EXCLUSIVE: Dolph Lundgren tells his side of the story and talks about his relief after almost killing his friend Sylvester Stallone decades ago.
In early November, Stallone recalled the moment Lundgren “pulverized” him on the set of “Rocky IV“during an intense boxing scene between their characters Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago.
“I did not feel it at the moment, but later in the evening my heart started to swell, my blood pressure rose to 260 and I had to talk to angels,” Stallone recalled in a YouTube video. “The next thing I know, I’m on this low-altitude emergency flight. I’m in the intensive care unit surrounded by nuns.”
Lundgren’s thunderous blow to Stallone’s chest turned out to be an almost fatal experience for Stallone, who is now one of the Swedish actor’s closest friends in Hollywood.
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In a new interview with Fox News Digital, Lundgren admitted that it was a “pretty serious” situation.
“I was 10 years younger and in very good shape those days and we ended up hitting each other pretty hard. When we packed up in Vancouver where we shot the last game, he ended up in the hospital. I think he was free for about two weeks. “, Lundgren remembered.
Despite the seriousness of Stallone’s emergency, Lundgren insisted that action movie actors tend to get hits here and there.
“You know, we all end up incurring all these injuries as an action star. I suppose it was one of the more interesting ones he’s been a part of,” Lundgren said with a laugh. “I’m glad he made it. Good for me.”
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Stallone and Lundgren have filmed several other films together, including the action-thriller franchise “The Expendables,” which has a fourth episode coming in 2022. The towering fitness enthusiast said his near-knockout of Stallone is still something the two jokers with. Today.
“Ah, we laugh at that. We were both slapped in the face in that picture,” Lundgren said of the 1985 film. “and the 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 with it sometimes.”
Stallone has previously confessed that when Lundgren was first cast as Drago, “he hated him right away.”
“I had to find a superman as an opponent, one who would be overwhelming,” Stallone said at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, adding that he found Lundgren a “perfect” Soviet rival to Balboa. “This is what I could imagine they would create as an athlete – someone who is literally perfect. Indestructible. Shoulders, calves, forearms, giant buttocks, neck, back, anything.”
Lundgren, a martial arts specialist, told us that the feeling was mutual. He said he was surprised by Stallone’s skill during the filming.
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“I was also very impressed with him because I was 10 years younger and I was a karate champion. I was used to fighting right and he stopped and I remember at that point that I was impressed that he was in good shape. “
Stallone released “The Ultimate Director’s Cut” of “Rocky IV” on November 12, featuring unprecedented footage of the cult classic.