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Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone
Sly Michael (as a teenager) The Italian Stallion
5' 9½" (1.77 m)
Mini Biography Sylvester Stallone became one of Hollywood's highest paid actors, usually playing monosyllablic, antisociety, underdog heroes. While Stallone has attempted to extend his range into film comedies and drama, his real box office success continues in action films.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel
Mini Biography This athletically built, dark-haired U.S. actor/screenwriter/director of European parentage may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws. Born on July 6, 1946, in New York's gritty Hells Kitchen, the young Stallone attended the American College of Switzerland and the University of Miami, eventually obtaining a B.A. degree. Initially, he struggled in small parts in films such as the soft-core The Party at Kitty and Stud's(1970), the thriller Klute (1971) and the comedy Bananas (1971). He got a crucial career break alongside fellow young actor Henry Winkler, sharing lead billing in the effectively written teen gang film The Lord's of Flatbush (1974). Further film and TV roles followed, most of them in uninspiring productions except for the opportunity to play a megalomaniac, bloodthirsty race driver named "Machine Gun Joe Viterbo" in theRoger Corman-produced Death Race 2000 (1975). However, Stallone was also keen to be recognized as a screenwriter, not just an actor, and, inspired by the 1975 Muhammad Ali-Chuck Wepner fight in Cleveland, Stallone wrote a film script about a nobody fighter given the "million to one opportunity" to challenge for the heavyweight title. Rocky (1976) became the stuff of cinematic legends, scoring ten Academy Awardnominations, winning the Best Picture Award of 1976 and triggering one of the most financially successful movie franchises in history! Whilst full credit is wholly deserved by Stallone, he was duly supported by tremendous acting from fellow cast members Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith andBurt Young, and director John G. Avildsen gave the film an emotive, earthy appeal from start to finish. Stallone had truly arrived on his terms, and offers poured in from various studios eager to secure Hollywood's hottest new star. Stallone followed Rocky (1976) with F.I.S.T (1978), loosely based on the life of Teamsters boss "Jimmy Hoffa", and Paradise Alley (1978) before pulling on the boxing gloves again to resurrect Rocky Balboa in the sequel Rocky II (1979). The second outing for the "Italian Stallion" wasn't as powerful or successful as the first "Rocky"; however, it still produced strong box office. Subsequent films Nighthawks (1981)
played by Carl Weathers. The fourth outing was somewhat controversial with "Rocky" fans. which was still relatively fresh in the American public's psyche. so Stallone was once again lured back to familiar territory with Rocky III (1982) and a fearsome opponent in "Clubber Lang" played by muscular exbodyguard Mr. and his novel was adapted to the screen with Stallone in the lead role in First Blood (1982). Stallone called on old sparring partner Rocky Balboa to climb back into the ring to defend U. plus.and Victory (1981) failed to ignite with audiences. especially with the savage beating suffered by Apollo Creed. climbed back into a race car for Driven (2001). also starring Robert De Niro andRay Liotta. although it did feature a top-notch cast and there was chemistry between Stallone and co-star Kurt Russell. which drew even stronger criticism from several quarters owing to the film's plotline about American MIAs allegedly being held in Vietnam. Riding a wave of amazing popularity. the futuristic action film Demolition Man (1993). Cobra (1986) was a clumsy mess. as violence levels seemed excessive compared to previous "Rocky" films. But they say there is no such thing as bad publicity. IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail. the great-nephew of screen legend John Wayne. the painfully unfunny Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992). Rambo III (1988) saw Rambo take on the Russians in Afghanistan.S. the film was a worldwide smash. also starring Richard Crenna and Brian Dennehy. what else but Rocky Balboa (2006). Showing that age had not wearied his two most popular franchises. Sylvester Stallone has built an enviable and highly respected career in Hollywood. Political viewpoints aside. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003). and a sequel soon followed with Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985). Sly quickly followed with the lukewarm comedy Oscar (1991). Interestingly. Over the Top (1987) was equally mediocre. Love him or loathe him. and cop buddy film Tango & Cash (1989) just didn't quite hit the mark. The third "Rocky" installment far outperformed the first sequel in box office takings. Philadelphia's favorite mythical boxer moved out of the shadows for his fifth screen outing in Rocky V (1990) tackling Tommy "Machine" Gunn played by real-life heavyweight fighter Tommy Morrison. and "John Rambo's" second adventure was a major money spinner for Stallone and cemented him as one of the top male stars of the 1980s. he has considerably influenced modern popular culture through several of his iconic film characters. Stallone continued forward with a slew of macho character-themed films that met with a mixed reception from his fans. but Stallone retired his prizefighter for a couple of years as another mega-franchise was about to commence for the busy actor. and the comic book-inspired Judge Dredd (1995). Stallone then took a departure from the gung-ho steely characters he had been portraying to stack on a few extra pounds and tackle a more dramatically challenging role in the intriguing Cop Land (1997). T. It isn't a classic of the genre. The character of Green Beret "John Rambo" was the creation of Canadian-born writer David Morrell.com . Stallone then lent his vocal talents to the animated adventure story Antz (1998). at the hands of the unstoppable "Siberian Express". well. Stallone has most recently brought back never-say-die boxer Rocky Balboa to star in. and guest-starred as the "Toymaker" in the third chapter of the immensely popular "Spy Kids" film series. The movie was a surprise hit that polarized audiences because of its commentary about the Vietnam war. but Cop Land (1997) certainly surprised many critics with Stallone's understated performance. and Vietnam veteranRambo (2008) will reappear after a 20-year hiatus to once again right wrongs in the jungles of Thailand. pride against a Soviet threat in the form of a towering Russian boxer named "Ivan Drago" played by monosyllabic Dolph Lundgren inRocky IV (1985). reprised the role made famous by Michael Caine in a terrible remake ofGet Carter (2000).
