Sylvester Stallone Says Dolph Lundgren Nearly Killed Him On Set Of 'Rocky IV'

During an appearance at Cannes, Sylvester Stallone recounted a moment when his co-star Dolph Lundgren accidentally sent him to the emergency room.

Greeting the audience with his infamous "Yo!" at Cannes Film Festival, Sylvester Stallone spoke with host Didier about two of his iconic film franchises, 'Rocky' and 'Rambo', revealing that his co-star Dolph Lungren accidentally put him in the hospital while filming for 'Rocky IV'.

Sylvester Stallone arrives for the screening of the film "The Specials (Hors Normes)" at the Cannes Film Festival. Image: Getty

During the film's final fight scene, Stallone explained that Lundgren, while playing the towering Ivan Drago, “hit me so hard he almost stopped my heart."

He continued, “I told him, ‘Why don’t we just do it? Just try to knock me out. Really cut loose as hard as you can.’ That was a really stupid thing to say. Next thing I know, I’m on a low-altitude plane to the emergency room, and I’m in intensive care for four days. And there are all these nuns around.”

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Stallone also recalled the first time he ever met Lundgren, revealing that the Swede "walked in, and I hated him immediately."

He added that it was, in fact, due to this that Lundgren ended up landing the part of the powerful Soviet fighter, telling the audience, “I had to find a superhuman being as an opponent, someone who would be overwhelming."

Adding that he didn't initially know why he disliked Lundgren so much, he said it was because he soon realised, "Oh, that’s right, he’s perfect … 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.”

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Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren at the premiere of 'Creed' in 201. Image: Getty

When asked about his future projects, the actor also said he's got an idea for a new 'Rocky' film. While he didn't delve into the finer details, he did say it would be about a boxer who has entered the country illegally and is sent back to his home country and has to fight his way back.

"[Rocky] finds this fella in the country illegally and it becomes a whole thing,” Stallone said, adding, "That could be different. You throw him out of the country and into another world.”

Stallone is set to star in 'Rambo V: Last Blood', which is scheduled to open in theatres on September 19th.

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