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Grumpy Old Action Heroes

Perusing Cinematical and ComingSoon recently I came across these on-set photos from the next installment of the Rambo series, yet another action series I considered long dead (not dead meaning "irrelevant," dead meaning "completed"). For a 62-year-old man, Sylvester Stallone looks pretty good, but beyond that I find myself perplexedly asking the same question I wondered when Sly's old-man Rocky Balboa movie came out last year: Do we really need another one of these?

Between Rambo, Rocky, the most recent Die Hard movie, and now even Indiana Jones, it’s like these action heroes who were played by the young and spry versions of these men in the 1980s just want to keep their series gasping along (and, of course, want to keep getting paid), but at what point does this all become an embarrassing joke? When their wrinkles are distracting? When they can’t get around without a cane?

Is it worth resurrecting these characters and story lines in order to relive some nostalgic sentiment we might still have toward these movies? Why can't we just let the action heroes live on in our memories, rather than have them make endless quips about how much harder it is to disarm a bomb with arthritic fingers or run away from a giant boulder with a heart murmur?

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Dianna Dianna 10 years
These older actors ain't ready to be put out to pasture, ESPECIALLY one that looks as good as SLY!! Why not re-visit Rambo like he did Rocky so we can all see what's happened to the character? Me? I'm all for it! - Dianna justaslyce.blogspot.com
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
they'll just end up souring the whole series, like lethal weapon 4. did we need to see that one?
Rs-Ntl Rs-Ntl 10 years
i agree with you neekoh, i think that we all have had enough of those heroes and movies
tralalala tralalala 10 years
did you not see Live Free or Die hard? It was AWESOME.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Ha ha, pinkflats — I would say this to Spielberg! As curious as I am about this next Indiana Jones movie (and as excited as I am to see it), there's still a part of me that wonders why he feels the need to do another one? The first three were great as they were; I guess I don't totally see the point with some of these sequels!
pipette1110 pipette1110 10 years
it's pathetic! there is a limit to the good movies AND the good actors!
Neekoh Neekoh 10 years
Yes, we need one! Sly is a hottie. And I loved Rocky Balboa... I think it just takes me back to my childhood...
pinkflats pinkflats 10 years
Buzz I like to hear you say this to Steven Speilberg about Indiana Jones. lol. Actually I don't mind it if they're trying to move forward with the franchise with a younger cast like with Indiana Jones, but if they're just going to keep doing the same things with the same actors and then I think producers and directors need to back away from the storyboard and do something else.
Ejmcmis Ejmcmis 10 years
I'm not trying to be negative or anything, but the old-timers need to cut it out with the action movies. They are no longer beliveable in those roles.
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