The “Rambo 5” rumors have been flying around for a while now. Last we heard, writer Sean Hood had said, “[Sylvester Stallone] hasn’t decided if R5 will be an ‘Unforgiven‘ or a ‘passing of the torch.’ ” Well, it looks like he’s made a decision.
In a pretty awesome and candid interview with Macleans (via Arrow In The Head), Stallone first reveals the setting of the movie, which will bring the Vietnam vet back to America. “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,” he said. At any rate, if “Rambo 5” does get made, it will be the last one he stars in. Asked point blank if he’ll kill off the character, Sly says: “Yeah.” Damn. Of course, that’s if this thing gets made, but you can bet if “The Expendables 2” is a hit, producers will be angling to dust off the ’80s action hero for one more kick at the multiplex.
But that’s not all Stallone has cooking up. In addition to “The Tomb” and “Bullet To The Head,” Sly wants to play a baddie and it seems he found the right project for it: “I have one coming up based on a wonderful film that was done in Spain, ‘No Rest For The Wicked.’ It’s hard-core, in the ‘Bad Lieutenant‘ mode. ‘Badder Lieutenant,’ we’re calling it,” he said. While we doubt this means we’ll see him masturbate and show off his dong onscreen, the material seems like a good fit.
The original film, directed by Enrique Urbizu, was nominated for 14 Goyas, winning major awards including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. The story centers on a burned out police inspector who commits a triple homicide in a fit of rage and seeks to kill the one witness who could implicate him in the crime. But things take a twist when he uncovers a possible terrorist cell threatening an attack. On paper (or in pixels) it sounds generic, but with all these honors thrown at it, there must be a lot more beneath the surface.
Anyway, click over to Macleans because there is a lot more goodness, including Sly talking about turning down “Jackie Brown” and “Death Proof,” his rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Gere and more. Pretty good stuff. Watch the trailer for the original “No Rest For The Wicked” below.