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Round #4: Stallone talks about Dolly Parton, Rocky Balboa, his fave action stars and film, his future as an actor & more!!!

Published at: Dec. 6, 2006, 2:49 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here... I'm here with day 4 of our continuing Q&A saga with Stallone. In my opinion - this is the best one yet. I am getting the feeling that Sylvester is loosening up and relaxing with these questions. We get some really great material here. Let's get on with it...

CLICK HERE FOR ROUND ONE! CLICK HERE FOR ROUND TWO! CLICK HERE FOR ROUND THREE! and now - Round Four!
1. Name three little known facts you learned about Dolly Parton during the production of RHINESTONE (1984). Kevin from Seattle, WA
Dear Kevin, First thing, on a primitive level, I think she’s actually more endowed than she appears to be and what you see is only a subtle representative of what she is. Not that I know first hand, but Dolly always holds something back in reserve. She is an incredible woman. I remember in the early 80s when I was sitting in a hotel room feeling sorry for myself, actors do that a lot, it’s actually considered a sport in Hollywood, self loathing. Anyway, Dolly called and we began a conversation that lasted at least two hours and by the time I hung up I thought she was the most amazing person I’d ever spoken to. She knew something about everything. She’s the kind of woman that 100 years ago would’ve been strong enough to cross the country in a wagon train, fight off Indians if necessary, give birth without any help and then find time to strung a guitar and sing around the campfire. In other words, she’s a classic.
2. Aron, Clermont Florida: Hey Sly, I am a huge fan. I just wanted to ask about Antonio Tarver, how did he do during shooting for Rocky Balboa?? He's a local product from here in Orlando and he looks pretty solid from the trailer. Any thoughts?? By the way please, please make a sequel to Demolition Man, thats one of my all time favorite movies.
Dear Aron, Tarver did great. It’s the first time in any of the ROCKY films where I actually engaged in punching with a professional. The reason I wanted to use a professional like Antonio, who was at the time the Light Heavyweight Champion of the world, is that in sports films actors try to duplicate the precision of a real professional athlete and it looks foolish. In this fight we use the HBO boxing format and the same camera positions so it has the look of authenticity. The second part is I wanted to have a great deal of physical contact in the ring so I wanted to use a professional who could adjust to the ebb and flow of an awkward boxer like Rocky. Tarver, being a great boxer, could adjust and delivers bunches from angles that no actor could possibly duplicate. I was knocked down several times during the fight and we keep those in there. If you want to see some real straight-on fighting and not the usual over the shoulder camera tricks, you might enjoy this fight a little bit more than the other ROCKY fights. P.S. I’d like to make a sequel to DEMOLITION MAN, but I believe that ship has sailed and maybe there are more challenges waiting on the horizon.
3. Sly, I am perhaps one of the biggest fans of the Rocky series but I have never been able to get over the fact that Rocky's son ages about 10 years from when Rocky goes to Russia to when he comes back. Obviously you wanted to have your son play a part in the movie, but did you worry about continuity of character? What was the logic behind such an implausable scenario? I mean, I know Rocky had brain damage and all, but c'mon, he's gotta recognize that his son has been replaced with an imposter. Sincerely, Darren Weissman, MD New York, NY
Dear Darren, You’re absolutely right and I’m laughing right now because I believe I have more brain damage than Rocky to make that mistake. What I should’ve written in the dialog is that Rocky’s son suffers from a genetic defect that causes him to age 3 months every 90 minutes.
4. Question: I heard that you wrote the first Rocky movie in about 3 weeks. Did you do the same for the sequels? How much more time and preparation did you do put in when you directed #'s 2,3,4, and now 6? Darshan
ROCKY was written in 3 & _ days, but 90 percent of it was rubbish. The reason I write fast is even though I know it’s going to be terribly flawed, I’d much rather spend my time doing numerous rewrites rather than spend six months to a year trying to hone down a first draft. Plus I enjoy the rewriting process. The other ROCKYS were also written quickly but not like the first one. You write faster when you’re hungry. I spent a lot of time in preparation because usually I’m in the film and have to have my dialog and character mannerisms down so I can focus on what’s going on around me at the same time. It’s an odd feeling acting but also knowing that you’re on autopilot at the same time.
5. Honestly, what does it feel like to have an entire city take pride (aside from rocky V) in you? I mean this city still plays the theme during sporting events, remembers scenes that were shot in their back yard. So many people identify his series of films with this city....did you ever anticipate it? btw, apparently you went to High School(St. Joe's Prep) with my uncle (Walt Wienrich) he says "hi" Andrew Pope Philadelphia, Pa
It’s truly amazing to be identified and embraced by the city of Philadelphia. Philly is a real working class, tough, no-nonsense city. Philadelphians will tell you where to get off if they don’t like you. They would even hit Santa Clause with ice balls if they thought he was faking it, so I’m flattered to be considered a Philadelphian and Rocky really does belong to the people of the city and no, I never thought this would happen. Actually, when United Artists made ROCKY, I was told it was being done for the second part of a double feature that would be shown in drive-in theatres. Remember drive-ins? Half my generation was conceived in drive-ins. Sorry Andrew, I went to many schools, 13 to be exact, but I never went to St. Joe’s Prep.
