Round Two With Stallone: Rocky, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo 4, Elvis, Poe, Horror, Incredibles 2 & Seashells...
Hey folks, Harry here... Let me explain how I'm handling the questions here - I'm working to spread out over the 20 days of this Q&A - the Rocky Balboa and Rambo 4 questions. Inbetween - I'm dashing a bit of the questions about his life, curiosities and funny/weird geek questions. That way each day you get a sampling on news, interesting facts and pure entertainment for you Stallone lovers. I can't tell you how much I'm learning about Sly - just from reading the letters that sometimes accompany these questions. If you want to get a question in - send to HK@AintItCool.Com with the subject line "I have a Sly Question For Stallone" that why my mail filter puts it in the right folder to choose from. Now thanks to Stallone - here's Day Two....
1. How hard was it to get financing and studio support for 'Rocky Balboa?' How did it compare to getting the first 'Rocky' made?
San Diego, CA
1. It was really impossible to get any support for ROCKY BALBOA. I started six years ago, bringing up the idea with a couple of studio heads who said, “Sure, if you can make it for eight million dollars,” which is an unsubtle way of telling me to get lost. So to make an epically-long story short, if the MGM President and Vice President didn’t get bounced and replaced by some very talented individuals, like Harry Sloan and Rick Sands, this film never would have happened. They had said it’s an embarrassing idea because I’m too old to be a fighter. I said it’s about more than just fighting. It’s about not giving up and if someone were willing to get embarrassed like I was, and like the character was, it would make an interesting story, because it’s all about not quitting in the face of adversity. Even though you may appear incredibly foolish, you have to march to the beat of your own heart. Compared to getting the first ROCKY made, ROCKY BALBOA was one hundred times more difficult simply because the mindset in Hollywood is all about crunching numbers and presales and the ones that really rule the roost are the publicity departments, meaning: how are we going to sell this film, what’s the hook? In the 70s they were like cowboys who would say, “I got a feeling in my gut and I’m gonna take a chance even though it may not make financial sense.” Bring back the cowboys, hang the businessmen and films will be much more enjoyable.
2. Hi Sly!
How different was the version of Beverly Hills Cop that you were going to make, from the version we all ended up seeing??
Llandeilo, Wales, United Kingdom
When I read the script for BEVERLY HILLS COP, I thought they’d sent it to the wrong house. Somehow, me trying to comically terrorize Beverly Hills is not the stuff that great yuk-festivals are made from. So I re-wrote the script to suit what I do best, and by the time I was done, it looked like the opening scene from SAVING PRIVATE RYAN on the beaches of Normandy. Believe it or not, the finale was me in a stolen Lamborghini playing chicken with an oncoming freight train being driven by the ultra-slimy bad guy. Needless to say, they dropkicked me and my script out of the office, and the rest is history.
3. Who are the bad guys in the new Rambo movie, and what are their motivations to do what they do?
Presently, the bad guys in RAMBO IV are the sadistic leaders of a far-Eastern country. The soldiers are sadistic and they slaughter helpless villagers. Believe it or not, it’s a modern day sampling of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. Their motivations are political, and sexually perverse, as documented for a fact. They’ve been known to resort to skinning alive, crucifixions, beheadings (with the head remaining on a pole for months)…. Wow, I don’t want to go on because it’s too sick to believe…. I’m actually thinking of making RAMBO IV a musical, and for the big finale every evening he blows up the entire audience.
4. Hi Sly,
I was reading an article about you, I believe in Time magezine. If I remember correctly you were saying that Elvis Presley wanted you to show Rocky at his home theater. Did you ever meet with Elvis Presley? Thank you for taking the time, you will always be my favorite actor.
Elijah Doss 23 years old
I was a very young, lucky, foolish actor who at the time was too shy to meet with Elvis. So I sent the film to him and he watched it with his buddies. Ever since then I try to never lose an opportunity to meet special people, even if you have to get off your deathbed.
5. Dear Sylvester is it true you'd love to work with
Pixar on The Incredibles sequel?
I thought THE INCREDIBLES was fantastic, and although I’ve never been asked, I would love to use this rumbling engine, this thudding voice box in the next installment
6. Mr Stallone,
This is actually a two parted question, both of which have to do with your upcoming film, "Poe". First and foremost, what inspired you to sit down and write a screenplay based on the legendary writer's life. Secondly, there have been all kinds of casting news online, but you never know what to believe. In your interview with Variety, you mentioned that you want Robert Downey Jr. for the lead role. Do you have any updates for us?
aka "Big Daddy G"
I was introduced to Poe by accident. I was basically broke and freezing in New York in January of 1970 and decided to seek some shelter and heat in the New York Public Library, which is a citadel of extraordinary books. I struck up a conversation with a guard, who said I should go to the basement and check out the archives. I did, and seeing the actual writings of Poe really caught my imagination, because the way he would write would be to split the page down the middle and glue it in one long strip so he could get more words on the page. Everything about him was unique, so I thought he represented the heart and soul of what it’s like to be a struggling artist who is ahead of his time. I was thinking of Robert Downey, Jr., who would be wonderful, but so would several other young actors.
7. Mr. Stallone
Rumor has it that Mr. T & Ivan Drago are going to be in "Rocky Balboa", is this true or just a rumor???
Actually Mr. T and Ivan Drago are in a quick montage before the main event in ROCKY BALBOA. It’s only for a second or two, but I appreciate their agreeing to participate. Apollo Creed is not in ROCKY BALBOA because he wanted many thousands of dollars for a two-second piece of he and Rocky boxing. Unfortunately we couldn’t afford it. Then again, what ever happened to loyalty? Apollo Greed?
Many horror fans know of your son Sage Stallone as a big supporter of horror movies through his work with the Grindhouse Releasing comany. Do you share your son's fascination with horror films and do you have any plans to make or star in a horror film?
Mike, Melbourne, Australia
I made several horror films unintentionally and don’t plan to do any in the future, even though I appreciate the craftsmanship it takes to manipulate the audience’s emotions and have their nervous systems work overtime. But my favorite horror films are the ones that really reflect everyday life, such as WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, rather than eight Hooters girls on a canoe trip in uncharted waters north of Canada.
9. For the love of all that is good and Holy.
How do you use the 3 seashells?!
OK, this may be bordering on the grotesque, but the way it was explained to me by the writer is you hold two seashells like chopsticks, pull gently and scrape what’s left with the third. You asked for it…. Be careful what you ask for, sorry.
10. Is there any chance you will try to make Hunter [a novel written by James Byron Huggins with Sly in mind as the lead character] into a major motion picture?
Sure, there is always a chance to make HUNTER. I spoke with the author for many hours and like the man a great deal and thought, “This has the potential to be an interesting horror film as long as we can work in a love scene using the three seashells.” No, seriously, I would like to re-read the novel and try to visualize it and maybe if I don’t do it, it could certainly be a directorial challenge.
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Dec. 2, 2006, 6:41 p.m. CST
Chopsticks and scraping, huh. Appreciate all the answers... this is enjoyable.
Dec. 2, 2006, 6:55 p.m. CST
by Bob C. Cock
i liked the seashell mystery. where's the spoiler warning?
Dec. 2, 2006, 6:55 p.m. CST
Thanks, Mr. Stallone!
Dec. 2, 2006, 6:57 p.m. CST
this is sO awsome, he is really just chating with us! todays is way better then yesterdays. i am super excited to read these everyday and i hope more directors, writers, stars what have you do this, it is really making him into a real person for me and i like all the info, super cOOl Sly!!! thanks
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:01 p.m. CST
was that remark about money and loyalty a jab at carl weathers or was he making a joke in the vain of those characters being real people?
Dec. 2, 2006, 7 p.m. CST
by CTU Mole
I asked a question that involved the effect of test screenings and studio creative input in this Rocky as opposed to his creative autonomy in Rocky 1 but no, we have to know about the sea shells. Shouldn't have expected anything else from this site.
