Who Stallone Would Recast In His Iconic Roles (Including Gosling As Rambo)


During a 2015 interview, Sylvester Stallone revealed his choices for recasting his most iconic roles, including Ryan Gosling as John Rambo.

Sylvester Stallone has played many iconic characters throughout his career, and here’s which actors he would pick for recasting those parts. Stallone was a struggling actor before the success of 1976’s rocky, which he also wrote. He was famously offered handsome sums of money to sell the screenplay so a more established star could play the titular role, but Stallone insisted only he could do it. Rocky remains arguably his most famous character, but he’s played several others too.

John Rambo debuted in the 1972 novel First Blood, and while everyone from Al Pacino to Steven McQueen was considered for the movie adaptation, Stallone was eventually hired. Rambo would soon become the poster boy for ’80s action cinema with his headband, combat knife and bazooka. While they didn’t spawn Stallone movie franchises, the likes of Demolition Man, Cobra and cliff hanger rank high with fans of the actor too.

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Outside of Karl Urban inheriting the role of Judge Dredd, none of Stallone’s most famous parts have been played by other performers. During a 2015 chat with YahooStallone himself gave his recasting suggestions for his most famous parts.

Stallone’s Picks For Recasting His Most Famous Roles

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Ryan Gosling as John Rambo


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While promoting The Gray Man, Ryan Gosling revealed himself to be a major fan of Stallone’s action movies. The actor would no doubt be flattered to hear Stallone suggest him for the role of Rambo then, which even he admits is “Kind of an odd choice, right?Stallone famously suggested most of Rambo’s dialogue be deleted from First Blood to make the character more mysterious, so the actor might have been thinking of Gosling’s near-mute turn in drive while making his choice.


Jake Gyllenhaal as Cobra


Cobra – which might get a TV spin-off – was basically Stallone’s attempt to make his version of “Dirty” Harry, from the character’s morals right down to the casting of Dirty Harry co-stars Andrew Robinson and Reni Santoni in supporting roles. Stallone suggested Jake Gyllenhaal as his pick as he”Had a dark side” as a performer and could pull off the intensity of the obsessive detective, as seen in the likes of 2014’s nightcrawler.

Channing Tatum as John Spartan / The “Demolition Man”


Demolition Man was Stallone’s 1993 futuristic action blockbuster, where his disgraced cop is thawed out to battle Wesley Snipes villain. For that role, Stallone chooses Channing Tatum for the recasting, both for his physique and – no doubt – his ability to play both action and comedy.


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Tom Cruise as Cliffhanger’s Gabe Walker


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Another 1993 blockbuster from Stallone saw his character Gabe Walker face off with a group of thieves in the Rocky Mountains. While mulling over this recasting, Stallone – who will play a superhero in Samaritan – mused”You need a psycho for that! Whose not afraid of heights!” With that in mind, he probably thought of Tom Cruise’s infamous climbing sequence from Mission: Impossible II, which later kicked off his obsession with performing his own stunts. Of all the recasts mentioned above, a cliff hanger reboot with Cruise sounds the most exciting.


Dwayne Johnson as Over The Top’s Lincoln Hawk


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While stretching the “iconic character” label slightly, arm-wrestling epic About The Top still has its devotees. For Linc, Stallone suggested the role needed a real “beast,” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson quickly spring to mind. Sylvester Stallone himself.

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