Stallone Must End Action Career With Dignity, With Rambo – ManlyMovie

Stallone Must End Action Career With Dignity, With Rambo


Sylvester Stallone and Avi Lerner had a grand plan. To captalize on a rebelious 2010 movie called The Expendables and create a Fast & Furious style empire/franchise with spin offs and sequels and glory and money.  Where the Fast & Furious franchise would assemble young, trending stars such as rappers and other Twitter nobility to draw in viewers, Lerner and Stallone would hire young… people, to draw in viewers.  Where the ‘Fast’ series was captained by Vin Diesel with his 371 million Facebook followers, Lerner’s team would be captained by Sylvester Stallone.  Addendum: The ‘Fast’ series was PG-13.  Giving more people a chance to see The Rock.  Of course, they would not have shown up otherwise, therefore, if we make this thing PG-13, people will also show up in throngs to see Glen Powell.  The seeds were sown for Lerner to stay rich and for Stallone to stay young.

Something went wrong.

That’s a line from Rambo III.  Something went wrong.  What went wrong exactly?  Sylvester Stallone and Avi Lerner trying to grow a vegetable garden from an oil pit, is what.  Hubris, egos and old men being strikingly out of touch.  The truth is that the leak of The Expendables 3 could’ve been a potently powerful piece of guerilla marketing – had it done what it should’ve done.  But people who have seen it are complaining that it is an ugly monster of committee-fuelled cheaping out, horrible slapstick and trying badly to be family-friendly.  Even the new target audience is shitting on it, which means that all sides now hate it.  You know the deal, we don’t need to go over this again.

And with that, Stallone’s career and dignity are swirling the toilet.  He or his fanboys may not see it yet, or admit why it happened to themselves, but it’s coming.  This always happens.  Here is the formula.  First, Stallone gets hungry and does something good.  Then after success, complacency sets in.  He makes lousy, ego-fuelled career decisions.  It happened in the ’80s.  It happened in the ’90s.  And here we are again.  Bullet to the Head and Grudge Match fucked up, financially at least.  His next movie (after The Expendables 3), Reach Me, is said to be… of questionable quality.  The Expendables series, among these flops, was supposed to be his bail out franchise.  Well that looks dead in the water and Stallone’s career looks to be in the shitter, for good this time

What about me?

What about me, there’s the response from that Rambo III exchange.  When the situation with Trautman was FUBAR, and nobody wanted to touch it with a barge pole, Rambo steps up.  It’s that time again for Sylvester Stallone, to bring old John. J. out of retirement.  He did it in 2008 (okay, so Rocky Balboa got there first) with the ultra violent, inhibition-free “fuck it” effort of Rambo IV.  It’s time to do it here again.  Talk of a Rambo V was already spoken of before the EX3 disaster.  You can bet such talk is growing stronger now.  Rambo V is more likely than ever.

But this is his last chance.  Stallone must now acknowledge that he has an opportunity to end his career with dignity.  Shoot Rambo V.  Not in Bulgaria.  Not PG-13.  Not with some punk cast that he has aspirations of spinning off in a future movie that he can cameo in and use to stay young.  Do it right.  Have some balls and go out like a man, like Gene Hackman and Clint Eastwood did.  There’s still some time to salvage this senile Vin Diesel style career reverie you indulged in.

You’re not in your 40’s anymore and you only get to write a last chapter once.


  1. frank

    July 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Somebody PLEASE find a way to get this article in Sly’s hands. I understand that actors are under contract not to bad-mouth a film they’re in for a certain period of time after it’s released. But as soon as that’s up he needs to come out and own up to the massive mistake that is Expendables 3. He did it with Rocky V and admitted he made it for greed. I guess he never learns. Sad.

  2. Cyrus

    July 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Stallone doesn’t listen to fans. Not when he’s on top. Which he will be for another week or two.

  3. Kyle

    July 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Articles like this why I keep coming back to your site. All of this is true and other sites are too happy to try and stay in denial and please people

  4. JJR

    July 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Fuck that final scene of Rambo 4 is awesome. He’s home. They could end it there. Would make sense. but what happens when he’s back. We need Rambo V: Final Blood to end it

    And damnit the Expendables series should’ve/couldve been stone cold classics like Dirty Dozen/Kelly Heroes, esp Ex3 (still gonna see it)

  5. gayexpendable

    July 27, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Stallone is a hasbeen now.
    He fucked up The Expendables, a waste of talent and R rated action powerhouses.

