Ivan Drago has only nine lines of dialogue in all of “Rocky IV,” but they were enough to make him one of the more iconic sports movie villains in history, a brickhouse symbol for America’s fight against Russia in the Cold War.
Well now both the Russians and Drago are back, and with Stephen Colbert joking about how buddy-buddy Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are getting, Colbert brought out Drago (Dolph Lundgren) during his “Late Show” monologue Tuesday to set the record straight about Russian and American relations.
“I’m here to fight Russian stereotypes. Americans think we’re cold and harsh. It’s false impression that I will (fist clap) crush,” Drago, dressed in a red striped track suit and his signature blonde hair, tells Colbert.
Drago appears in “Creed II” where his son will fight Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan). He joked to Colbert that he knows Donald Trump, having met him at one of Mike Tyson’s parties back in the ’80s. It prompted Colbert to ask if he knows whether Trump dyes his hair.
“If he dyes, he dyes,” Drago said, riffing on one of his famous lines from the movie.
To end the video, Drago approached Colbert, looked him in the eyes and said his best line, “I must break you.”
Watch the clip above. “Creed II” opens in theaters on Nov. 21.
All 7 Rocky Movies Ranked, From the Original to 'Creed' (Photos)
1. Rocky (1976) Don’t hate the movie that beat "Taxi Driver" for the Best Picture Oscar. It’s still a knockout. Roger Ebert compared writer/star Stallone to Brando. Muhammad Ali compared him to Jesus and Tarzan. Billy Wilder sent him a typewriter. Chaplin compared “Rocky" to his "Little Tramp," and invited him to visit. So did Elvis. John Wayne said, “Welcome to Hollywood.”
2. Creed (2015) This time, Stallone plays the trainer, making longshot contender Michael B. Jordan chase chickens and shadowbox, just as his trainer Mickey (Burgess Meredith) did to him. Sadly, he does not say, “You’re gonna eat lightning and crap thunder,” but lots of the Rocky scenes you like are back in fresher form. Plus, Jordan and cowriter/director Ryan Coogler prove "Fruitvale Station" was no fluke. I’m not saying Stallone’s an Oscar contender, but pundits like Jenelle Riley are.
3. Rocky II (1979) Draggy, but that last half hour is killer. When Muhammad Ali saw Carl Weathers' trash-talking Apollo Creed, he said, "That's me, all right."
4. Rocky Balboa (2006) Nobody was asking for a “Rocky" reboot, but Stallone entertainingly gets back to the sensitive side he showed in the first, quasi-neorealist "Rocky." Surprisingly poignant, and it proves Marilyn Monroe’s point about aging: "Gravity gets us all in the end." After this, he promised no more “Rocky" sequels. "What am I gonna fight, arthritis? A clogged artery?" The film also contains what Stallone wants on his tombstone: "It ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward."
5. Rocky III (1982) The original Rocky teabag had one last dip in it, largely thanks to rising star Mr. T, who first uttered "I pity the fool" as Rocky’s daunting opponent. Survivor, challenged to top the fight-scene temp music (“Another One Bites the Dust”), wrote “Eye of the Tiger” in under four days — same time it took Stallone to write the first draft of Rocky -- and grabbed the Grammy.
6. Rocky IV (1985) It’s hard to say what’s the scariest here, Stallone’s 'roid-raging Rooskie rival Dolph Lundgren, his squeeze Brigitte Nielsen, Burt Young's robot (which really worked) or the movie’s right-wing mania. Also notable is how the film is the culmination in the series' ever-more rapid editing, given the shortened average length of each shot: "Rocky" (8.25 seconds ASL), "Rocky II" (5.6), "Rocky III" (3.7), "Rocky IV" (2.16).
7. Rocky V (1990) In this one, poor Rocky finds Dolph Lundgren gave him brain damage. The film is a "Rocky” zombie staggering through the motions. Repeat viewings could short your brain’s connoisseurship circuits.
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TheWrap critic Tim Appelo offers his definitive ranking of all seven movies in the saga of Sylvester Stallone’s world-weary boxer Rocky Balboa