No one (or almost no one) is born into stardom. Many must go through an arduous path, accepting roles that were probably not their favorite, or even in jobs that have little to do with acting. A paradigmatic case is that of Sylvester Stallone. Who gave life to one of the most famous characters of the last 50 years, Rockyhad to travel a path plagued with difficulties.
Born into a working family, he did not have the economic facilities that some people have. That is why Stallone had to manage as best he could until filming Rocky. It is even valid to remember that it was he himself who wrote the script for the iconic boxer movie, since there were few opportunities given to him to play other characters.
One of the roles that the American actor and producer accepted, prior to stardom, was that of Stud, in a low-budget erotic film called The Party at Kitty and Stud’s. This film, shot with barely 5,000 dollars, was about a couple who, seeking to improve their intimate activity, invite a group of young people to a party in their apartment to share an orgy. Without much else to offer, the actor’s debut was basically appearing without clothes in several scenes in this film that only became known for the subsequent success of the actor.
In Sylvester’s own words: “I had two options, be in that movie or rob someone, because I was really desperate. Instead of committing a crime, I worked two days for $200 and was able to leave the bus station.”
However, it took several more years for Rocky came to light, since it was released in 1976, while his debut with the aforementioned film was in 1970. In those years, the actor participated in a minor role in the second Woody Allen film, “Bananas”starred “No Place To Hide” and shared a cast with the icon of US independent cinema, John Cassavetsin Capone” (1975).
The Party at Kitty and Stud’s took on a certain cult character after the success of Rocky, although given the low level of this production, it was based on highlighting the Stallone’s involvement in a role that he never repeated, since the film did not have much more to show. The same actor never tried to hide or deny about this debut, even going so far as to declare that he was once asked for 100 thousand dollars so that the film would not see the light, something that he flatly rejected, with a blunt “I would not pay even two dollars for it.” .
Looking back, we imagine that no one, not even Sylvester himself, would have made a different decision than the one the actor made, convinced of his dreams and constant in his search.
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