6. I read somewhere that you were working on a Tupac / Biggie Smalls project entitled "Notorious," could you shed some light onto this project and perhaps how you became involved? Also along the same lines, where do you see your career going in terms of acting and directing. Which do you plan to focus on more in the coming years? nyNightengale Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
I became involved in the Tupac/Biggie project about 4 years ago. Gathering all the data, these two giant rap stars were murdered in front of numerous witnesses and no arrests have ever been made. This, on the surface, said to me some very important people had to be involved. Police Chiefs? The story was like a modern-day noir written from the point of view of a detective Poole, who basically was railroaded out of the police department because the more he investigated, the dirtier the high rollers in city hall and police commissions and DA offices all appeared to be part of a conspiracy to squash this case. I don’t think it’ll ever be done because of the amount of lawsuits that would be filed. So I plan to focus on directing and writing more in the future, even though I enjoy acting, there’s a part of my manhood that says putting on make-up and prancing around in front of hot lights when you’re my age is a little foolish. I was talking with Arnold Schwarzenegger about this a few weeks ago. He said during TERMINATOR 3 it got real old being pulled out of your motor home at 2 AM to do part of a stunt and then roll around trying to act out some director’s instructions. I have to agree with that.
7. Dear Sly, what is your favourite action movie...and action star?? john, glasgow.uk
Truthfully, this is going to sound horribly vain, but I liked the kind of action that is in FIRST BLOOD, which I think is my best action film because the action is believable and accomplished without any high-end technology. Now as for my favorite action star, it’s hard to beat Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Jason Statham. It’s a different kind of action, but nonetheless, I respect the kind of work and pain it takes for these people to accomplish these stunts. My favorite action movie…actually, one of my favorite action films is a Korean film entitled THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR, directed by Kang Je-gyu.
8. Hey Sly, I heard that you were working on a new Rambo film and that it was getting guff because it had Christian undertones....Is this true about the plot and if so why the flack? NYG Fan
Yes, it is and we’re not getting any blowback because of the Christian plot. It’s just a dangerous, dangerous movie overall because of the subject matter and hostile locations.
9. How and why did you get involved with the 1983 movie "Staying Alive"? Looking back at it now, what would you change about it if anything( it was rated #1 in Entertainment Weekly's Top 25 Worst Sequels Ever Made)? How much influence did you have on Travolta's look for the film? - Jay Of Orange, CT
I have to disagree that it’s the worst sequel ever made. It was definitely a lot better than my version of GET CARTER, which caused many people to run out and perform self-inflicted lobotomies. If I could do STAYING ALIVE over I would make it grittier, more hand-held, John’s clothes baggier, and ban all pastel tank tops. I would’ve added much more of the Bee Gees. But the Bee Gees were very angry with me and refused to do more songs because I put a couple of songs by my brother in the movie. So they basically told me to get lost, but one has to take care of family. By the way, three hours into that film I knew it was a bad idea for me to direct it. It’s a subject I know very little about and don’t care to learn more about. Dancing is definitely not my strong suit. But I love directing actors in practical locations around New York. That was great. Also, I didn’t know what to do everyday when the actors would come up and say the Bob Mackie-designed costumes are chafing their erogenous zones into “crotch tartar.”
10. Hey, Sly. What I would like to know is : You're getting near the 40-year mark career-wise... You've been in 60 movies or so... What memories do you keep from all this ? Looking back, what do you think of what you've done, where you've been and, if given the chance, would you have done antything differently, why and how ? This is a pretty common question, but I would really like to know. I wish you good luck with everything and am really looking forward to seeing Rocky Balboa. Francois from Lille (France)
Well I mostly keep the memories of the films that were enjoyable to do close to my heart, such as the ROCKYS, PARADISE ALLEY, FIST, CLIFFHANGER, DEMOLITION MAN, but the most fun I ever had on a movie was with Dolly Parton on RHINESTONE. I must tell everyone right now that originally the director was suppose to be Mike Nichols, that was the intention and it was suppose to be shot in New York, down and dirty with Dolly and I with gutsy mannerisms performed like two antagonists brought together by fate. I wanted the music at that time to be written by people who would give it sort of a bizarre edge. Believe it or not, I contacted Whitesnake’s management and they were ready to write some very interesting songs alongside Dolly’s. But, I was asked to come down to Fox and out steps the director, Bob Clark. Bob is a nice guy, but the film went in a direction that literally shattered my internal corn meter into smithereens. I would have done many things differently. I certainly would’ve steered clear of comedy unless it was dark, Belgian chocolate dark. Silly comedy didn’t work for me. I mean, would anybody pay to see John Wayne in a whimsical farce? Not likely. I would stay more true to who I am and what the audience would prefer rather than trying to stretch out and waste a lot of time and people’s patience. I also should’ve done many more indie films in between the large ones, which would’ve helped keep my feet on the ground. And the last thing is, you’ve got to really surround yourself with incredibly talented people to survive in this business. Cruise does it the best and so did Arnold.

