Sylvester Stallone enjoys acting now more than ever

Sylvester Stallone enjoys acting now more than ever

Sylvester Stallone enjoys acting now more than ever

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Sylvester Stallone of MTV Ent Studios/101 Studios during a visit to BAFTA Headquarters to celebrate the launch of Paramount+ UK at BAFTA on June 20, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Sylvester Stallone during a visit to BAFTA Headquarters, 2022. (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Sylvester Stallone admitted he gets more out of acting now than ever before.

Speaking at a virtual press conference for his new superhero movie Samaritanthe 76-year-old star Rocky and Rambo said, “I enjoy acting more now than I did when I was 30, 35. Do you think you know it all? [at that age]. You do not know nothing.

“I think the soft spot in a man’s head doesn’t get hard until he’s around 41. You’re just…you’re still learning. You think you’ve got it under control, not exactly.”

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Rising to fame in the 1970s, Stallone hit the big time at the age of 30, writing and starring in the Oscar-winning 1976 boxing drama Rocky. This led to leading roles in Escape to victory, night hawks and First blood, as well as subsequent Rocky and Rambo sequels making him one of the biggest movie stars in the world.

Your new movie, the exclusive Prime Video Samaritan – directed by overlord Julius Avery – sees Stallone playing Joe Smith AKA Samaritan, a hidden superhero who is living out his twilight days as a garbage man.

Watch a trailer for Samaritan

Stallone says he was able to leverage his pre-fame life to portray Smith, sharing some of the less glamorous jobs he took on before making Hollywood’s A-list.

“I’ve been everything from a porter, like a bartender, to chopping fish, like working in lion cages, to a movie porter where you… you’re the third one to wear the same tuxedo,” Stallone revealed. .

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“So you’ve got BO from two other guys, and people are blaming you. I mean, you just…I understand how the whole process works.

“And you have to be a little humble and eat a humble pie to get through all that.”


Javon “Wanna” Walton (left) as Sam Cleary and Sylvester Stallone (right) as Joe Smith Samaritan, directed by Julius Avery. (MGM/Amazon Studios)

Reflecting on playing characters with a few more miles on the clock than he used to, Stallone says it’s a challenge he now relishes and one that helped get him into the mindset of a superhero from the past.

“I think there’s a point where you say okay, you can’t do the 29-year-old Rambo kind of thing, because you also have to honor who you are at your age,” he explained. “That’s the part where you’re not who you were, but you’re still there.

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“Actually, there’s a line where you start to fall apart when you stop caring, with everything, meaning life, yourself, everything. So I thought this guy, his trait would be in his resolve.”

Sylvester Stallone as Joe Smith in Samaritan, directed by Julius Avery.  (MGM/Amazon Studios)

Sylvester Stallone as Joe Smith in Samaritan, directed by Julius Avery. (MGM/Amazon Studios)

Having directed several films, including four Rocky sequels and 2008 RamboStallone had nothing but praise for his director in Samaritan.

“I’ve driven a few things myself. And it’s like having your spleen pulled through your nose with a tractor,” Stallone admitted.

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“It’s not fun. It’s hard work. [People say] ‘Oh, it’s so glamorous.’ It’s not glamorous. It’s brutal. It affects your private life. Forget about sleep. You answer eight thousand questions a day. It is hard. And then you have post production. Then you have no life.”

“Young people [like Julius], they are hungry. They are drooling. They live for these things. This is their moment. Their testosterone is coming out of their ears. And they will stay up late at night and deliver. So that’s why I think if you’re going to make that kind of movie, you need that kind of energy.”

Samaritan premieres on Prime Video on August 26.

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