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Sylvester Stallone: 'Art Basel exhibit is nerve-wracking'

Published 02/12/2015

Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone is nervous about showing his paintings at Art Basel.

Sylvester Stallone's nerves are in shreds ahead of his Art Basel exhibition in Miami, Florida.

The 69-year-old actor is best known as an action hero thanks to movie franchises including Rocky, Rambo and The Expendables, but in his spare time, he is also a keen painter and he has wowed critics around the world.

But, for all his macho exterior, Sly admits he is anxious about his latest exhibition at the annual art exhibition and he hopes it is received well.

"It's kind of daunting because you can’t blame anybody else, it’s all you," he told Page Six at a Du Jour magazine event. "It’s incredibly gratifying, but it’s nerve-wracking.”

Sylvester, who is showing his paintings at Galerie Gmurzynska, opened up to Britain's The Telegraph newspaper about his artistic style earlier this year (15).

Estimating he has produced between 300 and 400 works, beginning with a portrait of a primitive man in a jungle, which he created when he was eight, the action man said, "It was the first time and it seemed to come out of nowhere. It just percolated in my mind."

He also told the outlet, "Painting attacks the senses".

When he isn't working on his art in his garage, Sly is still busy making movies and he is currently starring in hit Rocky sequel Creed, alongside Michael B.Jordan, and he admitted to Page Six he enjoyed being on the other side of the ropes for a change, playing the Fantastic Four star's trainer.

"The most fun part was standing outside the ring watching Michael take the punches," he said. "He was fantastic, he trained with superhuman effort. He took a lot of punishment for real… He threw himself into it like a professional."

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