Sylvester Stallone can be intimidating enough, but for teenage boys unlucky enough to date one of his daughters he is downright terrifying.
The action star recently told Jay Leno how he likes to greet his daughters’ male friends by imitating one of his most famous — and most dangerous — movie characters.
“I come to the door with a headband on and go, ‘I’m go coming for you. When you touch them, you touch Rambo!’” he told Leno.
Sylvester Stallone has three daughters with his wife Flavin — 16-year-old Sophia, 15-year-old Sistine, and 11-year-old Scarlett. It’s likely that any young boys coming over to take them on a date wouldn’t know where the reference came from. The first Rambo movie, First Blood, was released in 1982, close to 20 years before they were likely born.
The would probably be familiar with the 2008 reboot, Rambo, which featured Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as John Rambo in a special mission to free some kidnapped missionaries.
Stallone may be 67 years old, but he can still cut an intimidating figure. He is the force behind the Expendables series, which brings together just about every aging action star around, including a still very muscular Stallone.
The actor who had his breakthrough with the Rocky series still has the body and the stamina to play a boxer on-screen, appearing in Rocky Balboa in 2006 and Grudge Match, which is due out on Christmas.
Sylvester Stallone said he hopes Grudge Match could show that there is no age limit to following your dreams.
“I think a lot of people, as they reach 60 and above, think, you know, I have some unfinished business,” Stallone said. “Unfortunately life does not afford you the opportunity to go back and kind of right the wrong. So this is the beauty of fantasy and imagination, to be able to have these guys go and correct the moment in their life that will make them feel somewhat fulfilled. That’s the fantasy, and I think that’s where the empathy comes in with the audience.”
His daughters’ boyfriends likely hope Sylvester Stallone has some empathy himself.