Although his acting career is considered a Hollywood success, Sylvester Stallone admitted his career wasn’t always the best.
While on Unwaxed, the podcast that is hosted by his daughters Sophia and Sistine, Stallone revealed he was embarrassed to be his daughters’ father when he couldn’t find work in the early 2000s. “I felt so worthless,” he admitted. “You didn’t even really know what I did for a living. “He just wanders around looking depressed.”
Sophia and Sistine also recalled how their father would be home and watching TV all day while being unemployed. “When the good times go away, that’s when you find out your family is so important,” Sylvester Stallone continued. “The ship sailed on me, it was pretty bad. And I realized that people you thought were your friends are not your friends. I thought I was definitely done. The phone wasn’t ringing.”
Luckily, Stallone’s career was able to bounce back and he got back to work. The actor starred in the Expendables franchise as well as Creed films and Guardians of the Galaxy. Most recently, he’s been working on the set of Paramount+’s hit series, Tulsa King. His new documentary, Sly, also just made its debut on Netflix.
Sylvester Stallone Previously Reflected on His Acting Career Throughout the Years
In a 2022 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sylvester Stallone reflected on his acting career over the years. He admitted that he felt as though he wasted a lot of time with his unsuccessful films in the late 80s and early 90s.
“I felt as though I wasted a lot of time,” he explained. “Now I realize there are only so many bullets left in the gun. Very few. When you’re young, you’re just haphazardly shooting wildly and hope you hit something.”
Sylvester Stallone further explained that he has some regrets when it comes to the decisions he’s made. “ Everyone goes, ‘I wish I’d shown love more’ or ‘I wish I’d spent more time with the kids.’ I’m riding that boat. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do the reality show that I’ve been taking a lot of sh— for.”
In regards to one film he’s truly proud of, Stallone added that Rambo IV is the best action film he’s ever done because it’s the most truthful. “Dealing with Burma, where they’ve had a civil war for 67 years. But I got excoriated because the movie’s so violent. And it is violent. It’s horrifying. It’s children being burnt alive. That’s what makes civil war worse than anything: It’s your neighbor, all of a sudden, killing you. I was really happy with that film.”
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