LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sylvester Stallone, who is nominated this year for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in “Creed,” considered boycotting the awards show.
“I remember I spoke with [director] Ryan Coogler when this [#OscarSoWhite controversy] happened, and I said, ‘How do you want to handle this? Because I feel like you are responsible for me being here,'” Stallone said at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton on Monday.
Stallone is the only nominee this year from “Creed.”
The movie also stars African-American actor Michael B. Jordan. Coogler is African-American as well.
“Michael Jordan, every time I looked in his eyes as an actor, I said, he was making me better. I think he should’ve been given a lot more respect and attention. [Coogler] goes, ‘Sly, just go there, try to represent the film, and we feel you deserve it. Eventually things will change.’”
In 1977, Stallone was nominated for an Oscar in two categories, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay for “Rocky.”
The 69-year-old actor decided to follow Coogler’s advice about attending the show.
“I said, ‘If you don’t want me to go, I won’t.’ [Coogler] said, ‘I want you to go.’ That’s the kind of guy he is,” Stallone said. “He wants us to go and represent the film.”
Stallone continued to discuss the issue of diversity and how he believes this controversy will bring about a positive change.
“Eventually all talent will rise to the top. It’s just a matter of, I guess, a new paradigm and a new way of thinking,” he said. “I really owe everything to these two young men, for sure.”
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