This week’s Birthday Bash is highlighted by an iconic action star, a recent comic book hero and one of the most reputable actors of our time.
Sylvester Stallone (July 6): When you’re thinking of the greatest action heroes in cinema history, it’s hard not to place Sylvester Stallone toward the top of the list. Stallone’s lengthy film career includes iconic turns as prizefighter Rocky Balboa and PTSD-suffering John Rambo, two roles that the actor resurrected in recent years with a surprising amount of success. Even outside of his most famous characters, Stallone has other memorable movie credits to his name, such as “Tango & Cash,” “Cop Land,” and “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.” Alright, maybe he’d like to wipe a few of those titles off the board…
Birthday Wishes: Stallone, now 63 years old, is currently filming an ambitious actioner entitled “The Expendables.” The flick features a host of action film stars, including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke and more. With a cast like that, and given the bloodbath that was “Rambo,” let’s hope that Stallone’s latest can live up to expectations.
Birthday Wishes: He already got his feet wet in the comic book movie world with “Watchmen,” but does the fun need to end there? Crudup is my first choice to play the ill-fated war hero John Custer in “Preacher,” though the actor could easily fill a leading role in any number of other upcoming graphic novel-based films.
Birthday Wishes: While he’s a brilliant performer in front of the screen, Hanks has offered equally brilliant work as a producer, most notably with HBO’s World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers.” In 2010, Hanks and co-producer Steven Spielberg will return to that dreary world once more with “The Pacific,” an all-new World War II miniseries that is sure to bring all the gravitas and visual spectacle seen in their previous epic.
Special shout out goes to Ringo Starr (July 7), the Beatles drummer who occasionally dabbled as a film star. As the British rockers have dwindled down to just two members, here’s hoping that Ringo (and Paul) will stick around for many more birthdays to come.
Be sure to come back next Monday for an all-new edition of Birthday Bash!