Sam Hutchinson at ScreenRant posted Rambo: 10 Things Fans Never Knew About The Franchise. My guess is most readers here will know most of these facts. Here are my three favorites with my thoughts.
The Only Rambo To Receive An Oscar Nomination.
(Rambo: First Blood Part II was nominated for Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing. That’s right, Rambo is an Oscar-nominated film franchise. – Craig)
Rambo Was Banned In Myanmar.
(Rambo was set in Burma / Myanmar and due to the spotlight the movie brought to the treatment of many in the country, the film was banned. Hopefully some reforms came about due in at least a small part to Rambo. – Craig)
(Sly accidentally broke Alf Humphrey’s nose during First Blood filming, which is why his character is seen wearing a bandaid after Rambo’s jailhouse escape. – Craig)
To get all the facts and details click over to Rambo: 10 Things Fans Never Knew About The Franchise.
Ben Sherlock, at ScreenRant, posted They Drew First Blood: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Rambo Movies. Before you click over, here are three of my favorite facts and my comments on each…
The Fifth Movie Had A Ton Of Unused Scripts.
…A script called Rambo 5: Savage Hunt was a horror movie in which Rambo led a Special Forces team into the Arctic Circle to track down a flesh-eating mutant creature.
…Another script called Rambo 5: Last Stand pitted Rambo against a band of meth dealers who were terrorizing a small town. There were also a few drafts about Rambo saving a kidnapped girl from a Mexican cartel before the final script was written.
(The Rambo 5: Savage Hunt script was based on James Byron Huggins’ Hunter novel. While this would have made an interesting Rambo movie, it might have been too much of a genre change. I hope that someday Sly will turn Hunter into the film it deserves. Rambo 5: Last Stand sounds a lot like Arnold’s Last Stand movie. – Craig)
Dolph Lundgren Was Initially Cast As The Villain In First Blood Part II. The role of Russian Lieutenant Colonel Sergei Podovsky, the only villain in Rambo: First Blood Part II with any lines in English, was originally offered to Dolph Lundgren. Lundgren even accepted the part and signed a contract.
(I did not know this. – Craig)
…Burmese Freedom Fighters even adopted some dialogue from the movie to use as battle cries. In particular, they were known to say, “Live for nothing, or die for something.” When he heard about this, Sylvester Stallone said, “That, to me, is one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had in film.”
(And we thought people only quoted Rocky for inspiration! – Craig)
The August 4, 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly features a full page article by Mandi Bierly titled “Rambo Returns.” Here are some excerpts:
- “… production on “Rambo IV” (final title to be determined) is finally expected to commence on Oct.1 in Thailand.”
- “… finding Rambo a fresh foe was actually a serious problem…”
- Sly jokes, “Politics have changed so much. Who do we fight? The Finns? You can’t do that. The Dutch? Wooden shoes are not going to look cool.”
- So how did Sly arrive at a solution? “I called Soldier of Fortune magazine and said, ‘What is the most
critical man-doing-inhumanity-to-man situation right now in the world? Where is it?'” The answer was Burma.
- The “first draft” script was written by Sly “with Art Monterastelli (“The Hunted”)” and “finds Rambo living a monastic lifestyle in Bangkok“
- “When a group of volunteers bringing supplies into Burma disappears, a relative of one of the missing missionaries begs Rambo to find them. He heads off with a team of young guns…
“For full details, pick up the magazine! – Craig
When Sly was interviewed by Larry King a couple of weeks ago, Sly announced
that he’d signed a deal for Rambo IV.
Sly even gave away a bit of the plot when he said that it would take place in the United States, that Rambo would have a wife and child that he would have to rescue, and the
movie would be more in the vein of “First Blood” and “Deliverance.”
The fact that Rambo is returning is now everywhere. Entertainment Weekly
posted THIS report. TV Guide posted an item HERE. You can also read Rambo IV
news HERE, HERE and even HERE.
Mo writes: Long time visitor blah blah blah…thought you might like to know that DVD Review (Issue 67- July 2004) mentions a bit about Sly readying Rocky 6 and Rambo 4 for 2005. Apparently he wants John McTiernan and F Gary Gary to direct them.
[We can only hope! – Craig]
Rob Hoskins from Lexington, Kentucky e-mails: I attended last nights Tyson vs. Williams fight in Louisville. Mr. T was also in attendance and I spoke with him briefly about “Rocky VI”. He confirmed that as far as he knew the film would be made and that he quite possibly may have a role in it. He said that he most likely will not be fighting in the film, but that he had been contacted about an appearance. I was honored to have spoken face to face with my favorite Rocky opponent, Clubber Lang!
[That is not only great news, but so cool that you got to meet Mr. T. – Craig]
Thanks to both SZoners for passing along the news! – Craig Zablo
From Total Film: Guns and Ammo: STALLONE to Ressurect Rambo IV?
With mad George Dubble-Yer squatting in the White House. what better time for Hollywood to ressurect the grand-daddy of Republican chest-beating ’80’s throwbacks? Be afraid: Miramax big-wig Bob Weinstein wants to get “Rambo IV” into American cinemas for 2003. So far, RICHARD CRENNA [grumpy army fella] and BRIAN DENNEHY [grumpy smalltown sherif] have both apparently agreed to reprise their roles. with Mr. SLY uhmming and duuhing until he sees the final script, which writers’ strike permitting should be completed in late summer. “We’d love nothing more than for STALLONE to be involved. We think it’s a billion dollar franchise,” Weinstein babbled. And the plot? Depressingly Die Hardesque with Mr. Rambo taking on drug dealers hidingin a government building. And despite previous rumours pitching JACKIE CHAN as an evil drug lord, it now seems more likely he would pop up as [oh, the horror] a chopsocky Rambo buddy.
Garth over at Dark Horizons has posted several STALLONE items this past week.
On Wednesday, he scored some cool photos from the set of “Champs.” “Mr. Fast Cars & Fast Women” sent in three shots (one of which is reprinted above). Garth also printed the news from Chud.com that SLY may team with VIN DIESEL for “X vs Sever.”
On Thursday “LordBeer” submitted his report of “Champs” filming at the Target Grand Prix.
Friday saw one of the strangest items in a while… apparently JACKIE CHAN mentioned in an interview in the UK that he and SLY had been talking about teaming for “Rambo IV.”
For full details on these items check out Dark Horizons.
I certainly hope that the SLY /JACKIE CHAN / “Rambo IV” item never comes to reality!
– Craig Zablo (August 19, 2000)