Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Sly craves danger of action stunts

Sylvester Stallone still enjoys the thrill of performing his own stunts

Expendables 2 star Sylvester Stallone has revealed how, at the age of 66, he still craves the danger and excitement that comes with playing an action hero.

The actor and writer said: "I like the heat of an explosion in my face, a hunk of tin flying past my head 30ft from where it should have gone!

"It's hard to get the emotion without it."

He explained to Total Film that the green screen work many actors and directors use drives him "crazy" as he would rather get stuck in and perform his own stunts on set.

He added: "I'm very proud of this movie because ninety per cent of the stunts are in camera."

The actor did admit that this kind of work "comes with a price", telling the magazine: "There's only so far you can push the machine, then it's a case of taking it to the mechanic... These days it happens more and more."

He seems unable, however, to succumb to his age and give up the role he so loves, saying: "I still love the challenge.

"I get there and I go, 'Let me jump off, let me go in the water..."

Sylvester describes his new movie, due to be released on August 17, as "the biggest film I've been involved in for 20 years" exclaiming: "We should have done it years ago!"

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