Sylvester Stallone Explains Why He Originally Hated Dolph Lundgren

Sylvester Stallone Explains Why He Originally Hated Dolph Lundgren

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It’s always fun to hear the first impressions friends have of each other before becoming pals. Oftentimes, the closest relationships have unexpected beginnings. Sounds like Sylvester Stallone has had a number of instances like this. His famous feud with Arnold Schwartznegger in the ‘80s and ‘90s later bloomed into a sweet friendship and apparently the same can be said about his history with his Rocky IV co-star Dolph Lundgren.

When he was casting Ivan Drago for his 1985 Rocky sequel, he explains his initial reaction to meeting the Swedish legend with these words:

Sounds like Dolph Lundgren had quite the theatrical entrance into Sylvester Stallone’s life. His chiseled facial features and towering stature intimidated him, but he ended up using his dislike of him to the advantage of the movie. Ivan Drago is an iconic villain to this day (he recently returned for Creed II), cast perfectly by the Rocky filmmaker. Stallone continued:

It’s kind of amazing to hear what Sylvester Stallone thought of him! Especially because many would probably use the same exact words when describing his colleague. Although the actor didn’t show an instant likeness to his costar, the pair ended up having a long working relationship that continues over 30 years later.

How exciting. As discussed in the interview, Sylvester Stallone is currently promoting the release of his new film, Rambo: Last Blood. The movie sees the return of another one of his iconic characters for the first time in 37 years. The movie is said to be Rambo’s final mission, as he confronts his past on a path of revenge.

Rambo: Last Blood is expected to open with $21 million this weekend against new releases Ad Astra and Downton Abbey. However, the movie is getting negative responses thus far, with CinemaBlend’s own Dirk Libbey giving the film 1.5 stars out of 5 in his review and a 31% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Rambo: Last Blood is in theaters now!