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EXCLUSIVE: Dolph Lundgren tells his side of the story and talks about his relief after almost killing his pal Sylvester Stallone decades ago.

In early November, Stallone remembered when Lundgren “sprayed” him on the set of “Rocky IV“during an intense boxing scene between their characters Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago.

“I didn’t feel it at the time but later that night my heart started to swell, my blood pressure rose to 260 and I was going to talk to the angels,” Stallone recalls in a YouTube video. “Next thing I know, I’m on this low-level emergency flight. I’m in intensive care surrounded by nuns.”

Lundgren’s thunderous punch to Stallone’s chest proved to be an almost fatal experience for Stallone, who is now one of the Swedish actor’s closest friends in Hollywood.


Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren with American actor, director and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone on the set of his movie “Rocky IV”.
(Sunset Boulevard / Corbis)

In a new interview with Fox News Digital, Lundgren admitted that this was a “pretty serious” situation.

“I was 10 years younger and in great shape at the time and we ended up bumping pretty hard. When we wrapped up in Vancouver where we filmed the last fight, he ended up in the hospital. I think he was away for about two weeks, “Lundgren recalls.

Despite the severity of Stallone’s emergency, Lundgren insisted that action movie actors are prone to taking puns here and there.

“You know we all end up getting all of these injuries being an action star. I guess that was one of the most interesting ones he’s been a part of,” Lundgren said with a chuckle. “I’m glad he did. Good for me.”


Stallone and Lundgren have gone on to shoot several other films together, including the action thriller franchise “The Expendables,” which has a fourth installment coming in 2022. The massive fitness enthusiast has said his near-knockout of Stallone is still something the two of them joke about today.

Dolph Lundgren relieved Sylvester Stallone survived his near-fatal punch on the set of “Rocky IV”: “Glad he did”

Sylvester Stallone hits Dolph Lundgren in a scene from the 1985 movie “Rocky IV”.
(United Artists)

“Ah, we laugh about it. We both got shot in the face in that photo,” Lundgren said of the 1985 film. “At that time there was no effect, so if you wanted a bullet in your head when sweat comes out of your hair and blood comes out of your mouth, you had to pull it out. You had to do it. So we both had to take these shots but we joke about it sometimes. “

Stallone has previously confessed that when Lundgren was first cast as Draco, he “immediately hated him”.

“I had to find a superhuman being as an opponent, someone who would be overwhelming,” Stallone told the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, adding that he considered Lundgren a “perfect” Soviet rival for Balboa. “That’s what I imagine they would create as an athlete – someone who is literally perfect. Indestructible. Shoulders, calves, forearms, giant buttocks, neck, back, everything.”

Dolph Lundgren relieved Sylvester Stallone survived his near-fatal punch on the set of “Rocky IV”: “Glad he did”

Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren attend the premiere of Warner Bros. “Creed”. Pictures at the Regency Village Theater on November 19, 2015 in Westwood, California.,
(Todd Williamson)

Lundgren, a martial arts specialist, told us the feeling was mutual. He said he was surprised by Stallone’s prowess during filming.


“I was very impressed with him too because I was 10 years younger and I was a karate champion. I used to fight for real, and he held on, and I remember at the time I was impressed that he was in this good shape. “

Stallone released “The Ultimate Director’s Cut” from “Rocky IV” on November 12, which features never-before-seen footage from the cult classic.

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