sylvester stallone venice film festival

Sylvester Stallone will get some much deserved love from the jury at next month’s Venice Film Festival. According to Yahoo News, the actor will be honored with the “Glory to the Filmmaker” award. Stallone will be following in the footsteps of Japan’s Takeshi Kitano, Iranian Abbas Kiarostami and France’s Agnes Varda as a recipient of the prize. “The jury at the 66th Venice Film Festival, which runs from 2 to 12 September, will be headed by Taiwanese director Ang Lee.”

It was announced today that the Hollywood actor was chosen as this year’s award recipient. The film is given  “to a person who has left a mark on contemporary cinema”, and in Stallone’s case great action movies. In response to the decision, Stallone himself was shocked but humbled by the news. “Being honored at the Venice Film Festival is something I have always hoped would become a reality and now that it?s actually happened it?s been well worth the wait.”

Organizers of the festival had nothing but kind words to say about the actor-director and his contribution to cinema. He’s a”very original filmmaker” whose films are “capable of tenderness even when dripping with blood. His work “has explored the brightest and darkest areas of the American dream.” During the ceremony next month, clips from Stallone’s upcoming action film The Expendables will be shown to the audience. Lucky dogs! Do I have to rob someone to get a ticket?

What do you think about Stallone being honored at the Venice Film Festival?