ItalianAmerican: Sylvester Stallone

88th Annual Academy Awards -Arrivals
The 88th Annual Academy Awards Arrivals Featuring: Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Flavin Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 28 Feb 2016 Credit: Apega/WENN.com

Since the mid 1970’s, Sylvester Stallone has been my definition of the term American Idol.  As writer, actor, and director of some of the most famous franchises in the film industry, he has been nothing less than an Italian American inspiration.

He has inspired me for many years. In a previous post, I wrote how the original Rocky, the movie that was his breakthrough project, was also important in the life of  a particular socially awkward pre-teen.

With this inspirational movie as my training catalyst, I went from an overweight introvert destined for a life of sloth and obesity, to a young man that could do miles of running with ease, and, if needed,  physically eject uncooperative patrons from my family’s bar/restaurant.

Stallone kicked ass, and he showed me how to do it, too.

Again…thank you Mr. Stallone.

“I think everyone has a certain kind of formula in their life. When you deviate from that formula, you’re going to fail big or you’re gonna win big.”

“I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.”

“I have great expectations for the future, because the past was highly overrated.”

“Once in one’s life, for one mortal moment, one must make a grab for immortality; if not, one has not lived.”

“Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.”

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2 thoughts on “ItalianAmerican: Sylvester Stallone

  1. Stallone is an amazing man. Rocky was my favorite movie as a kid (I was taught to box at an early age) and I loved the story of a man trying just as hard to be good to his woman as he was trying to be the heavyweight champion of the world. In the end, he gets the girl, but not the title. Yet, his joy is greater in knowing he has the woman. Incredible movie from an incredible guy!

    1. Great point, MAM. You get carried away in a movie like “Rocky” with all the action scenes and all of the training footage, but it was as much a love story as anything else. Especially the very moving final scene.

      Thanks for commenting.

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