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:10 p.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:14 p.m. CST
I think Sly hit the nail on the head with that answer. This is the reason why we get so many remakes and why subpar movie directors still get jobs. Not because of any creativity or originality, it's because these people can produce money pure and simple, yet they somehow forgot to produce a good, coherent movie in the process. The sad part is, people believe whatever they're told and they actually go out and pay to see these films. This is the very reason why guys like Michael Bay are still getting work.
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:17 p.m. CST
by Kevin Bosch
pull gently? anybody?
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:19 p.m. CST
That Carl Weathers is actually the way he is on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT? "You know you can get a refill on any drink you want and it's free?"
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST
I love this guy.
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST
I'm totally loving this! "Bring back the cowboys, hang the businessmen and films will be much more enjoyable." Simply awesome!
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST
by Alice Cooper Stalker
Alright...this was a better use of questions that yesterdays. Wow...I'm dissapointed with Carl Weathers. I understand that a man in a career like his in his position is probably trying to get whatever dollars he can get, but you have to be realistic about your value. Dissapointing...I always liked Carl Weathers...except in Action Jackson.
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST
Can't they just use old footage?
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Yeah, Mr. T is in it! That guarantees at least a couple more of my friends buying tickets lol! (seriously)
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST
Instead of toilet paper in demolition man, the people of the 'future' Sly wakes up to, uses three seashells to clean the poop from the behind. i disagree with CTU Mole. I think the seashell question was a good intermission between the 'studio' answer and the 'Apollo Greed' comment. The people who run this site are doing something phenomenal here-taking the "star' out of the actor and making him a human. Sly is a obviously a fan's-fan. Thanks AINTITCOOL and thank you Mr.Stallone!
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:42 p.m. CST
whoever asked the seashells question is a god damned genius.
Dec. 2, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Nonstop action like Contra. I wanna blow stuff up with those arrows that make the weird noise. It'd be nice on the Wii. (But hopefully better than those Rocky games....they weren;t that good. :-( )
Dec. 2, 2006, 8:02 p.m. CST
you would never see these types of questions asked on tv.
Dec. 2, 2006, 8:07 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
They're always so F'ING happy. That stupid grin on their face at all time....their grandma could be getting hurled away by a tornado behind them and they'd be acting all cheerful. Wanna smack em.
Dec. 2, 2006, 8:12 p.m. CST
Not sure if he's talking about Weathers or if it's some sort of metaphor about not being able to obtain the rights?
Dec. 2, 2006, 8:24 p.m. CST
Yeah, I hope this format of 20 days of questions gets picked up on by other actors/actresses. It doesn't even have to be 20 days of Q and A, I mean make it a week or two days. Really great for a star to come outta the hills and answer the common man's questions. Howardroark is right, ET and Extra would not ask, nor would they get a serious answer, to questions like the three seashells. And Carl Weathers is a working man too, he needs his greenbacks just as much as the next guy. So asking for any amount is alright by me, although I laughed when Sly got that dig in with the "Apollo Greed" comment. Really good honest stuff. At least I hope it's honest and not Harry and Co. in Father Geeks basement giggling and laughing and trying to come up with answers to these questions.
Dec. 2, 2006, 8:30 p.m. CST
you might want to do some searching but for the nintendo (NES) 8-bit there was a rambo II game back when and could still be on the internet. I liked this stallone interview. he's a thinking man's bodyguard and a bodyguard's thinking man all rolled up. I would have liked to talk to the guy about a zombie idea I have where he plays a average joe trying to get to his niece (played by Angelina Jolie who's a mortican scientist.) With the story going back and forth between the two and having them meet.
Dec. 2, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST
for the genesis a rambo III. just a little fyi for GibsonUSA returns. such games should be on the net somewhere.
Dec. 2, 2006, 8:36 p.m. CST
by C Legion
You've always come across as an articulate, intelligent and pretty damn likeable guy in interviews, this exercise will only cement that image I have of you. Great stuff Mr Stallone. Both fans and non-fans alike will appreciate you answering our questions.
Dec. 2, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST
Thank you Mr.Stallone.
