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Rambo no more; Sylvester Stallone plans to retire iconic role

01.05.2016

While it seems like the ROCKY franchise will continue onwards, the same unfortunately can't be said for Sylvester Stallone's other iconic role, that of John Rambo. Stallone kicked off the RAMBO franchise with FIRST BLOOD in 1982, which was followed by RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II in '85, RAMBO III in '88 and finally, RAMBO in '06. Ever since the last film was released there has been talk of another sequel, titled RAMBO: LAST BLOOD, but in a recent interview with Variety, Stallone has seemingly put a nail in Rambo's coffin by announcing that he plans to retire the character.

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.

Considering that Stallone's late entries in the ROCKY franchise (ROCKY BALBOA and CREED) proved to be quite excellent, I was looking forward to see whether he had it in him to give us another great modern-day RAMBO flick. However, if RAMBO really is the final time we see John Rambo single-handedly take on hundreds of enemies, I'd be fine with that, as is Stallone.

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?” As an action film, I was very satisfied that it [RAMBO] 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.

And what about that Rambo TV series that Fox is developing? Sylvester Stallone has already said he wasn't going to be involved and he senses that the series has a difficult time ahead of it as "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.” Even though Stallone is now done with the role, that doesn't mean that we won't see John Rambo make a return sometime in the future, after all, Hollywood loves a reboot.

Are you happy with RAMBO being the conclusion to Sylvester Stallone's Rambo saga, or were you hoping for just one more?

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Source: Variety

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3:47PM on 01/06/2016
Props to Stallone for knowing where to end this, unlike Bruce Willis with Die Hard and countless others.
Props to Stallone for knowing where to end this, unlike Bruce Willis with Die Hard and countless others.
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2:30PM on 01/06/2016

DRONES

Just had an idea, a world where drones dominate global warfare, and Rambo, who's settled down with a cambodian woman and has a baby....gets drone striked by the USA. Revenge ensues...which includes RAMBO returning to the USA and teaming up with an old friends son (who also happens to be a hacking expert) in conducting a two-tier counter-strike---1, guerilla warfare which includes killing top level officials RAMBO style, and 2, using hacking skills to disrupt the pentagon....think about it
Just had an idea, a world where drones dominate global warfare, and Rambo, who's settled down with a cambodian woman and has a baby....gets drone striked by the USA. Revenge ensues...which includes RAMBO returning to the USA and teaming up with an old friends son (who also happens to be a hacking expert) in conducting a two-tier counter-strike---1, guerilla warfare which includes killing top level officials RAMBO style, and 2, using hacking skills to disrupt the pentagon....think about it joblo's...think about it.
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2:12PM on 01/06/2016
Why can't Rambo do a "creed-esque" sequel with someone younger that can represent a young Rambo? You guys jumped on Creed's dick like a crack hoe, even though it was pretty underwhelming, and EXTREMELY overrated. Don't be hypocrites guys, the creed formula can work just as good, if not better, in the world of RAMBO.
Why can't Rambo do a "creed-esque" sequel with someone younger that can represent a young Rambo? You guys jumped on Creed's dick like a crack hoe, even though it was pretty underwhelming, and EXTREMELY overrated. Don't be hypocrites guys, the creed formula can work just as good, if not better, in the world of RAMBO.
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12:24PM on 01/06/2016
Just give sly a bow and arrow, a younger, non-gay looking co-star to carry the torch...done.
Just give sly a bow and arrow, a younger, non-gay looking co-star to carry the torch...done.
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8:35AM on 01/06/2016
"live for nothing or die for something"

The 4th installment ended perfectly in my mind. If a fifth was added, I fear we would see the demise of John Rambo.
"live for nothing or die for something"

The 4th installment ended perfectly in my mind. If a fifth was added, I fear we would see the demise of John Rambo.
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2:32PM on 01/06/2016
you mean how Balboa ended perfectly, then in Creed we saw the demise of Rocky Balboa?
you mean how Balboa ended perfectly, then in Creed we saw the demise of Rocky Balboa?
4:49PM on 01/06/2016
I agree.
I agree.
9:42AM on 01/07/2016
Spiler alert....






