It appears that two members of Sylvester Stallone’s crack team of ageing action stars have just been shoved out of the closet.
In a revelation that one would hope the other Expendables would accept willingly, maturely and compassionately, it turns out that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li’s characters are gay.
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So claims the movie’s helmsman Patrick Hughes, at least.
The Aussie director has confirmed the online chatter about the inclination of Arnie’s character Trench and Li’s character Yin Yang.
Such chat emerged following a scene near the close of the latest movie, in which the pair are seen cuddling up in a bar.
“You guys want to get a room?” says Sly’s character Barney Ross, to which Trench shoots back ‘We don’t need a room!’, nuzzling into his compadre.
Indeed not, because it seems that by the end of the movie, the pair are out and proud.
Asked if Trench and Yin Yang are a couple, Hughes told the US blog Grantland: “I believe they are.”
In revealing the titbit, writer Matt Patches added that Hughes looked like ‘he just got away with something amazing’ with his comment.
If true, the move would sit against some of Arnie’s previously recorded views on same-sex coupling.
During his tenure as Governor of California, he used his veto against two same-sex marriage bills, one in 2005 and another in 2007.
He also presided over Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, adding that marriage is ‘between a man and a woman’.
Yet despite such political actions, he claims he has also personally performed two same-sex marriages during his eight years in office, one being for his former chief of staff Susan Kennedy, a woman he had previously described as ‘a cigar-smoking lesbian’.
“That she happens to love a woman, and I am a guy that loves a woman, that is two different things. It doesn’t make any difference. She should still have her ceremony,” said Arnie in 2012.
“I don’t have to be for gay marriage. I’m for that she [Kennedy] gets the kind of wedding and the kind of ceremony that I had when I got married with Maria [Shriver].
“I, personally, always said that marriage is between a man and a woman. But I would never enforce my will on people.
“If they want to get married, let them get married.”
That’s nice and clear, then.