Whatever your political leanings, the discourse these days can feel borderline impenetrable. Just as inexplicable is a recent tweet by Donald Trump: the President shared an image in which his head had been photoshopped onto the body of movie star Sylvester Stallone in character as boxer Rocky Balboa on the poster for Rocky III.
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Trump offered no caption or context for the image, although it could be interpreted as another way of dispelling the rumors that he has had a heart attack something he denied at a rally in Florida this week.
Stallone has yet to respond to the image, but he wouldn’t be the first action movie star to get into an online sparring match with the President . In September, Stallone’s good friend, Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, joked that his public feud with Trump has gone on for so long because Trump is “in love” with him. In the same interview, he also mentioned Trump’s admiration of professional fighters, which he witnessed first-hand, pre-feud, when they used to watch wrestling together.
“I remember that in the old days, when we went to the wrestling matches, the way he admired people with bodies, and the way they would jump around in the ring, and to perform physical stunts and stuff like thathe had great admiration for that. He asked me, ‘How do you do that, with the movies? I mean, it’s so believable’. He drilled down to specific questions that fascinated him. It was about ‘How do you sell something? Like, a scene. How do you go and act out a scene so that I get affected emotionally?’ He was fascinated by that. ‘How do you do this when you do interviewsthat you penetrate through it and you then are totally believable?'”
Trump still clearly holds these athletes in high regard, hence the photo… although it’s fair to say his Photoshop job is far from “totally believable”.