20 Oscar Nominees and Winners Who Paint

On March 2, 2014, Complex Art+Design posted 20 Oscar Nominees and Winners Who Paint.  Here’s what they had to say about Sly

Sylvester Stallone

Nomination: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Writing for a Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Rocky (1977)

Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone is not only praised for his awesome performance in the 1976 film Rocky, but he is unexpectedly an artist greatly influenced by abstract expressionism. Evidently, he had been producing art since the 1960s, even before he began acting. Basically, he went from boxing in the ring to revealing striking, intense paintings in an exhibition at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Rocky is a man of many talents!

12 Action Stars Who Still Kicked Butt After 60

On February 24, 2014, The Playlist ran an article by Gabe Toro titled 12 Action Stars Who Still Kicked Butt After 60.  The nicely written piece features Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Seagal, Takeshi Kitano, Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Trejo, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Christopher Lee and Sylvester Stallone.

Here’s a bit of what Toro had to say about Sly

His Career Pre-60: Stallone rose to fame as the Italian Stallion, achieving immortality as “Rocky,” using the underdog sports story to launch an unmatched career in action films…

As Rocky, Stallone is slipping on a warm coat, and this is easily his most touching, low-key performance.

Emboldened by the success of “Rocky Balboa,” Stallone jumped at the chance to return to the world of leading men, uniting the shiniest action stars of yesterday by kick-starting “The Expendables” as a franchise, where Stallone would rub shoulders with legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris.

Stallone remains in improbable action hero shape, ready to impress once again in this summer’s “The Expendables 3.”

I really enjoyed Toro‘s article and my only question is, “Why No John Wayne?”

Hollywood Loves Its Aging Action Heroes

On February 16, 2014, the New York Post ran an article titled Hollywood Loves Its Aging Action Heroes by Reed Tucker.  It is worth a read. 

Here are two tidbits….

  • The biggest names in action movies today are virtually identical to the 1980s and early 1990s. Sylvester Stallone is 67. Arnold Schwarzenegger is 66. Liam Neeson is 61. Wee pup Bruce Willis is 58.


  • Take Schwarzenegger and Stallone’s “Escape Plan.” The 2013 movie earned just $25 million stateside, leading many critics to label it a bomb. But it earned $110 million overseas.


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