EntertainmentSylvester Stallone on That Time His Rocky IV Co-Star Nearly Killed Him
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“And then Dolph Lundgren walked in, and I hated him immediately.”
That’s how Sylvester Stallone recalled meeting his Rocky IV co-star for the first time, back when he was preparing to film the 1985 sequel. Interestingly, that was also why Lundgren got the part of boxer Rocky Balboa’s towering, stone-faced Soviet nemesis Ivan Drago, Stallone told a raptaudience during a lengthy discussion of his career on Friday: “I had to find a superhuman being as an opponent, someone who would be overwhelming.” Wondering why he found himself thinking such negative thoughts about the actor, Stallone said that he realized, “Oh, that’s right, he’s perfect … This is what I would imagine they would create as an athlete — someone who is literally perfect. Indestructible. Shoulders, calves, forearms, giant butt, neck, back, everything.”
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Sylvester Stallone Kept the Two Turtles from Rocky — And They're Now 44! Sylvester Stallone is dropping some major behind the scenes knowledge on his Instagram account. The actor, 72, shared a photo of himself with turtles Cuff and Link on his Instagram page on May 5. In the post, he revealed they’ve been with him since his 1976 film Rocky. Not only are Cuff and Link still alive and living a life of relative peace and splendor, but they also made their film comeback in Stallone’s 2018 film Creed II.
The actor also recounted the time that Lundgren nearly killed him during the filming of their big fight scene in the film. “He hit me so hard he almost stopped my heart,” he said. “I told him, ‘Why don’t we just do it? Just try to knock me out. Really cut loose as hard as you can.’ That was a really stupid thing to say. Next thing I know, I’m on a low altitude plane to the emergency room, and I’m in intensive care for four days. And there are all these nuns around.”
Stallone was in Cannes to participate in a career overview and also present some footage from his upcoming sequel Rambo V: Last Bloodahead of a black-tie red carpet gala screening of a restored print of the 1982 hit First Blood, the movie that first introduced the John Rambo character to moviegoers. And while the idea of a festival known for its high-minded ideas about cinematic art and its left-wing politics honoring the guy who made his name with rah-rah pseudo-Reaganite entertainment might seem off-message, the screaming throngs that greeted Stallone and the insane lines waiting to get into his talk at the 1068-seat Salle Debussy would suggest otherwise.
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Rambo is back, and he wants you and everyone to know that "death is coming" for you in the first look at Sylvester Stallone in "Rambo: Last Blood." The fifth film in the "Rambo" franchise sees Stallone gearing up for revenge as he reprises the role of John Rambo. The former Green Beret travels to Mexico to save a friend's daughter who has been kidnapped by the Mexican cartel. And why yes, the whole trailer is set to the tune of "Old Town Road," how did you guess? "I've lived in a world of death. I've watched people I've loved dying, some fast with a bullet, some not enough left to bury," Stallone says in the first trailer.
As something of a Stallone skeptic, I enjoyed the actor’s garrulousness and humility. He admitted that he recognized his limitations early in life: He had a slurred way of speaking thanks to a forceps accident at birth as well as a physical type that didn’t portend a future in showbiz. He recalled that watching the utterly wooden Steve Reeves in Hercules Unchained — “one of the worst actors in the world, even though he had a great body” — convinced him that he too could pursue this line of work. “The top of my head exploded,” Stallone recalled. “There it is. That’s my future. I was about 12 and a half years old … I started to work on my body.”
Despite starring in and writing a Best Picture winner (and garnering two Oscar nominations) early in his career and becoming one of America’s biggest stars by the 1980s, Stallone has always given off the sense of someone animated by an ongoing desire to be taken seriously. He noted that his occasional attempts at career reinvention haven’t always gone well: “I try not to go outside my box too much. Every time I venture away from it, I wind up doing Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.” Still, he has understandably fond memories of James Mangold’s 1996 film Cop Land, in which he played a partially deaf, melancholy cop, a role he said he took on to demonstrate his versatility and break free of action roles.
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The actor himself suggested that the politics surrounding the character of John Rambo were more a figment of others’ imaginations than his own. Describing himself as a “political atheist,” he said he was taken by surprise when then-President Ronald Reagan evoked the character of the traumatized, brutal Vietnam veteran as a kindred spirit. “I hadn’t even voted before,” Stallone said. “I’m not a political animal, I never have been.” However, researching the plight of veterans, and learning about their high rate of suicide, prompted Stallone to revise the character of Rambo, who was initially written as a deranged killing machine (and who dies at the end of David Morrell’s original 1972 novel First Blood), into someone viewers could look up to.
