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Sylvester Stallone has revealed his father once attacked him during a polo match in a shock clip from new documentary Sly.
The acting icon, 77, said he inherited a 'certain kind of ferocity' from his father Frank Sr., who died in 2011 - and said the shock assault had left him with trauma and 'never wanting to see a horse again.'
'I was raised by a very physical father, you know?' he said in his new Netflix documentary Sly. 'So I was no stranger to serious pain, and I think it just became, I’m not gonna break. No matter what he did, you know? I’m just not gonna break.'
The Rambo star and his brother Frank Jr. offered an unfiltered view of the corporal punishment they were subjected to by both their parents.
Sly - who was nationally ranked in polo at age 13 - recounted one incident when he was playing the sport when his father began 'screaming from the stands' that he was riding the horse wrong.
'And finally I pulled the horse up to get ready for another throw, and he comes out of the stands, grabs me by the throat, throws me on the ground, takes the horse and walks off the field,' the screen star remembered. 'And I laid there and I went: “I never wanna see a horse again in my whole life."'
Looking back: Sylvester Stallone has revealed his father once attacked him during a polo match in a shock clip from new documentary Sly
'I was no danger to serious pain': 'I was raised by a very physical father, you know?' he said in his new Netflix documentary Sly; Frank Sr. is pictured in 1979
Sly was born in 1946 at New York City charity ward to Frank Sr. and Jackie Stallone, a working class couple locked in a bitterly fractious marriage.
Jackie, who later achieved cult fame as an astrologer, was at that time employed as a cigarette girl and was her family's principal breadwinner.
Meanwhile Frank Sr. was in the grip of professional frustration as a barber attempting to work his way up the rungs to the higher-earning position of cosmetologist.
'Our father was also very self-conscious ‘cause I don’t think he was educated,' explained Frank Jr. 'Any kind of slight or insult would like, he’d go off.'
He added that Jackie, who died in 2020 at the age of 98, 'was pretty bad too. She was pretty handy with the old hairbrush and the shower brush, and she had these long nails that would never break. She’d go: "Come here, you."'
Sly took a gentler tone apropos his mother,