Brother of Frank Stallone. [12 November 1996] On August 27th. Sistine Rose Stallone was born. who has acted with him in Rocky V (1990) and also Daylight (1996)." His mother. his classmates voted him the one "most likely to end up in the electric chair. 1998. He sued writer Peter "Taki" Theodoracopulos and the British magazine "The Spectator" in 1991 for suggesting he acted in a cowardly and hypocritical way when he "ducked the Vietnam War. Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World.000 to do Cop Land (1997).000-square-foot villa and its three guest houses sold after two years on the market for $24 million. Sued by model Margie Carr. Stallone was paid a mere $60. Vol. by wife Jennifer Flavin. his second daughter. It is said that he did the film to play a serious role and escape his action hero cast type. who contends that he tried to force her to have physical relations with him last year at a Santa Monica Gym. At 15. manifested by a perennial snarl and slurred speech. Father of Sage Stallone. 2-1/2. 28. Ranked #92 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. resulted in paralysis of the lower left side of his face. 1979) is autistic. Chan and Stallone are very good friends." He won the case. Cousin of Paul Dion Monte. his first daughter Sophia Rose Stallone was born with fiancée. [26 February 2001] . usually referred to as "Sly. On June 27th.14 February 1985) (divorced) 2 children Trivia Oil paints in his spare time and considers Leonardo Da Vinci his personal hero. caused by forceps. Dislikes his first name. The procedure went well. Was part owner of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jennifer Flavin. Toni D'Alto and Dante Stallone.13 July 1987) (divorced) Sasha Czack Trade Mark Deep voice and mumbling (28 December 1974 . His Miami 24. [October 1997] Daughter Sophia Rose Stallone. with third wife Jennifer Flavin.present) 3 children Brigitte Nielsen (15 December 1985 .Spouse Jennifer Flavin (17 May 1997 . Birth complications. is a fan of Jackie Chan. undergoes open heart surgery at UCLA Medical Center. 1996. Jackie Stallone." Second son Seargeoh Stallone (b.
As of 2004 is the all time Razzie Award champion. Italian-American Attended the University of Miami on an athletic scholarship Went to Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. Among his classmates were Goldie Hawn and Ben Stein. They reconciled after one year.Born on the same day as President George W. CBS considering "Father Lefty" TV series he created and produced for fall 2002 schedule. Turned down the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988). His father Frank Stallone was a hairdresser and mother Jackie Stallone is a larger-than-life eccentric who's also sought fame as an astrologer and women's wrestling promoter. 3rd child with wife Jennifer. but when she got the birth certificate it had been changed by Sly's father Frank Stallone to Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone. He was paid $200 to play the sex-craved gigolo and appeared in almost every scene nude. The part went to Bruce Willis instead. on 5 June 1995 and married on 17 May 1997. Was 23 years old when he got his first starring role in the porno The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970) (which was re-released and renamed "The Italian Stallion" after his success with Rocky (1976)). Mother Jackie Stallone was a fan of Tyrone Power and had originally named him Tyrone Stallone. Tony Filiti. with a record 30 nominations and 10 "wins". Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)) and The Specialist (1994). 14 February 2002 . weighed 7 lbs. He claims $17M in damages. 'Ernest Borgnine' has the most.Sylvester sued his former business manager. Has the distinction of appearing in three of the 100 Most Enjoyably Awful Movies of All Time as listed in Razzie Award-founder John Wilson's book "The Official Razzie Movie Guide": Rhinestone (1984). On 5 June 1994 he broke up with then-girlfriend Jennifer Flavin by sending her a "Dear Jane" letter via FedEx. for giving him bad business advice. Sistine Rose Stalloneand Scarlet Stallone with third wife Jennifer Flavin. . in which he played the role of Stud The Italian Stallion. the daughter of his mother Jackie Stallone and her second husband. Maryland. He was in Mexico promoting Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and was invited to participate. despite it already being in a financial bind. Former brother-in-law of Louis D'Alto and Markus Schaub. Has a total of five children: Sage Stallone and Seargeoh Stallone with first wife Sasha Czack and Sophia Rose Stallone. appearing in four of the 100 titles. He is thus tied withJoseph Cotten for having the second most titles among the 100. Bush and Fred Dryer. Scarlet Rose born 25 May 2002 in Los Angeles. Entered into the house of Big Brother VIP 2 (Mexico) for a few minutes as a special guest. Star Danny Nucci set to star as offbeat Miami priest if controversial series gets the greenlight. the now bankrupt restaurant chain. Her maiden name is Labofish. Part of the advice was for him to hold onto his shares in Planet Hollywood. 8 oz. more than any other person in history. Kenneth Starr. Has his look-alike puppet in the French show "Les guignols de l'info" (1988). Has a half-sister Toni D'Alto (Toni Anne Filiti).
