'He's telling lies' - Sylvester Stallone blasts comedian Jack Whitehall for Oscars 'insult'
Sylvester Stallone has blasted comedian Jack Whitehall for telling "insulting lies" suggesting he had no idea who Oscar winner Mark Rylance was.
The action man lost out to Bridge of Spies star Rylance in the Best Supporting Actor category at Hollywood's big night in February and according to funnyman Jack Whitehall, Stallone had never heard of the celebrated theatre actor.
Whitehall claimed he met Stallone at the Governors Ball afterparty event and found himself reeling off Rylance's career achievements to the 69-year-old.
"I walked straight into Sylvester Stallone afterwards at the Governors Ball," Jack said. "I had to console him about missing out on his Oscar, telling him there was always next year. Or maybe if he did Creed 2 he might get a nod. I think it reassured him.
"Also, because he knew I was English, I had to tell him who Mark Rylance was. I talked him through all of Mark's performances at the Globe theatre (in London)."
Stallone is baffled by Whitehall's claim and remains convinced he never met the comic.
He shared a screen shot of a tabloid article recounting Whitehall's Oscars memories on Instagram on Wednesday and then proceeded to dismiss the story altogether.
"'JACK WHITEHALL CONSOLED SLY AFTER OSCARS'," Stallone began. "I NEVER met this young man Pity it has to be under these circumstances".
In another post on his Twitter page, he continued, "I was very proud of my nomination, worked hard for it, so why would anybody create insulting lies that only distort wonderful memories. Why do it?"
Stallone went on to share a snap of himself posing alongside Rylance at the Golden Globes in January, when he beat the British veteran to the Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture prize.
"Does it look like I needed that kid's introduction?" he captioned the image.
Despite the criticism from Stallone, Whitehall is standing by his comments.
"It's sad Sly doesn't remember meeting me," he wrote in a statement issued to DigitalSpy.com. "Clearly I made very little impression on him..."