Sylvester Stallone: Hulk Hogan put Three Guys in the Hospital While Shooting ‘Rocky III’

The legendary actor recounts how the wrestler ‘charged like an enraged bull’ and gave him ‘mind numbing pain.’

Hulk Hogan and Sylvester Stallone embrace.
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Even though he filmed it over 30 years ago, Sylvester Stallone still feels pain from Rocky III—well, at least he remembers it well.

The legendary Rocky actor and star of The Expendables series took to Instagram to recount his experience working with Hulk Hogan, who played wrestling champion Thunderlips in the film.

The famous wrestler was absolutely shredded at the time, with a 6’7”, 295-pound physique and 24-inch biceps, so it’s not too much of a surprise that Hogan wreaked some major havoc on the set—especially for the stuntmen.

Let Stallone tell the tale for you:


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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Stallone also posted photos from Rocky II and Rocky III on his Instagram page: