He didn’t swear on the Bible, but Sylvester Stallone did swear on his Academy Award that he would visit the Festival in 2021. During the meeting at #Giffoni50, the American actor showed his precious Academy Award to the audience. He also held the Award up high when taking a picture with the jurors, as a metaphor of the successes he achieved after a troubled start. “The idea of Giffoni is wonderful”, the 74-year-old star said: “and I’m so looking forward to being surrounded by these teenagers’ enthusiasm next year. I wish the festival a happy birthday and a bright future ahead”.
In order to encourage the talent of tomorrow he called on them to “never give up and keep fighting”. The reason? “I have nothing else to prove to the world, but you do, and I want to help talented young people and teach budding screen players and directors how to find their way around this field”. It’s not lack of modesty but it is an objective description of reality: “I got an Academy Award when I was 30 and I reached everything that I wanted when I was young, I even surpassed those goals. What else could I have asked for?”. And speaking about reached goals, he concluded with a joke: “Who’s the director I feel most comfortable to work with? Easy, it’s me, because I’m the person I get along better with, in the entire world”.