Sly Stallone tells how Hulk Hogan ‘mangled’ him and three stuntmen on Rocky III set

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Sylvester Stallone is consistently updating fans on stories from the set of the legendary Rocky movies and none more so than a recent tale on WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan.

Hogan, real name Terry Bollea, was drafted in for an exhibition scene where Rocky Balboa fights a wrestling star for charity, although as Stallone explains, it was hard to keep the mammoth specimen from injuring those on set.

“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 in the movie) in the very early 80’s when I was directing Rocky III,” explained Stallone.

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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“AT 6 feet 7, 295 pounds and with 24 inch biceps, he was an amazing athlete and 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 like a giant tree on my collarbone. I tumbled to the floor but I was afraid to look at my shoulder for about ten 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, and 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!

“He’s a great guy, a great friend and 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,” he added.

‘Rocky III’ starring Stallone, Bollea and Carl Weathers, was released in May, 1982 to a warm reception and took $270 million at the worldwide box office.

Stallone was awarded a Golden Globe in 2016 for his portrayol of Balboa in the spin-off flick 'Creed' starring Michael B. Jordan.