Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 on Friday, famed superstar Sylvester Stallone told the audience that he never expected to make it big in the film industry. He said that he had an accident at birth that caused him to slur his words - now one of his more celebrated trademarks - due to which he felt that he might never be cast as an actor. The 72-year-old rose to fame in 1976 with Rocky - a film that also won him an Oscar later on. He later went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest action heros, courtesy his hit franchises such as Rocky and Rambo.
Stallone revealed that when he had just started out in the industry, his speech impediment confused filmmakers. It even shocked his now fellow actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger of Terminator fame.
While talking about celebrating his career, Stallone stated, “I didn’t think I was going to even have a career in film. Whenever I would try to get jobs in commercials, the director would say, ‘What are you saying, what language is that?’"
The star continued, “I knew it was bad when Arnold said that I have an accent. And I said, ‘I have an accent? Excuse me, what?’" Stallone then quipped that it was true and would be perfect if the two of them happen to open up a school for speech lessons. Apart from his muscular physique, Stallone’s speaking style is now also his widely recognized signature.
The actor received a warm welcome when he showed up at an event held by the festival. Talking about his most iconic role, Stallone stated, "Rambo deals with the very dark side of nature that unfortunately a lot of people live with because they feel isolated.” He says that the character is a Vietnam War veteran who struggles to re-adjust to normal, civilian life.
Contrasting with his other iconic role, Stallone shared, “Rocky is different. He’s more optimistic and realizes that he is not a special man. But he tries to be special." Rocky Balboa shows the struggle of an Italian-American boxer from a working class background, making it big.
The actor's performance in the first Rocky film earned him Best Actor nominations at the Golden Globes, Oscars and BAFTAs. However, he never won any of those awards. Let's hope that can change as Rambo V: Last Blood, which was screened for the audience at Cannes on Friday, changes the statistics. The upcoming film from the series is set for a September release.