Who said it's the demise of Rocky, you're assuming he's already dead. Old age and disease catches up with everyone, even to our hero's. I would say its more depressing seeing Rocky just scraping by at Adrians, sitting around with no family and friends. A fight with mortality and given a new breath in life was amazing to see for the Rocky character.
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Who said it's the demise of Rocky, you're assuming he's already dead. Old age and disease catches up with everyone, even to our hero's. I would say its more depressing seeing Rocky just scraping by at Adrians, sitting around with no family and friends. A fight with mortality and given a new breath in life was amazing to see for the Rocky character.
7:21AM on 01/06/2016

I'm glad

that Sly has chosen to step away and leave Rambo on a good note. Far better to go out strong. But if I had my druthers, I'd rather that they recast the Rambo role with a new actor, than to go the Son of Rambo route. Just too much of a coincidence to accept that one.
that Sly has chosen to step away and leave Rambo on a good note. Far better to go out strong. But if I had my druthers, I'd rather that they recast the Rambo role with a new actor, than to go the Son of Rambo route. Just too much of a coincidence to accept that one.
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4:01AM on 01/06/2016
Give us a prequel with Ryan Gosling,he kinda looks like Sly when he was young. Maybe when he Rambo gets recruited and the Vietnam war. kinda like Black Ops 1 the video game
Give us a prequel with Ryan Gosling,he kinda looks like Sly when he was young. Maybe when he Rambo gets recruited and the Vietnam war. kinda like Black Ops 1 the video game
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11:06PM on 01/05/2016
Rambo (Rambo 4) is actually satisfying ending to Rambo series. Our hero finally gets his peace of mind. I haven't seen Creed yet but even Rocky Balboa (Rocky 6) is a satisfying ending to Rocky series.
Rambo (Rambo 4) is actually satisfying ending to Rambo series. Our hero finally gets his peace of mind. I haven't seen Creed yet but even Rocky Balboa (Rocky 6) is a satisfying ending to Rocky series.
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10:02PM on 01/05/2016
This is great news. John Rambo spent 4 movies just trying to get home and he finally did. That walk down the driveway at the end of Part 4 said it all.
This is great news. John Rambo spent 4 movies just trying to get home and he finally did. That walk down the driveway at the end of Part 4 said it all.
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9:39PM on 01/05/2016
I think the series had a good ending with the last film, and I'm fine if Stallone retiring the character. I'm sure the studio will try some reboot or prequel in a few years, but I can't see anybody else in the role of John Rambo.
I think the series had a good ending with the last film, and I'm fine if Stallone retiring the character. I'm sure the studio will try some reboot or prequel in a few years, but I can't see anybody else in the role of John Rambo.
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9:07PM on 01/05/2016
The last movie was difficult to watch, not because of the subject matter but the amount of gore and violence displayed on screen churned my stomach in a bad way. There were violence in the first three Rambo movies, but RAMBO was way less subtle. If and when there's another Rambo movie, I really hope they can make a much better movie without resorting to excessive display of blood and dismembered body parts.
The last movie was difficult to watch, not because of the subject matter but the amount of gore and violence displayed on screen churned my stomach in a bad way. There were violence in the first three Rambo movies, but RAMBO was way less subtle. If and when there's another Rambo movie, I really hope they can make a much better movie without resorting to excessive display of blood and dismembered body parts.
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8:22PM on 01/05/2016
The last film ended on a high note. No need to force an unnecessary sequel at this point.
The last film ended on a high note. No need to force an unnecessary sequel at this point.
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7:13PM on 01/05/2016
As shitty as it is. It is for the best. Rambo ended on a perfect note. Full circle. He came home.
As shitty as it is. It is for the best. Rambo ended on a perfect note. Full circle. He came home.
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