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The Ridiculous Rambo 4 Idea That Stallone Thankfully Rejected

Long before Rambo 4 finally hit the big screen in 2008, Sylvester Stallone rejected a ridiculous, Die Hard-inspired concept that wouldn’t have fit the franchise. Rambo III was briefly the most expensive movie ever produced when it arrived in 1988, but its large budget combined with a lower than expected haul saw the franchise go dormant for two decades. Stallone himself was unhappy with the third movie too, and while he considered a few concepts in the years that followed for another sequel, there were none he was very excited about.

One concept would have found Rambo returning to his hometown in Arizona to reconnect with his brother, who would have been the town sheriff. Unfortunately, both Rambo’s sibling and other residents wanted nothing to do with him following the events of First Blood – which Kirk Douglas quit – until a gang of convicts arrive during a hurricane to seek revenge on his brother. Other pitches included Rambo working with Greenpeace against environmental terrorists or another idea where his wife and child are kidnapped by Neo-Nazis and he had to rescue them.

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The rights to the Rambo series also fell into the hands of Miramax for a time, run by the now notorious Weinstein brothers. They were eager to get Rambo 4 off the ground, but it appears their fundamental misunderstanding of the character – whom they believed to just be a violent mercenary – was one reason this didn’t come to pass. According to author David Morrell at The Flashback Files, he was asked to meet with Bob Weinstein, who pitched him various concepts like Rambo fighting in Iraq and uncovering a treasure. Stallone himself revealed another pitch from Miramax where Rambo – who had his darkest kill in the fourth movie – had to rescue hostages from Presidential retreat Camp David.

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Recalling this decarded Rambo 4 idea, Stallone stated to IGN of the pitch that “He goes, “We’ve got this great idea where Camp David’s attacked.” I go, “I’m out.” It just can’t be.” To the actor’s mind, a core part of Rambo involved nature, and he felt Camp David was a terrible setting for a sequel. Presumably, this would have seen Rambo having to rescue the President too, which may have leaned into the patriotic side of the character, but likely would have been cheesy in execution.

Stallone’s quick rejection of the Rambo 4 Camp David concept seems to have stalled the movie, though Stallone’s waning career at the time probably didn’t help either. It was only when Stallone – who rejected a UHF cameo – began reading about the real-life conflict in Burma that he found a setting he felt satisfied with, resulting in 2008’s Rambo. Given that Rambo is considered one of the best of the series, this was a smart call.

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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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