The original Rambo 3 VHS release had in the end credits: “Dedicated to the brave Mujaheddin fighters”, later changed to “Dedicated to the gallant people of Afghanistan.”
A real-life Rambo evaded thermal-imaging helicopters, armored vehicles, and nearly 1,000 police officers for 48 days after murdering a state trooper with a sniper rifle in northern Pennsylvania. The man, Eric Frein, learned his skills as an Eagle scout and war reenactor.
Sylvester Stallone hated the first 3.5 hour cut of “Rambo: First Blood Part I” so much, that it made him and his agent sick. He wanted to buy the movie and destroy it thinking it was a career killer. Ultimately, a heavily re-edited 93 minute cut was sent for theatrical release.
The famous 1982 movie “First Blood” was based off a book in which John Rambo kills himself at the end. Sylvester Stallone rewrote the script himself so that Rambo turns himself in and going to jail instead to give to movie sequel potential.
There actually was a John Rambo in Vietnam and his name can be found on the Vietnam Memorial. Oh, and he was awarded a silver star.