Sylvester Stallone is one of the few Hollywood legends with a long and enduring career and he continues to stay active in films. With Expendables 4, Sylvester Stallone is primed to captivate the fans with his charisma once again.
During the world premiere of his biographical documentary Sly, Sylvester Stallone spoke with Entertainment Tonight Canada and humorously dubbed himself “the last of the dinosaurs.”
He expressed pride in his long career, noting that he stands among the few ’80s action icons who continue to take the lead in films. This holds true for his upcoming fourth installment of Expendables and his role as the lead in the Paramount+ series Tulsa King.
“You can’t be prepared for this…the longevity of this career is mind-blowing,” Stallone stated. “It’s just mind-blowing because I don’t know how much longer you can wait. Society is changing, the commerciality in cinema, it’s faster. So longevity would become a premium.”
Stallone continued, “I consider myself like the last of the dinosaurs, you know what I mean? And I’m very proud of that. But yeah, you have to really think about that. It’s incredible. I mean it’s been almost 50 years… So I don’t take it for granted, but I really want to spend it with my loved ones. The majority of what’s left.”
Hails Schwarzenegger As Superior Action Hero
Stallone takes the spotlight in Expend4bles, alongside his fellow ’80s action star Dolph Lundgren. While contemporaries like Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger have largely stepped back from acting, in Schwarzenegger’s Netflix documentary Arnold, Stallone openly admits that Schwarzenegger was undoubtedly the quintessential action hero.
“The ’80s was a very interesting time because the definitive ‘action guy’ had not really been formed yet,” Stallone added. “Up until that time, action was a car chase like ‘Bullitt’ or ‘The French Connection.’ A film all about intellect and innuendo and verbal this and verbal that.”
Stallone acknowledged that Schwarzenegger played a pivotal role in making action cinema rely more heavily on the actor’s presence and performance.
“You actually relied upon your body to tell the story,” Stallone said. “Dialogue was not necessary. I saw that there was an opportunity because no one else was doing this except some other guy from Austria, who doesn’t need to say much… He was superior. He just had all the answers. He had the body. He had the strength. That was his character.”
“I had to get my ass kicked constantly, whereas Arnold, he never got hurt much,” Stallone drew a contrast in their action hero personas. “And I’m going, ‘Arnold, you could go out and fight a dragon and you’d come back with a Band-Aid.”
Expend4bles arrives in theaters on September 22, 2023. Sly is scheduled to stream on Netflix from November 3, 2023.