It’s “Award Season” in Hollywood and if you caught the Golden globes last night, then you know Sylvester Stallone won for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Creed. It’s well deserved and chances are Stallone will win more awards this year.
Once an actor wins an award in Hollywood, studios, publicists, agents and executives get lathered up into a frenzy to get as close to these actors as possible and pretty much give them everything they want to keep them happy and get them involved in their next big project.
Here’s the rub, in many cases this is the exact scenario that kills an actors ability to shine: see Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Mel Gibson and yes Sylvester Stallone.
It happened to him before, 30 years ago after the original Rocky thrilled the world.
Stallone became the toast of the town. Scripts started rolling in, he was given money to make new movies, direct them and do pretty much everything he wanted, the result 30 years of mostly awful movies and the once shiny new penny known as Sylvester Stallone became a psudo-joke, pumping out action pictures that were best known for being “bad.”
To many actors, winning a major award is tantamount to winning The Heisman Award, the hopes and expectations are high and the net result is zero. Studio execs. cower to these actors whims with the fear that they will turn their back on them and what? Go to John’s Hopkins and cure cancer? While Lady GaGa deserved her award (most insincere speech BTW) if she suddenly has to work harder at her craft or not work, chances are she will up her game and work hard, what will she do instead, land a job at a top 3 accounting firm? Giving her free reign to write, direct and star in her next project is a recipe for disaster.
Three decades ago, Hollywood made Sylvester Stallone a spoiled, wealthy monster and did everything they could to destroy any hope he had at becoming a great actor, today he wakes up with a rare second chance at the entire thing.
Before Harvey Weinstein gives him a Water World type deal to direct, write and star in, maybe they should call Christoph Waltz and set “Sly” up with an internship?
No more Rocky’s, no more re-makes, if “Arnold” calls, block the call. Put Kevin Spacey on your speed dial for advice. it’s time for Hollywood to do the right thing and help Sylvester Stallone grow as an actor and build on a career that started so strong over 3o years ago.
So please Hollywood Don’t Fu^k up Sylvester Stallone…Again
Sylvester were cheering for you.