There was a time more than twenty years ago when Sylvester Stallone was one of the biggest movie stars in the world.
The “Rocky” and “Rambo” franchise catapulted him into the twenty million dollar club where he and his fellow members of that exclusive club opened a garbage chain of restaurants called Planet Hollywood, which self-righteously celebrated their multimillionaire achievements. It was designed for us “regular folks” to greedily overcharge us for food for the “privilege” of seeing memorabilia from their movies.
And the greed goes on because Sylvester Stallone was slammed for charging an outrageous amount so fans could do this one simple thing with him.
Celebrities’ self-congratulatory nature is justified by the amount of love they receive from the fans. Some of these obsessed fans “stan” so hard for these elitists that it only reinforces their egos even more.
Occasionally they’re knocked down a notch but most keep that consistent level of arrogance for much of their entire careers – even when they’re not the box-office star they once were.
The perfect example of this is 80s and 90s action movie star Sylvester Stallone who stormed onto the scene with “Rocky.” From there it was over twenty straight years of being one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood.
Nowadays, he can’t buy a movie. When is the last time you saw a Sylvester Stallone starring film hit theaters outside of “Rocky” franchise (Creed I & II were both successful in theaters)? The only way he can get into theaters is by continuing with yet another story from one of his old franchises.
His other movies go directly to video-on-demand because nobody wants to spend money to go to a theater to see him phone in a performance like he usually does. That means his salary has plummeted to new lows and probably makes in the $1-3 million range at a maximum.
And that’s probably not enough money to pay all of the taxes on his property so he’s forced to do other things to make up the difference.
The former A-lister has announced three “tour” dates in Manchester, London and Birmingham, U.K. to share “untold stories” – presumably behind-the-scenes moments – to promote his upcoming and final Rambo film “Last Blood” (yes, another installment).
According to The Sun, “The cheapest packages start at £125 a ticket but go up to £849 for the ‘premium photo experience’ which allows film buffs to get a selfie,” with aging star.
But upon hearing the prices people are outraged and rightfully so.
One Facebook user commented, “It’s a shame you’d need to sell a kidney to go.”
Another wrote, “Would love to go but £500 for a photo.”
The official account associated with the event defended their prices by saying, “As with any business there are costs involved and this is the same for us as a company. When you take into consideration the costs to bring a celebrity of such status to the UK then you would understand why. As for the photos we are allowed only 150 from management so due to this, the exclusivity dictates the price. We work with A-list celebs and unfortunately quality costs.”
It’s amazing that anybody would pay for this kind of money to see any celebrity in the world. Let alone somebody who hasn’t been relevant in nearly twenty years.