When the trailer for Friday’s “Rambo: Last Blood” dropped, doubters predictably began sharpening their knives for its now-73-year-old star.
What was the plot for this fifth instalment, they wondered on social media? Sylvester Stallone yells at clouds and tells youngsters to get off his lawn?
Comedian Alice Taylor-Matthews suggested the movie’s tag line should be “Revenge is a dish best served old.”
“Go eat some pudding!” another hater ordered Stallone.
The joke, however, might be on them. As easy as it is to make cracks about a star’s age, the current “action” boom that has been Rascal-ing along for a few years shows little sign of abating.
The reality is Sly, Arnold Schwarzenegger (72), Dolph Lundgren (61) and other members of the action A-list continue to get work long after the Josh Hartnett's and Taylor Lautner's of Hollywood have been blown away by a stiff breeze.
“I think they’re icons,” producer Natalie Burn tells The Post. Her film “Acceleration,” starring Lundgren is out in November. “There are not that many actors today that are as good as these guys, so we’re still going back to the classics,” Burn says. “Audiences are missing those characters that they grew up on.”
Bruce Willis is now 64, Clint Eastwood is 89, Denzel Washington is 64 and Linda Hamilton, who is returning to the “Terminator” franchise with November’s instalment, “Dark Fate,” is 62.