In 1985, Sylvester Stallone returned once again as boxer Rocky Balboa for “Rocky IV”. While he himself is making this new opus, this fourth film almost cost him his life, during the filming of the final fight. An impressive accident, on which his partner and adversary in the film recently returned: Dolph Lundgren.
Rocky IV: the director’s cut soon in the cinema
On January 22, 1986, the fourth part of the saga was released in French cinemas. Rocky. Sylvester Stallone is back in the famous boxer’s shorts. He even returns once again behind the camera to stage this Rocky IV. A double status that he had already experienced in the two previous parts of the license. Rocky IV introduces a whole new opponent to Balboa: Ivan Drago. Played by comedian Dolph Lundgren, he remains perhaps still today the most cult adversary of our dear boxer. This antagonist even returned in Creed II.
Yes Rocky IV brought in more than $300 million of box office receipts at the time of its release, Sylvester Stallone is not really satisfied with his work. It is for this reason that, lately, Sly decided to offer its fans a brand new assembly of Rocky IV entitled Rocky IV: Rocky vs Draco. A more modern version, which also contains 40 minutes of additional footage. A new version has already been released in the United States, and it arrives on March 16 in our dark rooms.
A near-fatal blow to Stallone
Rocky IV is also famous for Sylvester Stallone’s terrible accident that occurred during the filming of the film. A story that the actor has often told on TV sets. Indeed, during one of their confrontations in the ring, a misplaced blow from Dolph Lundgren sent Sylvester Stallone to the hospital. Stallone nearly succumbed to his injuries but decided to keep the footage in his film anyway.
I got really hurt in the fight and had to be airlifted in intensive care to California from Canada. Lundgren pulverized me. I didn’t feel it at the time, but later that night my heart started to swell. My blood pressure went up to 260 and everyone thought I was going to die. What I remember next is I’m on that low-level flight to the ER, and I’m in intensive care for four days, surrounded by nuns.
The accident seen by Dolph Lundgren
Recently, Dolph Lundgren brought his version of the facts. During an interview with Men’s Health, he returned to this sad accident and how he experienced it. The actor does not seem to feel especially regrets about this hazard.
Well, we were both affected. It’s Rocky IV in 1985, there’s no CGI. Everything must happen on screen, in front of the camera. So we were both affected. We shot this last fight for two weeks, in Vancouver. When I get back to LA, the producer calls me and says, “Hey Dolph, you have a few weeks off.” “Great. What’s going on?”. He’s like, “Oh, Sly’s in the hospital.” Then I heard that I was blamed for it. At first I thought it was some kind of insurance scam or something. Afterwards, it’s true that I hit him… And at that time, I was in pretty good shape.
Sly would surely strongly disagree with this insurance scam joke. Obviously, neither actor was looking to hurt the other, but Lundgren’s size and strength got the better of Stallone in the ring. And even if this collision almost ended in tragedy, it above all gave one of the finest fight sequences of the era.