Sylvester Stallone, 75, says he nearly DIED during the making of Rocky IV


Sylvester Stallone, 75, says he nearly DIED during the making of Rocky IV and had nuns ‘praying’ for him after Dolph Lundgren punched his heart


Sylvester Stallone nearly died during the making of Rocky IV.

The 75-year-old actor recalled how doctors feared that he would be ‘talking to angels’ after he was badly injured by Dolph Lundgren – who played Rocky’s nemesis Ivan Drago in the 1985 film – when a fight scene went badly wrong.

Sly, who portrays Rocky Balboa in the sports drama series, had nuns praying for him in intensive care after Dolph ‘pulverized’ his heart with a punch.

Ouchie: Sylvester Stallone nearly died during the making of Rocky IV; seen on set of the 1985 hit film

Ouchie: Sylvester Stallone nearly died during the making of Rocky IV; seen on set of the 1985 hit film

Hard times: The 75-year-old actor recalled how doctors feared that he would be 'talking to angels' after he was badly injured by Dolph Lundgren - who played Rocky's nemesis Ivan Drago in the 1985 film – when a fight scene went badly wrong

Hard times: The 75-year-old actor recalled how doctors feared that he would be ‘talking to angels’ after he was badly injured by Dolph Lundgren – who played Rocky’s nemesis Ivan Drago in the 1985 film – when a fight scene went badly wrong

Speaking ahead of the release of a new recut version of the film, Stallone said: ‘In the first round, where he knocked me down, that is for real.

‘He pulverized me and I did not feel it at that moment but later that night my heart started to swell. 

‘He had bruised the perio cardio sac, which is when the heart hits the chest – like in a car accident when your chest hits the steering wheel.’

Stallone continued: ‘My blood pressure went up to 260. They thought I was going to be talking to angels.’

Pray for me: Sly, who portrays Rocky Balboa in the sports drama series, had nuns praying for him in intensive care after Dolph 'pulverized' his heart with a punch

Pray for me: Sly, who portrays Rocky Balboa in the sports drama series, had nuns praying for him in intensive care after Dolph ‘pulverized’ his heart with a punch

Battle: Speaking ahead of the release of a new recut version of the film, Stallone said: 'In the first round, where he knocked me down, that is for real. 'He pulverized me and I did not feel it at that moment but later that night my heart started to swell'

Battle: Speaking ahead of the release of a new recut version of the film, Stallone said: ‘In the first round, where he knocked me down, that is for real. ‘He pulverized me and I did not feel it at that moment but later that night my heart started to swell’

Sly previously admitted that he was ‘furious’ not to receive a cut from the Rocky movies, despite the fact that he created the franchise and wrote the screenplay for the first six films.

The Rambo actor said: ‘I have zero ownership of Rocky. Every word, every syllable, every grammatical error was all my fault.

‘It was shocking that it never came to be, but I was told, “Hey, you got paid, so what are you complaining about?” I was furious.’

Family man: Stallone has been married to model Jennifer Flavin since 1997. Together they have three daughters: Sophia, 25, Sistine, 23, and Scarlet, 19, who all share the middle name of Rose; seen in 2017

Family man: Stallone has been married to model Jennifer Flavin since 1997. Together they have three daughters: Sophia, 25, Sistine, 23, and Scarlet, 19, who all share the middle name of Rose; seen in 2017

However, Stallone was pleased that his iconic character gave him a ‘voice’.

Sly said: ‘It’s the only voice that I can say what I want without being ridiculed, or being silly, or being precious or sentimental, because he is that way.’

Stallone has been married to model Jennifer Flavin since 1997. Together they have three daughters: Sophia, 25, Sistine, 23, and Scarlet, 19, who all share the middle name of Rose.

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