Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Stallone mission to be a role model

Sylvester Stallone (left) and Jason Statham arriving for the UK premiere of The Expendables

Sylvester Stallone says he wants to be a role model to youngsters.

The Hollywood hardman was in London's West End for the premiere of The Expendables which he wrote, directed and appears in.

The film boasts a stunning array of muscle including Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.

The plot centres on a group of ex-SAS soldiers who battle an evil drugs baron.

Rocky star Sly, 64, said: "Every generation has to have a hero and this generation has the superhero, it's evolved. But after Avatar it's like, 'stop, let's go back to basics'.

"Young men need good examples, role models. I know I do, and I hope I might be one of the influences on young guys."

The veteran action star was delighted to see British military officers in uniform on the red carpet as the premiere was supporting military charity The ForceSelect Foundation.

Stallone marched around a group of guards in bearskin hats and tried to jump up to match their height.

He was also amused to hear the crowd filling Leicester Square cheer "Rocky! Rocky!".

He laughed: "Unbelievable - These guys weren't even born."

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