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November 02, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Sylvester Stallone had a close call on the set in Israel of "Rambo III" on Sunday when a helicopter buzzed him during a stunt and missed his head by a few inches. "I suppose if it had gotten any lower I could have saved the cost of a haircut," production spokesman Tom Gray quoted the actor as saying. Stallone ducked just in time and escaped unharmed, he added. Gray said the scene called for a French-made Puma helicopter to buzz Stallone as explosives went off and fire flared around the actor. The helicopter was supposed to fly about six feet above Stallone's head, but Gray said the pilot misjudged the distance because dust and flames shrouded the set. The scene was filmed in Elat, a Red Sea resort 190 miles south of Jerusalem.

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