Aka the Death of the Action Hero Part I of IV
Sylvester Stallone. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Steven Seagal. Jean-Claude Van Damme.
These four men were their own brand of action hero in the 1980's and 1990's. Big muscles, big personalities, bigger egos and biggest paychecks. But 1996 was the beginning of the end...
Last Action Hero, while scoring solid critical reviews. 1994's Demolition Man and The Specialist would make decent bank but 1995's Assassins, the $50 million, dueling hitmen team up with Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon), Joel Silver (Die Hard) and Antonio Banderas would be a non-starter.
2013. The 80's and 90's are back. Stallone's third franchise, The Expendables, has been filming in Bulgaria and features new addition throwback favorites like Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Wesley Snipes. Joining the nostalgic tough guy club that already includes Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris.