Is it any surprise that Hulk Hogan didn’t know his own strength?
In the filming of Rocky III, back in 1982, Hogan played “Thunderlips,” the “Ultimate Man” who wrestled Rocky (Sylvester Stallone), “the Ultimate Meatball” for charity. Stallone, in an Instagram post, noted what is was like to be on the ring with the 6-foot-7, 295 pound Hogan. The funniest line:
“It was a privilege to be mangled by such a gentleman.”
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Another flashback and another reason why it's not such a great idea to always do your own stunts! I met Terry Bollea aka THUNDERLIPS aka HULK HOGAN In the very early 80s when I was directing Rocky III. AT 6feet 7 and 295 pounds with 24 inch biceps ! He was an amazing athlete! Incredibly powerful. I remember a violent move where he threw me into the corner , charged across the ring like an ENRAGED bull and leaped so amazingly high Above me,that his shinbone actually came down giant tree on my collarbone , and I tumbled to the floor. I was afraid to look at my shoulder for about 10 minutes … I said "don't roll me over , don't move me, " because I was sure there was bone protruding through my upper chest ! Of course there wasn't but I have never felt such a mind numbing pain from a massive hit before or since that day! HULK Just didn't know his own strength. Believe it or not when he jumped into the audience to fight with the stuntmen , three of them had to be treated at the hospital. Great guy, great friend, his presence made the Film very very special. HULK , if you're reading this, it was a privilege to be mangled by such a gentleman.Advertisement
Stallone wasn’t the only who felt Hogan’s power, brother. Stallone says during the scene in which Hogan jumps into the crowd, three stuntmen were injured.
In case you’ve forgotten that great scene, here it is:
And here’s the classic look on Burgess Meredith’s face when Rocky was about to be thrown to the canvas.
This article was originally published March 10, 2017, but Thunderlips will never stop being the ultimate man.