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9 Years LaterSee the Cast of ‘Rambo’ Then and Now!

It’s hard to believe the fourth installment of Rambo premiered nearly 10 years ago!

The film starred actors including Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, and more. And today, we’re taking a look back at the 2008 flick’s iconic cast then and now!

However, Sly, 70, also appeared in the original movie First Blood back in 1982. In a recent interview, the film’s director, Ted Kotcheff, revealed there was originally a dark ending for John Rambo.

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Sly in 2008’s Rambo.

In the first filming, Rambo shockingly commits suicide! “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.”

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He additionally opened up about his relationship with the Rocky star. “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 began. “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.”

And with that, Sly stuck with the franchise from Rambo: First Blood Part II in 1985, Rambo III in 1988, and all the way up until 2008’s Rambo!

Click through the gallery below to see what the Rambo cast looks like today!