Well I'm off to where it all initially started for Rambo this October. Herve Attia and Scott Hardy (who made the 'On the set' doc, invited me to come help with part 4 of their film, so how could i say no, and I thought if I am going to Hope wearing the costume and livery, I should have what the character of Rambo had in his pockets too. Of course we can only surmise what the character would have had. I am sure for the film it was only irrelevant scraps of paper. We know there was a black and white photo of the fictional Baker Team, which I have replicated (Special Forces unit photo from the net), making sure that there was a large African American in the back line to portray Delmar Berry. I thought well what would Rambo have kept, as he seems to be a minimalist, and only stuff that was relevant to him. I also have a small brown address book, and a red ball point pen, similar to the one featured in the movie. I chose Rambo to have a set of induction papers from the Vietnam era, I changed the name and added Rambo's joining date. I also gave Rambo's home address as "Ravens Back Ranch Bowie Arizona". I also gave him a Honorable discharge paper too, although he would have probably been discharged for mental health reasons, I thought as he was captured and held by the Viet Cong, he deserved at least that. I ended his tour time in 1972, as we know that he had done 3 tours in Vietnam. Anyways, I know its a bit sad really, but if a jobs worth doing, its worth doing well, well as close as I can guess anyways. ;DIm off to Hope BC Canada in two months to visit all the filming locations, as well as helping two friends who make this documentary, finish one last installment. I cant wait, as i will be treading the same earth as Sly Stallone did some 27 years ago.
Rambo: "Excuse me, can you tell me Is this where Delmar Berry lives?"
Widow: "He ain't here, go on inside baby"
Rambo: "Uh, he's a friend of mine, as a matter of fact, he wrote this address down, right here, here, as you can see thats Delmar's writing, I sure had a hard time finding this place".
Widow: "Yeah thats his writing".
Rambo: "Like I said, he's a friend. My names John Rambo, we served on the same team together in Nam, I don't know if he ever talked about me?" "I've got a picture of us togeather...somwehere, all this junk in your pockets!" Here it is, here, Thats me, Danforth, Westmore, Bronson, Ortager, and theres Delmar, in the back, we had to put him in the back, if we didn't he'd take up the whole picture, look how big he is".
Widow: "Delmar's gone"
Rambo: "When, what time will he be back?"
Widow: "He died".
Widow: "He died last summer".
Rambo: "Died how?"
Widow: "Cancer, brought it back from Nam! All that Orange stuff they spreaded around, cut him down to nothing! I could lift him off the sheet!"
Rambo: "Very sorry".