wasn't allowed to leave the United States without the court's approval. The role was taken by Forest Whitaker and rewritten for Whitaker, but he was forced to leave the film due to a scheduling conflict. The role was then offered to rapper 50 Cent who turned the role down to focus on his music career. After a few days, Sylvester Stallone decided to cast former NFL player Terry Crews in the part.
West Coast Customs Street Customs have built 3 customized 1955 Ford F100s for the film. One was built for a crash scene, the second for green-screen, and the third for Stallone to keep.
In the Church scene, Arnold Schwarzenegger's character says that Mr. Church should give the job to Ross (Sylvester Stallone) because he "loves running through the jungle", an obvious reference to the Rambo franchise.
This is the first time that Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis have appeared in a film together, in any combination. The three action mega-stars are long-time friends, even working together (with Willis' ex-wife Demi Moore) as original venture capitalists and promoters for the "Planet Hollywood" restaurant and casino chain.
Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren) comments to Paine (Steve Austin), "Need a face lift pretty boy?", a tongue in cheek reference to Austin's early wrestling career where Steve Austin went by the name Stunning Steve Austin.
Mickey Rourke split filming his scenes with his appearance in Iron Man 2 (2010). He was only available for 48 hours.
Jason Statham liked the motorcycle he rode in the film so much, he bought one in real life.
When Barney Ross and Lee Christmas arrive at the island, they hand their passports to the officer. Both passports list the actual birthdays of Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham.
Sylvester Stallone states on the commentary that Church's line, "You guys aren't gonna start sucking each other's dicks are ya," was ad-libbed by Bruce Willis. He at first had reservations about the line, but decided keep it in the movie.
The very first Sylvester Stallone film that he starred in since Rocky IV (1985) (also with Dolph Lundgren) to gross $100 million in the US.
Sylvester Stallone's character is named after Barney Ross, a world welterweight boxing champion who joined the United States Marines and was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his actions at Guadalcanal.
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