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  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Why am I first again?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Yer slow.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Sly

    by Darth Busey

    Really excited about Rocky Balboa. Hope you, Arnold, and Willis can hook up for "Inglorious Bastards" in the future.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Most excellent.

    by Ridge

    I've been reading these every day with anticipation Mr Stallone, most excellent effort so far and a great insight for us fans into your world.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry, I'll bet you

    by Jonesey1111

    50 bucks that you can't post all 20 articles on time...

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Jet Li was awesome in Lethal Weapon 4.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Until the biggest travesty and killer of suspension of disbelief happened when he was defeated by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. WTF???? How foolish can a script get? Who actually wrote "Danner Glover defeats Jet Li"?? Too much drugs in Hollywood.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:20 p.m. CST

    "Crotch Tartar"

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    SIG-WORTHY!!! Awesome. Two sig-worthy quotes in two days. You, sir, are the greatest, Mr. Stallone. Thanks for doing this.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Jaka

    by Jaka

    Heeey, where are the links to the other "Rounds"? I found 2 & 3 over in the most talkbacked talkbacks, but I can't find Round 1.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Yes, my dumb ass DID...

    by Jaka

    ...put my own name in the subject line. Thank you, thank you very much. I do try to do my best at all times.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Shit

    by Jaka

    Found it. Grrrr!

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST

    I love Staying Alive

    by CherryValance

    And I'd be totally against baggier clothes. The question I had sent was about if the criticism on that film, even to this day, still bothered him. Because it bugs me. You guys should watch it again. It's awesome. And Whitesnake? Holy crap! I can just imagine him singing "Here I Go Again", with Dolly rolling around on a car. It's a shame that didn't work out. I think I'm addicted to this Q&A thing already. I've been refreshing for hours.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Give Sly a regular account to post ...

    by Doc Falken

    I mean I know that he's doing a retrospective for the most part here, but damn if he wouldn't be an exceptional insider on how Hollywoodland ticks. Or maybe Sly is Vern already?!?

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:43 p.m. CST

    lol @ Sly being Vern! But!!

    by Jaka

    I have to agree that Sly would be one of the "cool"est AICN contributors ever, especially after reading Rounds 1-4. I'd TOTALLY be down for a regular, semi-regular or just whenever Sly column (updates on Poe and Rambo IV directly from the source would rawk).

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Where the hell are my questions???

    by Lago

    At least one of mine has to be more insightful that 1/3 of ones that Harry has picked so far.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Another great session

    by tiredpm

    Stallone is jumping up my list of people I'd love to grab a beer with -- anyone with that much perspective on his own career would be a blast to knock back a few with. As before, kudos to everyone involved in this and thanks, Sly, this is a real treat.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Anybody catch him on MNF tonight?

    by Jaka

    He's much more humbled and "regular" than I ever remember him being from my youth (when I was really into his films). I mean this as a compliment, though. It actually made reading the columns even MORE interesting.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Bobo_Vision...

    by Sith Witch

    You've got me rolling around on the floor laughing so hard with that comment! I picture him looking like Uncle Paulie.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Jaka

    by one9deuce

    He is humble now because he was humbled. He was an egomaniac in the 80's like most every superstar, and he went for a fall like they ALL do.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    GibsonUSA Returns

    by one9deuce

    You watch too many Hong Kong dancing...er I mean fighting films. In the real world two guys would kick the shit out of one. Period.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:01 p.m. CST

    GibsonUSA Returns

    by The Funketeer

    I'm not sure why I remember this but see if you can find Harry's review of Lethal Weapon 4. I believe he felt that Danny Glover should have killed Jet Li after Li killed Riggs.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Best Rocky IV piss take ever starring jesus!

    by davidlyons

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Vrigvgvd3o

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:10 p.m. CST

    oh and loosening up!

    by davidlyons

    you'd loosen up too if you'd had forty tongues up your arse! i got a question for you when are you going to make doctor who! do what you did to judge dredd to doctor who! just imagine it: a sea of daleks coming to toward you as your assistant played by lindsey lohan says "you can't stop them doctor! it's a whole army!" "FUCK EM!!!!" then you slay them all using the doctors scarff like something out of a hong kong movie! trust me mr stallone, you get the rights and i'll write the fucker for free! BOX OFFICE DYNAMITE