Sunil Shettyand Hrithik Roshan are his die-hard fans. (January 20th 2001) In April 2004 he formed his own nutrition company InStone. which had been nominated. the great Frank Capra was enlisted in the Oscar campaign for the original Rocky (1976). Worst Actor of the Decade (1980s). According to Anthony Holden's "Behind the Oscar" (New York: Simon & Shuster. and Tom Green as being the only actors to direct themselves in performances that would "win" them a Razzie Award for Worst Actor. He has been nominated a record 30 times for the Golden . he listed seventh behind Gregory Peck. that produces protein pudding. Gain Will Power.Sean Connery. Kevin Costner. Bobby Deol. Stallone has never recaptured the critical success he won initially after Rocky (1976). when he refused they offered a further $1 million to go to the barber . Worst Actor of 1989 for Rambo III (1988). A noted fan of cigar smoking.he still refused. 1993). a testosterone booster. Oddly. Had a huge fan following from Bollywood Asia. Gary Cooper and Jodie Foster. It's got my vote for the Oscars all the way down the line. Is a fan of "Bollywood" movies Holds the record for the longest unbroken streak of nominations at the Razzie Awards . On 8 March 2005 he appeared in his first magazine issue of Sly which came out monthly. Harrison Ford. Dharmendra. The ten awards from the Razzies that he's "won" so far are Worst Actor of 1985 for Rhinestone (1984). On 10 May 2005 he published his book "Sly Moves: My Proven Program to Lose Weight. Worst Screen Couple of 1995 with Sharon Stone in The Specialist (1994). when Roger Ebert said he could be the next Marlon Brando. Bush along with other long-time Republican supporters Chuck Norris and Robert Duvall. Listed as one of the top heroes of all time by the American film Institute (AFI) on 2003. Sunny Deol even named one of his sons "Rocky".thirteen straight years. Worst Director of 1986 for Rocky IV (1985). Sanjay Dutt. an energy booster and two different protein shakes. and Live Your Dream". Build Strength. Sunny Deol.Step-son of Anthony 'Tony' Filiti & Stephen Marcus Levine. with "Cliffhanger" receiving a nomination for Worst Screenplay. Prince. Film stars like Salman Khan. which Stallone had written himself. 1994 was one of the few years he was not nominated for an acting Razzie Award. Worst Actor of 1986 for both Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) and Rocky IV (1985). even though he had appeared in both Cliffhanger(1993) and Demolition Man (1993). Humphrey Bogart. Did all of his own singing in Rhinestone (1984). Attended the first inauguration of President George W. he quit smoking cigarettes while filming Rocky (1976) when he was thirty after he found himself getting out of breath in the ring. William Shatner. Worst Actor of the Century." He joins Roberto Benigni. In 1988 he was offered $4 million to do an advert for an American beer commercial under the condition that he cut his hair. and Worst Supporting Actor of 2004 for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003). Capra was quoted as saying. He was on the cover of every magazine and did most of the articles and interviews himself. "I think it's the best picture in the last ten years. He received a Razzie Nomination every year (mostly for Worst Actor) from 1985 to 1997. Worst Screenplay of 1986 with James Cameron andKevin Jarre for Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985). Worst Actor of 1993 for Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992).
