Stallone battled Lundgren in Rocky III

In the Rocky sequel Sylvester Stallone was almost killed by an errant punch from Dolph Lundgren.

“I didn’t think I would live,” Lundgren admitted in May 2015, more than 40 years after the fight.

Thankfully for both men, Stallone recovered from the mauling and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

But while the Hollywood legend is poised to be the subject of an Oscar nomination for his comeback film, Creed II, it seems Lundgren does not have a soft spot for the actor who almost cost him his life.

“I’m really glad that he did make it,” Lundgren, 60, said in an interview on Spanish TV.

“He’s a role model and a great guy, but I’m not close to him and I don’t think he cares about me,” he added.

Stallone was clearing barricades in the ring in Philadelphia on 12 June 1985 when Lundgren attempted to rush forward and strike the actor with his elbow.

It is a punch that caused a shattered skull and fractured the cheekbone of Rocky as the two men collapsed during filming.

Stallone was rushed to hospital and treated for the extent of his injuries, but was released later that day.

“He didn’t really thank me for the fight,” Lundgren said.

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