    He also made shit casting choices.

    Randy Couture is not a legend.

    Stallone should have picked the B Movie, VHS martial arts generation.
    Dudikoff, Rothrock, Chan, Weathers, Hung, Donnie Yen, Don Wilson, Loren Avedon, the list fucking goes on.

    The Cannon 80s B movie lovers are what this movie should have catered for.

    The first movie was a pile of shit, crap shakycam, bollocks cgi, and fucking shit piece of filmmaking. Even i could direct a better film, and i’ve never filmed anything in my life.

    The second one was a piece of turd, and this third is a fucking shit in arsehole career killer.

    Glen Powell? who the fuck is this ugly cunt no name wankster? who the fuck decided to put that bum fucker victor ortiz as some hard guy?
    The guy looks about as hard as a wet dildo being sucked by a transsexual.

    Fucking shit actors, frasier? fuck frasier, since when did he become an “action legend”.

    Fuck you Stallone, you greedy fuck.
    fuck off back to your retirement home.

    Arnie, Dolph, Jet li, Snipes and Statham in the same movie, all wasted.

    Shit camera work too, fucking amateurs.

    Eat a dick Sly.

  6. Mucho Macho

    July 27, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I agree with almost everything Knight Rider, except a couple of things. I think Fast Series started imitating the Expendables first. But obviously they had an advantage, they were younger. Kurt Russell, where else u think Diesel got that idea to go after him.& of course Statham. In interviews for Fast 5 they were talking about been this generations Stallone vs Arnold team up. But yes Ex3 has clearly been nuttered to look like a fast movie. On the Ex2 dvd in the dvd extras Sly talked about next 1 bringing new younger faces. Listen i look at it like this..McDonalds is #1 & then theres KFC,U might not be #1 but u still profitable. The dude does not have to retire & never heard of again.listen u still pretending, its make believe.The Rock is big & all but he aint the best wrestler & he sucked as a football player. Its okay if Sly aint as popular nor young as he once was( neither am i btw:-D) thats life. Just cause u aint McDonalds u can still be kfc..u aint the BigMac no more but u make $$$ doing ur chicken thing. I remember something Nicholson said once,that he
    started doing supporting roles when young so when
    thats d only thing he got offered it wouldnt come
    across as carreer failure. We know Stallones ego,
    thats his fault. In my opinion he needs to embrace
    playing bad guys. Look at Travolta. In pure career
    resurrection he was given a choice between the lead
    hero or the villain in Broken Arrow & he choose the bad guy.Vic Deakins was one of Travoltas best bad guys! He rocked that movie. He could have also played the muscled older general in Avatar. Willis d past few years acts like his bored out of his mind in every i was watching Gi Joe i thought y Willis as the founder of the Gi Joes..y not Rambo himself, Stallone . Stallone just needs to change his mind not retire. Look at Bronson in Death Wish 3 ..no25 year old kiks dats much ass. He can also.go the eastwood route in Gran Torino, great manly movie. Even on the latest Purge movie..Grillo.was awesome but he didnt do no fucking cartwheel kiks or anything. So u see , its not the end of the world, itsnust a different world for Sly. Write something for Scott Adkins & let him kick ur ass at the end.. btw i miss Hackman so much. I much rather have an old Hackman & Connery than a Twilight lautner young bitch..but thats just me..
    Btw..thanx for this site..its pretty cool..or manly i should say:-)

  7. TheSly

    July 27, 2014 at 8:16 am

    * yawn * flips TV to LifeTime channel

  8. Zealcoolguy

    July 28, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Woow What a hater?
    give it a break, its not that bad movie.
    seeing old faces in a screen at same times is quite rare u know!

  9. whatever

    July 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Funny how you hate it and claim everybody does….when in fact everybody else loved it…

    and you obviously saw it illegally, torrenting much?

  10. Kyle

    July 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    This movie has been eaten alive and hated by everyone.

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  12. Barney Ross

    September 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Get fucking JOHN WOO for both RAMBO 5 and EX4.