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“I knew I was in trouble”: Sylvester Stallone’s Obsession Put His Life at Risk and Landed Him in Hospital For 9 Days While Shooting ‘Rocky IV’

"I knew I was in trouble": Sylvester Stallone's Obsession Put His Life at Risk and Landed Him in Hospital For 9 Days While Shooting 'Rocky IV'

It’s no secret that Sylvester Stallone is a Hollywood legend, and his iconic performances in movies like Rocky and Rambo have solidified his status as an action star. But did you know Stallone’s dedication to his craft landed him in the hospital for nine days while filming Rocky IV?

Sylvester Stallone’s obsession with making his movies as real as possible nearly cost him his life. The actor’s commitment to his roles is admirable, but things turned dangerous when he decided to go method for Rocky IV.

Sylvester Stallone Got K.O.’d

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone allowed co-star Dolph Lundgren to punch him during filming to make the fight scenes look as realistic as possible. It’s no surprise that Lundgren, a towering presence at 6’5″, packs a powerful punch, and one uppercut from him was enough to send Stallone to the hospital. But just how serious was Stallone’s injury? According to the man himself, it was pretty severe.

“Dolph Lundgren put me in the hospital for nine days. I knew I was in trouble when I showed up and nuns met you at the ICU. [Lundgren’s punch] caught the ribs and hit the heart against the ribcage.”

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Despite the seriousness of Sylvester Stallone’s injury, he was determined to return to filming as soon as possible. And return he did, finishing out the production of Rocky IV and delivering another box office hit. Stallone’s dedication to his craft knows no bounds, even if it means putting himself in harm’s way. Of course, Lundgren followed Stallone’s lead and took no responsibility for the injury.

“All I did was obey orders. He was the boss. I did what he told me. We came back to L.A. and the producer was like, ‘Hey Dolph, you’ve got two weeks off — Sly’s in the hospital.’”

Rocky IV
Rocky IV

Despite the risks involved in method acting, it’s hard to deny its impact on the final product. Stallone’s commitment to his craft makes his performances iconic, setting him apart from other action stars. Whether playing Rocky Balboa or John Rambo, Sylvester Stallone gives it his all, and fans can’t get enough.

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Is Rocky Balboa In Creed III?

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

So, what’s next for Sylvester Stallone and the Rocky franchise? Well, fans have been eagerly anticipating the release of Creed III, which hits theaters this week. Stallone has already confirmed that he won’t be appearing in the movie, but fans can still look forward to seeing Michael B. Jordan reprise his role as Adonis Creed.

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While Stallone may not be appearing in Creed III, his legacy will always be a part of the Rocky franchise. After all, his dedication and hard work made the series what it is today. And who knows, maybe one day we’ll see Stallone back in the ring, ready to take on another opponent.

Stallone’s obsession with making his movies as real as possible may have landed him in the hospital, but it also makes him one of the greatest action stars ever. From Rocky to Rambo, Stallone has given us some of the most iconic performances in movie history, and his legacy will live on for generations today.

Written by Mabel Andrady

Mabel, aka MJ, is a FandomWire Sr. Writer, pop-culture fanatic, and an MA in Health Demography holder. When she's not indulging in her guilty pleasure of penning everything Hollywood, Marvel & DC, she writes academic essays on COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS. With 2500+ articles published online, she brings a unique twist to entertainment writing. A jack-of-all-trades, MJ enjoys movies, writes/acts in plays, writes music, and dreams of being a successful actress. She offers a fresh perspective, making her writing a must-read for those seeking knowledge and entertainment.