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Rambo (1982 – 2016)

Despite a few attempts to get a fifth film in the series off the ground (see here, here and here), Sylvester Stallone seems to have decided to lower the casket on long-suffering Vietnam Vet turned global savior John Rambo.

Convinced the last chapter, “Rambo” (2008) was the perfect bookend to the “First Blood” movie series, the “Creed” actor says he’s realized it better to let the big guy go out with a bang than a whimper.

The 69-year-old – on the verge of a comeback thanks to an Award nominated performance in the “Rocky” spin-off – was pleased with the fourth and purportedly final chapter in the series.

“As an action film, I was very satisfied that it dealt with the Burmese situation”, the actor told Variety. “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.”

An early poster for a potential "Rambo V"

An early poster for a potential “Rambo V”

Though still quite the strongman, Sly doesn’t think he could handle the physical demand on him.

“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… 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’?”

A small-screen series inspired by the films is in the works, fixing on John Rambo Jr, but as previously reported Stallone won’t be involved.

“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.”

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