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

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone
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2008 is Rambo not that many would describe it as “a good time at the movies.” It’s not “cool,” but it doesn’t have any “vibes.” What it has it hands are being blown off, children are being burned to unconsciousness, and throat slits are enough to make a master like a jealous MacGruber. However, according to The Hollywood ReporterIn a fascinating new interview with Stallone, the third brutal sequel is what Stallone considers “his best film”.

“One of the films I’m most proud of – it’s the best film I’ve ever done because it’s so true – is Rambo IV“They are fighting Burma, where they have had a civil war for 67 years,” said Stallone The Hollywood Reporter. But I was very happy because the movie was very violent. And it’s violent. It’s terrible. They are children being burned alive. That’s what makes civil war more difficult than anything: It’s your neighbor, suddenly, killing you. I really enjoyed this movie, and I didn’t think it would make it to the theaters. I thought, ‘They’re not going to show this.'”

Even Stallone was happy to wait more than two decades for the sequel Rambo III, the studio wanted to make one very quickly and was willing to pay through the nose. Stallone said that wchickens were asked for the first time Rambo IVhe finally refused to return his biggest payday, being the song of $34 million.

The Hollywood Reporter: What’s the most you’ve ever been paid for this job?

Stallone: I refused 34.

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

SS: We were doing Rambo III. We thought it was going to be a big hit – this one hadn’t come out yet. And I got paid a lot of money for it. Then they go, “We want Rambo IV.” Here it is: Pay or play, 34. ” I’m going, “Let’s not jump the gun here…”

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

SS: True. That is not a joke. Oh boy, what a fool. Now I think about it and… wow.

Perhaps it was the rejection of such a large amount of money that made Stallone focus on his competition with fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, unknowingly costing the world money to pay for it. Stop! Or My Mother Will Shoot in 1992.”Stop! Or My Mother Will Shoot it should be like Throw Mom on the Train and women like this really bad job,” Stallone said. “In fact, You hire the best woman in Hollywood, Estelle Getty, who you want to be your mother. That’s the end of it! Also, I heard that Schwarzenegger is going to do this movie, and I said, ‘Let me defeat him.’ I think he made me. ” Schwarzenegger confirmed the story, telling a Journalist that the story was “100% true.”

“In those days, we did all kinds of crazy things to get ahead of our competition,” he said Terminator Star said. ” Fortunately for us and the rest, today, we have each other. Thank God, because we certainly do not need each other. Stop! Or My Mother Will Shoot.”

Unfortunately Arnold, by simply evoking the title of the filmeverything 10-part Netflix series based on the origin of Stallone’s character Joe Bomowski and Liam Hemsworth apparently greenlit, made, and madeotten.

Read the full interview with Stallone at The Hollywood Reporter.

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