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Frank Stallone isn’t jealous of his older brother Sylvester Stallone.
“I was never jealous,” he tells Page Six. “I was always fairly comfortable in my skin and my talents. I knew what I could do well. But I never felt like I was in the shadows. I think other people thought I was in the shadows.”
The performer, 70, does, however, admit that Sly catapulting to superstardom after “Rocky” was “frustrating.”
By the time “Rocky” was released in 1976, Frank had been playing in bands and chasing a recording contract for over a decade.
“Overnight he becomes this worldwide phenomenon and here I am living in an $80 a month apartment in New Jersey with my band and there was just no handbook for it,” he told us.
“I’m very proud of his achievements,” the “Barfly” actor continued. “I love the movie but all of a sudden it was like if they couldn’t get him to do a TV show I would come up with my band and they would ask me, ‘what’s it like being Rocky’s brother? Did you guys have bunk beds?’ and after a while, that got a little tired but I’m pretty strong-willed. I think I’m better with it now. I think most people in my situation would have quit a long time ago.”
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Frank’s biggest hit was “Far From Over” from the 1983 film “Staying Alive” which was written and directed by his older brother. But he has never stopped performing and continues to tour with his band.
The documentary “Stallone: Frank, That Is” will be released on January 19.
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