Male Sex Symbols of the '80s, '90s, and Today: How Much Has Changed!
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Then: Sylvester Stallone
Rambo, Rocky, Jude Dredd, Cliffhanger. In the ‘80s and ‘90s Sylvester Stallone was an action superstar. He was a go-to for beefy butt-kicking movie roles—and there were lots released in that twenty year span. His brand of muscle-bound physique and no nonsense personality were de rigueur for men of the decade. Stallone was so associated with action movies and muscles, it was a big deal when he gained weight and tried to go serious, starring alongside Robert Di Niro, in the 1997 film Cop Land. While the serious actor thing didn’t really work, we can thank Stallone for the goofy Expendables films, which feature a dozen action stars—most of whom haven’t been popular in fifteen years.