A Naked Sylvester Stallone Prop Just Showed Up In The Weirdest Place
Sylvester Stallone has had a long and interesting career, which means sometimes naked props of him just kind of show up.
Sylvester Stallone has had one of the most interesting careers in modern show business, as evidenced by his decades-old Rocky franchise still spinning off successful movies and nabbing the number one spot in streaming original films. Another interesting thing about his career: at one point, he had a bunch of naked, unnervingly realistic models of himself made, and now some of them are just kind of… around. Specifically, it turns out that one of those naked Sylvester Stallone props has turned up in a vintage store all the way in Katoomba, Australia. Check it out:
As noted in the Tweet, this sort of naked Sylvester Stallone prop used to be used as decor in the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain. Somehow, this particular naked Sylvester Stallone had an amazing and unknown journey to end up in Katoomba, a small town of fewer than 8,000 people and known for its tourism. If Katoomba is lucky, perhaps this particular Sylvester Stallone prop will become the latest tourist attraction, if only for the sheer oddity of it. We like to think that this particular naked, muscular example of the uncanny valley had a long passage over oceans and mountains, meeting colorful characters along the way, and visiting exotic locales before finding its way to this particular store, but most likely it came from the Planet Hollywood location that was formerly in Sydney.
The prop itself comes from the 1993 science fiction movie Demolition Man, which starred Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, and Sandra Bullock. In the film, Sylvester Stallone plays John Spartan, a Los Angeles Police Sergeant who apprehends a psychopathic murderer played by Wesley Snipes, with a suitable number of explosions occurring. Due to the deaths of civilians that Snipes claims Stallone was partly responsible for (which is not questioned by a court at all), both men are cryogenically frozen in an experimental program. Decades later, both are revived for various reasons. Also, in order to be cryogenically frozen, Sylvester Stallone had to be completely naked and in order to do that, these naked dolls were made. Truly, Hollywood weaves a tangled web for our amusement.
It is also fascinating to think of dining at a restaurant and seeing the blank, unsettling eyes of a Sylvester Stallone doll watching you eat. Planet Hollywood is a restaurant chain that was briefly popular in the 1990s and chiefly notable for its promotion by celebrity investors Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Sylvester Stallone (and eventually many, many more famous people). At one point, there were dozens of locations around the world, each heavily decorated with film props and memorabilia. That is a lot of restaurants to fill, hence eventually some restaurants get Sylvester Stallone nude dolls. Planet Hollywood still exists (despite having declared bankruptcy twice), with there currently being six restaurants and five hotels in operation. There is no word on what other DemolitionMan props might be floating around, or if they were at some point replaced with Judge Dredd statues, but we can only dream.