According to Sylvester Stallone, films such as the “Expendables” trilogy, “Creed” and most of the “Rambo” movies almost didn’t happen. Stallone told reporters outside the Cannes Film Festival on Friday that Dolph Lundgren almost killed him while filming “Rocky IV.” It should come as no surprise that Stallon says he asked for it — literally.
Lundgren, a Swedish-born karate champion, was auditioning for the role of Stallone’s Russian nemesis when he was noticed by Rocky himself. “Dolph Lundgren walked in, and I hated him immediately,” Stallone said. “I had to find a superhuman being as an opponent, someone who would be overwhelming.”
Stallon added: “This is what I would imagine they would create as an athlete — someone who is literally perfect. Indestructible,” Stallone recalled. “Shoulders, calves, forearms, giant butt, neck, back, everything.”
Stallone says he got more than he bargained for when the two were sparring for a scene in the film. At some point, Stallon told Lundgren to punch him as hard as he could, according to Vulture.
“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.”
The 72-year-old actor also recalled that he had issues auditioning for more serious roles as people had a hard time understanding him because of a birth defect, Fox News reported.
“I knew it was bad when Arnold Schwarzenegger said, ‘You have an accent,'” he said jokingly. “I have an accent? …They wanted another actor [to play Rocky] — Robert Redford, Jimmy Caan. They would’ve taken a kangaroo.”
Stallon was at the film festival to hype up his new film “Rambo V: Last Blood,” which is slated to hit theatres in September of this year.