Sylvester Stallone- One of the Greatest American Actor who ever walked the earth.
He is a living Hollywood legend who had delivered many blockbuster movies from the past five decades.
But do you know from where and how all this started?
How he became superstar?
I’m going to share with you the inspirational success story of Sylvester Stallone which will inspire you to follow your dreams.
His Success Journey
The Beginning was Very Painful
You all know, it’s not easy to start something, you have to prepare yourself for the struggle. In the beginning of his career, he was a struggling actor in every definition but he had already prepared himself for fighting back.
He went through enormous difficulties in his life but he never gave up. At that time he was running out of cash and he got so broke that he stole his wife’s jewellery and sold it.
The Lowest Point- He slept at Bus Terminal
He even ended up homeless and was sleeping at the New Jersey Bus Terminal for three weeks. Things got so bad that he spend many days without food.
He had to sell his loyal companion, his dog to a stranger at liquor store for $25 because he didn’t have the money to feed his dog. He says, he walked away crying after selling his dog.
People Laughed at His Paralysed Face
Sylvester had a dream to become an actor, but people laughed at him. You know why he had such a unique expression and speak differently?
He was born paralysed in the lower left part of his face because of this his, speech was slurred. Most people thought that it was a death rattle for an acting career. Everybody rejected him because of his disability.
Then Came The Life Changing Script
During his hard times, he saw a boxing match between Mohammed Ali and Chuck Wepner. For there, he got an idea why not to screen play this. So he began to write a script for a movie. He didn’t sleep for the whole weekend and banged out the script in 20 hours!
He tried to sell the script to the producers and he got an offer of $125,000 straight away for the script. But he wanted to STAR in the movie, he wanted to be the MAIN ACTOR. The studio refused him and said that he, “Looked Funny and talked funny.”
The Producers want his Script but Not Him
He was broke but he wanted to be an actor. Few weeks later they offered him $325,000, they want his movie script but didn’t want to consider him in it, therefore he still refused their proposal, he had to be in that movie.
Eventually, the producers agreed, they let him act in the movie but only paid him $35,000.
You know, The name of that movie was- Rocky
The Blockbuster movie- Rocky. It earned $225 million in global box office. The movie won three Oscar awards for the Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Film Editing.
And Sylvester Stallone’s name was nominated for the BEST ACTOR. The Rocky movie was also included into the American National Film Registry as one of the greatest movie ever.
After getting those $35,000, he brought his DOG!
He loved his dog so much that he waited for the man he sold his dog for three days at the liquor store.
Stallone begged him to get his dog back but the man refused , he offered him $100.The man refused. He even offered him $500. The man refused. Yes, he had offered him even $1000 but again the man refused.
Believe it or not, Stallone had to pay $15,000 for the same dog that he had sold at $25 only. And finally he got his dog back, his dog was in the movie and the rest is history.
Sylvester Stallone’s Best Quote
It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving on. That’s how winning is done.
Over to You
No one knows that a half paralysed, broken, homeless man who slept in the streets would become one of the Greatest Superstar ever lived.
If he can pursue his dreams, if he can become greatest actor in the world with his slurred speech, then you too can be!
If you have ever thought of giving up on your dreams or you are too broke to implement that? Then do remember him once.