“Rocky 4” star Sylvester Stallone tried to hype up the re-release of his classic movie on Thursday, reminding fans that there were seven more days until the fight.
The “Rocky 4: Rocky vs. Drago, The Director’s Cut” clip showed Stallone’s Rocky Balboa in the ring with Dolph Lungren’s Russian boxer Drago and both men were nailing each other with jabs.
And those punches looked pretty accurate, folks. Stallone told Lundgren that the men should hit each other for real, and they did. After three takes, Stallone felt a chest burn that he ignored. Later, the director couldn’t breathe, and emergency officials took him to two hospitals and a four-day intensive care stay.
Doctors found Lundgren had punched Stallone so hard that Stallone’s heart had slammed up against his breastbone. The action caused swelling so severe it cut off blood supply and restricted Stallone’s oxygen flow.
Sylvester Stallone directed the original film on a $28 million budget. The 1985 film made $300.4 million worldwide at the box office.
The film will hit the big screen for one day before going to digital and on-demand services.
Remembering The Original ‘Rocky 4’
If you’re fuzzy about a film that came out 36 years ago, here’s the skinny on this film. Rocky goes to the Soviet Union to fight Drago, and he does it out of revenge after Drago kills former opponent and friend Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers.
It’s enough to make you remember the whole USA vs. USSR Cold War fun times all over again.
On Thursday, Sylvester Stallone posted a clip on his Instagram page, and over 670,000 fans saw the post. The movie hits theaters, and Fathom Events is selling tickets.
Vince DiCola, the film’s composer, found Stallone’s post and said, “Looking forward to this! Had the most fun scoring this!” Other Rocky fans gave him props, saying his score will live on.
Stallone Thankful For Director’s Cut
According to Slash Film, Stallone said the new cut “allowed him to approach the material with a new sensitivity and confidence” that he didn’t have back in the 1980s.
Before that film, however, Stallone had directed several films, including “Rocky II,” “Rocky III,” and “Staying Alive.” It wasn’t until 2006’s “Rocky Balboa” that he got back behind the camera. Since that film, he’s directed a 2008 version of “Rambo” and the first “Expendables” movie.
This director’s cut will have 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage.
In another Rocky 4 clip, we learned that Stallone had regrets of having Creed killed in the series, calling the move “foolish.”
Slashfilm reported that the director believed Drago’s paralyzing Creed would have worked better because Creed would have eventually taken over Mickey’s role and become the new trainer. But Stallone decided that if Creed’s presence may not have helped future “Rocky” and “Creed films down the road.