25 Aug 2014 10:12 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Image Source: Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia Commons)
There’s a part towards the end of The Expendable 3 that is making everyone wonder if Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li’s characters are supposed to be gay.
The director is chiming in to say that’s exactly what it is supposed to be.
Towards the end of the third edition in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables franchise, Schwarzenegger (as Trench Mauser) cuddles up to Jet Li (as Yin Yang). At the end of the mission, the two are told to “get a room” by Stallone’s character, Barney Ross. As they sit nuzzling each other, Mauser pulls Yang closer to him and says, “We don’t need a room! So jealous!”
This leaves the question if this is just good-natured ribbing between the guys or if it’s supposed to be signifying something else. Homosexual characters on film is nothing new, but it does seem different to see them in an action flick.
Patrick Hughes, the director of The Expendable 3 is confirming that the two characters are indeed gay. He was interviewed by grantland.com and was asked if the two action heroes, Mauser, a past comrade and occasional rival of Ross’s, and Yang, a hand-to-hand combat specialist, were supposed to be in a relationship.
His response was, “I believe they are.”
Perhaps they were just looking for a little levity. When Stallone and Hughes “initially sat down and discussed the project with him, we both thought the first one was too serious and the second one had run into parody. We wanted to strike a balance between those two and give it thematic weight.”
Hughes wasn’t interested in making a film that was “just guys spraying bullets.”
It is also interesting to note that while he was in office as the governor of California, Schwarzenegger had said his personal belief was that marriage should be between a man and a woman, yet he didn’t oppose anyone’s legal rights to get married. In fact he performed two marriage ceremonies for gay couples during his time in office. And now he is starring as a gay action star.
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