Loading
“Rocky” tells Spanish audience he has returned to the faith
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- While in Spain promoting his new movie “Rocky Balboa,” actor Sylvester Stallone said he has returned to the faith and decided to make that part of the message of the movie, which debuts this week in Europe.  According to the Spanish daily “La Razon,” the star of the Rocky and Rambo movies has rediscovered God and is encouraging his fans to attend church to help free themselves of the pressure of today’s world and to strengthen their souls.

Stallone talks straight about his conversion.  “The past doesn’t matter. If you look to God, you can be reborn,” the actor says, adding that his latest film is a reflection of the Christian faith, which he lost in his youth.  “To me this film has been guided by the hand of God,” Stallone confessed.

The actor grew up in a Catholic home and attended Catholic schools.  “Later I took some wrong turns when I went out into ‘real life.’  I needed to go through my trials and tribulations before I could be man enough to star in a movie like this,” he said.

“Rocky Balboa” begins twenty years after the fighter’s last boxing match.  Rocky has undergone a conversion, he listens to Scripture readings before each fight, “and that gives him strength,” Stallone added.

“Rocky forgives. He is not bitter. He always shows the other cheek.  Its as if his entire life was one of service to others. The movie is about redemption, not only Balboa’s redemption but of Stallone himself,” the actor emphasized.

“Most of my previous films were bloody,” he continued.  “They were the creative results of my youth, when my marriage was not going well and I felt myself seduced by the temptations of Hollywood,” Stallone told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Today he is in a stable marriage and has a completely different relationship with Jesus.  “When I go to church and I deepen my belief in Jesus and I hear his Word, at the same time that I let his hand guide me, I see how he freed me from my pressures.  The church is the gymnasium of the soul,” Stallone said.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Nov
23

Liturgical Calendar

November 23, 2014

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 25:31-46

Gospel
Date
11/23/14
11/22/14
11/21/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 34: 11-12, 15-17
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 15: 20-26, 28
Gospel:: Mt 25: 31-46

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
11/23/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 19:45-48

Homily
Date
11/21/14
11/20/14
11/19/14