Senyo Amoaku Shines in Sylvester Stallone's 'The Expendables': There's Nothing Small About it

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Senyo Amoaku shines alongside an All-Star cast as the "Tall Pirate" in Sylvester Stallone's highly anticipated ensemble/action war film, "The Expendables", this film set review by Nola.com breaks down a night of filming in New Orleans, LA. Where Senyo worked with Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgren.

Senyo Amoaku as the "Tall Pirate" in Sylvester Stallone's Summer action blockbuster "The Expendables".

"We've got some tough men in this movie," Stallone said. "I mean some bad-asses, trust me. The Pirates -- you think I'm joking? "We've got a Tall Pirate in this movie that could conquer countries."--"Don't be scared of the pirates."

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Senyo Amoaku shines alongside an All-Star cast as the "Tall Pirate" in Sylvester Stallone's highly anticipated ensemble/action war film, "The Expendables", this film set review by Nola.com breaks down a night of filming in New Orleans, LA. Where Senyo worked with Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Dolph Lundgren.

And in this movie -- built around an oversized cast, shot upon oversized sets and utilizing oversized weapons -- .22 caliber is unacceptably puny. Because the $80 million "The Expendables" is not small. It's really big.

"It is very, very, very hard," writer-director-actor Stallone said, describing the shoot during a recent break, still wearing the black fatigues his character wears in the movie. "This is the hardest film -- and I know everybody says that -- (but) this is unbelievably difficult. It's just tough. There's just so much action."

Coming from a pedigreed action-film veteran with such titles as "Rocky" and "Rambo" under his belt -- not to mention their combined eight sequels (so far) -- those words mean something.

"This started out as a dark comedy; it started out as a satire," Stallone said. "Then we thought, 'Let's make a really hard R' -- then I go back. It constantly was being just brutally changed. It wasn't until a week before filming that I said, 'Let's just make it this kind of movie.'"

And what is "this kind of movie"?

It's a high-adrenaline, well-muscled buddy picture in which Stallone, Jason Statham, Li and their team of mercenaries -- which includes Lundgren, mixed-martial-arts champ Randy Couture and NFL-player-turned-actor Terry Crews -- tackle the types of missions normally reserved for people whose combat boots and MREs come compliments of Uncle Sam.

Their missions come to them through a grease-monkey intermediary named Tool (played by Mickey Rourke).

"Let's say we dug up 'The Wild Bunch' and gave them one more shot," Stallone said. "These guys don't fit in this kind of world. They are 'The Expendables.' That's why they're called that."

Impressive stuff, to be sure -- but nowhere near as impressive as the film's alpha-male cast. In addition to Stallone, Statham, Li, Lundgren, Crews, Couture and Rourke, it also includes former pro wrestler Steve Austin and Oscar nominee Eric Roberts. There is a cameo by Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as a double-secret cameo from another action star, Planet Hollywood co-owner Bruce Willis.

"We've got some tough men in this movie," Stallone said. "I mean some bad-asses, trust me. The Pirates -- you think I'm joking? "We've got a Tall Pirate in this movie that could conquer countries. I went to Brazil and got the baddest, toughest mercenary group. It's staggering. Every one of them would just take all of us and snap us like spaghetti, and they're extras."

Earlier in the night, and for much of the previous one, Stallone spent time choreographing the film's action-packed opening sequence, in which his titular team of mercenaries settles a hostage crisis with Somali pirates led by Senyo Amoaku in the only way they know how: loudly.

("Don't be scared of the pirates," unit publicist Sheryl Main whispered unconvincingly to a group of set visitors.)

A motley band of mahogany hulks wearing tattered shirts and permanent scowls, the pirates are ranked high among the bad-asses to whom Stallone was referring. When the cast and crew sat down for lunch, these guys had a table to themselves.

Even Crews -- who spent seven seasons as an NFL defensive end and linebacker -- found himself wide-eyed at the sheer scope of the action in "The Expendables."

"Everything is intimidating, dude," Crews said. "This is crazy."

Senyo Amoaku has been acting professionally since 2004, he has starred in national campaigns for DiGiorno's Pizza, EA Sports/Wii, AOL and on hit network series from NBC (Heroes) and CBS (Gary Unmarried).

After meeting with Sylvester Stallone in 2009, and undergoing a rigorous training regiment, Senyo arrived in Harahan, LA, prepared for the role of a lifetime. As a leader of a pack of ruthless sea pirates, Senyo delivers a power-packed performance as a memorable villain trading unpleasantries opposite Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li along with their group of legendary mercenaries in Lionsgate's "The Expendables".

The action blockbuster "The Expendables" explodes into theatres on August 13, 2010.

For interviews or press inquiries regarding Senyo Amoaku's dominating supporting role in "The Expendables", including being honored with the opening line of dialogue ("Drop your guns!") in the theatrical trailer, please contact his manager Sharon Holleran.

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