RAMBO: LAST BLOOD
SYLVESTER STALLONE has established worldwide recognition as
an actor, writer and director since he played the title role in
his own screenplay of Rocky, which won the Academy Award in 1976 for Best
Picture. Since that seminal motion picture,
Rocky grew to a franchise of five sequels and in 2006 Stallone concluded the
series with Rocky Balboa, a critical and
audience success which resolutely confirmed both Stallone and Rocky as iconic
cultural symbols. In addition, to
commemorate a character which has become as real as any living person to
film-going audiences around the world, a
statue of Rocky Balboa was placed at the foot of the now-famous steps of the
Philadelphia Art Museum at a dedication
ceremony presided over by the Mayor.
In 2015, 40 years after the original film, Stallone returned to the role of
Rocky in Creed for director Ryan Coogler costarring Michael B. Jordan. His
critically-acclaimed performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for
Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review and Critic's
Choice Awards as well as countless
Awards and nominations from National Critic Associations. The role enthralled
audiences and solidified Stallone as one of
the most enduring and endearing actors of his generation. The sequel, Creed II
is now filming on location in Philadelphia.
Stallone wrote, directed and starred in Rambo, which continued the saga of
Vietnam vet John Rambo twenty five years
after the debut of Rambo: First Blood. For the latest installment, Stallone took
the company on location to the inner
jungles of Burma basing the compelling story in a country where crimes against
humanity, civil war and genocide have
existed for over 60 years - and no one is doing anything about it.
Stallone then released his a most ambitious project , the action thriller The
Expendables, which he has wrote, directed
and starred in, and for which he hired an all star cast including Jason Statham,
Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Eric Roberts, Dolph
Lungren and Steve Austin - as well as Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger
which opened to Number One at the Box
Office - making him the only actor to open a Number One Film across Five
Decades. Sly took the company on
location to the interior of Brazil and the city streets New Orleans, filming
over just a few short months. Born in New York
City, Stallone attended school in suburban Philadelphia where he first started
acting and also became a star football
player. He then spent two years instructing at the American College of
Switzerland in Geneva. Returning to the United
States, he enrolled as a drama major at the University of Miami and also began
to write. Stallone left college to pursue
an acting career in New York City, but the jobs did not come easily. By 1973,
Stallone had auditioned for almost every
casting agent in New York and had gone on thousands of acting calls, with little
success. During this period, he turned
more and more to writing, churning out numerous screenplays while waiting for
his acting break. The opportunity first
came in 1974 when he was cast as one of the leads in The Lords of Flatbush.
He also received his first writing credit for "additional dialogue" on this
With the money earned from that film, Stallone left New York for Hollywood.
He again began to make the rounds of
studios and casting agents, managing to get a few small roles in television and
movies. He also continued to pursue
Prize fighter Rocky Balboa was born and given life in a script Stallone wrote
in longhand. Several producers offered to
buy the screenplay, wanting to cast a name star in the title role, which
Stallone insisted on playing himself.
Although his bank balance was barely $100, Stallone held fast with his
perseverance finally paying off in a big way.
In addition to Rocky Balboa and Rambo, Stallone's credits as
actor/writer/director are Rocky II and Paradise Alley. As
actor and co-writer, Stallone filmed F.I.S.T., First Blood, Rambo: First Blood
Part II, Rhinestone and Rambo III. He cowrote, directed and produced Staying
Alive and starred in Nighthawks, Victory, Tango & Cash and Lock Up. Rocky V,
starring and written by Stallone and directed by John Avildsen, opened in 1990.
He also starred in Demolition Man, which set box-office records for it's Fall
1993 release and in the films The Specialist,
Assassins and Daylight.
Stallone starred in the challenging and unique role of Freddy Heflin, in the
Miramax feature film Copland, which has
garnered him further international critical and audience acclaim.
He had the starring role in Get Carter for Warner Brothers co-starring
Michael Caine, which opened in the Fall of 2000.
Stallone wrote and starred in the number one box office race-car thriller
Driven, co-starring Burt Reynolds and Christian
de la Fuente. In addition, he filmed Avenging Angelo, co-starring Madeline
Stowe. Both films were for the Warner Bros.
He also starred in the role of "The Toymaker" for director Robert Rodriguez
in the hit film Spy Kids 3, the final
installment of that successful film franchise.
He was associated with The Contender, a powerful and action-packed unscripted
series which aired on the NBC Television
Network and then ESPN.
In 2002 Stallone 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 addition, Stallone's influence and appreciation are acknowledged
worldwide. In 2008 The Zurich Film Festival
presented him with the Festival's
Inaugural Golden Icon Award, which recognized his achievements as a great
American Actor and Filmmaker and in 2009,
The Venice Film Festival honored Stallone with their Glory to the Filmmaker
Award. For the release of The Expendables
Stallone was honored at the Spike TV's Guy's Choice Awards with the coveted
GuyCon Award, presented by Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was also feted at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival
as the event's Honored Guest and
received the Visionary Award at the Hollywood Reporter Key Arts 2010 Event. At
the 2010 Comicon Convention, he was
the first inductee into the IGN Action Hero Hall of Fame.
The Expendables 2, the highly-anticipated sequel opened to Number One at the
Box Office. Shot on location in Bulgaria,
Stallone wrote and starred in the film along with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce
Willis Jason Statham and the original
Expendables cast. Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris also
Stallone appeared in Bullet To the Head for director Walter Hill for Warner
Bros. Studios, Escape Plan co-starring with
Arnold Schwarzenegger for Summit Pictures and he starred with Robert DeNiro in
the Warner Bros feature Grudge Match.
He starred in Expendables 3 with many of the original cast and included the
additions of Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and
Antonio Bandaras. The film was also shot on location in Bulgaria.
Stallone had a pivotal role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 which he will
reprise in the next film of the franchise, He
subsequently made Escape Plan 2 and 3. He will be seen in Rambo: Last Blood
later this year.
In March, 2014 Rocky the Musical opened at The Winter Garden on Broadway. The
Musical was based on the original
film written by Stallone and earned a Best Actor Tony nomination for the play's
star, Andy Karl.
Currently, Stallone is one of eight iconic film directors who have partnered
with Starlight Culture Entertainment to develop
motion picture projects and intellectual properties. The collaboration includes
such revered directors as Robert Zemeckis,
James Wan, F. Gary Gray and Alan Taylor.
Stallone is also establishing Balboa, his own production company which will
create and distribute film and television
projects including a biopic on famed boxer Joe Jackson and a recently announced
project with A&E.
In addition to his extensive film career, Stallone is an accomplished artist,
completing paintings on canvas as well as
sculpture work. He has had impressive exhibitions at Art Basil, The Russian
State Museum and most recently at the Nice
Museum of Contemporary Art in France.
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