Sylvester Stallone Speaks at Cannes Film Festival

By David Vives

Actor Sylvester Stallone appeared at Cannes Film Festival on May 24. The 72-year-old actor presented a new trailer of his latest movie “Rambo V: Last Blood” And gave fans an exclusive insight into his career highs and lows.

He entertained guests at a special event called “Rendez-vous With Sylvester Stallone,” and shared stories about his long career.

The actor and filmmaker was given a rapturous welcome as he arrived for the afternoon event in the Palais des Festivals.

In an unexpected move during the photocalls, he took a moment to greet some police who were waiting outside to get a glimpse of him.

Stallone, 72, skyrocketed to fame in 1976 with his Oscar-winning boxing movie “Rocky” and went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars through the “Rambo” and “Rocky” film franchises.

Stallone told audiences he never expected to make it in the film industry due to a speech impediment he had since birth.”I knew it was bad when Arnold Schwarzenegger said ‘you have an accent’. I got ‘I have an accent? Excuse me, what?’. It’s true. Arnold and I should open up a school for speech lessons. It would be perfect,” he said.

The actor also reflected on his most famous roles.”Rambo deals with the very dark side of nature that unfortunately a lot of people live with because they feel isolated and Rocky is different, he’s the more optimistic, he realises he is not a special man but he tries to be special.”

“So, you have optimism and pessimism in these two characters,” he said, also telling audiences of the struggles he faced trying to get “Rocky” made.

His performance in “Rocky”—the first film in the franchise—earned Stallone Best Actor nominations at the Golden Globes, Oscars and BAFTAs, but he failed to win any of those awards.

On the evening, the actor walked the red carpet to present exclusive sequences from his last movie “Rambo V: Last Blood.” It sounds like the end of the franchise that started with Rambo First Blood in 1982.

The Festival also ends May 25 after the closing ceremony and awarding of the Palme d’Or to one of the 21 competing movies.