The voice of Lou the cop in "The Simpsons" (1989) is based on him. His brother Frank Stallone was a corner man for Canalito in this match. 1982. In 1963 he enrolled in the Devereux Manor High School in Berwyn. Turned down the lead role in Coming Home (1978) (for which Jon Voight won an Oscar). His performance as Rocky Balboa in the "Rocky" movies is ranked #64 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. Along with Bruce Willis. He was presented with a certificate of recognition by California Gov.Raspberry Awards. He went to Lincoln High School but never completed 10th grade. In the 1950s he and his brother Frank Stallone lived in Philadelphia with their mother Jackie Stallone for approximately two years and attended Notre Dame Academy. (5 May 2006) Moved to Philadelphia in the early 1960s. He decided he might have better luck as a writer. he moved with his mother and her new husband. a school for emotionally troubled youths. . He was honored by the Video Dealers Software Association when he was presented with the "Action Star of the Millennium Award" at the organization's 21st Annual Convention in Las Vegas. at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino. Chester County. Stallone was received at the White House by President Ronald Reagan. this time in Silver Springs. he is a staunch supporter of the Republican party. Curtis Whitner Boxing Match on his 36th birthday in July 6th. living in Frankford and Rittenhouse Square. usually in the "Worst Actor" category. a private Catholic school on Rittenhouse Square in center city (no longer there). 1984). Rocky (1976) is ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. (22 December 2005). and has won 10 times. to Philadelphia. NV. Arnold Schwarzenegger for filming Rocky Balboa (2006) in Los Angeles at a time when other filmmakers are moving their business to cheaper states or overseas locations to cut costs. Received the first Boxing Writers Association of America's award for lifetime cinematic achievement in boxing at the organization's 81st annual Awards Dinner at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Maryland. Anthony 'Tony' Filiti. Was said to have only $106 in his bank account at the time the Rocky (1976) project was given the green light by producer Irwin Winkler. following the enormous success of Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985). In 1986. [16 July 2002] In 1971 he auditioned for a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) but didn't get it. NJ. It is the same school that John Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore had once attended. He was a manager for the Lee Canalito vs. Atlantic City. He and Dolly Parton honored with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (June 14. After his parents divorced. The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation awarded him a special "Worst Actor of the Century" award in 2000. he returned to live with his parents and younger brother Frank Stallone. At the age of five. a pizza manufacturer. He wrote the screenplay for the modestly successful The Lord's of Flatbush (1974) and had a featured role in the film.
This caused some controversy. but turned it down. Both men attended Bush's inauguration as President in 2001. but feared that at fifty-five he was too old. then living in England. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997). Sistine and Scarlet. Despite his long association with the Republican Party. he confirmed his intention to make Rocky Balboa (2006) and Rambo(2008). Stallone confirmed he was still interested in reprising his roles as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. This is why one half of his chest is more veiny than the other. The other is fellow action hero and conservative RepublicanChuck Norris. following the murder of his friend Phil Hartman. Eddie Murphy's role in Beverly Hills Cop(1984). but can be viewed on the Internet. Turned down Christopher Reeve's role in Superman (1978). and donated $15.election bid for Governor of California in 2006. who did not appear before Sydney's Downing Center Local Court. Sophia. A lifelong Republican. (14 May 2007). Is a close friend and fan of Sir Elton John.The wax figure portraying Stallone as Rocky Balboa at the now defunct Movieland Wax Museum (Buena Park.000 to his campaign. Stallone claims to have been able to bench press 385-400 lbs (174. While in a bench pressing contest with former Mr Olympia Franco Columbu. Stallone supported President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial and hosted a Democratic fund raiser at his Miami home on 9 July 1998. Was Joel Schumacher's second choice to play Mr. California) was 5' 7" tall. he severely tore his pectoral muscle and needed over 160 stitches on it. Is a fan of the English soccer team Everton FC.4 kg) and squat 500 lbs (226. He is most well known for his Rambo and Rocky movies. Jintropin. In 1998. Bush's two favorite actors. Lawyers for Stallone entered the guilty pleas on behalf of the actor. Nearly four years later. In an interview in January 2002. His full frontal nude scene was edited out of Demolition Man (1993) prior to release. Supported Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger in his re.6-181.8 kg) in his prime. in October 2005. Harrison Ford's role in Witness (1985). The star was accused of bringing banned substances into Australia after a customs search of his luggage during a 16 February 2007 visit to Sydney revealed 48 vials of the human growth hormone product. Was offered a part in Quentin Tarantino's section of Grindhouse (2007) ("Death Proof"). Voted "Worst Actor of the Century" by the Razzie Awards in 2000. he is one of President George W. Godfather of his son Sage Stallone was his best friend Joe Spinell. Jon Voight's role in Coming Home (1978). Pleaded guilty to bringing vials of restricted muscle-building hormones into Australia and faces sentencing next week. Bruce Willis's roles in Die Hard (1988) and Pulp Fiction (1994). since he had used guns in many of his movies. called for America to ban all guns. All his children's names begin with the letter "S": Sage. John Travolta's role . Sargeoh. Stallone.
