In 1983, Dolph Lundgren was a chemical engineering student with a full ride to MIT, a penchant for bodybuilding, and a side-career as a bouncer. That is, until he bumped into musician, supermodel, and actress Grace Jones while working security at one of her shows. The two swiftly became lovers and at her insistence, he landed a small henchman role in her latest movie project, A View To A Kill ... and thereafter abandoned his studies, signed up for acting classes, and dove headfirst into the hedonistic wilderness that was New York City in the 80's, where alongside Andy Warhol, David Bowie, and Jones, he became a mainstay of the party scene.
Life with Jones was an adventure for the young, naive Lundgren. For one, this being the 80's, there were drugs. Lots of drugs. "Back then everybody in [Jones's] circle was doing heavy drugs - cocaine, crack and smoking weed," said Lundgren in an interview. "I didn't know anything about drugs, I was just training. This was before drugs were a menace to society, it was just rich people who were having fun."
Jones and Lundgren would also share their bed, sometimes with as many as five girls a night. By 1985, however, the realities of this particular aspect of their lifestyle were wearing on Lundgren, partly because he'd just landed his big role as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV and didn't have any energy to spare. "Sometimes she would bring a girlfriend home and then I'd have to get up for work the next day and that kind of thing. It's great in theory, but when you have to get up and fight Sylvester Stallone in the morning, it's not such a good thing."
After Lundgren hit the big-time with Rocky IV, the couple started to fracture and fall apart -- a rollercoaster which culminated in Grace turning up at Lundgren's hotel in the dead of night armed with a gun, to 'rescue' him from his manager. As Grace recalled in her autobiography: