No one will ever question Sylvester Stallone’s toughness on the silver screen. Stallone’s most painful moment during his blockbuster movie career, though, might come as a bit of a shock.
During a recent promotional interview for ‘Grudge Match’ with the BBC, the Hollywood legend recalled a humbling experience while filming the 1981 classic ‘Victory.’ In the film, Stallone played the role as an American POW goalkeeper, starring alongside soccer greats Bobby Moore, John Wark, Ossie Ardiles and Pele:
Stallone told the BBC:
"That was one of the low points of my life. What a butt-kicking I got! I still have a broken finger from trying to block a penalty by Pele.
"He put on a pair of World War II shoes which were steel-tipped, and the ball was like a cannonball - it was twice as thick and heavy as footballs are today. He was telling me he was going to take a shot and I thought ‘It’s soccer, what’s the big deal? It’s easy.’
"He came to take one penalty shot and he told me exactly where he was going to put it, so I stood there but the ball still flew past me before I could move.
"He put it literally right where he had said. He did it again, and it ripped through the back of the net and broke a window in the barracks where we were filming. I went ‘Are you kidding me?’ I found a new kind of respect."
Sounds painful. Then again, what did Sly expect when attempting to stop the greatest player of all-time from scoring?
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