The Trump-hating, blue-check brigade on Twitter can now rest easy because it turns out that the iconic star of the Rocky, Rambo, and Expendables movie franchises was just a guest at the former president’s Palm Beach, Fla., resort/private club.
In a statement, a publicist explained that “Contrary to media reports and rumors, Sylvester Stallone is officially not a member of the Mar-a-Lago Club. He did not join the organization, he did not pay initiation dues,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Stallone attended an animal welfare fundraiser at the Donald Trump-owned venue last week, which prompted media speculation that he took out a membership there. “From that event, it was mistakenly assumed that he was there as a member,” the publicist added.
“He was seen posing with some fellow guests for pics, all holding up their fists in a boxing pose,” Fox News reported.
Instead, Stallone is reportedly a member of the nearby Breakers Club. Late last year, the acting legend reportedly purchased a $35 million estate in the area.
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With a net worth estimated at $400 million, he won’t have any trouble covering the mortgage payment or any dues to private clubs, for that matter.
Sly was previously spotted at at Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Eve celebration back in 2016.
At 74, Stallone is still active in the entertainment world, so it may have been a “sly” move for he and his publicist to reassure Hollywood’s vindictive liberal movers and shakers that he is unaffiliated with the Trump-owned facility.
Stallone has supported some Republican candidates, such as John McCain, in the past, but is not a member of the GOP. In January 2016, he said that “I love Donald Trump. He’s a great Dickensian character. You know what I mean? There are certain people like Arnold, Babe Ruth, that are bigger than life. But I don’t know how that translates to running the world,” Variety reported at the time.
When it comes to Mar-a-Lago, Stallone is perhaps channeling Groucho Marx, a Hollywood icon from bygone days, who famously once said that “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”
Separately, it was recently announced that Stallone will not reprise his Rocky role in the third installment of the Creed series due for release over Thanksgiving 2022. In the latter films that were commercial successes, Rocky Balboa served as the mentor and boxing trainer to frenemy Apollo Creed’s son, played by Michael B. Jordan.
Stallone portrayed Rocky Balboa as an active boxer in six films, the first of which (1976) won the Oscar for best picture, best director, and best editing. Stallone, who has 86 acting credits on IMDB, with several additional films currently in pro-production, was nominated as best actor and for best screenplay in the first installment.
He was also nominated for best supporting actor in the first Creed film and has received numerous other entertainment-related honors over his long career in show businesses.
Rocky fans can look forward to a director’s cut of the Stallone-helmed Rocky IV “to coincide with the film’s 35th anniversary.”
Perhaps the most exciting movie in the franchise was the Stallone written-and-directed Rocky III, in which Balboa goes toe to toe with actor Mr. T, who played the menacing Clubber Lang, and which the thrilling theme song “Eye of the Tiger” became a chartbuster for the group Survivor.
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