Hundreds of people filled the sidewalk and grass outside Hope District Hall for the unveiling of a new Rambo-themed carving on Saturday (Oct. 8)
Folks cheered as a blanket that was covering the sculpture by artist Ryan Villiers was pulled away revealing a wooden carving of Sheriff Will Teasle.
Brian Dennehy (1938-2020) was the actor who played Teasle, the main antagonist in the 1982 movie Rambo First Blood alongside star of the film Sylvester Stallone.
The unveiling of the carving was just one of many events happening throughout the Thanksgiving long weekend in Hope as Rambo fans took in the four-day long event celebrating of the 40th anniversary of the release of Rambo First Blood.
The movie was filmed in Hope in 1981 and released on Oct. 22, 1982.
In town for the unveiling of the carving were the daughters of Dennehy – Elizabeth and Kathleen Dennehy – plus actor Patrick Stack who played Lt. Clinton Morgen in Rambo First Blood.
Other attractions on Oct. 8 included vehicles on display from the movie, a meet-and-greet with German knife designer Dietmar Pohl, Rambo paintball, autographs by Patrick Stack, many photos opportunities for fans, a screening of Rambo First Blood, and Rambo karaoke.
The celebrations continue Sunday and Monday (Oct. 9 and 10). For more, go to tourismhcc.ca/first-blood.
See photos from day one of the event here: