It's not just director James Cameron who has upset his loyal fans recently: Sylvester Stallone has also left many of his staunchest loyalists heartbroken after he allegedly abandoned a fan meeting much earlier than expected.
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Sylvester Stallone, photo: AFP
The 76-year-old Hollywood bodybuilder, who recently enjoyed a career resurgence thanks to the new TV series starring him, "The King of Tulsa," attended an event in Los Angeles called Experience With Sylvester Stallone LIVE.
The event was organized by a British company specializing in prestigious fan meetings, and the meeting with Stallone was actually its first project in the US.
Ticket prices for the event ranged from $750 to $1,250, and the lucky buyers were supposed to have an elegant dinner with Satlon, listen to a personal conversation with him on stage, take a photo with him and get an autograph from him.
Sylvester Stallone in 2015, photo: AFP
Matters, as mentioned, got complicated after the star left the meeting before all the fans got a chance to take a picture with him (and paid for it with their best money), and quite a few of them were left without the long-awaited picture, which actually commemorates their presence at the event.
Although the organizers apologized for this and clarified that the actor had to leave the meeting earlier than planned because he was not feeling well, they urged the disappointed fans to "respect the wishes of the celebrities".
The story does not end here: a source close to the affair told the gossip site TMZ that Stallone actually felt perfectly fine, and in fact did not leave the event early.
The source claims that the actor finished the event at the time agreed upon with the organizers, and even stayed at the place a little beyond that, as a gesture of goodwill.
Moreover, the source accused the organizers of selling tickets in an amount that would never have been enough for the little photo time allocated ("over-booking"), and stated that this was actually the real reason why about a hundred fans were left without a personal photo.
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After much indignation and flooding of the organizers' social pages with complaints, the company relented and agreed to refund the money of those who could not afford to take a picture with the star - or allow them to enter a future fan meeting for free.
Next year, Sylvester Stallone will star in two highly anticipated action movies: "Guardians of the Galaxy 3" which will be released in May, and "Unforgettable 4" which will hit the screens in September.
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