Video: Stallone pulls a Bowie knife surprise on Sheffield audience

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IF IT did not take nerves of steel to face Rocky himself already, it certainly will now.

Hollywood action hero Sylvester Stallone was knocked out by efforts to impress him during a visit to Sheffield.

Sly Stallone is presented with a new Rambo knife by Reg Cooper. Pic: Glenn Ashley.

Sly Stallone is presented with a new Rambo knife by Reg Cooper. Pic: Glenn Ashley.

The 68-year-old star, who was in the Yorkshire city on Sunday evening, promised to plug the region in his next blockbuster after being presented with a handmade Bowie knife - a replica of his famous Rambo knife - by veteran knifemaker Reg Cooper.

He is bound to be the envy of fellow big screen tough guys with a blade from the city which enjoys a worldwide reputation as the birthplace of steel.

When asked if he’d use the souvenir in his next film, Stallone, who has been on a flying tour of Yorkshire since filming an advert for Warburton’s bread in Castleford, said: “Yes, wouldn’t that be something! I’d say, ‘hey, it’s from Sheffield’. We will actually do a plug.”

For Mr Cooper, getting to hand over the gift to the Rocky star was the highlight of his career.

Sly Stallone on stage at Sheffield City Hall arm wrestling

Sly Stallone on stage at Sheffield City Hall arm wrestling

He said: “I’ve been making these since I was 14. To be honest I’m chuffed about it. It would be great to see my knife in his film. At 83 I’ve probably got a bit of stardom.

“If I’m going to retire, I’m going out on a high. But I intend to go on while I can. I’ve made thousands over the years. I don’t have 50 on order. But I might after this.

“To me a knife is a tool though I make a lot of these now just for collectors. It’s a piece of history.”

Stallone also appeared at Sheffield’s City Hall, for which audience members paid up to £500 for a backstage photo after the hour-long interview with broadcaster Mike Read.

Sly Stallone on stage at Sheffield City Hall

Sly Stallone on stage at Sheffield City Hall