This is getting close to a week old, but is still quite hilarious, even more so with Stallone’s signature bad timing of taking a huge ad contract in wartime.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone, mighty destroyer of Soviet opponents in the “Rambo” and “Rocky” movies, now plans to advertise Russian vodka. Russian vodka producer Synergy said on Friday it had signed a one-year contract with Stallone, who will appear in television and newspaper advertisements for the vodka brand Russian Ice, starting September 1. Sources valued the deal at $1 million. Stallone — whose film character John Rambo killed Soviet troops by the dozen in Afghanistan and whose Rocky Balboa humiliated Soviet boxer Ivan Drago — will advertise the product under the slogan: “There is a bit of Russian in all of us.” “The advertising campaign concept was based on the fact that the actor has Russian roots,” Synergy said in a statement, referring to Stallone’s great-grandmother, Rosa Rabinovich, from the Ukrainian town of Odessa. The Rambo and Rocky movies were banned in the Soviet Union, but were hot property in the country’s underground VHS market.