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Dave Bautista Replacing Stallone Is The Rambo Reboot’s Best Shot At Success

Dave Bautista is the one actor with the greatest chance of successfully replacing Sylvester Stallone in the eventual Rambo reboot. Discussions around the potential relaunch of that iconic action franchise have escalated since Quentin Tarantino admitted to having an interest in the property. There are plenty of examples of ’80s reboots penetrating the mainstream, but there have been many failures too. If Hollywood wants to succeed with Rambo, they’ll have to be careful.

Rambo began its reign atop the ’80s action genre with the release of First Blood in 1982. Backed by the star power of Rocky’s Sylvester Stallone and the powerful source material of David Morrell’s 1972 novel, First Blood told the troubling story of a wandering Vietnam veteran caught up in the wrath of a corrupt small-town police force. The film would go on to receive four sequels and an animated series. Despite the low to average reception of those entries, Stallone’s iconic character maintained his popularity in the action hero hall of fame. Between Tarantino’s recent interest and the confirmed Bollywood remake of Rambo: First Blood, the inevitable reboot has been the subject of Hollywood speculation for years.

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With Sylvester Stallone’s role at an end, Dave Bautista is the only leading man with all the strengths necessary to maintain Rambo’s position as a beloved Hollywood character. Bautista’s film career began in the early 2010s after a few television roles and a long stint as a performer and athlete in the WWE. Since that debut, he’s added many credits to his action resume, including the part of a Bond villain in 2015’s Spectre and a recurring role as Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite this, Bautista’s name erroneously gets overlooked in discussions surrounding the Rambo reboot and who should replace Stallone.

Drax looking serious in Guardians Of The Galaxy

Rebooting First Blood isn’t as simple as finding the modern equivalent of an ’80s action hero. While Bautista has some obvious traits that would benefit the role, such as his naturally imposing physique and his familiarity with on-screen stunts, the Rambo character is more than just a red headband and a big gun. The vulnerability of Rambo, a proud but haunted Vietnam War veteran, separated him from the two-dimensional characters that populated the ’80s action genre. Unlike other reboot candidates, Bautista has already exhibited his ability to show nuance and emotion in his characters. Films like Blade Runner 2049 and TV series like Room 104 demonstrated an unexpected but genuine range from Bautista. That vulnerability saw Stallone beat out other ’80s action stars. Bautista’s range could do the same for him in the Rambo reboot.

Unfortunately for every actor interested in Stallone’s former role, relaunching the franchise isn’t as simple as replicating what came before. The Rambo films haven’t been without their problems. A reboot would need to strive to rectify those mistakes. The largest and most consistent mistake has been the series’ depiction of foreign cultures and people. The Vietnamese in Rambo 2 were portrayed as cruel bandits and the stooges of Soviet monsters. The depiction of Mexico in the franchise’s fifth entry, aptly titled Last Blood, was so offensive that even David Morrell, the creator of Rambo, hated it. Casting the Filipino Dave Bautista, an outspoken champion of representation in Hollywood, would be the perfect first step towards distancing Rambo from its legacy of stereotypes.

Without careful inspection of Rambo’s character, it may seem that any Hollywood actor could step into the role and resurrect the franchise. However, the depiction of veterans and foreign cultures in this series demands tact. If the Rambo reboot wants its best chance at success, Stallone’s character should be replaced with an actor who can embody the franchise’s good qualities while leading Rambo away from the worst. Dave Bautista is that actor.

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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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