“I actually am startled,” says Stallone, 69, in a recent interview at an upscale Beverly Hills hotel. “It’s a character that I love and never thought I’d play again. I didn’t think it would resonate like it did, especially with a newer generation. I never went into the film thinking this is going to be a transformative performance. I just thought Rocky has a lot of issues, a lot of problems. He’s like all of us.”

If Stallone sounds like a retired champ, the story line fits his real life. In the ’80s and ’90s, Stallone — along with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger — ruled the action industry with tough-guy hits like “Rambo,” “Demolition Man,” “Cliffhanger” and “Cobra.” But those kinds of mid-budget action films are no longer an essential part of a movie industry that relies on comic-book sagas and reboots. The real draw of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise isn’t Vin Diesel’s biceps, but the cars. And many of the less macho leading male stars of today — Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, James Franco, Oscar Isaac and Michael Fassbender — tend to be slender, sensitive types.....Read more at VARIETY

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