Liam Hemsworth sat down with EW to talk to them about his role as Billy The Kid in ‘The Expendables 2.’ Among other things, The Hunger Games star tells EW he was actually meant to have a role in the first installment of the series, but was cut out.
In The Expendables 2, Hemsworth plays Billy the Kid, a new addition to the shoot-‘em-up (bad guys, not steroids) gang headed by Sylvester Stallone. He’s not a kid anymore — the actor is 22 years old — but compared to the median age on set he’s practically a toddler.
Hemsworth was actually supposed to have a role in the first film, but script modifications eliminated his character. “It was a weird moment because I had celebrated with everyone,” says Hemsworth, “and told everyone I was going over to shoot this film, and then it didn’t happen.” Luckily, when it came time for a sequel, Stallone remembered to save a spot for him.
The experience of working alongside all those action icons was a bit of a strange one for Hemsworth, who had watched their movies as a child. “It was weird at first, you have to pinch yourself every once in a while,” he says. “I was working with all these guys I grew up watching—it was nuts. Once Jean-Claude [Van Damme] kicked me in the chest by accident. It was like a present, one of the most awesome kicks you could ever receive.”
Plus check out this HQ picture of Liam in the movie, just click to see the full size!