Needing to get away from the Perón‘s (there is one more segment to follow with another startling discovery from Richard Juckes), I decided to do something quick and dirty. Somewhere I saw a photo of Sylvester Stallone playing polo. That’s not a big deal, as the man is very athletic. But it is incongruent. Stallone is said to be from Hell’s Kitchen and a broken home one who did odd jobs like cleaing animal cages to make his living as a youth. Polo is a difficult sport that takes years of practice to be good. Stallone has described it as like playing golf during an earthquake.
It is also a rich man’s sport. We are told that Stallone’s father, Frank Stallone, Sr. (Fransicso Staglione), was a professional polo player in Italy before he came to the United States to serve in the cavalry and to be poor. His mother, Jackie Stallone, was the daughter of a Washington Lawyer and had her own TV show there, something to do with weightlifting. Her parents were Ukrainian Jews. Both genealogies are scrubbed on Geni, though the parents are named on Wikipedia.
There’s the matter of Rocky, the movie script that propelled Sylvester to international fame. Written at age 30, he bargained with Hollywood moguls and won, insisting on playing the lead even as they wanted to give it to either Robert Redford or Burt Reynolds. Where have we heard that story before … oh yeah, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck also wrote a Hollywood blockbuster and Academy-Award-winning script, Goodwill Hunting. It just doesn’t sound right.
I am just going to cut to the chase here, as I am very worn down by the Evita work. Nah, none of it happened like that. Stallone grew up in wealth, learned horseback riding and polo as a child, was handed the script for Rocky, written by anonymous people who do that sort of thing for pay. Those are real writers doing the real work of busting out movie scripts that both sell tickets and promote star vehicles, like Stallone, Damon and Affleck.
I am calling bullshit on Stallone’s biography.