It would seem as if Stallone tried to cast any living, breathing action star who would agree to be in the film. The only action stars who are noticably absent are Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vin Diesel, and Steven Seagal, (and Van Damme was apparently offered a role and turned it down, how sad is that?)
Will The Expendables turn out to be more than a guilt pleasure cult favorite? Will it appeal to the masses and become a mainstream hit? We'll find out later this year.