Just A Minute With: Sylvester Stallone on "Rambo"

Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:29am EST
 
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rambo is coming to get theater audiences this week with Sylvester Stallone back on the big screen as the touch-as-nails Vietnam veteran.

One year ago Stallone's "Rocky Balboa," the sixth film in the movie series about a rags-to-riches boxer, restored luster to the franchise earning $155 million at global box offices.

Now "Sly" Stallone is back on Friday with the second of his two movie character icons -- action hero John Rambo, in "Rambo" -- a movie he starred in, wrote and directed.

At 61, Hollywood watchers have speculated about whether Stallone was up to the task of taking on the Rambo character again, but the star appears in great shape after a grueling three months in the Thai and Myanmar jungle making the film:

Q: Did you wonder if you were still up to the task?

A: "Oh my God, by the third month things were breaking down. You don't get a break. Even a football player gets a weekend off. On this, we were scouting, going six days-a-week, and it gets you. The big thing was trying to stay on top of your game, eat the right stuff, take the right supplements and so on."

Q: You decided to write, direct and star in it. Why take all that on, when directing alone is such a tough job?

A: "It is, especially these kinds of films. I didn't realize. "Rocky" was hard but it was much easier than this one. I didn't even think about the trucks and the jungle and 300 extras and the heat and so on."   Continued...

 
<p>Sylvester Stallone poses for photographers during a news conference to promote his latest movie "Rocky the Final" (known as "Rocky Balboa" outside Japan) in Tokyo March 26, 2007. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa</p>