Currently back on screen in the smash hit Creed II, action star Dolph Lundgren recently reminisced on his torrid relationship with the iconic diva Grace Jones.
In 1983, Lundgren had been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT and was on track to be a chemical engineer. He got sidetracked when Grace spotted him across a dancefloor (or took an interest in him while he worked her security detail – their hook-up lore varies). Soon the couple were omnipresent: hanging with Warhol at The Factory, hobnobbing with Keith Haring and Iman and clubbing at Studio 54. According to Lundgren, Jones would bring as many as five women back home for group sex. The orgies were “exhausting” for the 6’ 5” Swede.
1985 was a particularly momentous year for the dynamic duo. Famed photog Helmut Newton shot the couple for July 1985 Playboy magazine. The pix are among the most sensationally erotic of the era. At Jones’ prodding, Lundgren was cast in a small role as a villain in the James Bond flick A View To A Kill, but his breakthrough role came with Rocky IV as Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Mostly B (Masters of the Universe) or Z (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) movies followed.
The high-profile Jones/Lundgren relationship reached an incredibly volatile point when Jones appeared at Lundgren’s hotel, brandishing a handgun, attempting to kidnap him. In her 2015 memoir, “I’ll Never Write My Memoirs,” Jones writes, “I actually had a gun. It seemed very natural that I would go and fetch Dolph holding a gun. I did so out of desperation — we had been together for years and had made this move to L.A., a place I absolutely loathed…” Later in the book she admitted to setting his clothes on fire. The couple split in 1986.
Lundgren is on a roll. He co-stars in Aquaman, opening in December and is scheduled to appear in the THIRD sequel to The Expendables in 2020.