Sylvester Stallone’s new movie, The Expendables, opens today. Under other circumstances, Tablet Magazine would have happily let this unremarkable display of aging meat puppets (we have heard it called “Valentine’s Day for dudes”) go by unnoticed. But Stallone challenged us, naming his character—the movie’s lead, naturally—Barney Ross. You know, like the famous Jewish boxer and subject of Douglas Century’s great Nextbook Press biography. So who would win the Battle of the Barneys? Let’s compare and contrast.
Professional boxer, gun runner, champion of the Jewish people
Displayed unusual bravery under fire in Guadalcanal, awarded the Silver Star
“A champ’s got the right to choose the way he goes out.”
Professional mercenary, gun runner, champion of Dolph Lundgren’s career
Displayed unusual bravery under fire in fighting Eric Roberts.
“We are the shadow, the smoke in your eyes, the ghosts that hide in the night.”