Dec. 2, 2006, 8:56 p.m. CST
Several things... 1) I still don't get the three seashells, as that answer is exactly what someone would do with three seashells in that situation. There's no mystery to it. Aside from saving paper, what's the futuristic benefit? Who washes the seashells? If you don't get a perfect swipe the first time, what the hell do you do in your stall with feces-covered seashells? 2) Can we please not call them "Mr. T and Drago?" It should be either Clubber Lang and Drago OR Mr. T and Dolph Lundgren. Sorry, I'm a little OCD. 3) That Rocky video game for the Cube/PS2/Xbox RULED. 4) O.k. So Clubber and Drago appear in a montage. Does that just mean footage from previous films, as is the usual practice with this series? Or do Mr. T and Dolph actually have new scenes as their aged characters? I find that interesting that it would cost money to show old footage when MGM already owns the property (don't they?). I suppose that is just part of the vagaries of some performers' contracts.
Dec. 2, 2006, 9:07 p.m. CST
It'd be great Harry, if this same type of (work and career related) Q & A thing can also be regularly or occasionally done with other filmmakers and actors (whether the film director, producer or actor suggests it, or don't suggest it at all, but Harry and Mori offer it to them, if they're interested, over maybe 1 or 2 weeks, rather than 3 weeks). In almost all cases, the filmmaker or actor obviously would do it only because they wish to plug a new film coming out, but it's still a worthwhile endeavor, offering AICN readers better insights into filmmaking, the film industry and things to be aware of.
Dec. 2, 2006, 9:09 p.m. CST
How about Talia Shire/Burgess Meredith flashbacks??? Burt Young better be back. Open up that wallet a bit Sly. I think we all know this flick is gonna be GOLD. And then the DVDs,Blu-Rays,Combo-whatevers. You hold out on the talent and I'll only see it at the theater 7 times instead of 8.
Dec. 2, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST
No irony - this really IS COOL NEWS! Sly is no fool - he's actually got me interested in seeing this film in the theater now, instead of waiting for the DVD. Thanks Sly! Looking forward to the next 18 days.
Dec. 2, 2006, 9:30 p.m. CST
Firt he cannot run for governor like everyone else in PREDATOR, now he isn't going to be in ROCKY BALBOA.
Dec. 2, 2006, 9:42 p.m. CST
Damn, other people enjoy Demolition Man -- I always thought it was just me and my college buddies, because nobody else seems to ever remember that movie. Again, thanks to EVERYONE involved in this Q&A, it's a real treat for those of us who grew up on Stallone and the movie stars of the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Dec. 2, 2006, 9:47 p.m. CST
wait, I can't believe I said "analyzing"...the practicality of the three seashells method. For the sake of this exercise, I'm with you though; what Sly says the writer told him is what we might imagine.(But not actually DO, I say, are we man or ape?) But I always thought that the humor of the three seashells scene was in the primitive John Spartan calling the obviously advanced and future civilized technology "the three seashells", and that they obviously weren't simply three seashells. As you've vividly illustrated, we cannot reason that three seashells could be applied physically for said use. Now, metaphysically, perhaps?
Dec. 2, 2006, 9:46 p.m. CST
by Moe Ron
Sadly, I want to see his script for Beverly Hills Cop.
Dec. 2, 2006, 9:50 p.m. CST
the nature of the geeks (me included) on AICN is to be cynical about everything, but this was pretty fun! I hope more actors, like Sly (who now has my total respect) are as cool about the wonderful life thats been given to them, and do some more AICN Q&As.
Dec. 2, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST
how can Carl Weathers be self-aware enough to appear in that SNL bit ("...the black guy from PREDATOR") poking fun at his own career, and then has the ego to tell his agent to holdup the production when ROCKY BALBOA wants to remind the world he was Apollo Creed? So they cut him from the movie, he's not getting paid, and denied his claim to fame by omission from his last chance to appear in another ROCKY. What did he have to lose? Now you won't see or hear Apollo Creed in the film at all, and Carl Weathers has himself to blame. If he was smart, he would have tried to work with Stallone by suggesting a new scene that would either flashback to a moment we've never seen, or exist as a dream of training with his best opponent for what Rocky knows is one last shot at glory. Could have been poignant.
