Sylvester Stallone Tells ‘Fallon’ Why He Really ‘Hated’ Dolph Lundgren When Casting ‘Rocky IV’

Sylvester Stallone stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Fallon on Thursday (September 19) and revealed that he actually “hated” his co-star Dolph Lundgren when he casted him for Rocky IV.

“In Rocky IV I really wanted a big, horrible, vicious guy,” the 73-year-old actor said. “Like a primitive. And I couldn’t find him. I’m finding giant wrestlers and football players and that. And then all of a sudden the door opened, the smoke came in, there’s light. [He had a] proceeding hairline, shoulders this wide, everything was perfect.”

“Even his calves were coming through his clothing. Just muscular,” Sylvester continued. “Blue eyes are staring into my soul. He was the real Terminator, and I was like, ‘I hate this guy. He’s too perfect. And if I loathe him, I’m sure the world will.’ He’s not really, but he looks like something from a thousand years into the future.”

Sylvester also teased that he and Lundgren are actually in the early stages of work on a new TV project: “There’s an idea we’ve come up with called The International,” he explained. “It deals with the UN but it’s a different kind of UN, a little hardcore. There’s a lot of action in it but it also really feeds into who Dolph is, because he is international. He’s incredibly intelligent so he’s going to bring a different spin to the whole thing.”

Sylvester Stallone also teased his ideas for the future of Rocky and responds to Henry Winkler‘s confession that he based Happy Days‘ Fonzie on his character Rocky.

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