Sylvester Stallone has never met a movie franchise he didn’t like.
He’s about to enjoy something like the 19th edition as Rocky Balboa in the (most likely) an award-nominated Creed II. There is the old-action-guys-social-club movie, The Expendables, that has seen three versions and working on a fourth. A straight-to-DVD concept, Escape Plan, has its original and two sequels. And then, there is the troubled and once hunted Vietnam War hero gone rogue fugitive, Rambo.
If you have spent any time watching Stallone play John Rambo, you have seen bulging muscles ripple with the movement of an M-60 machine gun. The man makes being swole commonplace in these films, but these days, John Rambo is sagging a little.
As much of a physical specimen Stallone still is at 72, he just can’t rock those biceps like he is accustomed to having. Something has to be different about the fifth edition in the franchise, but this?!
What in the Pecos Bill hell is that?!
We can tell you one thing — that is not photoshopped. That is directly from Sly’s Instagram feed. There is John Rambo, sporting the latest in Wranglers, bull riding gloves, and a Stetson Resistol hat. Sure, those aren’t assless chaps, but his butt is certainly in them.
Who knew in 1982 when Johnny stormed onto the scene in the Portland, Oregon forest that he would end up finding solace among tarantulas and tumbleweeds. War makes a man do strange things, like completely changing who you are and begin wearing shirts with those cheap pearl buttons with a fresh pack of Marlboros in your front shirt pocket.
Turns out he flees his life to become a mountain frontiersman. According to the plot of Rambo 5, his life finds him.
Rambo teams up with a journalist to track down and rescue a group of local girls that have been kidnapped by a Mexican sex trafficking ring, after trying to settle down to a quiet peaceful life stateside at the family ranch in Arizona after spending decades abroad.
Stallone first portrayed John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran, in the 1982 film First Blood. He reprises his role in 1985’s Rambo: First Blood Part II, 1988’s Rambo III and 2008’s Rambo. There is no current release date.