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Stallone injured neck making 'Expendables'

Actor Sylvester Stallone is takes off his jacket at an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Los Angeles on December 25, 2009. UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/6b0da23a3f85d17d0d9ed8252dda1ce7/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Actor Sylvester Stallone is takes off his jacket at an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Los Angeles on December 25, 2009. UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten | License Photo

LONDON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood screen icon Sylvester Stallone says he needed surgery after he broke his neck shooting a fight scene for his upcoming movie, "The Expendables."

"I haven't told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation," he told NME Magazine.

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The BBC said the 63-year-old "Rocky" and "Rambo" actor sustained the injury during a fight scene with wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin. Stallone reportedly had surgery to have a metal plate inserted in his neck afterward.

"The Expendables" is due in theaters later this year.

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