". one must make a grab for immortality. Was considered for the role of "Joey Zasa" in The Godfather: Part III (1990). Turned down the roles played by Richard Gere in American Gigolo (1980). at the Venice Film Festival in September 2009. but somehow it all works. he left her. Sly thought that he was the father of her daughter Savannah Dickinson. (2 March 2008). Turned down the role played by Keith Carradine in Pretty Baby (1978). Along with Jon Voight and Paula Abdul. the doctor's forceps accidentally severed a nerve in his cheek. took part in a fundraising. and not being another bum in the neighborhood. and Kurt Russell's role in Death Proof (2007). . Was voted the pupil most likely to die in the electric chair. Publicly endorsed Senator John McCain as his choice for Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential election. Turned down Basic Instinct (1992). Dated Janice Dickinson from December 1993 to July 1994." the concert features a performance by Israeli singer Ninette Tayeb. but when he discovered that the real father of girl was Michael Birnbaum. Born in the charity ward of a hospital in the New York ghetto of Hell's Kitchen.S. Jackson's role in Rules of Engagement (2000). At his birth. An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Pretty Woman (1990). Entitled "Live for Sderot. which is awarded to an artist who has "left his mark in contemporary cinema" and has previously been given to cinema heavyweights such as Takeshi Kitano and Abbas Kiarostami. Lives in Beverly Hills. which has been hit by more than 7. Personal Quotes Once in one's life.000 Kassam rockets in the past seven years. The eyes droop. reputation. The Expendables (2010) opened at number one at the U. He will receive the prestigious Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. Expelled from 14 schools for antisocial and violent behavior before the age of 13. This makes Sylvester Stallonethe only person in Hollywood history to have starred in films that have opened atop the box office charts over five consecutive decades. the mouth is crooked. the teeth aren't straight. one has not lived. California. box office with a first weekend gross of $35 million. The prize intends to celebrate Stallone's stature as a filmmaker. Turned down the lead role in The Terminator (1984). solidarity concert for the besieged Israeli city of Sderot. Samuel L. Turned down the Dudley Moore role in Arthur (1981). leaving him with his trademark droopy mouth. I'm not handsome in the classical sense. if not. A festival spokesman said: "Stallone has shown an original eye and an auteur's determination.in Face/Off(1997). the voice sounds like a Mafioso pallbearer. for one mortal moment. That's what Rocky (1976) is all about: pride.
I built my body. In that particular field you can't yell "Action!" and "Cut!" and "Take two!" and "Take three!".. I'm like driftwood in here. overweight cop. I would have been more than happy to reach down her throat or squeeze her hard. I'm not a genetically superior person. People accept Rocky Balboa as authentic. it's over. all bets are off. I love my family. after completing production on Rocky II (1979)] But there'll never be a "Rocky IV. It's like they really want to believe that Rocky exists. Rocky has taken hold to a degree I never could have imagined. I know I cannot hold on to them forever. who was shot to death by his wife] Until America. "It's ending. I'm not left wing. I can't tell you how many people have come up to me and asked about my boxing career. After 30 years. which suits me just fine.  I'm 5'10" and weigh 177 pounds. this is what you're gonna have. I love my country. door to door. Both are money-making machines that can't be switched off. You know. and someone really has to go on the line. I pity the first boy to knock on the door for a date. It's very funny. I'm surprised they even gave me this table. following the murder of Phil Hartman in 1998. I'm a very physical person. If she was coughing or dying. I really am a manifestation of my own fantasy. They will probably all run a mile. Sat there dumbfounded? Please! I would have rallied round . and the rest of the world doesn't have it. It's sad. It has to be stopped. Why should we? I had no idea Ellen Barkin was in the restaurant. so why should I disillusion them?  After I made Cop Land (1997) in which I played a timid.I just don't want them to grow up. My girls were born with the flirt gene. It's pathetic. I'm not right wing.  We're talking about doing another Rambo because I think it's time to combine action with politics. but it also worries me about what a handful I will have in a few years time. It was a lousy book and it made a lousy movie. That's how long it took that guy [Gustave Flaubert] to write "Madame Bovary". At one time I thought people would get over their fascination with the character and move on. And was that ever on the best-seller list? No. but I will as long as I can. [on Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign for Governor of California in 2003] I think it's very dangerous waters. I'm pleased with my body now.[Explaining to The New York Times how he wrote the script for Rocky (1976) in three days] I'm astounded by people who take 18 years to write something. . but I know he's always had blind ambition for that. We're living in the Dark Ages over there. I'm gonna buy ten more Rambo outfits just to make sure they're too scared to put a foot wrong. [Talking about the proliferation of guns in the U. I know I won't be able to help myself playing the worried dad. Didn't happen. and say. all of Hollywood turned their back." You gotta call a halt. I'll just go on playing Rambo and Rocky. It really is pathetic.just to avoid paying the bill. so maybe it'll work out for him.S. It just makes me realize how fragile life is. I personally think actors should remain actors." It's not 200 years ago. People don't credit me with much of a brain. takes every handgun. [In 1976. [Following John Ritter's death in 2003] It's a huge shock. she was doing it politely. we don't need this any more. I can't imagine life without them all in the house. I know it's stupid . I'm amazed by all of this. a certain dauntless political figure.
