WASHINGTON -- Actor Sylvester Stallone promised Tuesday to give President Reagan a 'Rambo' poster and said he hoped the former Hollywood actor would return the favor.
Stallone and his girlfriend, actress Brigitte Nielsen, topped the list of Hollywood stars who attended the White House state dinner Tuesday evening in honor of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew and his wife.
Asked if he had any advice on the seizure of an Italian cruise ship by Palestinian pirates, Stallone said: 'I'm an action actor and I like a little action.'
Chatting with reporters on his arrival, Stallone said, 'That reminds me I owe him a poster and I want one of him.'
After the TWA hostage crisis, Reagan was overheard to say during a voice warmup before a broadcast: 'I saw 'Rambo' last night, now I know what to do the next time.'
In the movie 'Rambo,' Stallone portrayed a vindictive jungle fighter looking for MIAs in Vietnam.
Other celebrities attending the dinner were actress Raquel Welch, singer Natalie Cole, actor Michael Fox, actress Nancy McKeon and former child actress Shirley Temple Black. Fashion desinger Donna Karan also was invited.
Singer Karen Akers stood in for singer Peggy Lee who had to cancel her performance because of a heart ailment.
The dinner menu included jellied sole timbale, watercress sauce, sesame sticks, filet of veal with ginger sauce, curried rice, zucchini crown and julienne carrots, mandarin sunflower salad, rye points, cold lime souffle with fresh figs and petit fours.
The wines served were Jordan Chardonnay 1982, Austin Cellars Pinot Noir 1982 and Van der Kamp Brut 1981.
Reagan presented Lee with a set of books entitled 'The Constitution of the United States' and Mrs. Reagan gave Mrs. Lee a small porcelain box with the White House painted on the top and her signature on the inside of the lid.
Lee gave Reagan a medallion profiling the president and Mrs. Reagan and the first lady received a gold bracelet from Mrs. Lee.