Monday, January 01, 2007

Stallone Returns To Catholicism

A couple of week ago I mentioned that Sylvester Stallone had had a spiritual conversion. What I didn't know was that it was a conversion back to Catholicism. Here's a story a friend of this site sent me:

Sylvester Stallone grew up Catholic, stopped going to church after he tasted fame and fortune, but now considers himself a churchgoing Catholic again.

Stallone's shift back to church started when his daughter Sophia was "born sick," Stallone told Catholic News Service in a Dec. 7 telephone interview from Dallas to promote his new movie, "Rocky Balboa."

In November 1996, at age 2 months, Sophia underwent open-heart surgery at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center.

The operation went well, and Sophia, now 10, is doing "great," Stallone said. "She's the No. 1 athlete in her class."

Stallone tried to find the words to describe what brought about his
self-imposed exile from Catholicism.

"I don't know. Life," he said. "Your career is going, you're not communicating with your family."

The weight of celebrity was "very heavy," he added. "I didn't have any strong foundation behind me of people that would keep my feet on the ground. I was extremely seduced by the newfound freedom."

Things started turning around for Stallone, he said, before his marriage in 1997 to his third and current wife, Jennifer Flavin.

"When I got married everything changed," he said. "When my daughter was born sick, and I realized I really needed some help here, I started putting everything in God's hands, his omnipotence, his all-forgivingness."

Stallone added that being Catholic "puts me where I should be. I was alone
in the world. I thought I would have to handle things in my own way."

But then "I thought if I put myself in Jesus' hands and asked for insight and
guidance I am basically taking the yoke off of me and using his intelligence and
wisdom to make the proper decision," he said.

If that wasn't cool enough, listen to what he has to say next. I talked about the spiritual themes in the new Rocky movie. Apparently he has similar ideas for his next project. Listen to how he describes the plot for the next Rambo movie.

"Rambo is a borderline atheist. He doesn't believe in anything anymore. His job is to bring a group of Christians upriver into a very hostile territory, and they're there to bring the word of God and medicine and dentistry to these natives. He has conversations with some of these Christians and he doesn't see it their way. They get captured, and ... he starts getting influenced by their faith in the face of such incredible odds."

"I think it may work," he added.

Read the whole story here.


Andrew said...

It would seem that many people do get called back to God only in adversity.

Perhaps a Babylonian exile would do all Catholics good and bring the lukewarm back to the Faith.

xavier said...

This is very interesting. I wonder if the Holy spirit is working quietly through Hollywood? We had Mel Gibson movie on the passion; later on the Chronicles of Narnia.
I think the Rambo movie's premise is very interesting, I'll be curious how the writers wrestle with Rambo's conversion.