The Rambo Franchise has always been on the top of our head during childhood. Right beginning from its journey in 1982, we all relate to this movie through either way. Sylvester Stallone is one such genius mind behind this idea, which has made these larger than life series of movies.
It is believed that Rambo: Last Blood releasing on 20th September 2019 will be the final movie of Rambo Franchise. The Rambo Franchise is not just a series of movies, but a journey of 37 Years.
As the journey of these movies, is such long, it is normal to have good and bad memorable incidents. There are many facts, about Stallone’s Rambo which you might not be aware of.
10 Facts About Stallone’s Rambo Franchise
Here we are presenting 10 Facts About Stallone’s Rambo, that will leave you to astonish!
1. Sylvester Stallone Signed the Movie in Less than 24 Hour!
Sylvester Stallone, who acts as an iconic character in the Rambo Franchise. He signed the movie in less than 24 hours after going through the script of the first movie.
As per conversation of the Director of First Blood, Ted Kotcheff,
I sent the script to his agent on a Thursday night. Now, ordinarily stars will take months before they get back to you with a reply. The next morning Sylvester Stallone phones me and says, ‘I love this script and I want to be in it. I only have one proviso. I understand you’re going to rewrite the script.’ I said, ‘Yes, I’ve got some ideas for strengthening it,’ and he said, ‘I’d love to participate as a writer.’ I said, ‘Great.’
And the rest is history!
2. The Rambo Movie acted as an inspiration for the Burmese Freedom Fighter! – which led to it’s banning in the country.
It might come as a shock to you, but the fourth movie Rambo released in 2008 is actually banned in Burma. Probably, the reason for this is Stallone took too much information regarding what was happening in Burma at that point in time.
The movie inspired the Burmese Freedom Fighters to such as extent that they took up the catchphrase “live for nothing or die for something” as their tagline.
Although the movie was banned in the country, the illegal copies were circulated all around the country. A Rangoon-based activist mentioned:
“I like the movie very much because Rambo fought against Myanmar soldiers. I watched the movie at home with my family, and gave it to my friends because I wanted them to see it.”
3. The script of the movie was kicked for 10 years before landing in the lap of Stallone
If we take these years into account, then the journey of Rambo Franchise will increase to 47 years! Yes, before the first movie was released in 1982, the script of the movie was going through multiple revisions.
Further, pretty much time is also spent in buying the rights of the book. There were also several drafts prepared before Stallone gave actual shape to the movie!
4. It took 20 Years for the Forth Movie – and 11 years for the Rambo: Last Blood
The initial three movies were released on a regular basis. After First Blood in 1982, the second and third part was released in 1985 and 1988 respectively. However, the Rambo was released in 2008 while fans have to wait 11 years for the release of Rambo: Last Blood.
5. Rambo in a Cartoon Series!
Not a surprise for many, but Rambo also appeared as an animated character. It was a 65 episodes long series aired between September to December 1986. Although the character of Rambo was violent, this violence didn’t reflect in the animated series!
6. Stallone’s Workout for Rambo!
Sylvester Stallone has to lay a lot of efforts in order to make the Rambo Franchise successful. Right beginning from the First Blood, Stallone has to work out extensively in order to do justice to the persona of Rambo.
Even when you will watch the trailer of Rambo: Last Blood, you will just go mad at the fitness level of Stallone. It is not a normal human’s thing to perform such action scenes at the age of 73! But, Sylvester Stallone is just next level artist.
7. The series might’ve ended in the first movie itself…
This might disappoint you, but it holds true! The movie First Blood was supposed to be ended with Rambo killing himself. However, Sylvester Stallone got the changes done in the end.
Director of First Blood Ted Kotchekk explains
“In the original ending, Rambo says to his colonel ‘You made me. Now you should kill me.’ The colonel has his gun out and thinks about putting Rambo out of his misery, but he can’t do it. Rambo reaches up and blows himself away, commits hari-kari. Well, we shot the scene and Sylvester gave a spectacular performance. Everyone was thrilled with it – except Sylvester. He took me aside and said, ‘Ted, we’ve put Rambo through so much…the audience has suffered with him through all of this, and now we’re going to kill him? They are going to hate this, I’m telling you.’”
We are grateful that the changes were done on time. Otherwise, we might’ve not witnessed the talent of Sylvester Stallone as Rambo.
8. The Headbands became a fashion since Rambo…
Remember the Head Bands Rambo ties around his head? This was Rambo’s gift to entire Human Kind that everyone started tying these headbands around their head and started attacking imaginary people with imaginary guns.
9. Stallone demanded a Jet for Rambo III
Although the Rambo Franchise is close to Stallone’s Heart, he demanded a Jet as payment for Rambo III. Well, the director agreed to it and Stallone was basically in the air yet again!
10. A Bollywood remake is on the way!
Considering the success of Rambo Franchise, director Siddharth Anand is ready to remake Rambo resonating Indian Audience. Well, the good news is well-known Bollywood Action star Tiger Shroff will act as Rambo in it!
The shooting of the movie will begin in 2020!
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