I have to admit, I never really gave Sylvester Stallone credit for being anything more than a meathead action star; for the longest time I didn’t even realize that the guy actually wrote Rocky, and directed many of the sequels himself. The sad thing is, I think a lot of people still see the upcoming Rocky Balboa as the pathetic attempt of a washed up actor to milk a beloved franchise for all its worth. What they don’t realize is that he’s not as stupid as the characters he plays on screen. It’s true that he’s trying to reclaim his career here, but he’s certainly not taking it lightly, and he’s got a lot more on his mind than dollar signs.
Ain’t It Cool News is currently running a great feature where Stallone answers a different batch of questions from fans every day between now and December 20th (the release date of Rocky Balboa). I’ve gained a ton of admiration for the guy just from reading his responses; he’s articulate, humble, and most of all… hilarious! I see now that he’s trying to fashion himself into a serious and respected filmmaker, and I think perhaps one day he will be mentioned alongside the likes of Clint Eastwood. For example, in addition to the Rambo sequel that he is working on, he’s also developing a biopic of Edgar Allen Poe. Hats off to Stallone for inviting a dialogue with the internet fan community rather than acting like he’s above them. Check out some of the Q&A pieces and see if you come away with a newfound respect for him as well.» Related Link: Ain't It Cool News