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“I almost died during ‘Rocky IV’ fight scene”: Sylvester Stallone reveals

Dolph Lundgren punched Sylvester Stallone so hard in "Rocky IV" that Sly landed in the ICU.
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Dolph Lundgren punched Sylvester Stallone so hard in “Rocky IV” that Sly landed in the ICU.
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It was very nearly a TKO.

Sylvester Stallone was very scared that his end has finally come and that he was going to make heaven after a “Rocky IV” fight scene with actor Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago character went off target.

The actors starred as resistance boxers in the fourth film, released in 1985, of the beloved “Rocky” set of program.

Stallone, 75, throwback on the filming of the sports drama scene on his YouTube channel’s recent video, The Making of Rocky vs. Drago by Sylvester Stallone.

“The first thing we shot [was] my entrance, his entrance and the introductions and then I got really injured during the fight and I had to be flown into intensive care to California from Canada,”

stated “The Expendables” actor.

He resumed,

“Well, he pulverized me. And I didn’t feel it in the moment, but later that night my heart started to swell. My blood pressure went up to 260 and I was going to be talking to angels, next thing I know I’m on this emergency, low-altitude flight.”

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The fourth film in the “Rocky” series as well starred Talia Shire, Carl Weathers and Brigitte Nielsen.
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“I’m in intensive care surrounded by nuns and then after that, I had to go back and finish the fight,” he declared.

Stallone at that time elucidated that he remain in the ICU for four days previous to returning to film the rest of the final fight scene, adding further that Lundgren’s strong hit to his chest is “what’s in the original movie.”

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“How could you take that out?” he said.

To celebrate the film’s jubilee, a director’s cut of “Rocky IV” will be released in theaters for one day only on Nov. 11.

Stallone’s “Rocky” memorabilia is ready to be up to be sold to the highest bidder in December. His signature red boxing gloves from “Rocky III” — alongside with almost 500 other props used in movies all through the actor’s career — are anticipated to make up to $1.5 million. The gloves will probably sell for $10,000 to $20,000 at the event.

The fourth film in the “Rocky” series also starred Talia Shire, Carl Weathers and Brigitte Nielsen.
©MGM/Courtesy Everett Collectio

“I’m in intensive care surrounded by nuns and then after that, I had to go back and finish the fight,” he stated.

Stallone afterwards clearified that he remained in the ICU for four days before returning to film the rest of the final fight scene, joining that Lundgren’s strong hit to his chest is “what’s in the original movie.”

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Sylvester Stallone in a scene from “Rocky II”.
Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rocky’ memorabilia, other movie props up for auction

“How could you take that out?” he queried.

To commemorate the film’s commemoration, a director’s cut of “Rocky IV” will be released in theaters for one day only on Nov. 11.

Stallone’s “Rocky” memorabilia is ready to be up for auction in December. His signature red boxing gloves from “Rocky III” — alongside with nearly 500 other props used in movies throughout the actor’s career — are expected to make up to $1.5 million. The gloves will likely sell for $10,000 to $20,000 at the event.

FILED UNDER   ROCKY      SYLVESTER STALLONE    11/10/21

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