Sylvester Stallone is one of the Hollywood action heroes who are still very popular today.
He rose to fame with the Rambo movie franchise and with numerous directing, screenwriting, and producing credits under his belt, he has definitely presented himself as a very versatile Hollywood personality.
Sylvester Stallone’s Career Path
Stallone studied drama at the American College of Switzerland, after which he started a course in dramatic arts at the University of Miami.
He later dropped out to move back to New York to pursue acting full time. However, starting out wasn’t easy for him.
At first, he did odd jobs and even took a role in a softcore adult movie. His luck turned when he started acting in more reputable movies, such as Woody Alen’s movie Bananas and The Lords of Flatbush.
Stallone is also a talented scriptwriter. While waiting for his big break he worked on a script about a struggling professional boxer.
He sent the script to different movie studios but with one condition – that he plays the main role in it.
Fortunately, he found two producers who were willing to invest in his movie, and that’s how Rocky was born.
Rocky was released in 1976 and became a box office and critical hit. It also earned 10 Academy Award nominations, allowing Stallone to gain ultimate Hollywood fame and A-list status.
Stallone followed this up with F.I.S.T, Rocky II, and Rocky III movies. He hit another box office goldmine when he introduced John Rambo in the movie First Blood.
Although he wrote and directed other movies during this time, it was his portrayals of Rocky and John Rambo in subsequent movies, such as Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky V that really drew crowds.
If you have ever watched any of his movies, you have surely noticed that some parts of Stallone’s face look droopy and that there’s a noticeable slur when he speaks.
The reason for this are delivery complications and the misuse of birthing forceps that resulted in nerve damage on his face.
In the 90s, Stallone started working on movies with other big names. Just some of them are Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man, Sandra Bullock and Robert de Niro in Cop Land.
He continued to work on movies, both in front and behind the camera, putting out hits like the crime thriller Get Carter in 2000 and the Expendables in 2010.
These movies never reached the same box office success and critical acclaim of the Rocky and Rambo franchises, which is probably the reason why Stallone reprised Rocky in Rocky Balboa in 2006 in a plot that largely mirrored his own life.
The movie earned more than $70 million in domestic sales and $85 million in foreign sales.
He followed this up with a reprisal of John Rambo in Rambo movie from 2008, where he was the lead character, writer, and director. The film was a critical success and earned $42.7 million.
Sylvester Stallone’s Noticeable Style
Sylvester Stallone is not the first name that pops into your head when you think of style icons. It seems like he is constantly stuck with a classic, comfortable masculine look throughout his career.
Nothing unusual, because this look earned him the reputation of a guy who knows how to get comfortable and look classically stylish at the same time.
In fact, he has enough knowledge about men’s style that he was confident to launch a men’s apparel brand back in 2012.
In an interview, Stallone told reporters that he has lived a life where he knows what worked and what didn’t work: “Clothing is the first step to building a character.”
Stallone loves clothes that fit well and has his clothes custom-made by tailors in Italy. Even when dressed in a casual T-shirt and jeans, he is often spotted with a fine piece of watch or eyewear.
How to Achieve Sylvester Stallone’s Beard
Stallone has largely spent his career being clean shaven or sporting a classic goatee.
If you want to achieve his beard style, it is important that you get your beard and mustache kit ready before you start trimming.
Let your beard grow for a few days until it reaches half an inch in length. After that, use a small mustache comb to smooth out your mustache and beard to prepare them for trimming.
Next, use a short setting on your beard trimmer to trim all stray hairs until your beard becomes uniform and short enough. It is important to choose a durable stubble beard trimmer for this part.
Next, start outlining the shape of your goatee. Start with the neck, then the cheeks and finish with the area along the jaw.
Clean the area under the cheeks, leaving less than a half an inch of hair from the mustache going down to the jawline.
Go slowly as you shape a beard neckline to ensure that you do not take off too much. First off, prepare your skin for a close shave since there are areas in the goatee that are completely free of hair.
Wash your face to remove dirt and grime using a good beard soap. Use a clear shave gel to make shaving easier.
Shave off the hairs on both sides of the underside of the chin, leaving about an inch of hair in the middle.
Tighten the edges of your goatee using a single blade razor. Shave around the mustache and goatee to create clean lines and make the goatee stand out.
Maintaining Stallone’s Beard
Give your ‘stache and goatee a trim and shave every few days. Use unscented and natural beard oil after every wash to keep your beard healthy.
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Out of all the popular goatee types and styles, this is perhaps one of the easiest to achieve, assuming that you have the face shape and length to make this style work.
One reason why this style looks iconic on Stallone is because his face is elongated and he has a defined chin, which sets the perfect base for a goatee.
You can opt for other popular short beard styles that work better with your face shape if this style does not work well for you.
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