Sylvester Stallone has an extensive career and among his most recent performances are those in The Suicide Squad – 91%, Nemesis – 37% and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – 85%, although he is best known for two characters who made history, Rocky Balboa and Rambo. In a recent meeting of the actor with the Pope Franciscohe told him that he felt honored, because like most, he grew up watching his movies, and he joked by throwing some boxing punches.
Stallone has worked in various genres, from action thrillers to comedies. He has also proven his talent in directing and screenwriting, and over the years, he has received several nominations and awards, establishing himself as one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. In 2010, he directed and acted in The Expendables- 41%, a franchise that brings together several action stars and continues to this day.
The visit to the Vatican took place yesterday, September 8. Accompanied by his wife Jennifer and his daughters Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet, Stallone shared a comical moment with the Pope, throwing mock punches at each other. The leader of the Catholic Church expressed being a great admirer of the actor’s career. The visit precedes the world premiere of Stallone’s new documentary on Netflix, sly. Directed by Thom Zimny, the film offers an unexpectedly close look at Stallone’s early life and extensive career. Set to release at the Toronto Film Festival on September 16, the documentary will hit Netflix in November and will explore from his humble beginnings in New York to his rise to fame with Rocky. 92%.
The actor addressed the Pope with these words (via Variety):
Well, thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy day. We greatly appreciate this.
To which Francisco responded:
I feel honored. We grew up with your movies.
You can see the meeting in this video shared by the X account, Vatican News:
Pope Francis meets with American actor Sylvester Stallone and his family at a private audience in the Vatican. pic.twitter.com/f9tLUScwfj
—Vatican News (@VaticanNews) September 8, 2023
What religion does Sylvester Stallone profess?
About the religion of Sylvester Stallone, rumors have circulated for years that he “gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ”, and these statements have been spread by conventional media, and they were not unreasonable since he was raised as a Catholic. However, the topic was analyzed by the site Snopeswhich is dedicated to denying or confirming “urban legends, Internet rumors, hoaxes, chain messages and other stories of uncertain origin in popular culture.”
Stallone has had a complex and evolving relationship with religion throughout his life. In 2006, while promoting the film Rocky Balboa – 76% spoke openly about their faith in some interviews with religious media. At the time, he noted that he had returned to his Catholic roots, prompted in part by medical problems faced by his daughter Sophia. However, those statements did not imply that he had “given his life to Jesus Christ.” In fact, in later interviews, he appears to have moderated his religious comments. In an interview with the magazine GQ In 2010, for example, he described himself as a “spiritual” person but not necessarily linked to a particular church. He said that although he was baptized Catholic, he did not belong to a “structured church.” In that same interview, he said that he does not believe in life after death:
I don’t think we’re going anywhere. You make your heaven and your hell right here, and you are what you leave behind.
This lack of faith in a particular religion is common in current times, although it does not mean that they reject the institution of the church like other non-believers do. Clearly Stallone respects the cultural and artistic legacy of Catholicism, and that is why he took his family to the Vatican.
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