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Sylvester Stallone reveals the film that changed his life

Sylvester Stallone reveals himself Cunning

In 1976, after years of struggle and numerous efforts to embody the character he created, Sylvester Stallone became a star with Rocky, a three-time Oscar-winning drama centered on a small-time Philadelphia hit trying his luck in the ring. Subsequently, Sly reached the pinnacle, playing another cult character in the saga Ramboenjoys box office successes such as Cliffhanger: Chasing the Summit and reminds us that he can play something other than action heroes Copland.

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Memorable projects that follow one another over the years Sometimes very complicated times for Sylvester Stallone, who goes through ups and downs, partly due to his outsized ego. In the 2000s, before managing to return to the limelight with Rocky Balboa AND Giovanni Rambothe director and actor, for example, experiences a great desert crossing.

Creed: The Legacy of Rocky Balboa
Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) – Creed: The Legacy of Rocky Balboa ©MGM

Steps on which returns in the documentary Sly: Stallion’s Stallion by Thom Zimny, to be discovered next November on Netflix. The feature film was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival, which took place from September 7 to 17, 2023.

The film that changed his life

During a conversation organized as part of the event, Sylvester Stallone spoke about his inspirations and experiences that led him to write Rocky. He spoke in particular about the film that changed his life, The Labors of Herculespeplum released in 1958 and worn by Steve Reeves, bodybuilding star and great influence of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sly talked about this feature film, which he discovered at the age of 12 and whose physical performance of the protagonist amazed him (via The Hollywood journalist):

I was lucky enough to be able to discover the golden age of cinema, when dialogue became important. But the dialogue didn’t move me as much as the actual physical embodiment of overcoming obstacles.

The Labors of Hercules
Hercules (Steve Reeves) – The Labors of Hercules ©Oscar Film

After harvesting an usher position in a movie theater during his youth, Sylvester Stallone subsequently learned to direct and write by repeatedly watching numerous films:

Watching these films over and over allows you to feel and see the magic. (…) And I ended up telling myself that I could do better than that. Before I realized I couldn’t.

Persevering, Sly eventually gave birth to Rocky Balboa:

I was just writing what I knew. I was writing about this slightly mentally challenged kid who had a lot of heart.

Source: Cine Serie

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