Dec. 2, 2006, 10:38 p.m. CST
...and therefore never saw many of Sly's movies. However, I have enjoyed him in some of his comedic roles and the few action flicks of his that I have seen. I have always liked what I saw of him, but now that I've read this Q&A, I have a great respect for him. He seems very down to earth. I like that he as gone out of his way to interact with his fans and answer questions that don't seem like the canned talk-show interviews. Good job Harry in getting this, and thank you Sly for taking the time.
Dec. 2, 2006, 10:51 p.m. CST
by Darth Bauer
from "Happy Gilmore" and "Little Nicky".
Dec. 2, 2006, 11:11 p.m. CST
by Doc Falken
Please please please. Someone ask a question about if Sly has seen any of the Flava Flav and Bridgette reality shows.
Dec. 2, 2006, 11:47 p.m. CST
If he is talking about Carl Weathers, that's pretty hilarious. Maybe Carl can pretend he's flying out to the premiere and then get bumped from the flight.
Dec. 3, 2006, midnight CST
They have to get Apollo's permission to use old footage of him? I'd imagine the studio owns the rights to it and could just throw it in there. How did Michael Moore get away with showing George Bush footage? I guess different rules for documentaries. I can't believe Apollo said no to that. He just had to say yes and get a cheque in the mail for doing nothing. Now he won't get invited to the premiere and there was going to be free food there probably. He is Apollo Greed. I've lost all respect for him. I'm glad Rocky won that race on the beach.
Dec. 3, 2006, 12:10 a.m. CST
I seem to recall a big bruhaha with Crispin Glover about footage of him being used in BACK TO THE FUTURE II'sprom equence. I assume studios are squeamish about not having permission nowadays. The practice of needing permission and paying actors for the appearance may go back further than that. i am not enough of a Hollywood historian to know.
Dec. 3, 2006, 12:12 a.m. CST
I FINALLY KNOW HOW THE THREE SEASHELLS WORK, YES!!!!!!!
Dec. 3, 2006, 12:15 a.m. CST
Thanks a ton for taking the time to do this. i wonder if you actually read the talk backs. Good luck w/ rocky balboa! i'm hoping for a huge opening weekend!
Dec. 3, 2006, 12:29 a.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
A Night at the Museam? More like a trip to the woodshed...Rocky's gonna lay down some hurtin' bombs!
Dec. 3, 2006, 1:53 a.m. CST
I just can't stay mad at Chubbs. And wow. "Apollo Greed?" That was below the belt.
Dec. 3, 2006, 2:29 a.m. CST
this is a brilliant feature. Sly is a genuine film legend. it would be easy for him to take the money and sit in privacy, but there's obviously still more than enough of the geniune film fanatic in him to do this. nice one, chap!
Dec. 3, 2006, 2:41 a.m. CST
Really, we've been waiting way too long for this film. I'm a little nervous about Stallone being the man who finally gets it done (if it ever happens), but anyway thank God they didn't go with Michael Jackson...
Dec. 3, 2006, 3:19 a.m. CST
Who won the fight between Rocky and Apollo at the end of Rocky 3? To never see or hear of the result has bothered me since I first saw it.
Dec. 3, 2006, 3:38 a.m. CST
I spoke to him for about 15 minutes at a Con in Holland. He was very kind to the fans and answered every question asked. About Rocky he said that was one of the best times he had in his life especially acting-wise, so it doesn't make a lot of sense what Sly is saying...
Dec. 3, 2006, 4:54 a.m. CST
Rambo : First Blood Part II on the legendary Commodore 64. It was based on the movie First Blood Part II and even had bits of the movie soundtrack in the game which sounded great. The Russian helicopter in the game was a bad ass mofo.
Dec. 3, 2006, 5:19 a.m. CST
by Azlam Orlandu
This is definately one of the best things on AICN in a long time. Keep it up!
