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Dustin Hoffman: “RAMBO, it was a little too violent.”

Dustin Hoffman has revealed that he turned down an offer to play Private John Rambo, a role that ultimately fell to Sylvester Stallone, in a TV show interview, excerpts of which were released Friday.

“I was the first one who was asked to do Rambo (but) it was a little too violent,” the 70-year-old American actor told the “Extra” show.

The first Rambo, released in 1982, featured a Vietnam veteran traumatized by torture suffered in captivity and facing hostility from the sheriff of a small American town.

In an interview with AFP in early 2008, Sylvester Stallone had confided that the Rambo screenplay circulating in the late 1970s in Hollywood had been refused by “Steve McQueen, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman and all the stars of action films of the time”.

But he didn’t mention Dustin Hoffman, who won two Academy Awards for Best Actor, for “Kramer vs. Kramer” in 1980 and “Rain Man” in 1989.

Stallone, 61 today, has shot three sequels to the first “Rambo”, released in 1985, 1988 and 2008, in which the ex-soldier had become a superman armed to the teeth.

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