PHOTO: Sylvester Stallone Re-Discovers Impressive Painting He Did ’50 Years Ago’

by Michael Freeman

Though you may associate Sylvester Stallone exclusively with movies, especially with him recently teasing a sequel hint for a popular franchise, the star is actually a huge art fan. Stallone recently posted a painting he did 50 years ago when studying Edgar Allan Poe.

In addition to a full shot of the painting, Stallone shares closeups of several different sections of it, much to the delight of his followers. Despite him posting it only seven hours ago, it already has more than 70,000 likes.

Looking at Stallone’s comments and the number of pictures he included, it’s difficult to tell if he or his followers are more excited about the find.

Even before his debut as Rocky Balboa, Stallone mentioned he had plans to both write and star in a biopic about Edgar Allen Poe, with the title simply being Poe. Though he greatly admires the poet and wanted to star as him, Stallone said he realized he wouldn’t be right for the part and would someday like to direct the movie.

Sylvester Stallone’s True Passion is Painting

Despite his plethora of movie appearances, Stallone is more passionate about painting than acting.

“I think I’m a much better painter than an actor. It’s much more personal and I’m allowed to just do what I want to do. Quite often in acting you have to play a certain part, you cannot speak as much as you want to speak. I suppose the heroes don’t talk much, you have to be very stoic.”

It may be surprising, but Stallone admits if given the choice, he would have opted to spend his life painting, rather than appear in movies.

This theme of time is prevalent in his work, with a clock motif appearing in nearly everything he has ever made.

“Early on in my life, I realized that man is totally pressed upon by the sense of time racing. Everything is timed. So I started to put clocks on my images, usually the ones of actors.”

Interestingly, Stallone created “Finding Rocky” before writing the character. He noted if the character looked fascinating visually, it would translate well into writing and later, movies. Upon finishing the work, he stated had the painting not ended up the way it did, we could have experienced a completely different movie than we know and love today.

Completed in the early ’70s, “Finding Rocky” quite literally served as Stallone’s method of developing the character. He used a screwdriver in place of a brush because he felt using something else better illustrated Rocky’s hardships. The newspaper clippings also serve to reflect how he was poor and unsuccessful. In essence, the entire painting serves as a visual representation of Rocky’s life.

Time will tell if any of Stallone’s other works will serve as cinema inspiration.