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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Sylvester Stallone HollywoodNewsWire.net  "Rocky Balboa"  photo
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Jan 10, 2008
Sylvester Stallone – Rambo

Q1: What happened to the shot where you punched the guy's head completely off?
SS: That's an optical confusion. What it was was the knife, and it was such a bad print it looked like I punched his head off. That's the shot, absolutely. I kept reading the blogs and I said, god, look closely. No one can punch someone's head off.

Q2: Have you ever thought about if you didn't have Rambo because he died at the end of the book First Blood?
SS: Yeah, I think it about it all the time. I had that debate with Quentin Tarantino, who is vehement that I made a mistake. On an artistic level, you are probably right. But at the time, I had been spending a lot of time doing research with veterans, and it seemed like this terrible, nihilistic ending that just reveled in complete despair, and at that time we had had almost a quarter of a million Vietnam suicides. So I thought, do I want to end it on that note, or make him more of a victim who has been created to d...

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