Dolph Lundgren relieved Sylvester Stallone survived his near-fatal punch on ‘Rocky IV’ set: ‘Glad he made it’

EXCLUSIVE: Dolph Lundgren tells his side of the story and talks about his relief after nearly killing his friend Sylvester Stallone decades ago.

In early November, Stallone recalled the moment when Lundgren “pulverized” him on the set of “Rocky iv“during an intense boxing scene between his characters Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago.

“I didn’t feel it at the time but later that night my heart started to swell, my blood pressure went up to 260 and I was going to be talking to angels,” Stallone recalled in a YouTube video. “The next thing I know, I’m on this low-altitude emergency flight. I’m in intensive care surrounded by nuns.”

Lundgren’s thunderous punch to Stallone’s chest turned out to be a near fatal experience for Stallone, who is now one of the Swedish actor’s closest friends in Hollywood.


Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren with American actor, director and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone on the set of his movie “Rocky IV”.
(Sunset Boulevard / Corbis)

In a new interview with Fox News Digital, Lundgren admitted that it was a “pretty dire” situation.

“I was 10 years younger and in really good shape in those days and we ended up hitting each other pretty hard. When we finished in Vancouver, where we filmed the last fight, he ended up in the hospital. I think he was out for about two weeks.” Lundgren.

Despite the severity of Stallone’s emergency, Lundgren insisted that action movie actors are prone to getting hit here and there.

“You know, we all ended up suffering all these injuries being an action star. I guess it was one of the most interesting he’s been a part of,” Lundgren said with a smile. “I’m glad he made it. Good for me.”


Stallone and Lundgren have shot several other movies together, including the action thriller franchise “The Expendables,” which has a fourth installment in 2022. The towering fitness enthusiast said his near-knockout of Stallone is still something the two of them are about. they joke. today.

Sylvester Stallone hits Dolph Lundgren in a scene from the movie 'Rocky IV', 1985.

Sylvester Stallone hits Dolph Lundgren in a scene from the movie ‘Rocky IV’, 1985.
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“Ah, we laughed at that. We were both hit in the face in that photo,” Lundgren said of the 1985 film. “In those days there were no effects, so if you wanted a headshot when sweat flies Through your hair and the blood comes out of your mouth, you had to shoot. You had to. So we both had to do those shots. But sometimes we joke about it. “

Stallone has previously confessed that when Lundgren was first cast as Drago, he “hated it right away.”

“I had to find a superhuman being as an opponent, someone who would be overwhelming,” Stallone said at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, adding that he found Lundgren to be a “perfect” Soviet rival to Balboa. “This is what I imagine they would create as an athlete: someone who is literally perfect. Indestructible. Shoulders, calves, forearms, giant butt, neck, back, everything.”

Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'

Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren attend the Warner Bros. Pictures premiere of “Creed” at the Regency Village Theater on November 19, 2015 in Westwood, California.
(Todd Williamson)

Lundgren, a martial arts specialist, told us that the feeling was mutual. He said he was baffled by Stallone’s prowess during filming.


“I was also very impressed with him because he was 10 years younger and he was a karate champion. He was used to fighting for real, and he kept up, and I remember at the time I was impressed that he was in such good shape.” shape.”

Stallone released “The Ultimate Director’s Cut” from “Rocky IV” on November 12, which features never-before-seen footage of the cult classic.

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