[on Rocky Balboa (2006)] I knew I would go through the embarrassment of hearing all the jokes about me. We're coming back for seconds and thirds. is a matter of compromise. [on Rocky Balboa (2006) and Rambo (2008)] Maybe these movies wouldn't have been as interesting five years ago. Sometimes it's better to just stay focused and do what you're really passionate about. I used to think my career was number one. I think the people who have been so supportive and loyal will be happy with the final chapter in Rocky Balboa's life because I think we bring the character to a final and noble conclusion. Get in line. The Turks have been killing that subject for 85 years. why? I'm not ready. The camera pulls back. ." a book about the Armenian genocide that he has wanted to direct for years] The hero. "Come on. "You're right. so I wanted to do a film that shows our generation is not on the outside looking in. so Rocky is symbolic of still wanting to participate. Don't photograph me in the morning or you're gonna get Walter Brennan. . but the fact is they just don't exist. People say. You wake up one morning and you go. it's still vital and wants to be part of the parade. my first marriage didn't go so well. Rocky says the last thing to age is the heart. in this business. the one who set up the rescue. but society says. The stuff I took thickens the bones and reinforces the tendons. and when we're finished helping ourselves. so I was gone nine months out of a year. but it's also my generation's story. . I've been looking for the next Robert Mitchum or Steve McQueen. A lot of people have so much they want to do. and the ships and the sea are on one side. not watching the parade. and the Turks are coming up the mountain by the thousands on the far side . and that's why I wrote a line . grow old gracefully. Whatever happened to having a beer and scratching your balls? [on Rhinestone (1984)] You'd have thought we all got together and decided how we could fastest ruin our careers. . though I have a relationship with my sons. [On "40 Days of Musa Dagh. youth must be served . but this marriage has been a second beginning. . but I believe I'm a better person for it. [on his marriage to Jennifer Flavin] It's been a fantastic revival of my life. it's your turn. "What happened? Where did it all go so fast? There are many more things I want to do. that I'd rather do something I love badly than to feel bad about not doing something I love. now. I want to show that life is not over at 50. Tough guys today are getting their hair done at Hollywood hairdressers. youth must be served. and there's one lonely figure at the top of the mountain." Just because people get older doesn't mean they abandon their dream or their ability to want to do something. I'd say between 3 pm and 8 pm I look great. an epic about the complete destruction of a civilization. has fallen asleep . I enjoy comedy very much. As you know. "Step back." No. but I learned the hard way that the most important thing is that you start at home and then comes the career. No one likes to fail at anything. After that it's all downhill. My wife begged me not to do it.after us. I know people will think Rocky is my story. I learned life's lessons. I'm now starting Rambo (2008) and I'm looking for a young actor to star opposite me. but look what's happened in the world in that time. . but it just wasn't right for me. It's a whole different climate.All art." I say." And I figure a lot of people feel the same. . You're given certain gifts and that's what you should try to be. I abused my body so much throughout my career that I am literally held together by glue. It's not one man's vision unless he takes very weak actors.
I wish I were. So there is no chance. because the last one in Afghanistan didn't work. No question about it. He never says a bad word about anyone. if I could end my career on something. You lived it. It often sounds pathetic when you hear actors say that they feel sorry for themselves . He's lost 24 times.On Senator John McCain I look back on "Judge Dredd" ias a real missed opportunity. so it's possible.but if I had to do it all over again I could have done both. I wish I had done it. There's something about matching the character with the script. . and I'm still very thin. I'm often asked whether Rocky is an extension of myself. I thought "Rocky" was tough. but quite often you're known for certain things. and reality. What I try to do is create a body that every man can look at and say. You were either a studio actor or an independent actor.but with arthritis! [on Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (2008)] Mickey.I never had extraordinary genes or great bone structure. if anybody deserves an Oscar. Bruce Willis has done it well. the script that's being written.. You're an incredibly talented man. it's that I didn't expand my acting when I was building my career. it's more "Hamlet & Eggs. But for me it is more about wasting such great potential there was in that idea. believe me . I ran every morning. after all." Making Victory (1981) (aka Escape to Victory) was hard work. But the truth is I wish I could be as noble as Rocky. You earned it. And right now. You can do commercial films and then do small. because I was trying to look a little gaunt. [at Rambo UK Premiere. Rocky gives out such a good vibe. and fun. What I learned out of that experience was that we shouldn't have tried to make it "Hamlet". but I'd never trained so hard in my life.' [on what fans can expect from The Expendables (2010)] Let's say we dug up The Wild Bunch (1969) and gave them one more shot." If I have a regret. I accepted that. We were POWs. and he never complains. My waist went down from 33 to 29 inches. So I regret that. but that wasn't the style back then. 'You know what? Give it to the winner. 2008) I feel like I'm 20 again . The new Rambo is not a feelgood movie. it didn't live up to what it could have been. with a certain amount of dedication I can achieve the same thing. independent. because he never does in the comic books. is pretty brutal and pretty hard-edged. "Boy. while Rambo's the Prince of Darkness. [speaking of his life with a wife and three daughters] Living in a house where you are the only man is a little like being the only guy left at The Alamo. It seemed that lots of fans had a problem with Dredd removing his helmet. Every actor would like to say that they're Daniel Day-Lewis and that they have this incredible palette. rather than unapproachable. I'd like to finish up the loose ends on Rambo. It probably should have been much more comic.. acting films. They just rule. I'm not that. Even our dogs are female.I've been very very blessed. Dolph Lundgren had hit me so hard I had swelling around the heart and had to stay in intensive care at St. "You know. John's Hospital for four days. it's you. You deserve it. . So I said to myself. and you need somebody who's been in that to deal with it." I try to keep it in the realm of athletic. his record is 54 and 24. It's about time everyone says. like a rough action film. he's lost a lot but he's philosophical and knows there will be another day. really humourous. During Rocky IV (1985).
