It ain’t about how hard you hit (the canvas).
Sylvester Stallone, the rubbery potato-faced hero of such films as Rocky, Rambo, and The Expendables, has revealed an unexpectedly gentler side to himself: he is a keen painter.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the frequently incomprehensible action legend admitted that if movies were ever to conflict with his painting career, he would quit Hollywood.
On the cusp of a new exhibition in Russia - the location of his famous bout with Soviet boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in Rocky IV - Stallone admitted he had been painting for fifty years, and it was his first passion, but acting took over.
The exhibition features Stallone’s influence from abstract expressionism. Said the star of Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot:
“My earlier subject matter is always about isolation going down long roads, transitioning into different spheres. It’s always about transition. In the 80s and 90s they took on a movie quality, it was almost an action painting, which is kind of a school of painting itself. Postmodern action paintings always looked for that explosive nature.”
Sadly, it appears that Stallone may have keep his day job for the time being. One of the patrons at the Russian exhibition, when asked for an opinion on the art, told a reporter for CNN: "it's not good."
Source: The Dissolve