EXCLUSIVE: Dolph Lundgren is telling his aspect of the story and talking of his aid after nearly killing his pal Sylvester Stallone many years in the past.
In early November, Stallone recalled the second Lundgren “pulverized” him on the set of “Rocky IV” throughout an intense boxing scene between their characters Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago.
“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,” Stallone recalled in a YouTube video. “Next thing I know I’m on this emergency, low-altitude flight. I’m in intensive care surrounded by nuns.”
Lundgren’s thunderous punch to Stallone’s chest proved to be a near-fatal expertise for Stallone, who’s now one of many Swedish actor’s closest associates in Hollywood.
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In a brand new interview with Fox News Digital, Lundgren admitted it was a “pretty serious” scenario.
“I was 10 years younger and in very good shape those days and we ended up hitting each other quite hard. When we wrapped in Vancouver where we shot the last fight he ended up in the hospital. I think he was off for about two weeks,” Lundgren recalled.
Despite the gravity of Stallone’s emergency, Lundgren insisted motion movie actors are susceptible to taking hits right here and there.
“You know, we all end up incurring all these injuries being an action star. I suppose that was one of the more interesting ones he’s been a part of,” Lundgren mentioned with a chuckle. “I’m glad he made it. Good for me.”
Stallone and Lundgren have gone on to movie a number of different movies collectively, together with the motion thriller franchise “The Expendables,” which has a fourth installment coming in 2022. The towering health fanatic mentioned his near-knockout of Stallone continues to be one thing the 2 joke about in the present day.
“Ah, we laugh about it. We both got hit in the face in that picture,” Lundgren mentioned of the 1985 movie. “In those days there were no effects so if you wanted a head shot when the sweat flies out of your hair and blood comes out of your mouth you had to shoot it. You had to do it. So we both had to take those shots but we joke about it sometimes.”
Stallone has beforehand confessed that when Lundgren was first forged as Drago, he “hated him immediately.”
“I had to find a superhuman being as an opponent, someone who would be overwhelming,” Stallone said on the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, including that he discovered Lundgren to be a “perfect” Soviet rival for Balboa. “This is what I would imagine they would create as an athlete — someone who is literally perfect. Indestructible. Shoulders, calves, forearms, giant butt, neck, back, everything.”
Lundgren, a martial arts specialist, informed us the sensation was mutual. He mentioned he was bowled over by Stallone’s prowess throughout filming.
“I was very impressed with him too because I was 10 years younger and I was a karate champion. I was used to fighting for real, and he kept up, and I remember at the time I was impressed that he was in that good of shape.”
Stallone launched “The Ultimate Director’s Cut” of “Rocky IV” again on Nov. 12 which options never-before-seen footage of the cult traditional.
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