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Who Stallone Would Recast In His Iconic Roles (Including Gosling As Rambo)

Sylvester Stallone has played many iconic characters throughout his career, and here’s which actors he would pick for recasting those parts. Stallone was a struggling actor before the success of 1976’s Rocky, which he also wrote. He was famously offered handsome sums of money to sell the screenplay so a more established star could play the titular role, but Stallone insisted only he could do it. Rocky remains arguably his most famous character, but he’s played several others too.

John Rambo debuted in the 1972 novel First Blood, and while everyone from Al Pacino to Steven McQueen was considered for the movie adaptation, Stallone was eventually hired. Rambo would soon become the poster boy for ’80s action cinema with his headband, combat knife and bazooka. While they didn’t spawn Stallone movie franchises, the likes of Demolition Man, Cobra and Cliffhanger rank high with fans of the actor too.

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Outside of Karl Urban inheriting the role of Judge Dredd, none of Stallone’s most famous parts have been played by other performers. During a 2015 chat with Yahoo, Stallone himself gave his recasting suggestions for his most famous parts.

Stallone’s Picks For Recasting His Most Famous Roles

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Ryan Gosling as John Rambo

Ryan Gosling as Sierra Six

While promoting The Gray Man, Ryan Gosling revealed himself to be a major fan of Stallone’s action movies. The actor would no doubt be flattered to hear Stallone suggest him for the role of Rambo then, which even he admits is “Kind of an odd choice, right?” Stallone famously suggested most of Rambo’s dialogue be deleted from First Blood to make the character more mysterious, so the actor might have been thinking of Gosling’s near-mute turn in Drive while making his choice.

Jake Gyllenhaal as Cobra

Jake Gyllenhaal screaming into a mirror in Nightcrawler

Cobra – which might get a TV spin-off – was basically Stallone’s attempt to make his version of “Dirty” Harry, from the character’s morals right down to the casting of Dirty Harry co-stars Andrew Robinson and Reni Santoni in supporting roles. Stallone suggested Jake Gyllenhaal as his pick as he “Had a dark side” as a performer and could pull off the intensity of the obsessive detective, as seen in the likes of 2014’s Nightcrawler.

Channing Tatum as John Spartan / The “Demolition Man”

Channing Tatum as Magic Mike

Demolition Man was Stallone’s 1993 futuristic action blockbuster, where his disgraced cop is thawed out to battle Wesley Snipes villain. For that role, Stallone chooses Channing Tatum for the recasting, both for his physique and – no doubt – his ability to play both action and comedy.

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Tom Cruise as Cliffhanger’s Gabe Walker

tom cruise as ethan hunt rock climbing mission impossible 2

Another 1993 blockbuster from Stallone saw his character Gabe Walker face off with a group of thieves in the Rocky Mountains. While mulling over this recasting, Stallone – who will play a superhero in Samaritan – mused “You need a psycho for that! Whose not afraid of heights!” With that in mind, he probably thought of Tom Cruise’s infamous climbing sequence from Mission: Impossible II, which later kicked off his obsession with performing his own stunts. Of all the recastings mentioned above, a Cliffhanger reboot with Cruise sounds the most exciting.

Dwayne Johnson as Over The Top’s Lincoln Hawk

Dwayne Johnson looking suspiciously at someone

While stretching the “iconic character” label slightly, arm-wrestling epic Over The Top still has its devotees. For Linc, Stallone suggested the role needed a real “beast,” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson quickly springing to mind. It could be argued Johnson would be a better fit for that role than even Sylvester Stallone himself.

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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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