With the success of “Rocky Balboa,” Stallone decided to resurrect his second most-famous role, Rambo. It came in the form of “Rambo” or “John Rambo” in countries where the first film was titled “Rambo.” However, unlike “Rocky Balboa,” this film was less a return to form and more just another in the pile of flops that collected around Stallone, even as he tried to ignore them.
The film made back its budget, yes, and did okay at the box office, but critics weren’t as kind to the film. Praise went to the action sections and Stallone’s acting, but the film’s excessive violence was a common sticking point. Some called it nauseating, which really means something when it comes to a film in the Rambo series.
The Pudding Empire
Like so many other celebrities, Stallone isn’t just interested in acting or writing. He also wanted to put his famous name on products, in order to have people buy them, and thus earn more money. But some of the things that Stallone has signed up for are a bit odd – for example, there’s the pudding. In 2005, He created a company for fitness supplements and dietary products called Instone, and one of the things the company created was a low-carb, high-protein pudding snack.
Despite appearing with Larry King to hawk the product, it was embroiled in a lawsuit with a food scientist over the right to the formula. This legal battle rolled on for years and years before the company finally went under and the dream of a pudding empire was dead.
Ending the Hiatus
Stallone’s time away from film ended in 2006 with his return to his most famous character. After the failure of “Rocky V,” “Rocky Balboa” ended up being a critical and commercial hit. Stallone was hoping for a more appropriate climax to Rocky’s story, and so he wrote, directed, and starred in the film. Rocky has gone from a champion to a widower who is running a struggling Italian restaurant, trying to keep himself out of poverty, before getting roped into the ring once again.
Just like the first film, it was an unexpected box office success, raking in three times the opening night estimates. Critical scores were also relatively high, with most critics enjoying the film but understanding it wasn’t perfect. Members of the boxing community apparently attended the film in droves.
In Trouble in Australia
Most people think that HGH – human growth hormone, more commonly known as steroids – is illegal in the United States, but that’s not exactly true. Sure, using them for athletics is unsporting at best, but for an older actor trying to get into shape for an action film, like Stallone was for the 2008 film “Rambo,” it’s legal.
Unless he takes the chemicals to Australia, where it is outlawed with no exceptions. Stallone made a statement saying that he had made a terrible mistake bringing the drugs and that he was unaware it was illegal in the country. He pled guilty and was willing to do the time. He didn’t appear in court and was fined only five thousand dollars after all was said and done.
A Little Bit Embarrassing
As many times as we’ve seen him step into a ring, Stallone is not a real boxer. Despite that fact, however, many people would have a hard time naming a man more synonymous with boxing, even if they aren’t talking about his on-screen persona. His movies have led many to take an actual interest in the sport, and thus, in 2011, he was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
At the same time, legendary fighters Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. were also inducted, leaving Stallone feeling a little embarrassed about the whole situation. He knew that he wasn’t really a fighter, and he felt odd getting the honor since he had never stepped into the ring for real. Don’t worry about it, man, just enjoy the recognition.