Sylvester Stallone Says He Nearly Died Making Rocky IV: ‘I Was Going to Be Talking to Angels’

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Sylvester Stallone is reflecting on the making of his 1985 movie Rocky IV in a brand new documentary.

The actor, 75, has launched The Making of Rocky vs. Drago by Sylvester Stallone on his YouTube channel the place he recalled his first day of filming a struggle scene with Dolph Lundgren, who portrayed Rocky’s important competitor Ivan Drago within the sequel.

Describing his first day of filming with Lundgren, Stallone stated, “The first thing we shot [was] my entrance, his entrance and the introductions and then I got really injured during the fight and I had to be flown into intensive care to California from Canada.”

Stallone stated he had inspired Lundgren, an actor and martial artist, to indicate his “dominance” within the scene in opposition to Rocky.

“Well, he pulverized me,” Stallone stated. “And I didn’t feel it in the moment but later that night my heart started to swell. My blood pressure went up to 260 and I was going to be talking to angels, next thing I know I’m on this emergency, low-altitude flight. I’m in intensive care surrounded by nuns and then after that, I had to go back and finish the fight.”

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Stallone stated he stayed within the intensive care unit for 4 days earlier than returning to movie the ultimate struggle within the film. He additionally revealed that Lundgren’s punch to his chest is “what’s in the original movie.” 

“How could you take that out?” he stated within the documentary. 

Stallone inspired followers to look at the documentary in an Instagram publish on Tuesday, writing within the caption, “If you haven’t seen this documentary, you should. If you really wanna know what goes on in the filmmakers mind, what really creates the amazing images, and hopefully the excitement …. So watch this documentary, I believe it’s the best one ever done on the subject because you will be there in the moment. #YOUTUBE.COM/SLYSTALLONESHOP.”

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The actor created the Rocky franchise and has starred in eight movies inside the franchise. The upcoming ninth installment, Creed III, starring Michael B. Jordan, won’t characteristic Stallone, in accordance with a report by The Hollywood Reporter.

Stallone is difficult at work in making a fourth Expendables movie (which Lundgren will even be in) and a Demolition Man sequel, which he revealed in May 2020 throughout an Instagram Live Q&A.

“We’re working on it right now with Warner Bros., and it’s looking fantastic,” Stallone stated on the time. “So that should come out. That’s going to happen.”