Stallone breaks neck on Expendables
Sylvester Stallone has revealed just how much heart he puts into his films and how often he puts his neck on the block for performances such as his upcoming film The Expendables. Speaking about the filming he revealed how he broke his neck during the production.
The Expendables is Stallone's next film which includes such names as David Zayas, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and tells the story of a group of mercenaries sent to a South American country to overthrow its dictator.
Despite being sixty-three and not needing to push himself to this kind of degree, Sylvester Stallone is still continuing to make sure that his films are delivering a very real and physical level of stunts.
Speaking to FHM Magazine through the BBC he revealed that his neck has been broken, that he underwent a very serious operation which resulted in a plate being inserted in his neck.
He had been in a fight scene involving the wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin which had become rather "vicious" as the star described it.
"I haven't told anyone this, but I had to have a very serious operation…
…it was seven guys, kicking each other's ass, one guy tougher than the next…No joke, our stunt guys were begging for mercy."
Well no wonder, maybe they weren't keen to take it to the level of neck surgery and having metal plates fitted!
Of course this makes for excellent marketing for the film, but at the same time it does show a level of commitment and realism for his films, even in his sixties, something a lot of film-makers and actors can't even say when they're in their prime.
Despite the seriousness of this, it does continue to raise my hopes for The Expendables and also for the potential to see the Blu-ray outtakes of the incident with a commentary from Stallone himself.
I'm continually amazed at this guy, and the effort he puts into the films shouldn't be underestimated. However much I want to see him pouring more into his straight acting, I still welcome films like this with hugely open arms.