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Sylvester Stallone and the Economics of the Ageing Actor

MCKENNA, Mark (2019) Sylvester Stallone and the Economics of the Ageing Actor. Celebrity Studies, 10 (4). pp. 489-503. ISSN 1939-2397

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Sylvester Stallone’s stardom has been inexorably linked to notions of youthful masculinity and an image that was constructed more than thirty years ago. Recent academic attention has been largely concerned with the ways in which age is gradually moving the star away from the idealised image that had previously defined his stardom. Exploring how he is negotiating the realities of ageing, the impact this has on the roles available to him, and his ability to endure the physical requirements of these roles has been the subject of much academic interest, with many concluding that the star is increasingly redundant. This chapter will offer an economic reading of the star and an examination of the ways in which the veteran actor has sought to, and in many cases, succeeded in, extending his celebrity status in a contemporary global media marketplace. By considering two aspects that are central to Stallone’s contemporary stardom, his harnessing of social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to publicise new projects and to capitalise on earlier screen successes, and the his recent economic success in the Chinese film market, the chapter will explore how ideas of redundancy may have been applied to the star prematurely.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Celebrity Studies on 03/10/2019 available online:
Faculty: School of Computing and Digital Technologies > Film, Media and Journalism
Depositing User: Mark MCKENNA
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 14:57
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 03:50
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