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Stallone says he won’t be back as Rambo and talks the Creed sequel

January 7th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Sylvester Stallone will not be reprising his iconic titular role in Rambo. Despite successfully rebooting another franchise in Rocky, first with Rocky Balboa and now with Creed, the veteran action star has said it’s time to hang up the guns with another one of his famous characters.

In a new interview with Variety, via Squareyed, the 69-year-old star openly states that he will not return to play John Rambo, which is the exact opposite of what he said a year ago when he revealed he was working on a fifth Rambo film called Last Blood (here) however a spinoff TV series may still be in the works.

“The heart’s willing, but the body says, ‘Stay home!’ It’s like fighters that go back for one last round and get clobbered. Leave it to someone else.”

He tells Variety: “I don’t want to cast aspersions but it’s delicate to try to replace a character with his son. I’ve seen the son of Flicka, the son of Tarzan, the son of King Kong. It’s a very difficult premise.”

In the same interview, Stallone says that he’s been talking to Creed director Ryan Coogler about a Creed sequel which would do some kind of Godfather Part II thing, cutting between a present-day story about Adonis Creed and a pre-Rocky IV arc reuniting Rocky with Apollo Creed.

“You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian,” Stallone says.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.