We still have no idea when Sylvester Stallone will bring his John Rambo back to theaters in Rambo: Last Stand, but it seems the actor-writer-director has a definitive plan in place for this sequel, dropping the bombshell that he plans to kill off his iconic character.
First, he offered a few details about the plot of Rambo 5.
I'm dying to do another Rambo. He's in Arizona on the border. It will involve him going into Mexico. I don't think Rambo likes Mexicans."
The actor then went onto discuss why he desperately wants to return to the character one last time.
"Rocky is me after coffee. Rambo has reverted into kind of like an id: primitive, reactive and instinctual, almost like an animal. I love this character because he hasn't quite been fleshed out. He's like an errant knight, looking to die in a glorious fashion. He has no desire to go into old age or have a family. In the book, Rambo gets killed. I thought it was not the proper message. There had been close to 200,000 suicides by returning Vietnam vets. I said, "Why don't we take him right to the edge without annihilating him?" Quentin Tarantino said, "You're a coward, you should have killed him!" I said, "Quentin, you're a lunatic. I want to do some sequels, brother."
"That went on for a long time. We couldn't stand to be in the same room. But I like a good adversary. It makes you lose sleep and want to get up in the morning and go to the gym. We started in the business almost the same day. We were at the Golden Globes and he had won for best newcomer; I lost for best actor but we had won best picture, and I took this bouquet of flowers and threw it on him like, "It's on, pal!" From that day on it was a very competitive thing. Then you move on, have families, and you realize that this fellow's very similar to you. Now we get along great. When he started to run for governor. He started inviting me to events. I said no, then my wife says, "Come on, he's extending the olive branch," and next thing I know is I'm on the campaign trail, then we just hit it off. He did some great things, like, to be in Expendables when he was governor, for free."
"I do. Sorry Arnold, but it's true! You can bench more than me, but I'd out-cage you."