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.”
“That was actually terrifying,” Colbert said.
Watch the clip above. “Creed II” opens in theaters on Nov. 21.