Recently, Sylvester Stallone moved to Palm Beach. Last week, Page Six ran an article saying that the man most well-known for his role as Rocky Balboa had joined Mar-A-Lago. The beach club has a long history, but these days, is known as a place where Donald Trump supporters hang out. After Trump’s controversial time as president, the news that Stallone was a new member of the club spoke volumes to audiences. It didn’t take long for the news to begin trending on Twitter. Many were disappointed in Stallone and considered themselves done with him.
Now, the actor, writer, and director has spoken up. In a short Instagram post, he addressed the rumor and put it to rest with a photo of his computer screen and a caption that says he’s not having anything to do with any of it.
Many of the comments he soon began receiving on his Instagram were asking him what would have been wrong if he had been a member. This seems like a way to attempt to make him choose a side and declare whether he supports Donald Trump, whether he would ever join Mar-A-Lago, and really dive into the controversy people have attempted to drag him into. However, that’s really not Sylvester Stallone’s style. While people have attempted to assign a political leaning to Stallone over the years, he’s always been one to back away from politics.
In 2019 at Cannes, he talked about the time that Ronald Reagan claimed that he had seen the Rocky movies and knew that Rocky was a republican. This is something many have assumed about this character and about himself. However, Sylvester Stallone denied it. The Hollywood Reporter noted that at Cannes, Stallone claimed to be what he called a “political atheist”. He said, “That’s not my strength. I’m not a political animal. I never have been. I don’t want to be. I’m just a storyteller.”
During the time of the 2016 elections, people tried to get Sylvester Stallone to say he supported Trump. At the time, before Trump was elected and became quite as controversial as he is now, Stallone said that he loved the guy, but that he didn’t really know that the Hollywood settings for how he knew Donald Trump really translated “to running the world.”
Sylvester Stallone is apparently all in for some fights, but not political ones.
He does go in for his stories, though. Right now, he’s working on the release of an ultimate director’s cut for the 1985 classic Rocky 4. He plans to title the movie Rocky Vs. Drago after the big fight. While re-editing the project, they shot a full-length behind-the-scenes documentary for the project. He also shared a little clip from the documentary on his Instagram page. Typically, the 74-year-old star uses social media to share brief updates on his projects, like his upcoming role as King Shark in The Suicide Squad.
After all these years as an icon, it’s heartening to see that Sylvester Stallone still loves Rocky Balboa, is still interested in revisiting that work, and is still in for telling new stories. As long as they don’t have anything to do with politics.