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The 2 Reasons Sylvester Stallone Hardly Talks In The Rambo Movies

Sylvester Stallone does not speak much in the Rambo movies, and this was a key creative choice for the franchise. John Rambo first appeared in David Morrell’s 1972 novel First Blood, about a PTSD-stricken Vietnam veteran who is pushed over the edge after being arrested by abusive small town cops. First Blood was subsequently adapted into the 1982 movie of the same name, with Sylvester Stallone portraying John Rambo.

First Blood became a major hit, and spawned the Rambo action movie franchise, with Stallone returning in all four sequels and even directing 2008’s Rambo. One noticeable trait about Stallone’s portrayal of Rambo is the character’s relatively minimal dialogue. As it turns out, this grew out of Rambo’s harrowing psychological experiences.

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Rambo’s Minimal Dialogue Was A Story ChoiceSylvester Stallone as Rambo

On his First Blood DVD commentary, David Morrell explains the thought process behind Rambo not speaking much, with the first reason being that in dealing with the long-term psychological effects of his experiences in Vietnam “That he wouldn’t really have a lot to say.” Morrell even reveals on the commentary that “there is one draft of the script in which Rambo has no dialogue at all, until the very end when he explodes in this great speech”, which further highlights the dark nature of Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo.

Additionally, Morrell reveals that First Blood’s Rambo dialogue being kept to a minimum was a commercial consideration. As Morrell states, “They thought if we lowered the amount of dialogue that was at work here, not just for Rambo but for everybody, and keep it at a fairly visceral level of dialogue, that it would be easier to dub into other languages.” While a lack of riveting dialogue can be a point of criticism in movies, in the case of the Rambo franchise, it was a smart decision.

Why Rambo Barely Speaking Works For The Franchise

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For all of his apparent outward invincibility, John Rambo is a very vulnerable character and a deeply scarred man due to his wartime experiences, with Rambo only killing one character in First Blood despite his reputation as the ultimate killing machine. In being such a damaged person, Rambo makes efforts to shut himself off from other people. General Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) and Gabriel Betran (Yvette Monreal) in the Rambo: Last Blood movie are some of the only close relationships he forms, with Rambo otherwise being a loner, which makes his frequent silence easier to understand.

Additionally, for a man like Rambo who naturally has little to say, whenever he does speak, it is very frequently in the aim of emphasizing a point. This is why Rambo’s impassioned monologue in the ending of Rambo: First Blood Part II, or other similar speeches in the Rambo franchise, land with as much impact as they do. John Rambo’s words and perspective on the world hit hard in the Rambo franchise, and maximizing the impact of Rambo’s thoughts when he shares them is why the series keeps his dialogue in check.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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