Sylvester Stallone reveals that he almost died during ‘Rocky IV’

It was almost a TKO.

Sylvester Stallone feared he was going to die and go to heaven after a “Rocky IV” fight scene with actor Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago character went astray.

The actors starred as conflicting boxers in the fourth film, released in 1985, of the beloved “Rocky” series.

Stallone, 75, reflected on the footage of the sports drama scene on his YouTube channel’s latest 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 hurt during the fight and I had to fly into the intensive care unit to California from Canada,” said the “The Expendables” actor.

He continued, “Well, he pulverized me. And I did not feel it at the moment, but later in the night my heart started to swell. My blood pressure rose to 260 and I had to talk to angels, the next thing I know, I’m on this low altitude emergency flight. “

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

Stallone then explained that he stayed in the intensive care unit for four days before returning to film the rest of the final fight scene, adding that Lundgren’s strong blow to his chest is “what’s in the original film.”

“How could you remove it?” he said.

To celebrate the film’s anniversary, a directorial cut of “Rocky IV” will only be released in theaters one day on November 11th.

Stallone’s “Rocky” memorabilia is set to go on auction in December. His distinctive red boxing gloves from “Rocky III” – along with nearly 500 other props used in movies throughout the actor’s career – are expected to earn up to $ 1.5 million. The gloves will likely sell for $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 at the event.


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