Hollywood heavyweight Sylvester Stallone has quit his tough keep-fit regime after a lifetime of gruelling workouts.

The 67-year-old Rocky actor, who has starred in several action roles in his career, has turned his back on the gym and is happy to grow old gracefully.

Speaking to Graham Norton, Stallone said: "I'm trying to avoid going to the gym. I ended up doing a lot of action films and you have to be in shape. I swear I was in the gym so often that if I'd had another daughter I would have called her Barbella! I figure at a certain age you get clogged arteries and you drop dead happy."

Stallone joins Grudge Star co-star Robert de Niro on the Graham Norton show on BBC One tonight at 10.35pm. Also joining them on the couch are Jonah Hill and Carey Mulligan.