While the director’s cut of “Rocky IV” has just been released in the US, the feature film is accompanied by a documentary focused on the backstage of the film. The opportunity for Sylvester Stallone to reconsider the accident which almost cost him death!
Rocky vs Drago : the director’s cut is finally available
In 1986, Sylvester Stallone directs Rocky iv, one of the cult opuses of the saga. In this episode, darker than the previous ones, Apollo Creed is murdered in the ring by Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Rocky will then decide to come out of retirement to avenge the death of his friend. Without being the most successful opus of the saga, Rocky iv is a deeply dark proposition, which has earned more than $ 300 million in box office revenue.
Recently, Sylvester Stallone decided to offer his fans a new version of this film. The filmmaker therefore staged a director’s cut of Rocky iv titled Rocky vs Drago: the director’s cut. A more modern version, which uses current technology to restore the work from 1986. The film also contains 40 minutes of additional footage. This new version was released in the United States a few days ago but does not yet have a release date in France …
Sylvester Stallone returns to his accident once again
To support the release of Rocky vs Drago: the director’s cut, a behind-the-scenes documentary was also released. The opportunity to dive back into the behind the scenes of this cult film and in particular the confrontation between Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren which almost turned into drama. Indeed, one of their confrontation in the film took a dramatic turn. As the two comedians face off in the ring, a misplaced shot from Dolph Lundgren takes Sly straight to the hospital. Stallone almost died from his injuries. He still decided to keep the sequence in question in the film.
In the documentary, Sylvester Stallone explains that he was airlifted to intensive care from Canada to California. The comedian ended up in the hospital for four days in a row before returning to the set:
The first thing we shot was my entrance, Lundgren’s entrance and the introductions. Then I got really hurt in the fight and had to be airlifted to intensive care to California from Canada. Lundgren pulverized me. And 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 about to speak to the angels. Then I wake up on this low-level emergency flight. Then I wake up again in intensive care surrounded by nurses. After all that I was able to go back and finish the fight.
This story is also quite well known. But Sylvester Stallone took advantage of the release of Rocky vs Drago: the director’s cut to come back to it again. At the same time, boxing movies are not always very safe for comedians. And Sylvester Stallone paid dearly for it. For Rocky fans, we put the link to the famous documentary here: