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Sylvester Stallone Didn’t Think Rambo 4 Would Reach Theaters

Although never giving up was a prominent theme in the Rocky franchise, Sylvester Stallone once lost hope in Rambo and its chances of reaching theaters. The Rambo franchise was a pillar of Stallone’s early career alongside the Rocky films. As much as those franchises have cemented themselves in the action film hall of fame, the success of Rambo was not always so apparent to the lead actor.

The Rambo franchise follows Stallone’s John Rambo, a retired United States Army Special Forces member who fought in the Vietnam War. His experience in the war gives him unparalleled fighting skills. However, throughout the franchise, he works through the trauma that the fighting has left him. The fourth installment, titled Rambo, follows the titular character as he is tasked with saving a group of missionaries from Burma. Rambo struggles with this, for even though he has lived in peace for years after the appropriately titled Rambo III, he is forced to do what he does best: kill bad guys.
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On the surface, this seems just another installment in the Rambo franchise. Rambo, however, did not shy away from the genocide happening in Burma at the time, as the film showed the killings of hundreds of innocent people. The violence was as much of a reason for Stallone wanting to make Rambo as it was for him thinking it would never reach the silver screen. Stallone tells The Hollywood Reporter that it was essential to show the horror of something like a civil war in the quote below:

One film I’m truly proud of – it’s the best action film I’ve ever done because it’s the most truthful – is Rambo IV, dealing with Burma, where they’ve had a civil war for 67 years. But I got excoriated because the movie’s so violent. And it is violent. It’s horrifying. It’s children being burnt alive. That’s what makes Civil War worse than anything. It’s your neighbor, all of a sudden, killing you. I was really happy with that film and I never thought it would ever reach the theater. I thought, “They’re never going to show this.”

Could Rambo 4 Come Out Today?

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Even though it has gone down in history as the most violent in the franchise, it would not be the violence that would prevent Rambo from releasing in today’s age. Today’s viewers are now more accustomed to graphic violence, such as that from Squid Games or Deadpool. That being said, the subject matter probably serves as the biggest roadblock for the hypothetical release of Rambo in 2022. Graphic images of children and innocent people getting brutally massacred are not typical Hollywood releases in 2022. Additionally, the bad guys in Rambo are all predictable and tired Asian stereotypes, and the good guys are all portrayed as white Christian men, which reads like an antiquated worldview in today’s climate.

The success of Rambo can mainly be attributed to the hype generated in the 20-year hiatus from the Rambo series. People were nostalgic about the ’80s action flick, which was usually fraught with over-the-top violence. And that feeling remains, as Stallone proved with his recent project, The Samaritan. However, that violence, when paired with the actual travesties happening in Burma at the time, makes Stallone’s earlier worries about the film warranted to say the least. Although Stallone might be right in wanting to show the grittiness of war, there is a way to do that without simplifying tragedies that actually happened.

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Source: THR

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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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