Stallone: After Rocky, I Was 'Insufferable'

Old interviews make him want to punch himself in the face, he admits

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 13, 2014 8:54 AM CST | Updated Jan 13, 2014 10:55 AM CST

(Newser) – Sylvester Stallone was inducted into the London Palladium Hall of Fame Saturday night, but before that, he gave a revealing Q&A to Jonathan Ross. His best quotes, courtesy of the BBC and Digital Spy:

  • On Rocky: The film's success made him "insufferable," and he started acting like he was "an authority on everything," Stallone admitted. "I abused power badly," he said. "I read some of the interviews I gave now and wish I could go back and punch myself in the face."
  • On Rambo: The 67-year-old is set to play Rocky Balboa again, but as for another Rambo film, he said it would only happen if he could play the late-in-life commando character as a Las Vegas security guard.

  • On Arnold Schwarzenegger: He admitted he and his fellow action hero and Expendables co-star "hated each other" at the height of their careers—"but in a good way. You want to look for an adversary that makes you get up in the morning and give it all and leave nothing on the table."
  • On his life's "crossroads moment": Basically unknown and broke, Stallone was offered $300,000 ("a million dollars today," he said) to allow Rocky, which he wrote, to be made with someone else in the lead role. He said he would have "hated" himself had he agreed.

In this 1976 file photo originally released by United Artists, Sylvester Stallone, left, and Talia Shire are shown in a scene from the Rocky.
In this 1976 file photo originally released by United Artists, Sylvester Stallone, left, and Talia Shire are shown in a scene from the "Rocky."   (AP Photo/United Artists)
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