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Rambo author ‘embarrassed’ over new sequel Last Blood


Last Blood left David Morrell feeling ‘degraded’ (Picture: Getty Images)

The author of the original Rambo books has expressed his ‘embarrassment’ over the new movie sequel Last Blood.

Sylvester Stallone reprises his role as the legendary war veteran in the latest installment, directed by Adam Grunberg, but it’s failed to impress David Morrell who penned the original story.

Morrell brought the fictional character to life in his 1972 debut novel First Blood but says he’s thoroughly underwhelmed by the efforts in the new film.

In basic terms, he wants nothing to do with it.

The acclaimed author spent some time on Friday retweeting negative reviews of Last Blood, and stated he ‘disliked it intensely’.

In one strongly-worded tweet, Morrell said: ‘I’m embarrassed to have my name associated with this film. I agree with these reviews.’

He later added: ‘The film is degrading and resembles 1970s exploitation “grindhouse” films. Check the plot of 1976’s TRACKDOWN, starring Robert Mitchum’s son, James. Same plot.’

David, here with Sylvester on set of Rambo III, wants nothing to do with Last Blood (Picture: Getty Images)
Sylvester was thrilled to reprise his role as Rambo (Picture: Getty Images)

Morrell replied to one fan: ‘The film made the character a cipher and assumed that audiences knew Rambo’s background, but anyone under 40 will wonder what’s going on. Rambo could have been called John Smith.’

Oh, and he wasn’t just gunning for Last Blood as he later told his followers: ‘RAMBO III is a mess also. That’s why I wrote a novelization for it, as a corrective. RAMBO IV is better than critics allowed. Despite too-long action sequences, there was a core with speeches like “Wars. Old men start them. Young men fight them. Nobody wins” [sic].’

The 76-year-old writer also claims he wasn’t contacted by producers for consultation on the latest movie.

‘No one talked to me about this film. Wish they had. Check 1976’s grindhouse film TRACKDOWN with James Mitchum (Robert’s son). Same plot,’ he tweeted.

In an email to Newsweek, Morrell further explained that he felt ‘degraded and dehumanised’ after watching Last Blood at the cinema.

The author said: ‘Instead of being soulful, this new movie lacks one. I felt I was less a human being for having seen it, and today that’s an unfortunate message.’

In addition to the negative reviews, Last Blood has received a rating of just 30% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Explaining why he was keen to jump back into the role of Rambo, Sylvester recently told Variety: ‘You can totally end the story with him going home, having that shot of him going down the driveway, which is completion.

‘But a character like that — does he ever really go home?’

Rambo: Last Blood is out in UK cinemas now.



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