There is no denying that Sylvester Stallone is one of the most iconic Hollywood stars of all time. With an incredibly impressive filmography under his belt, the “Italian Stallion” seems to have done it all. But there is much more to Sly than just “Rocky” and “Rambo.” Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about Sylvester Stallone.
He Spoke Like That Since Day One
Sylvester Stallone’s distinctive guttural baritone voice and lip droop were a result of a slight mishandling at birth. The physician used a pair of forceps to deliver him, leaving his chin, lip, and part of his tongue partially paralyzed due to a severed nerve.
Stallone’s Studied in a Lot of Schools
Sly lived with his mother in Philadelphia. He eventually graduated high school after being kicked out of several schools for misbehavior. He attended American College, a university in Switzerland, where he worked as a dorm bouncer and gym teacher and sold hamburgers on campus.
He Used to Clean Lion Cages
Sylvester Stallone continued his studies at the University of Miami before moving to New York. He cleaned lion cages at the zoo and worked as a movie theater usher. He was fired from the theater as he tried to scalp tickets to the theater owner.
Stallone Wrote a Novel
Sly wrote a novel, “Paradise Alley,” about siblings caught up in the world of professional wrestling in Hell’s Kitchen. He finished the novel and decided to turn it into a screenplay. In 1978, “Paradise Alley” was produced and the book was published.
Did He Invent a Pudding?
In 2005, Stallone’s company Instone produced a pudding snack that was high in protein and low-carb. A legal dispute that dragged on for years with a food scientist over the rights to the concoction led to Instone eventually folding up.
He Was Going to Be Axel Foley
Sly was originally offered the Axel Foley role in the 1984 movie “Beverly Hills Cop.” He didn’t wish to make a comedy and rewrote the script to focus more on the action as Detroit cop Foley rampaged through Beverly Hills to track his friend’s killers.