Ageing Statham
Expendable Expendable?
in Crank it up
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This chapter investigates how The Expendables film series constructs and frames the age identity of Lee Christmas, played by Jason Statham, by reading his position in the narrative in order to understand how ageing is represented in action cinema. Much of the critical attention for this series has been focused on the hyper-masculine ageing body of the franchise’s lead actor, Sylvester Stallone. This chapter will look at the construction of Christmas’s age identity as a middle-aged man during the unstable cultural position of middle-agedness. It will also focus on how the middle-aged action hero is constructed in the three Expendables films to date. It begins with an overview of the film series’ premise, followed by a brief outline of relevant critical ageing theory, then a consideration of how Christmas’s age construction aligns with the ageing theories of decline, prowess and the culture of the Third Age.

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