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

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone
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of 2008 Rambo nothing more can describe it as “a good time at the movies.” It is not “still,” nor does it have “vibrations.” What has them hands being blown off, children being burned to a crisp, and enough throat slits to repair master like a jealous MacGruber. Still, according to Hollywood ReporterIn a fascinating new interview with Stallone, the ultra-violent third sequel is what Stallone considers “his best film”.

“The one film I’m proudest of – it’s the best film I’ve ever made because it’s the most honest – is. Rambo IVdealing with Burma, where they have had a civil war for 67 years,” Stallone said Hollywood Reporter. “But I was happy because the movie was very violent. And it is violence. It’s scary. They are children burned alive. That’s what makes civil war worse than anything: It’s your neighbor, suddenly, killing you. I was really excited about the movie, and I never thought it would make it to the theaters. I thought, ‘They’re never going to show this.’

While Stallone was happy to wait more than two decades for the follow-up Rambo III, the studio wanted to make one more quickly and was willing to pay through the nose for it. Stallone said that wfirst he was asked about Rambo IVended up turning down his biggest payday, being the song of 34 million dollars.

The Hollywood Reporter: What’s the highest paid role you’ve ever played?

Stallone: I refused 34.

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

SS: We were doing Rambo III. We thought it would be the biggest hit – this was before it came out. 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 go, “Let’s not jump the gun here…”

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

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

Perhaps it was turning down such a large sum of money that caused Stallone to focus so much on his rivalry with co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger, thereby inadvertently destroying the universe. Stop! Or My Mother Will Shoot in 1992.”Stop! Or My Mother Will Shoot it was supposed to be like Throw Mom From The Train and mom like this really bad job,” Stallone said. “Instead, You hire the most beautiful woman in Hollywood, Estelle Getty, who you wish was your mother. That’s the end of it! Also, I heard Schwarzenegger was going to do the movie, and I said, ‘I’ll beat him to that.’ I think he set me up.” Schwarzenegger confirmed the story, telling them Announcer that the story was “100% true.”

“In those days, we did all kinds of crazy things to get ahead of our competition,” the Terminator star said.” Fortunately for us and everyone else, today, we have roots for each other. Thank God, because we never need each other Stop! Or My Mother Will Shoot.”

Unfortunately for Arnold, just by visualizing the name of the moviewhole 10-episode Netflix series based on the nature of Stallone’s character Joe Bomowski with Liam Hemsworth it was maybe green light, produced, and forgedotten.

Read the full interview with Stallone at Hollywood Reporter.


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