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Rambo’s Original Ending Suits Tarantino Much More Than It Did Stallone

Quentin Tarantino has hinted that he would be interested in directing a remake of the Sylvester Stallone classic Rambo movie First Blood, and such a project would be a great way to use the film’s original intended ending. In the David Morrell novel that First Blood was based on, Rambo dies at the end, but this is changed in the film script, which was co-written by Stallone, Michael Kozoll and William Sackheim. The change worked for Stallone’s persona, and created the Rambo franchise, but the more downbeat original ending would be perfect for a Tarantino remake.

The First Blood novel was a hit thriller that portrayed Rambo as a violent psychopath motivated by a sense of humiliation and desire for a good death. In Morrell’s version, Rambo dies during a confrontation with sheriff William Teasle. As one of the biggest ’80s action stars, Stallone had influence into how the character was portrayed in the film, and made him more sympathetic. These changes included making Rambo not directly kill police and National Guardsmen, and giving him a first name, John. The biggest change, however, was allowing Rambo to live in the end, which provided a more positive ending and led to four sequels. This shift made sense for Stallone, who was known for crowd-pleasing action movies, and gave him a second franchise alongside Rocky.

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However, the original ending would be perfect for a potential Tarantino First Blood. In an interview on The Big Picture podcast, Tarantino described how he would remake First Blood with a script more faithful to the original book, starring Adam Driver as Rambo and Kurt Russell as Teasle. This lead to speculation that such a remake could be Tarantino’s final film, as the filmmaker has long stated that he would retire after his tenth feature, with 2019’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood being his ninth. Tarantino’s films are well-known for their bloody action as well as scripts that pull no punches. He also isn’t afraid to end movies with the deaths of protagonists, as in Reservoir Dogs and The Hateful Eight, which end with their entire casts dying in orgies of violence. Viewers would expect a Tarantino First Blood to be more violent and nihilistic than the Stallone original, and ending with Rambo’s death would certainly be a way to do that.

Quentin Tarantino in Desperado.

The original ending would also fit with Tarantino’s interest in disrupting well-known narratives. Both Inglorious Basterds and Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood end with the protagonists changing well-established history by killing Hitler in a cinema and saving Sharon Tate from the Manson clan respectively. This device creates the sense of playful narrative transgression and defiance of expectations that has made Tarantino such a distinct cinematic voice. Having Rambo die at the end of his First Blood would be a similar move. While First Blood is not historically based, and Rambo’s death would actually be more faithful to the original, the Stallone version is more well-known. Rambo’s death would subvert audience expectations in the way that Tarantino loves.

Based on Tarantino’s comments, it seems unlikely that his version of First Blood will end up being made. He describes this project as what he would do if he “just wanted to make a good movie”, but suggests that he is interested in something more ambitious for his final feature. But First Blood’s original ending would be perfect for a Tarantino film, suiting him far more than Stallone.

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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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