‘Rocky IV’: Sylvester Stallone was really hospitalized after the fight with Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago)

Sylvester Stallone’s desire to create realistic scenes in the ring in ‘Rocky IV’ was so great that in the middle of filming he ended up so injured by Dolph Lundgren’s hand that urgent medical attention was required. This is the story.

It was 1985 (historic year for our country in social issues) Rocky IV was released around the world, delivery that would present a new opponent for the legendary Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone, the Italian stallion; it was Ivan Drago, role of the imposing Dolph Lundgren, who hit the stereotype of a powerful Russian willing to proclaim himself as the best boxer of all time.

This same tape showed the dramatic moment in which Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) lost his life at the hands of Drago, an element that would trigger his rivalry with Balboa. And to create this tension on the big screen, it was Sylvester Stallone himself who decided to raise the stakes in the filming of the film by being the screenwriter and director, however, that decision It cost him four days in intensive care after receiving a series of powerful blows from his co-star, Dolph Lundgren..

For the filming of the big fight between Rocky and Ivan, Sly wanted the exchange of blows to be real in order to look as natural as possible, however, the intensity of the scene led Lundgren to throw a series of body punches of the great protagonist, which had an immediate effect causing Stallone a strange burning in his chest, a signal he completely ignored at first.


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That same night the protagonist of tapes like Rambo: first blood either Creed: Champion’s Heart he had serious difficulty breathing, this set off red lights in the production and he was taken to a nearby emergency room. It was there that it was discovered that Sylvester had a blood pressure of over 200 and this was a terrible sign (normal is 120).Therefore, he was transferred on a low-altitude flight from Canada to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

Rocky IV Sylvester Stallone was really hospitalized after the fight

Sylvester Stallone was the director and screenwriter of ‘Rocky IV’.


The effect that Dolph Lundgren’s blows had on Stallone’s body was so serious that it was decided for the well-being of the actor that he remain in intensive care for four days, things had gotten out of control and in the end it all came about because of his own idea to take the combat of his characters to a more realistic level.

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The official medical opinion revealed that Sylvester had received such severe blows to his chest that his heart had hit his sternum and began to swell dramatically, in turn cutting off the blood supply and restricting the flow of oxygen throughout the body.

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Ironically, Lundgren wound up seriously hurting his co-star just as Ivan Drago and his extreme training in Russia would have done. Of course this anecdote right now is told from a curious and surprising aspectbut at the time it took Sylvester Stallone to a physical limit where his life was really in danger.

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‘Rocky IV’: Sylvester Stallone was really hospitalized after the fight with Dolph Lundgren (Ivan Drago)

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