It might be interesting, however, to see Stallone turn the politics of his aging heroes on their heads. He suggested that one way to keep the character of Rocky Balboa going might be to give the story an immigration-related twist. “I have a great idea for Rocky. He finds this fellow here who’s in the country illegally and everything. It becomes a whole thing … When you literally throw him out of the country, and he’s in another world, it could work. I ain’t gonna do it, but it could work.” He also said that the new Rambo movie will see the character with something of a surrogate Mexican-American family, so expect some hot takes when that actually opens later this year.
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Thomas Biedenharn was found dead in his Lawrenceburg, Indiana home last year. Police are still working to find who killed him. Biedenharn was from the Elder class of 1962. He was a standout center for the 1960-1961 basketball team lauded as one of the best in school history. He went on to play at the University of Cincinnati. He was 73 when Indiana State Police say he was killed. Since then no arrests have been made. "This case is challenging as we are past the one year anniversary with no arrests yet and we are still waiting on the person who has the key tip in this case to come forward," Sgt.
I think my favorite Stallone anecdote from his talk came when he revealed that his inspiration for The Expendables franchise — in which he starred alongside the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and, yes, Dolph Lundgren — was a terrible rock revival he and his wife went to at the Hollywood Bowl. “We see the Righteous Brothers, but one’s dead, so it’s just one brother. And it’s the Young Rascals and they’re really old rascals. And there’s a group called Three Dog Night, and it’s, like, one dog. And these guys are horrible. My wife says, ‘This is crap.’ I go, ‘You’re right, it is crap. But why is it sold out?’”
That’s when it hit him: “You wouldn’t pay five cents to see one of them. But if I said to you, ‘I’m gonna show you all your favorites from your childhood,’ you’ll go, ‘Oh s--t, I’ll see that. That’s got to be weird.’” So, Stallone decided to assemble various ass-kicking stars from the 1980s and ‘90s and put them all together, as a creaky nostalgia tour variation on the disposable action flick. “It’s a curiosity thing,” he observed. “And that’s how it came about. From watching a horrible music concert.” It was almost — almost — enough to make me want to watch an Expendables movie again.
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Tony Bellew: From the Hollywood star to the world
boxing champion - From rags to millionaires, from street fighters to boxing champions. These are the stories that Hollywood loves. Everything was different in the case of Tony Bellew.
Even before he became world champion in real life, he played in the Rocky spin-off "Creed" on the side of Sylvester Stallone a boxing champion.
Review: When Bellew's cell phone rang on an August 2014 event, the "bomber" was somewhat annoyed. The glowing fan of Everton was currently annoyed by his team's 3-6 clash with Chelsea. The phone call made even the ill-tempered Bellew laugh.Hollywood knocks on
"Hey Tony, I'm calling on behalf of MGM and Sylvester Stallone, would you play a World Champion in the next Rocky movie?", Asked a voice that later turned out to be that of a Hollywood director.
"I thought he was kidding me, but I wanted to play the game, it was fun, that's why I did not hang up right away," Bellew recalled in The Independent."career jump board" FC Everton
And so after a few phone calls from the ambitious boxer Tony Bellew actually the fictional world champion "Ricky Conlan" from the seventh "Rocky" strip.
Why Stallone's choice fell on Bellew? "Rocky" is like the "bomber" passionate supporter of Everton FC. His love even goes so far that the actor had ever toyed with the idea of buying the club.
Not his boxing skills but his love of football brought Bellew to the big screen. Luck is part of it too.boxing career temporarily put on hold
The shooting took three months. For three months, when he asked Stallone a hole in his stomach, he was inspired. But also three months in which he put his boxing career on hold. A risk. With advanced 31 years. Bellew's calculation worked.
Because his sporting success story began after his trip to the film business. It was the extra dose of motivation that Bellew had obviously needed to make it through the ring.Hollywood screenplay becomes reality
In the "Rocky" movie the Liverpool player alias Conlan boxed at Goodison Park Stadium, the home of Everton. Then the father of three knew: "In real life I want that, too."
He returned, trained harder than ever, won five consecutive fights and finally won a Cruiserweight World Champion title in May last year with a TKO win over Ilunga Makabu. Of course, at Goodison Park. The Hollywood script became reality.Next stop heavyweight
And Bellew has licked blood. Now wants the 1.91 -meter man who had once started in the light heavyweight to conquer the premier class.
How realistic this goal is, is already on 4 March (live on ranFIGHTING.de) show. In the London O2 Arena Bellew rises against the former heavyweight world champion David Haye in the ring.
A suicide mission, experts say. Even the English bookmakers hardly give Bellew a chance. But he wants to use - as in the cheesiest Hollywood script.
More about this event and martial arts around the clock you can find on ranFIGHTING.de.
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