An icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism, Sylvester Stallone is responsible for creating two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the no-name boxer who overcame all odds to become a champion, and John Rambo, the courageous soldier who specialized in violent rescues and revenge. Both characters are reflections of Stallone’s personal experiences and the battles he waged during his transition from a poor kid in Hell’s Kitchen to one of the world’s most popular stars.
According to Stallone, his was not a happy childhood. On July 6, 1946, in the aforementioned part of Manhattan, Sylvester Enzio Stallone was born to a chorine and an Italian immigrant. A forceps accident during his birth severed a facial nerve, leaving Stallone with parts of his lip, tongue, and chin paralyzed. In doing so, the accident imprinted Stallone with some of the most recognizable components of his persona: the distinctively slurred (and some say often nearly… read more
People often forget Stallone is more than an actor, more than the iconic pop-culture characters he has crafted over the years and the fact that his career spans decades is justice to an artist who is not limited by obstacles but challenged by them. Like his contemporaries, Stallone exudes character and his screen presence and charisma is undeniable. You don't have to like his movies or the man behind them, you don't have to give him credit for his screenwriting even when he has written some of the most notable action films and franchises of the genre. One thing is certain, Stallone is a multifaceted artist and we can expect he's got a lot more to say in cinema from either side of the camera.