"Sly", as he's known
to those closest to him, might not want to hear the word "Veteran"
in polite company but there can be no getting away from the
fact that the movie's most famous boxer has now been part
of the Hollywood furniture for nearly 25 years. Before Forrest
Gump was laying down his down-home philosophy, Stallone was
showing us his own way of achieving the American dream in
1976 when as Rocky he became the ultimate example of gutter
to gold in the land of the free.
If Die Hard made Willis
and Terminator made Arnie this third musketeer of the action
picture genre has much to thank the Rocky series for. Over
the years there have been attempts to re-invent himself in
such roles as the Wall-Street-watching supercop in Tango and
Cash, followed by a disasterous double whammy in 1991 with
Oscar and in 1992 with Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, both of
which indicated that maybe Sly wasn't a natural comedian.
In the 90's he starred
two of his best action roles in Cliffhanger and Daylight while
Copland was the ultimate turnabout for Sly, playing a passive
put upon officer. The U.S. remake of the Michael Caine British
thriller Get Carter brought Stallone back to what he does
best, kickin' ass.
Whether you view Sylvester
Stallone as meatball or movie's #1 action man, there can be
no doubt that similar to his most famous alter-ego there are
a few more rounds left in this Italian-American thespian.