'Look. before you know it. or one of those films that comes along every once in a while. I was like. So when you get up there. I'm not joking. but I had to have a very serious operation afterwards.' He proceeds to bite into the chicken and a small. [on Rocky IV (1985)] Dolph Lundgren and I always went for it. greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. [on the difference between filmmaking and painting] Movies are a vision dependent upon 300 or 400 people to accomplish it. He then hit me with an almighty uppercut.and.30am just to shoot a small five-minute scene. So I tell him I should have shot him a long time ago when I had the chance. They can be emotional. There's no one to blame but one person. And the scene goes from there. If it had swollen any more. Or the director isn't on form that day and he missed the whole point.The whole thing about Rocky (1976) wasn't about him boxing. Arnold was desperate for me to get him one but I had to explain that wasn't possible. At one point. 'Don't worry about it. him making someone's life better -. It wasn't him. it's only a movie. So there's great compromising. and the actor doesn't interpret it properly. It either soars or it crashes. women are right. to try to take that old formula and move it into a modern era. I now have a metal plate in my neck. turns to me and says. Whereas painting is all you do. those guys were up for it. our stunt guys were begging for mercy. bro. he hit me so hard on the head I felt my spine compress. It was about her -. And so much is lost in the translation. And it's clear we have a lot of history there. 95% of the time.him finding love. 'That thing is going to drip all over the place.' I said. See this watch? This is the only one of its kind in the world. one guy tougher than the next.' He said. But man. 'If it gets on my pants you're gonna know about it. After that. I haven't told anyone this. 'Dolph. my fight with Stone Cold Steve Austin was so vicious that I ended up getting a hairline fracture in my neck. If you try to change the taste of peanut butter. walks out. I said. He's still ridiculously competitive. who plays my oldest rival. I would have died. That night my chest started to swell. you're in trouble. given what big rivals we used to be.' At which point Arnold.' [on working with Richard Gere on The Lord's of Flatbush (1974)] Gere would strut around in his oversized motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table. it was seven guys. [on The Expendables (2010)] Man.that was what made the movie. It's like peanut butter. Actually. they're often right. I'm very. it's maybe 40% of the way you envisaged it. (Having lunch in a Toyota) I was eating a hot dog and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminum wrapper. He was so mad! [on filming his scene in The Expendables (2010) with pals Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger] Bruce's character. very happy with the film. It was about aging -. Because of the finance thing. there's one person I need to talk with before I give you the job. We accomplished it. though. [On the character of Rocky Balboa] I have always seen him as a 20th Century gladiator in a pair of sneakers. No joke. but when they say your shoes are shit or your tie is wrong. the audience identified with it. compressing my heart. [On The Expendables (2010)] I guess it's kinda like The Dirty Dozen (1967). I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically . who hires me to do the job the film's based on. It's strange. and I had to be helicopterambulanced from my hotel to a nearby emergency room. kicking each other's a**. [on Arnold Schwarzenegger] He's my best friend now. I was told that Dolph had punched my rib cage into my chest. The trouble with remakes is that people fall in love with the original. They got out of bed at 5. likeThe Magnificent Seven (1960). so I wore it to our last lunch. I gave him orders to try to knock me out while the cameras were rolling.