Dec. 3, 2006, 5:47 a.m. CST
It seemed to me those comments were made in jest and about the character, not Carl Weathers. I could be wrong about that, though. Plus, Apollo's dead. Maybe that was Sly's colorful answer around the obvious.
Dec. 3, 2006, 6:07 a.m. CST
by Evil Hobbit
keep it coming
Dec. 3, 2006, 7:18 a.m. CST
I'm looking more forward to the film with every passing day, and these Q & A's simply reiterate why Sly is and will forver be a legend. Can'y believe I gotta wait till Feb 07 for the film to be released over here!
Dec. 3, 2006, 7:34 a.m. CST
You guys need to look closely - on several answers Sly is clearly pulling your leg.
Dec. 3, 2006, 7:51 a.m. CST
a part of Demolition man. In the future you wipe your ass with seashells after going to the toilet. you get fined for cursing as ithe future is more peaceful and they have banned bad language and Sly who has just woken from being cryogenically frozen is looking for the toilet and before he enters Sandra Bullock hands him a seashell and sly launches into tirade of expletives and soon as he hand bullock back her seashells, he his able to wipe his ass with a hand of paper slips.
Dec. 3, 2006, 7:54 a.m. CST
she never hands him a seashell.. he finds them in the toilet and comes out confused. you later see the shelf with the seashells at his apartment. I always assumed that they were buttons, the first one soaped your ass, the second sprayed water and the third dried you off. Maybe I was being too sensible?
Dec. 3, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST
I'm glad at least a few people made references to Weathers on Arrested Development. I told my girlfriend about this (she and I just blew through the entire series after finally taking some time to watch it) and she immediately said "So he really IS that way??". Anyways, Arrested Development is amazing.
Dec. 3, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST
Cool of Sly to do this :) Not taking himself too seriously, either.
Dec. 3, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST
...that Apollo's name in the MAD Magazine versions of the Rocky movies was Appalling Greed. Heh.
Dec. 3, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST
by Darth Fart
I think some people are confused. Mr T, Drago and Apollo Creed are in a monatge sequence presumably as Rocky looks back at the beginning of the picture.
Dec. 3, 2006, 1:59 p.m. CST
i didn't even know they were making a 2nd one.. that would be cool if he did a voice. loved him in antz haha
Dec. 3, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST
Yeah I am an impatient fellow who is taking time out of my lazy sunday to see if Harry/Mori has posted todays section of questions from the Sly Stallion from Italy. I got my picture taken with his autograph in cement in downtown of my town, so I feel a closeness to him, like we could be almost family. Alright, maybe not.
Dec. 3, 2006, 2:53 p.m. CST
I dont think there is a real answer. Its just suppose to be funny because it sounds so strange. What the writer told Stallone is just suppose to be a joke because that sounds so low-tech and you imagine something more futuristic. I think I know where the writer got the idea though, and thats from those soaps that look like seashells that you find in bathrooms. Heres my answer though: one shell shoots soapy water, one shoots rinse water, and one blows air.
Dec. 3, 2006, 3:12 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
It's missing two figures. 1.) The dude in the limo and 2.) Rocky with his pet turtles. How is Rocky complete without his turtles and the dude in the limo?........and Commodore? What was that game...4-bit?
Dec. 3, 2006, 3:16 p.m. CST
by Darth Hidious
Im a bit annoyed at the fact that Q.10 was sent in and used!!! This question was sent by Craig Zablo who runs the stallonezone website and Rocky Balboa Blog. Who should be spending more time on updating his own sites and anwsering question sent to him by readers of his own site!! Rather than the two word answers he usually sends!!! CRAIG SORT IT YOUR SITE IS GETTING BORING, how many times can you mention the Rocky Statue finally going home!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec. 3, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST
These were obviously answered by the PR team! Okay, okay, so maybe they weren't. It would sure be great if SS really did answer these personally. If he did, then his answers make him out to be an unbelievably great guy... what a contrast between the pathetic "answers" from such tools as LXG producer Troll Murphy (on his board) or that insecure neurotic director of some unwatchable "films", Kevin "Tub of Lard" Smith (on this site, just three months ago or so)
Dec. 3, 2006, 5:39 p.m. CST
I kind of felt like Sly was just phoning it in, so to speak, with his responses to the first batch of questions. However, I think he has completely redeemed himself here. Nice choices for the questions, Harry, and good work, Sly. You are and will forever be the motherfucking bomb, my friend. Cannot wait for ROCKY 6!
