Sylvester Stallone Almost Shot Himself During The Expendables

During the filming of The Expendables, a holstered pistol went off against Sylvester Stallone's leg.

By Nathan Kamal | Published

Sylvester Stallone says that during the filming of the 2010 film The Expendables, a gun went off in the holster while he was wearing it, apparently shooting some variety of blank round down his leg. According to a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sylvester Stallone claimed (perhaps hyperbolically) that “no one” had shot more blanks than him and that he had “near misses” in terms of gun safety on film sets. Given that the Rambo star is one of the more famous action stars in film history, it is no real surprise that he has had some close calls with guns. 

These statements by Sylvester Stallone are in response to a question about his thoughts about gun safety in the wake of the tragic on-set death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in an accidental discharge of a revolver used by Alec Baldwin during the production of the movie Rust. Interestingly, Sylvester Stallone is actually in favor of film productions moving away from using prop guns and toward CGI gunfire, stating “It was only a matter of time and I agree: With special effects, there’s no need to do this.”

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Sylvester Stallone in Cobra

Despite starring in both the Rambo and Expendables franchises (as well as other gun-heavy movies like Cobra and Tango and Cash), Sylvester Stallone is actually a vocal proponent of gun control in the United States. Elsewhere in the interview, Sylvester Stallone also addresses how the character of John Rambo is often embraced as a politically conservative icon, which he disagrees with, viewing him as a neutral character. At the very least, it is safe to say that the actor is a man of varied and complex opinions. 

Sylvester Stallone’s latest movie was Samaritan, a comic book adaptation produced by and streamed on Amazon Prime Video. While the film was widely streamed by audiences, it received mixed reviews from critics and currently holds a 39% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also an interesting choice for Sylvester Stallone to star in an adaptation of a little-known independent comic book, considering that he has already appeared in both the DC Universe films and Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

In the DC Universe, Sylvester Stallone voiced the character of King Shark in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, bringing a comical kind of dignity to what has often been treated as a joke character. He first appeared in Marvel in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Stakar Ogord, a Ravager captain, and is slated to appear in the concluding installment in the trilogy. If nothing else, it seems clear that Sylvester Stallone has a good working relationship with new DC Studios co-head James Gunn

Sylvester Stallone will also be starring in The Expendables 4 with Megan Fox and the upcoming Paramount+ series Tulsa King, which was created by Taylor Sheridan. He will most likely be using a whole bunch of guns in that one too, but hopefully, there won’t be any accidents.