As I get older, I find myself reflecting more on the past, my strengths and weaknesses and how to better myself. No, I’m not 100, I’m 40 but that’s a long time to be on this planet in anyone’s book, especially with all the stuff I’ve seen and done. I just watched the trailer to “Grudge Match” and I wanted to throw a very specific “thank you” out there to Sylvester Stallone for doing the one thing Hollywood couldn’t do for years: Make the general public remember why we loved these guys in the first place and proving once and for all we cannot just dump older folks to the side.
Ask anyone who Humphrey Bogart was. Or Errol Flynn and you’re gonna get blank stares. They were the shining stars of their day, but as they aged, Hollywood thew them aside for the younger and shiny newbies. We do it today, certainly. But there are those who fight back and prove that agism is a bunch of shit. I almost shit when I heard girls today think Brad Pitt is old. Ungh.
When I joined the USMC after 9/11 I was wold I was too old to defend my country. I was 28. I told the Gunny to kiss my ass and went around the rules, pushing through waivers and meeting with Colonels to prove to them I was worthy of being a Marine. Now, that’s an extreme, but it fits.
We need to remember older generations built us, made us who we are as a country, and respect them. We as younger people generally fear old people because we can’t imagine ever being them. Well, guess what? Unless you OD, get shot, hit by a truck or end up like Wall-E people, you’re gonna. They have a lot to offer and we should never forget their accomplishments. Especially people like Stallone, De Niro, Pacino, Walken, Keitel and the rest of the Hollywood heroes.
Thanks, Sly. You’re one of a kind and I, for one, never counted you out. An artist to the last, you’ve had an amazing career that’s taken chances, seen its ups and downs and I’m happy to have you back.