Now aged 72, Sylvester Stallone has enjoyed an acting career worthy of praise and respect. You may know him from Rambo or Rocky, but the star has worked on so many other successful projects.
For a career spanning as many decades as his, he is bound to have had some misses along the way. But that’s what it takes to build an actor worth his salt.
Failures prompt them to do better, and we can certainly agree that even after facing numerous setbacks, Stallone is currently at his best.
Last year, the man was back in the drama/thriller movie Creed II, playing Rocky Balboa, and word is on the street that a fourth installment in The Expendables franchise is currently in the works.
Additionally, a Rambo V: Last Blood trailer was released during this year’s Cannes edition, with Sylvester Stallone as the obvious lead actor.
Bringing back the memories
Speaking to National Post, the actor revealed that the 2010 Expendables flick was thanks to an oldies night out with his wife. The couple went out to listen to some of their favorite hits from the Young Rascals, the Righteous Brothers, and the Three Dog Night.
Stallone noticed that the show was sold out, even though the artistes were nowhere near their best. His wife agreed with his sentiments, and they set on figuring out why such a big crowd had shown up.
It was when it hit the actor that an individual singer from back in the day wouldn’t attract the masses, but put them all on one stage and you could have an unforgettable show.
Thanks to this night out, Stallone brought together some of the beloved action stars from the 1980s and ’90s, providing audiences with a thrill they didn’t know they had missed. The first installment became so successful that it prompted the release of two other movies in the franchise.
Without a doubt, the characters that thrust Stallone into stardom were Rocky and Rambo. The actor wrote the 1976 movie (Rocky) and although he wasn’t the producer’s first choice at the lead role, fortunately, he ended up landing the part, and the rest is history.
According to the star, the production of Rocky was plagued with challenges. They only had a $1 million budget, and couldn’t even afford costumes.
Actors had to source their costumes themselves, with a car’s trunk serving as their changing room. Tough times, huh.
The movie ended up winning three Oscars in 1997, which now seems like a whole other achievement given the challenges met during its production.
More like Rocky
Compared to Rocky, Stallon’s other hit role Rambo is much darker. The character is big on revenge, while Rocky is ever the optimist.
Between the two, Sylvester Stallone personally relates to Rocky the most because of the struggles he has faced in his personal life.
He is a firm believer of when life knocks you down, you have a responsibility to pick yourself to get back up and fight on.
It is in this same spirit that he has no problem admitting to his failures. He particularly sets out an eight-year period when he starred in Over the Top, Tango & Cash, and Rhinestone.
Although he admits that he fell into the habit of taking on roles he knew nothing about, aren’t we glad he bounced back?