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10 Sylvester Stallone Characters, Ranked Villainous To Heroic

Sylvester Stallone has recently received some of the best reviews of his career for his turn as a mobster banished to Oklahoma in the Paramount+ series Tulsa King. Like most A-list action movie stars, Stallone usually plays stoic, daring heroes who swoop in to save the day from diabolical villains. But he’s been challenging those perceptions with his recent work. On top of his antihero role in Tulsa King, Stallone has given a dual performance as Samaritan and Nemesis, twin brothers who grew up to become a superhero and a supervillain, respectively.

While Stallone typically plays heroes like Rocky Balboa and John J. Rambo, he occasionally takes on a villainous role like the Toymaker in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.


10 The Toymaker


The most straightforward villain played by Stallone is “The Toymaker,” who terrorizes the titular young secret agents in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. The Toymaker is the creator of the eponymous virtual reality where Carmen gets trapped.

Since he usually plays the hero, Stallone seized the opportunity to ham it up and leaned into the pure villainous evil of the Toymaker.

9 Judge Dredd


There’s a confusing tone in the ‘90s Judge Dredd movie. Director Danny Cannon wanted to make a dark, satirical, ultraviolent piece in the vein of the 2000 A.D. source material, but Stallone and his on-screen sidekick Rob Schneider act like they’re in a broad action comedy.

Judge Dredd is a classic example of an action hero that the reboot made better. Karl Urban’s Dredd better reflected the complicated totalitarian antihero seen in the comics than the Stallone version.

8 Lieutenant Marion “Cobra” Cobretti


According to Film School Rejects, Stallone redeveloped the Cobra script from his original concept for Beverly Hills Cop. Based on the movie that Cobra became, in Stallone’s hands, the Eddie Murphy vehicle would’ve been a much darker movie. Cobra’s titular antihero, Lieutenant Marion “Cobra” Cobretti, is a tough-as-nails vigilante cop in the mold of Dirty Harry.

Cobretti exists in a moral gray area; he pursues noble causes, but he doesn’t always achieve his goals through ethical means.

7 Jack Carter

sylvester stallone as carter and michael caine as cliff in get carter

Stallone inherited the title character in Get Carter from Michael Caine in a Hollywood remake of the classic British gangster movie of the same name. In the reimagining, Jack Carter is a Las Vegas mafia enforcer who returns to his hometown to investigate the circumstances surrounding his brother’s death.

Jack is an unscrupulous mafioso who makes a living with violence, but his driving motivation in the movie is getting justice for his brother, which makes him the hero.

6 Sergeant John Spartan

Sylvester Stallone topless in Demolition Man

The Stallone character in the high-octane sci-fi actioner Demolition Man is another renegade cop in the mold of Cobra. After failing to save some hostages from crime lord Simon Phoenix, Sergeant John Spartan is sentenced to be cryogenically frozen alongside his arch-nemesis.

What makes Spartan the hero is that he’s the only man who can bring down Simon Phoenix. When Phoenix escapes into a dystopian future, Spartan is thawed out and his risk-taking approach to law enforcement is embraced.

5 King Shark

Nanaue AKA King Shark point out his hand in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad (2021)

No one in The Suicide Squad is a hero. The whole premise revolves around a secret branch of the government recruiting imprisoned supervillains to carry out dangerous missions in exchange for years off their sentence. But out of all the antiheroes in the movie, Stallone’s King Shark is arguably the most wholesome.

James Gunn dug into King Shark’s humanity, exploring the loneliness of a beast and outcast who just wants to belong. In the finale, he gives his life to save his fellow Task Force X reprobates.

4 John J. Rambo

John Rambo looking intense in First Blood

The headlining star of one of Stallone’s biggest franchises, grizzled Vietnam War vet John J. Rambo, is the ultimate reluctant hero. Rambo is not a killing machine because he’s a fearless jingoistic warrior in the mold of John Wayne; he’s a killing machine because his government exploited what he did best for its own warmongering purposes.

The sequels never lived up to First Blood because the original movie offered the most poignant exploration of these themes. Rambo doesn’t bother anybody; he gets pushed to his breaking point by crooked small-town cops.

3 Sheriff Freddy Heflin

Sylvester Stallone in Cop Land

Stallone gave one of his most nuanced dramatic performances as a small-town New Jersey sheriff who comes up against crooked New York cops in the neo-noir gem Cop Land. Freddy is one of the only heroic cops in the movie; most of the others are corrupt.

It takes Freddy a long time to become a hero. He initially protects the dirty NYPD cops from the Internal Affairs division, but does the right thing soon enough.

2 Gabe Walker

Gabe Walker rock-climbing in Cliffhanger.

Aptly described as “Die Hard on a mountain,” Cliffhanger stars Stallone as Ranger Gabe Walker, a former mountain climber and current rescue ranger. Gabe is classically heroic; he’s dedicated his life to saving others from certain death. He doesn’t have a spotless track record; he’s haunted by his failure to save his best friend’s girlfriend’s life.

As he strives to move on from the worst mistake of his career, the central action of the movie gives Gabe a chance at redemption.

1 Rocky Balboa

Rocky Balboa fights Apollo Creed

Stallone established and perfected the formula for sports movies with the Rocky franchise. Rocky Balboa is the ultimate underdog, constantly going up against boxing opponents who are thought to be out of his league. In the first movie, he fights a world-renowned champion as part of a publicity stunt, and puts in the work to do the best he can in the ring.

Rocky might not be a hero in the same way that badass warriors like John Rambo and Judge Dredd are, but he is a character that audiences everywhere can look up to.
NEXT: 10 Reasons The Rocky Sequels Could Never Top The Original

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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