Video: Sly Stallone gets chatty about his career

I don’t get the El Rey Network up here in the Great White North, but I’d definitely add it to my cable subscription just for The Director’s Chair, in which Robert Rodriguez (Machete) interviews filmmakers about their craft and careers. I’d love to get my hands on the John Carpenter episode, in particular. Well, with Creed punching its way into theatres tomorrow, Rodriguez has posted his sit-down with Sylvester Stallone on the El Rey facebook page.

 

Stallone has always been my favourite ’80s action star, although he’s much more than simply the sum of Rocky and Rambo. I was fortunate enough to interview Stallone in Austin, TX, back in 2003 when he was promoting Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 3-D (in which he played the villain, if I recall correctly). And what struck me most—besides the fact that I was talking with a cinematic hero of mine—was how thoughtful and insightful he was, how smart he is about story and character, how self-aware. That comes through in spades in this interview with Rodriguez, which focuses primarily on the Rocky and Rambo series, with a few detours into Paradise Alley (which he wrote, directed and starred in) and The Expendables. It’s definitely worth a listen, especially to see him discussing directing. I would’ve liked it if he’d gotten into more about his writing process (he wrote or co-wrote pretty much every movie he starred in throughout the ’80s and ’90s).