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Rambo: muzzled?

Local authorities ask filmmakers to tone down violence

Have Thai authorities ever seen a “Rambo” film?

If they had, they might have thought twice about telling the makers of “Rambo IV: In the Serpent’s Eye” to go easy on the violence and not damage the environment.

The fourth installment in Sylvester Stallone‘s saga about the titular disgruntled Vietnam vet is expected to spend around 200 million baht ($5.5 million) in Thailand lensing for two months beginning in January. Locations include Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

But Thai authorities are apparently hoping for a kindler, gentler John Rambo.

“We have warned them that any violence has to be reasonable because we care about young people,” Wanasiri Morakul, a director at the Thailand Film Office, reportedly said. The office will also be vigilant to make sure that lensing does not damage jungle surroundings.

Maybe the country that recently staged a “bloodless military coup” thinks its can persuade Rambo to put down his heavy artillery. But it’s unlikely. A basic drawing card of the Rambo franchise has been its abundant and muscular violence.

Latest installment sees Rambo coaxed out of retirement to rescue a missing girl in Burma. And he’ll no doubt be packing some serious firepower.

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