Sylvester Stallone turned down $34 million for Rambo IV in 1988

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone
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2008’s Rambo is not what most would describe as a “good time in the movies.” It’s not a “chill hang,” nor does it have “vibes.” What it has to be hands are blown off, children are burned to a crisp, and enough throats are torn to make a master like MacGruber jealous. Still, according to The Hollywood Reporterhis fascinating new interview with Stallone, the hyper-awesome third sequel is the one Stallone considers his “best action movie.”

“One film I’m really proud of – it’s the best action film I’ve ever done because it’s the most real – is Rambo IVdeal with Burma, where they’ve had a civil war for 67 years,” Stallone told The Hollywood Reporter. “But I was excoriated because the movie is so violent. And it’s violent. It’s horrible. It’s children being burned alive. That’s what makes the civil war worse than anything else: it’s your neighbor who kills you suddenly. I was really happy with that movie, and I never thought it would ever reach the theater. I thought, ‘They’ll never show that’.”

While Stallone was happy to wait more than two decades for the follow-up Rambo III, the studio wanted to make one much faster and was willing to pay through the nose for it. Stallone said that wthen he was first asked about it Rambo IVHe finally turned down his biggest payday ever, to the tune of $34 million.

The Hollywood Reporter: What’s the most you’ve been paid for a role?

Stallone: I refused 34.

THR: You turned down $34 million?! For which movie?

SS: We were doing Rambo III. We thought it was going to be the biggest hit – this was before it came out. And I was paid a fortune for it. Then they go, “We want Rambo IV. Here it is: Pay or play, 34. I go, “Let’s not jump the gun here…”

THR: And that is in 1980 dollars. [Factoring inflation, $34 million would now be approximately $85 million].

SS: For real. That’s not a joke. Oh boy, what an idiot. Now I think about it and…wow.

Perhaps it was the rejection of such a fat pile of money that led Stallone to focus too much on his rivalry with fellow hardened action star Arnold Schwarzenegger, which the world inadvertently doomed to endure Hold up! Or my mother will shoot in 1992.”Hold up! Or my mother will shoot was to be so Throw Momma off the train with the mother as this really nasty piece of work,” Stallone said. “Instead, you hire the most beautiful woman in Hollywood, Estelle Getty, who you wish was your mother. That’s the end! Also, I had heard that Schwarzenegger was going to do that movie, and I said, ‘I’ll beat him for it.’ I think he set me up. ” Schwarzenegger confirmed the story, tell the Reporter that the story was “100% true”.

“In those days, we did all kinds of crazy things to get ahead in our rivalry,” De Terminator said star.” Lucky for us and everyone else, today, we root for each other. Thank you, because we certainly never need another Hold up! Or my mother will shoot.”

Unfortunately for Arnold, by simply recalling the title of the filma whole 10-part Netflix series based on the origin of Stallone’s character Jo Bomowski with Liam Hemsworth was after all green light, produced, and forgOtten.

Read the full interview with Stallone The Hollywood Reporter.

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