By Adeshola Fashola
If you don’t know Sylvester Stallone, then I don’t know what adjective with which to describe your childhood. Suffice it to say that you spent most of your time watching more Indian movies than American movies.
On this day in 1985; Mr Stallone got married to Danish super model- Brigitte Nielsen- in what was a highly publicized wedding at the time.
Sylvester Stallone was was born Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone in New York City to Frank Sr. and Jackie Stallone. His younger brother- Frank Stallone Jr.- is also an actor and musician. Stallone’s father was born in Apulia, Italy, and migrated to the United States as a child, while his mother is of half Russian Jewish and half French descent. Naturally, he was raised and baptised Catholic.
Complications his mother suffered during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; misuse of these accidentally severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone’s face. As a result, the lower left side of his face is paralyzed – including parts of his lip, tongue, and chin – an accident which has given Stallone his snarling look and slightly slurred speech.
Sylvester Stallone had his first starring role in the soft core pornography feature film called The Party at Kitty and Stud’s (1970). He was paid just US$200 for two days’ work.
Stallone later explained that he had done the film out of desperation after being evicted from his apartment and finding himself homeless for several days. He has also said that he slept three weeks in a bus station prior to the movie. In the actor’s words, “it was either do that movie or rob someone, because I was at the end – the very end – of my rope”
But that was all going to change on March 24, 1975. Stallone saw the Muhammad Ali–Chuck Wepner fight, which inspired the foundation idea of Rocky. That night Stallone went home, and after three days and 20 straight hours; he had written the script for Rocky.
After that, he tried to sell the script with the intention of playing the lead role. Stallone was offered increasingly larger fees to sell the script and allow a different actor to star in the film, but he turned the offers down until the studio agreed to let Stallone himself play the role.Rocky was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay nominations for Stallone. The film went on to win the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Film Editing
It kept going uphill from then on. He made sequels of Rocky and then ventured into the Rambo franchise; which proved yet another goldmine.
Today we remember the anniversary of his second marriage. And even though he went on to divorce the beauty queen; today still holds some significant in the life of the man- many of you call John Rambo!