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Sylvester Stallone seems to be retreating as one of his most iconic characters.
Just last week, Sly said goodbye in an emotional Instagram post with his Creed II crew of Rocky Balboa saying it was "probably his last rodeo" as an Italian stallion. Now he's back on social media to seemingly say goodbye to John Rambo, the Vietnam veteran he's been playing since 1982.
In a short video posted on Instagram on Tuesday, Stallone said he has just released his final shot for [1
"This figure was introduced to me in 1980 and nobody wanted it," Stallone said. "In fact, I was the eleventh choice. People saw this as a kind of cursed project. I looked at it and said, "This is an amazing opportunity."
"It was an amazing journey," he added.
Rambo V whose subtitle is expected to be ] Last Blood is probably the last part of the iconic series of action (though Stallone is well-known, anything could happen). The franchise began with 1982's First Blood in which a Rambo recently concocted with a common denominator set guerrilla tactics to save himself from abusive police officers in a small town in Washington.
The most recent film in the series appeared in 2008 and found the legendary figure on a rescue mission in Myanmar. For his alleged final mission, the Vigilante veterinarian is expected to take over a drug cartel. The filming of Rambo V began in October and will be released in cinemas next fall. As noted in the case of Creed II anchored to Michael B. Jordan last month to strong reviews Stallone also wrote the latest edition of the Rambo saga.
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It's not very clear what it means that the 72-year-old Stallone seems to be leaving two iconic characters in a year's time, but he would certainly mark the end of an era. After all, it was Balboa who catapulted him into fame in 1976, and Rambo has made him the pioneering action star he is today.
"It's a long, long road that has been covered," Stallone wrote on Instagram Tuesday. "Thanks for the support."