Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone have famously had a friendly career rivalry, so when Netflix recently made a documentary on Arnold, you knew Stallone couldn’t be far behind. And so we have Sly, a new doc that looks at one of the true action icons and biggest Hollywood stars of all-time.
As seen in the trailer, Sly offers a fuller look into Stallone’s life and career, which goes well beyond the action roles of the ’80s and ’90s. A consummate filmmaker, Stallone’s underdog story began when he wrote Rocky as a means of feeding himself, and the film went on to earn 10 Oscar nominations and to win Best Picture. Of course, Stallone would channel that success into a franchise, then went on to play multiple iconic characters in Rambo, Staying Alive, The Demolition Man, and more. But as with many successful careers, Stallone suffered significant personal cost, as well.
Here’s the synopsis: For nearly 50 years, Sylvester Stallone has entertained millions with iconic characters and blockbuster franchises, from Rocky to Rambo to The Expendables. This retrospective documentary offers an intimate look at the Oscar-nominated actor-writer-director-producer, paralleling his inspirational underdog story with the indelible characters he has brought to life.
Sly is directed by Thom Zimny (Springsteen on Broadway), and hits Netflix on November 3rd.