Sylvester Stallone says there’s “nothing” good about getting older.
The 69-year-old star has not enjoyed achieving senior citizen status and would rather have his youth than the wisdom that comes with age, even though he accepts he is more wise these days.
In an interview with Deadline.com, he said: “The best thing about getting older is … nothing. There’s zero good in getting older.
”I like that every day I forget something new. You do benefit from wisdom and I think your soul grows a little bit, and you become a bit more tolerant, and more forgiving. I remember my father, who was a very tough man, on his deathbed. His final words to me were, ‘Just learn to forgive. Just don’t be angry. Just learn to forgive.’ I went, ‘Wow, OK.’ So there is wisdom, and you understand that you should try to really enjoy the ride while it’s still spinning.”
Stallone – who is married to Jennifer Flavin, with whom he has three daughters: Sophia, Sistene and Scarlet – has also moaned about the pain he has in his lower back and joints, caused by years of doing his own stunts for his action films and the various injuries he has sustained, such as a broken neck he got shooting a fight scene with Steve Austin for The Expendables.
When asked what the worst thing about getting older is, he said: “I think it’s the lower back. I know you were expecting something great and more philosophical … I won’t even go any lower, like to the knees. I’ll leave it at the lower back.”
Although his body is giving him trouble as the years advance, Stallone is intrigued by the sort of roles he could be offered now he’s a mature Hollywood star and has given an acclaimed performance as an older Rocky Balboa in Creed.
He said: “What I really want to do is just … pay attention more to people when they present a project that is obviously challenging, and age appropriate, I’d like to explore that route. I’ve been very fortunate in action films, and that has been gratifying … I look at Clint Eastwood, who has really set the bar very high, and has set a great example of how you can act and direct and do quality work into the latter part of life. That is something that I will strive for.”