Sylvester Stallone has probably become most famous for take two major movie franchises, Rambo and Rocky, and running them for longer than he should have. Now, Sylvester has been comparing his two most recognisable movie names and admits that there is a little of himself in both.
Stallone explained, “Rambo is me before coffee in the morning. Rocky is me after coffee. Rambo has reverted into kind of like an id: primitive, reactive and instinctual, almost like an animal. I love this character because he hasn’t quite been fleshed out. He’s like an errant knight, looking to die in a glorious fashion. He has no desire to go into old age or have a family.”
He added, “Rocky is the antithesis: he cannot live without family. So you’ve got the American Frankenstein monster, then you have the American Dream. In the book, Rambo gets killed. I thought it was not the proper message. There had been close to 200,000 suicides by returning Vietnam vets. I said, ‘Why don’t we take him right to the edge without annihilating him?’”
Sylvester continued, “Quentin Tarantino said, ‘You’re a coward, you should have killed him!’ I said, ‘Quentin, you’re a lunatic. I want to do some sequels, brother.’”
Who do you prefer, Rambo or Rocky?