At this age I hear the ticking clock and it's as loud as the gong on Big Ben. He even thinks I'm the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. He's very machine-like and I did consider him an enemy. Maybe the other guy. at Café Roma in Beverly Hills. [On retiring from acting] I'm on borrowed time. one of us had to stay. They will confess to anything after 15 minutes. [On his screen test for the part of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV . is a fantastically cooperative. I'm only kidding. Let me put it this way. The way they feel about each other. I only kill people that need to be killed. I think. [On Arnold Schwarzenegger] I see him every Saturday.A New Hope (1977)] It didn't meet with much approval since when I stood in front of George Lucas he didn't look at me once.. But. It is very. It's funny because we used to be so competitive in the Eighties and now we're the best buddies in the world. Everything you were promised as a young person. you know what I mean? Really get it. I have become more cynical as I have got older. that's worth the price of admission alone!' [On his 1980s rivalry with Arnold Schwarzenegger] He was far more diligent than me. [On a shocking ad-lib by Bruce Willis in the scene with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Expendables (2010)] He goes. 'You know what. and they're still wearing the hats. It all worked out for the best since I don't look good in spandex holding a ray gun! [On his failed audition for a part in The Godfather (1972)] I couldn't even be an extra at the wedding. I made some truly awful movies. Everything after it was anticlimactic. 'You can't tell Rambo and The Terminator to suck each other's c**ks!' I said to the guys.the one in The Transporter (2002). If I didn't have this goal I would be more than happy to throw 25 croissants down my throat and wash it down with a pint of beer... 'Why don't you just suck each other's c**ks?' I thought. .more than even the Vietnam vets . that's how far down the food chain I was. That was the ultimate of life. Time stopped. very hard to stay in shape. trust me.. They're 90 years old now. The one thing in my films. it was a good enemy.. looking back.there's a brotherhood.they're never going to find that relationship anywhere else again. and to this day. I'm on borrowed time and know my longevity will be predicated on being able to make that move. Well.. obviously I'm not the right type. If you ever want someone to confess to murder just make him or her sit through that film. When you think about the second World War vets . Jason Statham.pushed him out of the car. I was too reckless.everything else pales next to that. Richard was given his walking papers. it doesn't really come true.. People that spend time in a foxhole . The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go. but that's the rumor. After that it just wasn't the same. excellent guy. Not true. [On Rambo] He'd murder Jason Bourne. [On Dolph Lundgren]: Dolph.. The ultimate ambition is to follow in Clint Eastwood's footsteps and move on to directing films without me having to be in them. the ones that deserve it get it and they get it good and the ones that go after women really get it. I am under pressure to perform. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) was the worst. seriously dislikes me.
But now. Doing The Expendables (2010) was brutal. and you're like. I saw his eyes light up.I've made a lot of career mistakes . That's life. and Cop Land (1997). and he's one of them. It made nearly $200 million. [On being asked about themes in his movies at a press conference] I always try to deal with redemption. Your joints become fragile after a certain point. It's one thing to run a state. And then politics. no time. Then. in Hollywood. 'It's a turkey and it's not even Thanksgiving. its about as deep as I can go. and that theme from Rocky Balboa to Rambo. The studios say they added $50 million in publicity in the Ukraine or somewhere. [On Rocky Balboa (2006)] I haven't seen a dime yet.there's no way I can do the old squats and stuff. Salary . I tell people. with his background of being Austrian and all this baggage of not being American.. I eat healthy Monday to Friday. If politicians really told the truth they'd be fired and Washington would be an overgrown parking lot. gain pounds. can kill you. I think everyone in this room like everyone on the planet has regret. That's all. I'm past my prime in doing dramatic films. The politics of bodybuilding? Forget about it. Sad but true. I answer that it's him. eh? That's how it works these days. it just haunts me. I did my little moment. 'What?' Exercise. Halloween is the only time people can become what they want to be without getting fired. it's off-the-chart hard. he's the governor of California. And he was and is the most influential bodybuilder who ever lived. and I think this is the kind of film that would be a nice intro. No need to starve. no rest and more difficult then the last three Rambos put together. Being ignorant is like getting dressed for Prom Night in the dark. Own your destiny. they're like rubber. It's mind-blowing. but it still ends up in the red. And he would make it as a presidential candidate. You have to grab life by the throat and squeeze before it grabs you by your neck and breaks it. I would much rather just direct dramas. Can't do it. No way. almost a pathetic cry out to be recognized as a serious actor. They have this thing called 'back end' You can make a movie for $12 million that makes $250 million.a lot! Sometimes you're making a film and you go.' It's bad.. When you're 20. that one moment when they made the wrong decision. sometimes you just never get your life back on course. I think it becomes maybe. It's good for you but you've got to know what you're doing. You think you are looking good until somebody turns your lights on. 1. I really think so. pig out on the weekend. Think about it . This is not some city council somewhere. Certain actors you're never going to see come down the pike again. It's double-edged. just the governor of the biggest state in population. but it's another thing to get back to what you're really known for. He's been out of the limelight a long time. [On wanting Arnold Schwarzenegger for The Expendables (2010) sequel] I would love to get him in the next one. by far. and he became No. I'm very proud of the drama in Rocky Balboa (2006).the force of will and the fact that he is successful in three diverse and impossibly difficult areas. or suffer! [On Arnold Schwarzenegger] When people ask me who is the most extraordinary guy I've ever met. then lose it again Monday to Friday.
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