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Sylvester Stallone Remembers the Time Hulk Hogan Hospitalized 3 Dudes Filming ‘Rocky III’

by: Penn Collins On  Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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When Hulk Hogan took to the film Rocky III to play the enraged fighter “Thunderlips,” it didn’t seem like the early wrestling star was doing very much acting.

Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram to discuss what it was like working with Hulk Hogan (born Terry Bollea), an up-and-coming wrestler who was just as big as he always was, but didn’t seem to know his own strength.

Stallone lays out the story pretty nicely in a lengthy Instagram post:

Another flashback and another reason why it’s not such a great idea to always do your own stunts! I met Terry Bollea aka THUNDERLIPS aka HULK HOGAN In the very early 80s when I was directing Rocky III. AT 6feet 7 and 295 pounds with 24 inch biceps ! He was an amazing athlete! Incredibly powerful. I remember a violent move where he threw me into the corner , charged across the ring like an ENRAGED bull and leaped so amazingly high Above me,that his shinbone actually came down giant tree on my collarbone , and I tumbled to the floor. I was afraid to look at my shoulder for about 10 minutes … I said “don’t roll me over , don’t move me, ” because I was sure there was bone protruding through my upper chest ! Of course there wasn’t but I have never felt such a mind numbing pain from a massive hit before or since that day! HULK Just didn’t know his own strength. Believe it or not when he jumped into the audience to fight with the stuntmen , three of them had to be treated at the hospital. Great guy, great friend, his presence made the Film very very special. HULK , if you’re reading this, it was a privilege to be mangled by such a gentleman.

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Transcript:

Another flashback and another reason why it’s not such a great idea to always do your own stunts! I met Terry Bollea aka THUNDERLIPS aka HULK HOGAN In the very early 80s when I was directing Rocky III. AT 6feet 7 and 295 pounds with 24 inch biceps ! He was an amazing athlete! Incredibly powerful. I remember a violent move where he threw me into the corner , charged across the ring like an ENRAGED bull and leaped so amazingly high Above me,that his shinbone actually came down giant tree on my collarbone , and I tumbled to the floor. I was afraid to look at my shoulder for about 10 minutes … I said “don’t roll me over , don’t move me, ” because I was sure there was bone protruding through my upper chest ! Of course there wasn’t but I have never felt such a mind numbing pain from a massive hit before or since that day! HULK Just didn’t know his own strength. Believe it or not when he jumped into the audience to fight with the stuntmen , three of them had to be treated at the hospital. Great guy, great friend, his presence made the Film very very special. HULK , if you’re reading this, it was a privilege to be mangled by such a gentleman.

At least Stallone was gracious about it. It also explains why Hogan wasn’t getting many roles subsequently.

It you want to relive the madness, here’s a clip of the fight scene in question:



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