The Expendables franchise practically contains every single action star imaginable, however there're still some major muscly players missing from their roster.
In a recent Reddit AMA session, Dwayne Johnson revealed he would be interested in joining The Expendables franchise, although only because he wants to beat each of them into a pulp. When coyly asked if we would be interested in starring beside Sylvester Stallone and Terry Crews in an unspecified action franchise, The Rock replied:
If you're asking if I would consider being in the EXPENDABLES franchise - then the answer is yes. BUT.. I don't want to be on their team and be buddies with them. Fuck that noise. I want to hunt every single one of them down and tell them to "send your soul to heaven cause your ass is mine." Rousey lives cause she'd be my characters training partner and Crews lives as well cause my character would need someone to compete at pec popping with.
This sounds like a good, if slightly insane, premise for The Expendables 4, but does Dwayne Johnson really have what it takes to be a villain? Well, we already know he recently committed a crime against fashion, but let's take a look at the 5 elements he'd need to master to pull off an iconic bad guy.
1. Suave Coolness and Witty Asides
No one likes to see a villain run around like a headless chicken. The best villains are those who have planned compulsively, have every eventuality covered and turn up to work wearing a sharp suit. But it doesn't end there. To be a standout villain you have to combine this physical suaveness with some witty dialogue and humorous elegance. Die Hard's Hans Gruber was the expert of this school of villainy.
Of course, joking and looking great isn't exactly going to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies. So you have back up this coolness with a strong dose of sinister and maniacal overtones. This was achieved brilliantly by Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) in Goodfellas. You never knew what he was going to do next, and that's what made him so terrifying - although to be honest, what happened next was usually he'd smash a glass on your head.
3. A lack of compassion
Sure, redemptive villains are all well-and-good, but the best are those which have their reasons and stick to them. They're so Machiavellian that they would stop at nothing to achieve their evil plans. This lack of compassion towards their fellow man is another standout principle any bad guy needs to master. Take, for example, The Matrix's Agent Smith. Not only does he master the first two points on this list, but he also brings in a cool, hard, non-human attitude towards others, especially digital little girls and old women.
What would be the point of all this evilness unless it's to get something? Whether it's power, revenge or just good ol' fashioned greenbacks, every villain wants something they haven't got. This greed is central to the motivation and dedication of any bad guy. What's more, they want what they want so badly, they're willing to break the law, kill or worse to get it. Here's Gordon Gekko to explain why this is all a good thing:
5. Kick Some Serious Ass
Now, as we all know, most villains never get what they want, and that at some point in their scheme they'll be left disappointed by the intervention of a smarmy do-gooder. However, that doesn't mean they won't put up a serious fight when they need to. Villains not only provide the motivation for our heroes, but they also act as the final boss battle in the climax of the film. Ideally, this battle will take place in some kind of arena and involve gratuitous amounts of punching - much like Rocky and Ivan Drago's final bout in Rocky IV.
What do you think? Can Dwayne Johnson pull off these five elements of villainy?
Would Dwayne Johnson make a good villain?