3 Times Oscar Nominee Quit Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo After Drastic Change to His Role in the Franchise

Kirk Douglas’ role in Sylvester Stallone's Rambo, didn't quite work out.

3 Times Oscar Nominee Quit Sylvester Stallone's Rambo After Drastic Change to His Role in the Franchise

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  • Associated with acclaimed projects, three times Oscar nominee, Kirk Douglas, was a great catch in the 80s Hollywood.
  • Douglas was offered a small but significant cameo as Sylvester Stallone’s army trainer in his action flick, Rambo.
  • As per reports, Douglas quit Stallone's movie due to differences in opinion after they made drastic changes to his scenes.
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The three-time Oscar-nominated legendary veteran actor Kirk Douglas was once the part and parcel of Hollywood during his early years in the 80s. Having played several acclaimed roles, Douglas was majorly famous for his titular position in Stanley Kubrick’s historical epic Spartacus.

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Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo
Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo

But while the veteran star was associated with different renowned movies, one film that he couldn’t associate his name with was Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo. Although the actor was hired to play Stallone’s army trainer in the movie, the role didn’t quite work out for Kirk Douglas. Therefore, the actor apparently quit the movie, mid-filming. 

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Kirk Douglas was Sought for a Role in Rambo 

Associated with acclaimed projects, three times Oscar nominee, Kirk Douglas, was a great catch in the 80s Hollywood. Often sought for renowned roles, the actor was famous for his appearance in Stanley Kubrick’s historical epic Spartacus. Playing the titular character in the film, the actor catapulted his fame in the entertainment industry. 

Kirk Douglas in Spartacus
Kirk Douglas in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus

Thereafter, Kirk Douglas appeared in several films that earned his praise and accolades, from audiences and critics alike. But there’s one movie in particular that Douglas almost appeared in until he called quits. Well, it’s none other than Sylvester Stallone’s action flick Rambo

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Douglas was offered a small but significant cameo in Rambo

Sought to play the role of Stallone’s army trainer, Douglas was offered a rather small cameo. Despite his illustrious career, Kirk Douglas accepted the small but significant cameo in Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo, when offered. Eventually, through the process, things didn’t work out quite well for the Oscar nominee. 

Kirk Douglas Quit Sylvester Stallone’s Movie 

Accrued credits in all sorts of genres during his timeless career, from romance movies to drama movies, Kirk Douglas was often sought for important roles. However, according to a report from The New York Times, it was Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo that hired the actor for a rather small cameo. However, despite limited screen time, Douglas accepted the role in the film. 

Kirk Douglas almost played Stallone’s army trainer
Kirk Douglas almost played Sylvester Stallone’s army trainer

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Lined up for limited screen time, Kirk Douglas would have played Sylvester Stallone‘s army trainer in the movie. Unfortunately, Rambo couldn’t feature his name, as the legendary actor quit the project mid-filming. As per reports, Douglas quit Stallone’s movie due to differences in opinion after they made drastic changes to his scenes. 

After Douglas quit, the role went to Richard Crenna
After Douglas quit, the role went to Richard Crenna

When Rambo was being filmed, it suffered problematic shooting, like many other projects. Thus, although Kirk Douglas was all set for his role, his scenes were messed up and ultimately cut quite drastically. This particularly enraged the veteran actor, which forced him to quit the project, mid-filming. Leaving the job right then and there, never to return, Douglas’ role went to Richard Crenna.

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