HOLLYWOOD — In what many are calling an absolute touch of genius, producers behind the fourth film in the Expendables franchise, Expend4bles, made the brilliant decision to incorporate the numbered order of the film into the movie’s title.
“Yeah uhhhh I dunno, it just came to me in a dream or somethin’, I think,” said Sylvester Stallone. “The ways I sees it is, it’s the fourth movie in the series, and the number 4? It kinda looks like the letter ‘A’ a little bit if you’ve been really sleep-deprived or punched in the head a lotta times.”
It’s not just Hollywood, though. Many different industries have been incorporating the practice for years.
“Well y’see, it was the second game in the Banjo-Kazooie series, and we just had an absolutely mad idea,” said Tim Stamper, co-founder of Rare. “Get this: we called it Banjo-Tooie. ‘Cos it’s like number two, but it’s also ‘too’, which means another, as in another Banjo-Kazooie game. It’s bloody brilliant, innit?!”
Executives in Hollywood tend to encourage the practice as much as possible.
“We’ve been chasing this high ever since 2 Fast 2 Furious. I can’t believe we got away with doing it twice in the same movie!” said Peter Cramer, president of Universal Pictures. “It alleviates any confusion within the audience whatsoever, who are definitely too stupid to know that they might be watching a sequel. And hey, who doesn’t love a good pun, am I right?”
At press time, test audiences have reportedly had great difficulty trying to pronounce the name Expend4bles.