By Hector Cantú
I HAD THE
I HAD THErare pleasure of interviewing Sylvester Stallone for this issue’s cover story on the action star’s upcoming auction.
For an international celebrity, Stallone is an incredibly humble, thoughtful and charming man. Those traits – along with a crazy ability to kick a little butt – are certainly among the reasons Stallone is an admired icon around the world.
It’s a journey that began innocently enough in suburban Philadelphia, where Stallone attended school, did some acting and played football. He spent two years instructing at the American College of Switzerland in Geneva before returning to the United States and studying drama at the University of Miami. In 1974, he was cast in The Lords of Flatbush, receiving his first writing credit for additional dialogue in the film. He left New York for Hollywood, where Rocky was born in a script Stallone wrote longhand.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Now, fans worldwide have an opportunity to own incredible pieces of history from across the actor’s legendary career. “Stallone – The Auction” is scheduled for Dec. 18-20, 2015, in Los Angeles.
In the auction, fans will find the actual red Mead notebook that Stallone used to craft his rags-to-riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa. Keeping in line with my impressions of the Academy Award-winning actor, writer and director, Stallone is donating a portion of his auction proceeds to military charities. “These fellows are so under appreciated for what they do and the sacrifices they make,” Stallone told me. “Having played military characters, I just feel there’s a natural bond there, and I’m going to try and do something nice for them.”
Rocky, it turns out, is not the only hero who continues inspiring people worldwide.
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