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Sylvester Stallone On ‘Rocky, ’ ‘Creed’ And The 40-Year Career In Between: Q&A

 JULY 2013 : Actor Sylvester Stallone / Getty


It has been 40 years since Sylvester Stallone personified the Hollywood dream, than an unknown could write his ticket to stardom. He did that with Rocky,  the underdog story that received 10 Academy Award nominations and won three awards including Best Picture over films like All The President’s Men, Network and Taxi Driver.

Stallone received his only career Oscar nominations for writing and starring in that film. There is plenty of momentum for him to make history and get nominated for the same character, four decades later. In Creed, Stallone fits squarely into the Best Supporting Actor discussion. His Rocky Balboa doesn’t really throw a meaningful punch in the ring, but faces his most dangerous opponent in a potentially fatal disease. This, after the young progeny of his former nemesis-turned best friend Apollo Creed gives Balboa a reason to do more than wait to die.

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Stallone’s subdued performance already has won a slew of critics awards–director Ryan Coogler presents him with his National Board of Review prize in New York this Tuesday–and he is nominated for a Golden Globe. To mark the achievement, the anniversary of Rocky, and to fill a long holiday weekend, Stallone looks back on a most unlikely career, with all its twists and turns…

Read the full story at Deadline,  by Mike Fleming Jr



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