Dec. 3, 2006, 5:46 p.m. CST
Thanks so much Sly! This was a blast to read!
Dec. 3, 2006, 7:12 p.m. CST
I was wondering how they could bring Rocky back and make it believable. I saw the trailer and saw it again and it brings tears to my eyes. Rocky says "It ain't over til it's over" to the champion who derisively asks if that's from the 80's. Rocky says it's probably from the 70's. It made me smile. I'll be taking this trip with Rocky when it opens. Looking forward to a good movie season this December.
Dec. 3, 2006, 7:30 p.m. CST
Ask Sly if he'll punch Don Murphy in the neck and break Michael Bays jaw. Please.
Dec. 3, 2006, 7:57 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Because principal photography is done. What we need is for Rambo to go bezerk in the room where Transformers is being edited in the style of the end of First Blood Part II in the computer room. Of course no one gets hurt. Just the Transformers footage gets destroyed for eternity.
Dec. 3, 2006, 9:25 p.m. CST
Yes fucking awesome!! I never thought I would find out Made my day
Dec. 3, 2006, 9:32 p.m. CST
How can Ivan Drago appear in the film on any friendly terms? You should hate him for the rest of your life Rocky
Dec. 3, 2006, 9:33 p.m. CST
Although the actor who plays Apollo looks so old now. It would be ridiculous.
Dec. 3, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
"Bring back the cowboys, hang the businessmen and films will be much more enjoyable." And also, is Sly really getting at Carl Weathers or was it a joke? I love Carl Weathers and if this is true it's real disappointing. Oh well. Can't wait for RB!
Dec. 3, 2006, 11:25 p.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
Maybe they were trying to jerk him over standard-fee royalty checks. Maybe Dolph and Mr. T didn't care and said screw it. But maybe Carl was like just give me my fair shake. Who knows.
Dec. 3, 2006, 11:38 p.m. CST
this is the coolest thing I've seen on here. thank you harry and thank you mr. stalone
Dec. 4, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST
by Not The Messiah
With a different legendary actor each year, answering fan's questions for a month. Kick ass! P.S. Seagal for 2007!
Dec. 4, 2006, 7:42 a.m. CST
Maybe Ivan's appearance in the montage is from the time of Rocky IV, not something recent. Although I could very easily buy into Rocky forgiving Ivan over the course of 15 plus years. Ivan was very young at the time of Rocky IV, like in his early 20s, and he was clearly a "tool" in a Russian political machine that was using sports to test genetic engineering techniques. So when Ivan killed Apollo, he was very much like a guy whacked out on PCP--very very strong and not very possessed of a "normal" mind.
Dec. 4, 2006, 9:29 a.m. CST
I think having the old Rocky characters in the new movie is a great idea. I pity the foo' Apollo Greed for not havin' a heart sucka'.
Dec. 4, 2006, 10:47 a.m. CST
Dec. 4, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST
by Buck Dat
He said "Apollo Creed is not in ROCKY BALBOA because he wanted many thousands of dollars for a two-second piece of he and Rocky boxing. Unfortunately we couldn’t afford it." APOLLO CREED is not in Rocky Balboa because HE wanted too much money. He's clearly making fun of the character. Which is even funnier considering he's DEAD. And "Then again, what ever happened to loyalty?" is referencing the fact that Apollo and ROCKY, the CHARACTERS, were best friends. Now dead. Though I'm glad as well that Rocky beat his ass in that race on the beach that day.
Dec. 7, 2006, 10:36 a.m. CST
The third shell hands out a mint.
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