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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Sylvester Stallone has admit-
ted the success of Rocky made
him "insufferable" and think he
was "an authority on every-
"I abused power badly," the US
star told host Jonathan Ross dur-
ing an on-stage interview at the
London Palladium on Saturday.
"I read some of the interviews
I gave now and wish I could go
back and punch myself in the
face," he continued.
But he added a dismal showing
of a later film brought him back
Stallone had left the set of
Rocky II to attend a first-day
showing of 1978 drama Paradise
Alley, only to find there were just
two people in the audience.
"And one of them was asleep,"
he sighed, admitting it had been
"a humbling experience" but "a
good thing" for him in the long
Described as An Evening with
Sylvester Stallone, the West End
event saw the 67-year-old enter-
tain an audience of appreciative
fans with anecdotes spanning the
breadth of his four-decade career.
Billed as Stallone s "first West
End debut," the 90-minute inter-
view also saw the star of the Rambo
and Expendables films show
another side to his macho persona.
Bursting into song at one point,
he impressed at another by recit-
ing a short passage from Shake-
speare s The Comedy of Errors.
The evening climaxed with him
being inducted into the London
Palladium Hall of Fame---an acco-
lade previously bestowed upon
Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and
Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Discussing the genesis of boxing
classic Rocky, Stallone revealed
he had been offered up to
US$300,000---"a million dollars
today"---to let the film be made
with another lead.
The Italian-American said it
had been a "crossroads moment"
in his life, but that he knew he
would have "hated" himself had
he not stuck to his guns.
The uplifting tale of a lowly
debt collector who gets a shot at
the world heavyweight title
became a box office smash, going
on to win three Academy Awards.
Five sequels followed, starting
with Rocky II in 1979 and culmi-
nating with 2006 s Rocky Balboa
---which Stallone said was
"unquestionably" his favourite.
The actor may reprise his sig-
nature role in Creed, a spin-off film
that would see the older Balboa
train the grandson of a former
"People think it s Rocky VII but
it s not," he said, adding it would
be "a very interesting challenge"
to revive the character in a dif-
The actor s John Rambo char-
acter, introduced in 1982 s First
Blood, has enjoyed similar
longevity, going on to appear in
three more movies.
On Saturday, however, Stallone
said the series had "maybe run
its course", joking that he would
only consider reviving his cele-
brated commando character if he
could be a security guard in Las
Moving on to his fellow action
leads, Stallone expressed admi-
ration for Expendables co-star
Jason Statham, while admitting
that he and Arnold Schwarzeneg-
ger had "hated each other" during
the height of their action careers.
Yet he had little to say about
Bruce Willis, whom he called
"greedy and lazy" last year in a
widely publicised Twitter rant.
There was also no mention of
Stallone s actor son Sage, who
was found dead last year at his
Hollywood home at the age of 36.
Stallone has been in London
promoting his new boxing comedy
Grudge Match alongside co-star
Robert De Niro.
The Palladium event followed
a similar one last June, at which
Al Pacino took questions about
his life and career. (BBC)
Rocky made me insufferable
A teenager whose battle with
a rare genetic condition that
accelerates the ageing process
became the subject of an HBO
documentary has died. Sam Berns
Berns, of Foxborough, Massa-
chusetts, died Friday after com-
plications from Hutchinson-Gilford
progeria syndrome, commonly
known as progeria. The Progeria
Research Foundation, which was
founded by his parents, announced
Berns was diagnosed with prog-
eria when he was 22 months old.
His parents founded the nonprofit
foundation after encountering a
lack of information and research
on the condition, whose victims
live an average of 13 years.
The work by his parents, Leslie
Gordon and Scott Berns, who are
doctors, on behalf of progeria
patients is featured in the docu-
mentary Life According to Sam.
The exposure has brought greater
recognition to the condition, which
causes musculoskeletal degener-
ation, cardiovascular problems and
other symptoms associated with
New England Patriots owner
Robert Kraft mourned Berns
death, saying he had invited the
teen to be the football team s hon-
orary captain for Saturday night s
playoff game against the Indi-
anapolis Colts and was looking
forward to spending time with him
and his family.
"I loved Sam Berns and am rich-
er for having known him," Kraft
said in a statement Saturday.
Kraft, after being introduced to
Berns and attending the HBO pre-
miere of the documentary in New
York in October, made a
US$500,000 matching pledge to
Berns, a sports fan who was
invited to a Patriots practice that
month, gave the players an
impromptu motivational speech,
the Boston Globe reported.
Berns was asked to name his
favourite player. He didn t have
one. It takes a team to succeed,
he said. (AP)
US boy whose premature ageing inspired film dies
Sam Berns, who inspired the HBO
documentary Life According To
Sam. AP PHOTO
Sylvester Stallone, right, faces off with Robert de Niro in Grudge Match.
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