Oscar-nominated for his supporting role in “Creed,” directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan, Stallone has had a remarkable run since reprising his iconic turn as Rocky Balboa — winner of the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, and National Board of Review awards, among others. He enters the Academy Awards as the frontrunner, and the reminder that he’s not just the muscular figure of the “Rocky” and “Rambo” franchises can’t hurt.
In these selected clips from his conversation with Deadline’s Pete Hammond, before accepting Santa Barbara’s Montecito Award, Stallone discusses persevering to play a mugger in Wood Allen’s “Bananas,” writing the original “Rocky” — for which he received an Oscar nomination, nearly 40 years ago —and his appreciation for Coogler’s skills as a director.
He also suggested that “Creed” could be Balboa’s final screen appearance, though that’s not necessarily to say that MGM’s planned sequel — already slotted for November 2017 — won’t go ahead without him. “I feel like Rocky, at the end of this movie on the steps, with the help of a young man, and he looks out and says, ‘From here, you can see your whole life’ — it sort of summarizes the whole thing. I don’t know how much further you can push Rocky.” And who doesn’t want to go out on top?