From a kid bullied and living on the streets to one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, the distance Stallone had to go was immense, but he never stopped. He, his wife, and his three daughters starred in a reality TV series “The Family Stallone” in May of 2023, and we imagine even after all that time of dealing with paparazzi, doing interviews, and accepting awards, it’s a little strange for Sylvester to have that kind of thing happen to him.
Through all the ups and downs of his long career, Stallone never stopped trying. He always had another project on the stove, even if it was just another sequel. The guy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – that means he was successful, even if you start counting the flops.
Even More Expendable
After the rousing success of “The Expendables,” a sequel was quickly put into the works. Released just two years later, “The Expendables 2” featured all the surviving members of the first film, as well as adding Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and upgrading Schwarzenegger to a member of the official credits. After that “The Expendables 3” dropped in 2014, and there was no action star who couldn’t make the list.
New additions include Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, and...Kelsey Grammer? Finally, the fourth film, “Expend4bles” dropped in 2023, with the additions of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, and others joining the cast. The first three movies were undeniable hits, yet were still little more than fun, explosive action movies.
Cutting a Certain Fight Scene
It seems Stallone has a habit of getting too close to death while filming some of his scenes. While filming a fight with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Stallone accidentally ended up with, of all things, a broken neck. And not the good kind! He would later tell FHM that the fight was so vicious he ended up getting a hairline fracture in his spine, requiring a very serious operation and putting a stop to shooting for a while.
Stallone is now the proud owner of a metal plate in his neck. Unfortunately, and to no surprise, the fight scene had to be cut out of the movie. Steve Austin was a professional wrestler – someone who fake fights for quite a long time. It’s again no surprise that he would be quite good at it.
A New Generation
In 2015, Stallone again reprised his famous boxer role in the film “Creed,” which focused on the son of Rocky’s friend and rival Apollo Creed. Named Adonis “Donnie” Creed, he’s interested in following in his father’s footsteps and tracks down Rocky to help him realize his dream. Just like so many of the other films in the series, “Creed” was a critical and commercial success.
There are plenty of parallels to the original “Rocky” film. Critics raved about the film, saying it was everything they wanted and more. It revived Stallone’s career once again, paved the way for a new generation, and was a sparkling movie, to boot. Stallone was even nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars that year, but failed to bring home the trophy.
A Future in Film Making
In 2018, Stallone formed a film studio he called Balboa Productions with Braden Aftergood, and with every project, Stallone will act as a co-producer. Most of these films are ones that featured Stallone in some way, but not all of them. There have been three under the banner released so far: “Rambo: Last Blood,” “One Night: Joshua vs. Ruiz,” and “Creed III.”
As of this writing, there are ten films being produced, including an untitled sequel to Stallone’s earlier hit “Cliffhanger.” The company has also helped get several television series on the air, including the current Paramount Plus offering “Tulsa King,” which stars Stallone, his first time on a streaming television show. He plays a mafia boss.