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Sylvester Stallone on his love for action movies and their heroes: “It’s almost like they’re gods”

Hollywood veteran Sylvester Stallone never misses an opportunity to jump into an action film as he believes the genre strikes a chord with different cultures through its universal themes.

Stallone is undoubtedly one of the greatest action heroes in Hollywood blockbuster franchises like “Rambo” and “Rocky” and even modern Marvel and DC comic book movies.

“Every time I see an opening, I constantly try to stick it in there,” the veteran told a virtual press conference in response to a question from PTI about pushing himself as a hero. of action.

The 76-year-old actor’s love affair with action films dates back to the 1970s and 1980s when he started the ‘Rocky’ and ‘Rambo’ film series.

“When I started, there weren’t what I call ‘real action movie’ or ‘action beats’. There were car chases, there was this and that, there was would have a fight. And I thought, ‘wow, that’s a genre, that’s really fascinating.’

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“In a real action movie, you can mute the sound and know what the story is, just by physical movement. So when I did ‘Rambo: First Blood,’ I said, ‘what if we cut the sound? People will know what the story is. That’s when I realized how important this genre could be,” Stallone said.

Stories of heroes and legends have always been part of history as the actor believes that every “society needs these characters”.

“It’s almost like, ‘oh, they’re gods. They are divine creatures of modern times. We see it from Homer’s “Odyssey” to Marvel today. It’s the same except it’s presented through some CGI and the others on the written word,” said Stallone, whose filmography also includes superhero titles like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” and “The Suicide Squad”.

The actor said it was quite fascinating for him to tell various stories in the action genre.

“The fact that the question comes from India means that it is understood by a completely different culture, but they completely understood it because we encounter the same kind of emotions that all human beings on the planet share, namely this fear, the loneliness, the heroism and the father figure, all that,” he added.

The actor has another film on the horizon – ‘Samaritan’, in which he plays a superhero past his prime, hiding from society as he battles personal demons. What Stallone liked about the film was the “pedestrian” nature of his character.

“You could be standing next to him or riding next to him on a train or a bus, and not even knowing that this man here can literally lift the bus. There is a kind of simplicity.

“And it’s a simmering boil that eventually bursts as opposed to the triumphant music and special effects, the thundering guys pounding the ground with their fists like a seismic wave. So you can expect the hero to be very regular and do irregular things.Directed by Julius Avery of “Overlord” fame, the film follows a young boy who realizes that his favorite superhero, Samaritan (Stallone) who is believed to have disappeared after an epic battle twenty years ago -five years, might actually still be around.

“Samaritan” is a story of redemption, a theme that Stallone himself is very fond of and likes to explore in his films.

“Redemption is one of my favorite subjects. In fact, almost everything I read is dripping with a sense of redemption.

“There’s a twist in ‘Samaritan‘ which I don’t think anyone will see coming, but again, it’s up to him to admit who he is and say, ‘Okay, I made a mistake. But I won’t do it again. Now I know, and I’m going to do the right thing,” which I think is the ultimate fantasy. The actor said another theme explored by the film is the fear of loneliness, something his 2006 film “Rocky Balboa,” the sixth installment in the “Rocky” series, also explored.

“Everyone on the planet’s greatest fear is to be alone, to live alone and maybe even to move away, to die alone. There is no worse horror than this premise. It so that’s what ‘Rocky VI’ was also about…

“You try to hit on topics that are relatable. I know what it’s like to be alone. I know what it’s like to be heartbroken… So you need some kind of relatability, which means they’re vulnerable and fragile at times,” he added.

As the director of four ‘Rocky’ movies as well as films like ‘The Expendables’ and ‘Rambo’ in 2008, Stallone said he finds work ‘brutal’ and that’s why he prefers working with new filmmakers. like Avery.

“I’ve done a few things myself and it’s like having your spleen ripped out of your nose. It’s not funny. This is a difficult work. It’s not glamorous. It’s brutal. It weighs on your privacy. Forget to sleep. You answer 8,000 questions a day. It’s hard. And then you have post-production.

“So you have no life… And young people, they’re hungry, they drool. They live for this stuff. It’s their time. Their testosterone leaks out of their ears and they will stay up late at night and give birth. That’s why I think if you want to do this kind of movie, you need that kind of energy,” the actor added.

“Samaritan” also includes Javon “Wanna” Walton, Pilou Asbaek, Dascha Polanco and Moises Arias. The film will premiere on Prime Video on August 26.