Date: 5th October 2000
Action hero SYLVESTER STALLONE is determined his next movie DRIVEN will be a box office smash - because he literally had to beg a studio to make it.
Stallone found himself unable to get a job after CLIFFHANGER in 1993 because movie makers wanted to use new talent in their action adventures, not a veteran like himself.
But undeterred, the ROCKY star wrote his own action movie, and after piles of rejection letters, finally persuaded WARNER BROTHERS to make his film. He admits, "So many studios didn't want to do it, rejection became an art form for us. After a while, we'd hand them the movie and go, 'I know you're going to hate it, so let's get that over with first.' "It was considered a big risk by people who didn't want to take it, so I want to prove them wrong." (SVD/WNV/RGS)