“You know you are not doing well”: Sylvester Stallone Was Aware of His Failure as an Actor, Feels One Crucial Decision Saved His Hollywood Career

Sylvester Stallone Was Aware of His Failure as an Actor, Feels One Crucial Decision Saved His Hollywood Career
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Sylvester Stallone is one of the greatest stars in Hollywood. Besides acting, he has also achieved massive success in screenwriting and filmmaking. But similar to most famous personalities, there was also a struggling phase in the Rocky fame’s career. Stallone admitted that there was a time when he understood that his career as an actor was not going in a fruitful direction.

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has been a part of some of the greatest franchises like Rambo and Rocky and movies like F.I.S.T., Paradise Alley, and Demolition Man. According to the 77-year-old, he faced a critical situation in his life when he was failing as an actor but some well-made decisions came to use.

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What did Sylvester Stallone say about his days of failure?

Stallone Rocky Italian Stallion
Sylvester Stallone as Rocky

While Sylvester Stallone is a great name as an actor, his works as a filmmaker and writer are celebrated widely as well. But it looks like the Nighthawks actor is a bigger fan of his writing than acting. During an interview with TIMES, when he was asked if his writing affected his acting, the actor was fast to admit that it was his writing that brought him so far.

Sylvester Stallone explained that he was not really going anywhere with acting and was not able to grab good opportunities. He added that he was never good in movies and got several side roles initially.

“Well, my writing for the screen is really the reason I’m here. I was not very good in school. If you’re not brilliant, you try to find something that resonates. With acting, I was going nowhere. I was like Mugger No. 3 in every movie. When you’re playing the fourth lead on Spy Kids, you know you’re not doing well.”

Sylvester Stallone Spy Kids 3
Sylvester Stallone in Spy Kids 3

The voice of King Shark was also asked to choose between acting and filmmaking. Stallone admitted that he undoubtedly loves filmmaking more than acting. He loves to be the architect instead of staying a slave to other people’s vision.


“Oh, there’s no question about it: directing. You are the architect. If it’s good, great. If it fails, it’s because your vision wasn’t good. It’s the idea of building something from the foundation up. When you’re an actor, you’re a slave to other people’s visions.”

Sylvester Stallone has also spoken about his struggles in other interviews as well. The actor has shared anecdotes about how he was rejected from the smallest roles before rising to be a global icon.

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Sylvester Stallone was rejected from The Godfather 

Marlon Brando in The Godfather
Marlon Brando in The Godfather

The Godfather is considered to be a legendary movie. It is on the mandatory list of every movie lover and the people who want to truly appreciate the art of cinema. Stallone thought that he could bag a minor role in the Marlon Brando classic as there’s a party scene in the movie featuring as many as three hundred guests.


Talking to ABC News, the Oscar-nominated actor confessed about failing to bag any role in The Godfather:

“I couldn’t even get casted as an Italian. I said, ‘If there is one movie I can definitely get into, it would be “The Godfather” because there’s a party scene and there’s three hundred guests’. They said no.”

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But slowly his career graph showed improvement after he started developing Rocky which went on to be one of the most prominent movies ever. The film garnered three Oscars and went on to earn $225 million against a budget of under $1 million. It skyrocketed Stallone to international fame and he never had to look back.


Source: TIMES / ABC News


Written by Subham Mandal

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.