Sylvester Stallon's Friday at Cannes Film Festival ended with an honorary career retrospective of Rocky and Rambo star, topped with an early look at his upcoming Millennium Entertainment movie ] Rambo V – Last Blood, he wrote together.
After a standing ovation (from which Stallone demolished) and an introduction by Cannes boss Thierry Frémaux, a sizzle reeled off with Stallone's gung-ho speech from 1978 trucker union film FIST : " We will go back out there and they will not shut us down anymore, they will not burn us down any more, they will not shoot us down again … "before they get the members of a fevered shout" One Fist! One Fist ! "The soundtrack illuminated Survivor's Rocky III song" Eye of the Tiger "and the audience clapped and continued on to Bill Conti Rocky theme" Gonna Fly Now "
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Unlike three years ago on Robert de Niros Cannes' career tribute, which was dominated by Harvey Weinstein's praise of the two-hour Oscar-winning actor, there was no speech by any of Stallone's contemporaries or co-stars. Rambo V – Last Blood producer Avi Lerner and co-star Paz Vega were in the Grand Theater Lumiere along with Stallone's wife Jennifer Flavin and daughter Sixtinus Rose Stallone, the star of Entertainment Studios & # 39; 47 meters down: Uncaged .
In the middle of the scene, Stallone said, "When I started, I just wanted to get a job. Then I discovered writing, and it was a fun way to express myself. You know without failing If I had done what I wanted to do, it would have been over, but the fact is that I failed and found something else that is capable of putting the words in and putting them on the page, and hopefully they would relate to everyone. I would like to thank the power of the written word. This is the most extraordinary event I have ever seen. I did not expect this. "
And then everyone in Grand Lumiere saw what the crowds at CinemaCon could not during the Lionsgate session: Rambo V – Last Blood trailer.
The trailer begins with shots from the Rambos ranch. "I've never talked about it before, because I can never live through it," he says in the voice transition towards picked strings. "No one would understand," he says, standing in a pile of weapons. So when the action changes to Mexico, Rambo says: "All these years I've kept my secrets, but time has come to see my past. If it comes looking for me …" – cut Rambo in the middle of a gang of pistols pointed to him – "they will rejoice in death." We see Rambo building weapons in his barn and aiming with his bow and a pistols down on his ranch. Finally the shot is of him raising his signature knife and slashing.
Earlier today under a Cannes Masterclass Stallone shared more about Rambo V s plot than Martin Scorsese and de Niro did when discussing their upcoming gangster movie Irishman under their Tribeca Film Festival sitdown.
Before the new 4K DCP printout of the 1982 movie hit the screen in GTL, Frémaux Stallone asked to share some memories from First Blood
"No one wanted to make this movie. I was the 11th choice. actor, every major actor said, "No." It made me think, why are everyone afraid of this movie? It was a very different project. It was a man who fought his own country, but I thought there was something there Because of Vietnam, there are many men out there who have suffered in the world. If I could tell their story, it might be interesting, "Stallone said.
"When I wrote the script, I decided he wouldn't say anything. He would hardly have any dialogue," Stallone continued. "The producer shouted," I paid you all this money! You must speak "I said" No, no one understands me anyway. ""
Stallone said that when the film was finished, none of the studios wanted to distribute it. Until the producers showed 20 minutes First Blood to a group of distributors.
"The 20 minutes – they loved it and it changed my life," Stallone said.
The Rambo franchise through four films has accumulated close to $ 728 million. Worldwide, unadjusted to inflation. Rambo V – Last Blood opens September 20 via Lionsgate in the United States