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Dolph Lundgren is honored to walk alongside U.S. Army veteran Colin Wayne as part of Redline Steel CEO’s initiative to raise money for families who lost loved ones to war this Memorial Day.
The 64-year-old ‘Rocky IV’ star told Fox News Digital he jumped at the chance to team up with Wayne in his partnership with the nonprofit USA Cares, after Wayne – who toured three times in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt – has made tremendous progress. on his two previous fundraising outings with actress Megan Fox.
“I was approached [by Colin Wayne and Redline Steel] join the donation in return and immediately decided to do so. Being able to help veterans and their families is important to me,” Lundgren said of his participation in the third annual Operation Memorial Giveback. “They are making the greatest sacrifice to help us keep everyone and the world around us safe. And I appreciate the work that Megan has done over the years, and it was a pleasure to star alongside her in ‘Expendables 4’.”
Fox was a willing participant in the Redline Steel initiative for the first two years and Wayne said he couldn’t be more impressed with the actress’ humility during that time given her celebrity status.
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“The one thing that really stood out to me was how humble and ‘down to earth’ she is away from the camera,” he explained of his time working alongside Fox. . “Her warm embrace and willingness to join our cause says a lot about who she is as a person.”
Over the past two years, Wayne and his company have raised over $5 million in proceeds and now, with Lundgren firmly watching his six, Wayne said his team is looking to take their efforts to even greater heights.
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“They are making the greatest sacrifice to help us keep everyone and the world around us safe.”
“Between his military experience serving in the Swedish Marine Corps, his passion for helping others, and the immense love for his family, I immediately understood how important it was to partner with Dolph,” said Wayne of “Minions: The Rise of Gru” voice actor. “His exemplary character and honorable actions over the years made his partnership an easy choice.”
Lundgren said his many roles as an agent contributed to his support of our nation’s military.
“In many of my movies I’ve played a soldier and over the years I’ve had a lot of fans and support from the armed forces,” he said.
Wayne, 32, also opened up about his view of the state of the country given the landscape of what is happening around the world with the ongoing war in Ukraine and other parts of the world.
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“His exemplary character and honorable actions over the years made his partnership an easy choice.”
“I believe the United States remains superior in our technological advancements, the size and strength of our military, education, and standard of living, despite the rising cost of consumer goods,” he said. he explained. “That said, with inflation continuing to rise and a faltering economy, we are seeing negative effects on housing, health care, oil reserves, and American institutions as a whole, which are quickly hurting to our way of life.”
Additionally, Wayne said he laments the cost of necessities given that many are still managing how they will get out and continue through the pandemic.
“Certainly, from a global perspective, the pandemic has significantly affected the global economy, with median GDP falling at a rate we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. All countries still have problems with their supply chains, and many of them are likely to get worse,” he said.
“Ultimately, I think we are at an important crossroads in the history of our world and of the United States, and until we are able to grasp and fully overcome these issues that the pandemic, rising costs and shortages of essential goods have presented us, our economy will continue to suffer,” Wayne added.
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Elsewhere in his remarks to Fox News Digital, Lundgren also spoke about the “Rocky” franchise and how he thinks “Rocky IV” has managed to stand the test of time as it nears its 40th anniversary in a few years. .
“The ‘Rocky’ series is relevant to all generations as it deals with the individual’s struggle to succeed against difficult odds.”
Meanwhile, Lundgren delivered an important message for people to remember this Memorial Day.
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“Remembering the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for us puts all of our usual issues and complaints into perspective.”