‘SO GENEROUS OF HIM TO WRITE’
Tiger Shroff felt ‘it was surreal’ when he saw a message from Sylvester Stallone
Ithought at first it wasn’t real,” says Tiger Shroff (above), who’ll star in the official Hindi remake of the cult film Rambo, when he saw a message from Sylvester Stallone (inset), the original John Rambo. Tiger thought that the very encouraging message was from one of his fan clubs. He soon discovered to his absolute delight that the post was by none other than Stallone himself.
The character of ex-soldier John Rambo was introduced in the film First Blood (1982) and then appeared in three sequels. It is one of the most iconic characters in cinema.
About Stallone’s message, Tiger says that after that first moment of disbelief, “I saw it was [from] his verified account”. He adds, “I thought I was dreaming. It was so surreal, and I was at a loss for words. I didn’t know how to respond. It was generous and kind of [Stallone] to write the words he did. I didn’t know if I could thank him enough. I just wanted him to know that there is no way anybody can replace him. We’re just paying tribute to him.” So is Stallone his idol? “Who isn’t a fan of Sylvester Stallone?” asks Tiger. “When you think of action, his name is synonymous with action.”
The action of the remake is on a huge scale, and on all terrains. Stallone is “definitely watching”, says Tiger, and “we don’t want to let him down.”