Sylvester Stallone is hanging up his sweaty old head rag for good and retiring from playing Rambo, despite maintaining for years that he was working on a script for Rambo V.
Stallone, who has been the human embodiment of testosterone, Rambo, no less than four times, has hinted that his choice to retire as the titular gun wielding war hero is due to his advancing age. He told fans that:
“The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home! It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else."
The action hero might be 69 years old but he still managed to storm the box office in his seventh turn as Rocky Balboa in Creed earlier this year:
Stallone made the decision to unload his guns because he feels like he has put everything he possibly could into the role and, for him, the story arc came to a natural conclusion. He explained to Variety magazine that:
"You know when you realize there’s nothing more to pull out? As an action film, I was very satisfied that it dealt with the Burmese situation. It had one foot in a current event, the longest civil war in history, 65 years at that time. It was so brutal, which civil war is, I was shocked they even gave me an R-rating. I didn’t want to compromise. I said, ‘This is probably going to be the last decent film of this genre that I’m going to do as a solo act.’ When that was accomplished, I never felt the same willingness to do it again. There’s nothing left. When they asked me to do another ‘Rambo,’ I said, ‘If I can’t do better than I did last time, and I can’t, then why."
Although Stallone is distancing himself from Rambo, the character will live on through the recently announced upcoming Fox TV show, despite the actor's obvious reservations.
Stallone, who is not affiliated with the show, was clearly concerned about his character's legacy when he told Variety that:
“I don’t want to cast aspersions but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son. I’ve seen the son of Flicka, the son of Tarzan, the son of King Kong, the son of Godzilla. It’s a very difficult premise.”
Let's face it, will anyone else really ever be able to work a machine gun like this though?
We'll miss you, Sly!