Image Credit: Everett CollectionAnswering reader questions over at Ain’t It Cool News to promote The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone has left the door open for a Rambo prequel. “I certainly think this is worth pondering because it’s intriguing to find the whys and wherefores of how people have come to become what they are,” he says. “The traumas, the loss, and the tragedy of being in Vietnam would certainly be a great challenge for a young actor, and it would be ironic that Rambo directs younger Rambo after having played it for 20 plus years.”
While I agree with what Stallone says in theory, and would probably see the film because seeing Rambo movies is a Bierly family tradition, I don’t know that I actually want it to happen. Even though he’s fine with another actor taking on the role of John Rambo (which, I realize, should be all that matters), I can’t picture it. Somehow seeing him at war would take away the power of hearing him describe it at the end of First Blood. You’re hanging on his every word because it’s more dialogue than he’s spoken up till then and he goes from angry to broken before your eyes. It’d be like someone making a movie about a young Quint from Jaws surviving the USS Indianapolis. Robert Shaw’s monologue was such a perfect moment, I don’t want to experience it any other way.
What’s your position on a Rambo prequel? If you’re for it, who do you imagine in the role?