Many stories have come out in the years since Rambo last graced the screen. Stallone was apparently in seclusion writing the Rambo V script. No one knew what it might be. First, it was a TV show that Stallone would star in… Then, a hoax. Out of Comic Con – Rambo: Last Blood would see Rambo taking on ISIS. Alas, not to be trusted. In an interview with Variety, we have our answer straight from Stallone himself.
It’s over, Rock.
The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!’ It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.
There’s no more stuff left in the basement as Rocky would say. It looks like the success of Creed, with Stallone taking a less physical, more emotional role, is something he’s finally at peace with. It seems like ages ago the world seemed to mock him for coming out with Rocky Balboa and Rambo (4) at his age but he did it! Looks like he’s finally ready to throw the towel in as he should have done for Apollo in Rocky IV.
There’s nothing left. When they asked me to do another ‘Rambo,’ I said, ‘If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why’?
Stallone talked a bit more about why he thinks the last Rambo film finished things for the character:
You know when you realize there’s nothing more to pull out? 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.
Many would agree the last Rambo film was extremely visceral and maybe the second best of the franchise. Sounds like Stallone is handling his two most loveable properties with the proper care. Can you imagine if Rocky V or First Blood Part III had been these character’s swan song?
Stallone will also be letting that new Rambo TV series over at FOX do their thing without him:
I don’t want to cast aspersions. 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.
Don’t forget your son from Over The Top! You swore you would never leave Michael alone again, Hawk.
Are you guys happy Stallone is leaving well enough alone? Check out an article here to find out about the wild direction they’ll be taking Creed for the sequel and as usual, stay tuned to GeekNation for more updates!
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