Ted Kotcheff Praises Sly at Recent “First Blood” Screening

 Ted Kotcheff and David Frison

Recently SZoner, David (Soop) Frison was able to attend a screening of FIRST BLOOD which was the last of three Ted Kotcheff movies presented between June 23rd and 25th at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, CA.

The opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the director was offered after the screening.

Among other anecdotes, Mr. Kotcheff had this nice thing to say about his main actor:

“As a filmmaker, Sylvester (as he likes to call him) has this thing on me that I don’t have; he really knows what the audience likes and dislikes. And so, the two major times Sylvester contributed to the success of this film, was when he said that Rambo should not kill any of the Reserve Army Men at the stand off by the cave (…) and, after all Rambo has been through during that horrible day (…), he should not die at the sheriff’s station.”


Famous artist Bill Pruitt also showed up and made Ted Kotcheff the gift of one of his paintings.



David (Soop) Frison
Actor and twice Sylvester Stallone’s movie poster body double.


Thanks to Soop for the update! – Craig