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Refusing to Lose to Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme Turned Down 'The Expendables' Offer

August 17, 2010 (9:35 am) GMT
Sylvester Stallone reveals that he first set Van Damme in the all-star action film but the 'Universal Soldier' star refused the offer because he didn't want to lose to Jet Li.

refused to appear in 's all-star action film "", because he would have to lose a fight to . Stallone corralled a hitlist of Hollywood hard men to appear in the film, but "Universal Soldier" star Van Damme turned him down, because the Belgian martial arts expert failed to get the movie's satirical undertones.

Stallone tells Britain's Sunday Times, "I wanted to set Jean-Claude against Jet Li, but he didn't want to lose to Jet. He didn't think that was cool. But that's why it would be cool; to have Jean-Claude beaten by the other man. Hey, they could have a rematch. But and Van Damme, they weren't really into our gallows humor."

Van Damme may well be regretting his decision to star alongside Stallone, , Li, and in "The Expendables" - the movie shot to number one in America at the weekend, August 15.

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