January 25, 2008, - 4:01 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Not only did he appear on Rush Limbaugh’s national syndicated radio show, today, but in a bid to promote “Rambo” (out in theaters, today–my review here), Sylvester Stallone is telling America he doesn’t like the War in Iraq and didn’t vote for Bush in 2004. He’s also praising HGH to Time Magazine and proudly proclaims he’s a user (you’ll recall he had some legal problems with that in “The Land Down Under,” last year).
We already know he likes illegal aliens, but is Stallone a liberal?:
Unlike the rest of Hollywood, Stallone was smart enough to make an antiwar movie that’s not about the Middle East. And he wasn’t about to make a pro-Iraq-war film; 2004 was the first year he didn’t vote for a Republican presidential candidate, even though the man was born on the same day as he was and has pecs almost as big. Stallone’s particularly galled by Bush’s tough talk. “You see Bush, and you see the obstinacy and the arrogance. Go out there and ride in a humvee 10 times, and then I’ll listen to you. Take the ride. Have your bowels go into a square knot. Then I’ll respect you.” Stallone is awesome at tough talk. . . .
[Rambo], Stallone thinks, has always been misunderstood, even by Reagan. “I never saw Rambo as a Republican,” Stallone says, though he liked the President too much to make an issue of it. “We watched Escape to Victory on folding chairs in the White House. It was really makeshift. You had a better sound system in your pickup truck.” . . .
Playing a guy who acts with only his eyes and his biceps is harder than playing a fast-talking, earnest boxer, especially on a 61-year-old body. Which was one of the reasons Stallone wanted to do it. He pumped up to a freakish 209 lbs. (95 kg); in Rambo II he weighed only 168 (76 kg). And, he insists, he did it without steroids, though with the help of a prescription testosterone. “HGH [human growth hormone] is nothing. Anyone who calls it a steroid is grossly misinformed,” he says. “Testosterone to me is so important for a sense of well-being when you get older. Everyone over 40 years old would be wise to investigate it because it increases the quality of your life. Mark my words. In 10 years it will be over the counter.” He was in such great shape, it freaked out his co-star, Julie Benz. “I’m a runner. I sprint. And I’m extremely competitive. And he blew past me every time. And he doesn’t run at all. He’s that focused,” she says.
Um, Sly, tell it to Lyle Alzado. Stallone also wants to remake “Death Wish.” Could be interesting. But, hmmm. . . for Alzado taking HGH was a remake of “Death Wish.”
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