Sylvester Stallone Opens Up About Decade Long Struggle with Lingering Injuries from “The Expendables” Stunt

Iconic actor reveals the toll of a severe neck injury sustained during 2010 film, "The Expendables

In a candid disclosure, legendary actor Sylvester Stallone has shed light on the enduring challenges he faces more than a decade after a severe injury sustained while filming “The Expendables.” The 77-year-old star, known for his iconic roles in action-packed blockbusters, opened up about the toll the incident has taken on his health during the season 2 premiere of the reality series, “The Family Stallone.”

Stallone recounted the incident in the 2010 film where he fractured his neck and suffered dislocated shoulders while performing a stunt alongside co-star and WWE legend, Steve Austin. The actor revealed that he underwent six surgeries in an effort to aid his recovery, with the possibility of a seventh surgery looming on the horizon.

Reflecting on the incident, Stallone admitted to pushing himself beyond his physical limits, directing scenes, and performing stunts despite the inherent risks. “I did stupid stuff,” he confessed, acknowledging the pivotal moment where he felt the impact of the injury. Despite the passage of time, the “Rambo” actor lamented that he never fully rebounded from the ordeal, emphasizing the enduring physical ramifications.

Stallone’s wife, Jennifer Flavin, offered insight into his private struggle, revealing his reluctance to publicly acknowledge the extent of his back surgeries. She highlighted the deeply personal and challenging nature of his ongoing battle. Their daughter, Scarlet, echoed these sentiments, describing the pervasive pain her father has endured throughout her upbringing, despite his unwavering commitment to family and career.

The revelation provides a glimpse into the personal struggles of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors, underscoring the physical toll that intense stunt work can take on even the most iconic figures in the industry. Sylvester Stallone’s resilience in the face of enduring challenges serves as a testament to his unwavering dedication to his craft and his commitment to overcoming adversity.

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