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The Ultimate Stallone ReaderSylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur$
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Chris Holmlund

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169813

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169813.001.0001

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Stallone, Ageing and Action Authenticity

Stallone, Ageing and Action Authenticity

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(p.241) Stallone, Ageing and Action Authenticity
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The Ultimate Stallone Reader
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Yvonne Tasker

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231169813.003.0010

This chapter examines the issue of ageing in relation to the revival of the characters of Rocky in Rocky Balboa (2006) and John Rambo in Rambo (2008). Action cinema has long been coupled with the staging of seemingly impossible or improbable stunts and forms of spectacle, an important factor of which is the built male body. In this context, successfully reviving both the Rocky and Rambo characters has involved the management of ideas about ageing. In Rocky Balboa, Stallone offers a nuanced nostalgia, acknowledging the physical changes and personal loss of ageing alongside a celebration of the defining determination of the iconic boxer. Rambo serves as the inverse or counterpoint to that more reflective mode, a re-presentation as much as a re-working of one of the two film heroes that have defined Stallone's career. Rocky Balboa is explicitly a film about ageing and loss, while in Rambo, Stallone's age is barely alluded to.

Keywords:   ageing, action cinema, male body, Rocky, Rocky Balboa, John Rambo, Rambo

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