Sylvester Stallone's scorpion scene

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 February 2008

Sylvester Stallone's scorpion scene

Sylvester Stallone made his 'Rambo' co-stars lie beside scorpions during filming.

The 61-year-old actor - who directs and stars in the fourth instalment of the action franchise - expected his fellow actors to ignore ants, snakes and scorpions while shooting a key battle scene in a tropical jungle.

Graham McTavish - who plays a former SAS mercenary in the film - revealed: "There's a scene in the movie where I have to fire a gun from behind a tree stump. It was swarming with biting red ants which were actually on top a nest of scorpions. I thought we would move to another location in case I got bitten or stung.

"But no, Sly was very no-nonsense and there was no way we were moving. Obviously we were in a jungle on the border of Thailand and Burma and we just had to deal with it.

"It wasn't just ants and scorpions we had to deal with - there were snakes all over the place too. One of the actors was nearly bitten on his leg."

McTavish also revealed it took him a while to adjust to working with legendary action hero Stallone.

He added to BANG Showbiz: "Of course it's surreal to be there standing next to Rambo, after you've seen and loved the first three movies.

"It did take me a couple of days to forget that it was him. You do forget eventually, because he's a nice guy, but there are not many people like him."

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1. Gerald14 Feb 2008, 8:25pm Report

Stallone does not make a movie for a movie sake.... it has to be true to character, and the elements. It is not just what the story communicates, but what HE COMMUNICATES. Rambo IV, I think will be remembered for a long time for the stark realism - the sheer brutality and gore... again Stallone leaves no stones unturned to make his point. And that is what audiences will remember most about him. A NEW BOOK CALLED RAMBO CODE: Your Survival Guide is now available for download at

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