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Posted in 2011, Action Movies, Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood, LL Soares Reviews, Mark Onspaugh Columns, Quick Cuts on September 25, 2011 by knifefighter

(Quick Cuts created by Michael Arruda)

Welcome to another edition of QUICK CUTS, that column where brevity is key.

There sure are a lot of action movies/thrillers coming out in September— DRIVE, STRAW DOGS, THE KILLER ELITE, ABDUCTION— which got me to thinking:  last year, Sylvester Stallone collected a bunch of tough guys to star in his action pic, THE EXPENDABLES.  So, we asked our panel of experts, if they had the same choice, if they could gather a group of tough guys— or  gals— to star in an all new kick-ass action flick of their own, who would they  choose?  We asked them to limit their choices to five picks.

~ Michael Arruda

Here are the rest of the answers:



Here’s my team, which uses some movie magic to resurrect or rejuvenate some members for the movie, THE SCOWL SQUAD:

Make My Day!

Clint Eastwood – Either old and crusty or young and trigger-happy, it doesn’t matter—no one’s tougher!

Bruce Lee – the undisputed martial arts master.

Sean Connery – 1960’s James Bond vintage—the spy’s spy.

Diana Rigg – 1960’s Emma Peel vintage—beautiful, deadly.

King Kong – because every tough team needs a giant ape!



I know that Quick Cuts is “that column where brevity is key,” but since Michael Arruda listed three separate teams, I will too.

 Just a team of random ass-kickers:

Uma Thurman – The Bride from KILL BILL Vol. 1 and 2 (2003 and 2004)

Charles Bronson – Paul Kersey from DEATH WISH (1974)

Clint Eastwood – Dirty Harry from DIRTY HARRY (1971)

Gunnar Hansen – the original Leatherface from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)

And Nicolas Cage as himself

Special Guest Star: Danny Trejo as MACHETE (2010)

Does this man look scary to you?

And for the overseas market:

Toshiro Mifune – from countless Akira Kurosawa films, especially YOJIMBO (1961)

Chow-Yun Fat – 1980s Hong Kong version – from several John Woo movies, especially THE KILLER (1989)

Bruce Lee  – from ENTER THE DRAGON (1973)

Eihi Shiina –  as the sadistic Asami in AUDITION (1999) or as Ruka from TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008))

Min-sik Choi as OLDBOY (2003)


And one just for the kids-

Chloe Moretz – Hit Girl from KICK-ASS (2010)

Chiaki Kuriyama – GoGo Yubari from KILL BILL Vol. 1 (2003)

Harvey Stephens – Damien Thorn from THE OMEN (1976)

Linda Blair – the possessed Regan McNeil in THE EXORCIST (1973)

Patty McCormack – Rhoda Penmark from THE BAD SEED (1954)


That’s all folks!