RAMBO – Sylvester Stallone – Exclusive Video Interview

     January 11, 2008

Before we get to the interview, you need to know how I got it. As most of you have noticed when you watch a video clip on Collider, there are two logos – one is the Collider logo and the other is for Omelete. The reason is Omelete are our partners in Latin America. We’re like two brothers that live in different countries. So when I get something cool, they use it…and when they get something, I use it. Like today… when only international press got to do TV Spots for “Rambo.” So with the Omelete guys operating in Brazil, they sent me to do the interviews in their place. So that’s how I got what you’re about to watch, and that’s how all the people who read Omelete will be watching the same interviews. Needless to say, a big thanks to Omelete for making this happen.

And now, the reason you’re here.

Posted below is my video interview with Sylvester Stallone for “Rambo.” While I’d usually write what I thought about a movie in my intro, I signed an NDA before the screening saying I wouldn’t write any review before opening day. I’m a man of my word, so hopefully you can tell how I felt by listening to my questions during the interview.

I also don’t know how much I’m allowed to say about the movie as far as the plot…so rather than taking any chances and causing problems, I’m posting the official synopsis as it’s written word for word.

Twenty years after the last film in the series, John Rambo (SYLVESTER STALLONE) has retreated to northern Thailand, where he’s running a longboat on the Salween River. On the nearby Thai-Burma (Myanmar) border, the world’s longest-running civil war, the Burmese-Karen conflict, rages into its 60th year. But Rambo, who lives a solitary, simple life in the mountains and jungles fishing and catching poisonous snakes to sell, has long given up fighting, even as medics, mercenaries, rebels and peace workers pass by on their way to the war-torn region.

That all changes when a group of human rights missionaries search out the “American river guide” John Rambo. When Sarah (JULIE BENZ) and Michael Bennett (PAUL SCHULZE) approach him, they explain that since last year’s trek to the refugee camps, the Burmese military has laid landmines along the road, making it too dangerous for overland travel. They ask Rambo to guide them up the Salween and drop them off, so they can deliver medical supplies and food to the Karen tribe. After initially refusing to cross into Burma, Rambo takes them, dropping off Sarah, Michael and the aid workers…

Less than two weeks later, pastor Arthur Marsh (KEN HOWARD) finds Rambo and tells him the aid workers did not return and the embassies have not helped locate them. He tells Rambo he’s mortgaged his home and raised money from his congregation to hire mercenaries to get the missionaries, who are being held captive by the Burmese army. Although the United States military trained him to be a lethal super soldier in Vietnam, decades later Rambo’s reluctance for violence and conflict are palpable, his scars faded, yet visible. However, the lone warrior knows what he must do…

So about this interview…. I grew up watching Sylvester Stallone, just like all of you. The characters of Rocky and Rambo were with me as I learned about movies. While I’ve had to fortune to interview many people while working on Collider, I’ll admit to being quite thrilled getting the opportunity to talk with Sly. So much so, that I actually made a pretty big list of questions to ask.

And that was a problem. If you didn’t know, when you do a TV interview you get about 4 minutes with a person.


Think about how much time that is, then think about all the questions you’d want to ask Sly. Four is a small fraction of the time you’d want. So while I’m sure some of you will be mad at me for not asking a certain question, I tried my best. I really hope you like it.

But if you wish you could ask Sly your own question…you can! Go to AICN and submit your question to Harry. Maybe you’ll get picked.

In the coming days I’ll also be posting a separate interview with Sly that I got to participate in, but that was with a group of people asking questions and this is the one on one. Finally, I just posted a bunch of movie clips and TV spots from “Rambo,” so click here to watch them. And remember, “Rambo” returns to cinemas on January 25th.

Sylvester Stallone

  • How difficult was it to find a story you wanted to tell
  • The difficulty of shooting on location – the death threats
  • The film has a lot of violence – I ask how hard was it to get an R rating
  • Since he has been chatting with the fans on AICN, I ask how it’s been interacting with everyone
  • What does he have coming up? He talks about remakes…like Death Wish
  • I ask about his writing process

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