"I didn't realise I was the 11th choice! Everyone was (like) running away from Rambo... It was Nick Nolte, it was Steve MCQueen, it was (Robert) De Niro, it was (Al) Pacino... Jimmy (James) Caan... it got down to Zippy the Monkey and then Sly!" Action man Sylvester Stallone had no idea so many other actors had been considered for the role of John Rambo before he signed on for the first film in the Rambo franchise, 1982's First Blood.