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Action star and actor Sylvester Stallone is not mincing words after this week. The 69 year old action hero is officially retiring from the role of Rambo according to a new interview with Variety
“The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!,’” says Stallone. “It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.”
The character, based David Morell's 1972 novel, "First Blood", spawned four films with Stallone in the title role between 1982 and 2008, with the latter, Rambo, reinvigorating an already decades-hardened fanbase of R-rated action cinema. “You know when you realize there’s nothing more to pull out?” said the actor. “As an action film, I was very satisfied that it dealt with the Burmese situation. It had one foot in a current event, the longest civil war in history, 65 years at that time. It was so brutal, which civil war is, I was shocked they even gave me an R-rating. I didn’t want to compromise. I said, ‘This is probably going to be the last decent film of this genre that I’m going to do as a solo act.’ When that was accomplished, I never felt the same willingness to do it again.”
Stallone, who has been busy as of late with The Expendables franchise among a number of titles, was also up to star in a fifth potential film which took on a few forms in its development, with one such iteration now shaping up as a television series for Fox as Rambo: New Blood. Updates were still pretty uncertain, apparently right up until last month as reports began surfacing regarding Stallone's detachment from the series. “I don’t want to cast aspersions,” he said, “but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son. I’ve seen the son of Flicka, the son of Tarzan, the son of King Kong, the son of Godzilla. It’s a very difficult premise.”
So, as it stands, Stallone has no involvement with the series, and as of today, the character entirely, which essentially means no more Stallone as Rambo. Thus, the question remains aside from a small chuckle over casting Ryan Gosling as a potential replacement, who could play Rambo should another movie come to pass?
We await that answer while we lean closer to seeing if Fox can achieve what the former patriarch of the Rambo saga says is virtually impossible. Stay tuned!
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
Whether you go into director George Nolfi's new movie, Birth Of The Dragon, for its martial arts action or any historical substance you can scrape, if past reviews and reactions have anything to say for it, its unlikely the film will be as fulfilling in its delivery. The film was assailed by critics after debuting in Toronto late last year and even moreso when the film's trailer arrived introducing what some feel is a tone-deaf transposition to film based on the legendary contest between two iconic athletes, one of whom would soon ascend to greatness in the years ahead.
That moment was the very fight between fledgeling action film hero Bruce Lee and Shaolin martial artist Wong Jack Man, etched in history as a fight between two distinct ideologies for which the outcome remains a recorded mystery to date. Front and center is American-born Hong Kong actor and martial artist Phillip Ng (Once Upon A Time In Shanghai) making his Hollywood debut opposite actor Yu Xia (Mojin: The Los…
You've seen him play the Game Of Death opposite Bruce Lee in the late martial arts star's final film. You've watched him go down in the iconic bar room brawl as "Sticks" in Out For Justice. You might have even caught him in a heartfelt and defining moment in the finale scene of David Mamet's 2008 martial arts drama, Redbelt.
Or, if you're immersed in the martial arts niche enough then you've likely given a glance at martial arts legend, Dan Inosanto, in various viral self-defense videos online or in segments from the many documentaries he's been featured in within the last few decades, namely Jay Ignacio's The Bladed Hand: The Global Impact of the Filipino Martial Arts or Pete McCormack's I Am Bruce Lee. For certain, the actor and ardent teacher and FMA mainstay's relevance is guaranteed this week with the news of a new biopic based on the Guro's little-known life and history which includes helping the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bow…