It’s been almost 10 years since the fourth chapter of Rambo premiered in 2008. The film starred several talented actors including Sylvester Stallone, Matthew Marsden, and Julie Benz, among others. Below, we take a look at how the cast members have changed since then.
In a recent interview, Ted Kotcheff, the film’s director, revealed how Rambo was originally supposed to have a dark ending.
To everyone’s shock, John Rambo commits suicide in the first filming. “The film was basically conceived as Rambo’s tragedy, that mirrored the tragedy of so many of the veterans that I talked to. I met guys that actually, later on, killed themselves,” Kotcheff told Entertainment Weekly. “His tragedy mirrored their tragedy, and how they came to this sad conclusion to kill themselves.”
He also talked about his relationship with the main star of the movie, Sylvester Stallone. “My first choice for the picture was Sylvester Stallone. Usually, you submit a script to a star, you’d be lucky if you get an answer within two or three months. In his case, I sent it to him on a Thursday night,” Kothceff adds. “On a Friday morning he phones me: ‘I love this script! I want to do it!’ I couldn’t believe my luck! Money always revolves around getting a big star name.”
Sylvester stuck with the franchise from Rambo: First Blood Part II in 1985, Rambo III in 1988, all the way up to 2008’s Rambo!
Check out the following gallery to see what the “Rambo” cast looks like then vs. now!
Sylvester Stallone (John Rambo)
Sly, most notably known for his Rocky Balboa role, is still very active and busy. He wrote and starred in The Expendables, The Expendables 2, and The Expendables 3. A final fourth film is scheduled to be released in 2018. In 2015, he appeared in a spin-off-sequel of Rocky called “Creed”, reprising his role as Rocky Balboa. He got a lot of praises and accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, and his third Academy Award nomination; this time for Best Supporting Actor. In 2017, Stallone appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which he portrayed Starhawk. Stallone has also confirmed that he completed a script for a sequel to “Creed”, and is also working on Escape Plan 3. Recently, internet was abuzz with the hoax of his death, but he replied with the message, “Please ignore this stupidity…Alive and well and happy and healthy…Still Punching!”
Julie Benz (Sarah)
Julie Marie Benz is well known for her role of Rita Bennett on Dexter, for which she won the 2006 Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress and the 2009 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has also starred on several series like Desperate Housewives, No Ordinary Family, A Gifted Man, and Defiance. Her movie career after Rambo spans films like The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, and Bedrooms. In 2015, Benz landed a recurring role in the CBS series, Hawaii Five-O, and TV movie, Charming Christmas.