“I’m not what I used to be. But I prefer to act now »- time.news

from Chiara Maffioletti

In “Samaritan”, Stallone is a garbage man who rediscovers his past as a superhero: “It’s the story of a second chance, we always learn from our most glaring mistakes.” In the interview he says: «I did a lot of jobs: usher, bouncer, bartender. You learn a lot like this ”

And superhero with one foot in reality. With a voice more and more baritone, Sylvester Stallone thus defines his new character, a garbage man with a phenomenal past as his strength. A past that however wants to forget. In
«Samaritan»
Julius Avery’s film on Prime Video from 26 August, adaptation of the comic of the same name, la Hollywood legendjust 76 years old (on 6 July), is in charge of the future of humanity. After all, the mandate of superheroes is always this. “But here the story is a bit different – he explains, in his usual excellent form -. I accepted this role for the normality of my character, who does not fight in distant galaxies o parallel universes, but on the street, in a world that we all recognize ». And in this solitary garbage man who takes home «the broken objectsthrown away, which then tries to fix, there is something beautiful and metaphoric
o: he does it with things, but not with himself ».

At least until when a little boy he recognizes it: «Mine hero he had decided to disappear, he had chosen a profession that did not attract attention. Sam (Javon Walton) wants to make him to remember who was. The slams in the face reality, after having denied it for so long ». The message is: “Go back to who you really are. Sure, you are agedyou have gray hair, but you are always a superhero. After all, I too am no longer what I once was », he comments amused.

Yet growing has its own positives, he assures: «I much prefer acting now than when I was 35, 40 years old. Now I know more while then I didn’t know anything. You think you have it all under control and instead you have nothing: it is experience who gives you everything ». Experience that he built even before Hollywood: «I have done a lot of jobs, I have known the fatigue. I’ve been a doorman, a bouncer, I’ve worked in a bar. You learn a lot like that. But I think it is always necessary to have a relationship with young peoplenot to become too cynical: it is invigorating ».

In the film, as the very bad Pilou Asbæk brings Sly out of retirement: «A very good actor – says Stallone -. It is much more difficult to interpret a villain than a good one, especially if you do intelligent, that’s really scary. In general it is more complex to be an Ivan Drago ». But he does not continue in controversy a few weeks ago, against those who now want to do a film about the rival by Rocky. Time, however, often returns to his considerations: «There is a moment when you realize that you can no longer do 29-year-old Rambo: you have to to represent your age at the cinema too, be who you are. Of course, who you are also depends on who you were and, in this case, my character’s past is there its strength. We can all identify with this ».

And go back to describing this superhero “plausible, which speaks of our world. If not, everything that could have been imagined has already been created ». Among the references of him, he cites

Bruno Sammartinothe Italian wrestler

which, he says: «He forged my personality. I love the wrestling e I also showed it to my daughters, explaining to them the moral, the story behind this sport that is also entertainment».

Once again he comes back with a action movie. “When I started, there wasn’t this categorization, only after a few films I said to myself: wow, but this is a genre and it is fascinating. They are works where you can too turn off the volume and you still understand the story. I think about Rambo: you can feel it without audio and understand what happens. And in every part of the planet. So I realized its importance ».

This, he swears, is its secret: «It also applies to Rocky: nobody wanted to do it, they said it was a stupid idea. Yet I was convinced that in that fragility they could all be identified ». The same goes for
«Samaritan»
, a film that also talks about second chances. «Redemption is everything – he concludes -. Unfortunately we always learn things after committed blatant mistakes. One of my favorite topics is analyzing how we spend half of our lives trying to fix it silly mistakes made in the first half. We often say to ourselves: if I had known … instead what this film says is that you can always come back to be who we were, lucky enough to have some more experience».

August 18, 2022 (change August 19, 2022 | 08:07)

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