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:19 p.m. CST

    one9deuce

    by Jaka

    No way! And let me add to that, hell no! Sorry, not true. One guy, even marginally well trained, calm and aware of his surrounding, could (can) defeat many. Most people have no idea how to fight. And in particular, no idea how to use their surroundings to their advantage.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Annnnnnnd. Lemme add to that...

    by Jaka

    In real life, not the make believe movie world, Jet Li is one of the most bad ass mf's to ever walk this earth. So, uhhh, I can see where folks had a problem with that. However, I always felt it worked because DG was pissed-off too. Now back to the Stallone.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Oh, but...

    by Jaka

    ...true, about Stallone being humbled because of his own actions. He said as much himself. But I think that made me like him even more. Because you could tell he lived it.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:30 p.m. CST

    and the three things we learned about dolly partun were

    by davidlyons

    1. her tits are massive 2. she rings you up in the middle of the night 3. she's hard as fuck well thats decided then dolly is playing davros in our big budget reimaging of doctor who!

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:42 p.m. CST

    on last thing mr stallone

    by davidlyons

    cathy o'brien says hello

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST

    "age 3 months every 90 minutes"

    by chrth

    Have I mentioned I love this man?

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Jonesey1111: I wouldn't take that bet

    by chrth

    Not with BNAT coming soon. I'm sure Harry will get them all posted this month though. However, if Moriarity was doing it, we'd see the middle six or seven late next year and never see the last four or five.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Ugh, I hate when I do that. It's "Moriarty"

    by chrth

    Damn these fingers of mine!

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST

    I love it...

    by ABking

    Sly is da man!!! Keep the questions and answers coming...

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 10:57 p.m. CST

    These are great.

    by dregmobile

    I want to ask questions, questions, questions ...

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Hate to admit, but I love GET CARTER remake

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    I really have never understood why everyone hates it. I think it's quite good. I also think SHADE is extremely underrated. Does anyone else like Get Carter? Just curious.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    "Tupak"?

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    I love Sly, but if he doesn't know the man's name, he is not the man for this project...

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Uncle Walt Weinrich = full of shit, hahaha!

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    "Well, one time when I was going to school with Stallone, we went down to..." Ah, yes, the lies of old age. Probably told that shitty story so long he actually believes it, lol.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:26 p.m. CST

    one9deuce

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    One person cannot beat two, period? Where do you get that from? Someone who knows how to fight such as Jet Li could easily take on multiple opponents. As someone said, most people don't know how to fight, and one that does could wreck a bunch of them at once. If Jet Li was pissed and got into a fight with two middle-aged, about-to-retire cops in hand to hand combat, Li would just destroy them.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Stallone

    by St. George

    As actors get older, they come down to Earth easier than before. THEY NEED US. Ten years ago, Stallone would not have done this.

  • Dec. 4, 2006, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Jet Li is an actor...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    Someone like Tito Ortiz could literally kill him in a fair fight (to the death) - remember what happened to Jean Claude Canned Ham when he got outta line with Chuck Zito at that titty bar (a real fighter and former Stallone bodygaurd) - all that karate goes out the window when your pinned to the floor and getting pummeled

  • Dec. 5, 2006, midnight CST

    Jet Li is a fighter first, actor second.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Li started as a Wushu fighter, winning national championships, which led to his acting career. He started fight training when he was 8. Ortiz is a lot younger than Li and is still in competition. Who would win if both were in fighting shape is speculation. My point was that a fighter is capable of taking on two people at once.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Death of the action star

    by DoctorEss

    I think it is funny that Sly mentions cross-over martial artists and B-list action stars because THERE ARE NO ACTION MOVIES ANYMORE!!! It hit me when he said that, he is right. Who else you gonna go with? End of an era although Casino Royale has given me hope.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:40 a.m. CST

    GibsonUSA Returns...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    sure - a "fighter" can take on 2 people at once - and possibly win - but it depends on the "fighter" and the 2 people he is fighting - real fighting - especially with multiple assailants/opponents is nothing like what we see in jet li movies - its chaos - mayhem - no grace and no tandem combat - have you ever been rushed by 2 or more guys that wanted to kick your ass - its scary and none of it happens in slo mo - i guarantee you that right now there are guys walking around in the world that dont know karate and never heard of jet li but could break the likes of him in half if it came down to it - plus - he is like 5 feet tall and weighs about 145-50 soakin wet - a fiat cant stop a freight train - i bet i can fight (and defeat) 2 robots at the same time - i am a master of mushu and a loud screamer

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Jet Li

    by pjdon

    Is actually one of the greatest fighters who ever lived. At the age of 11 he was crowned the world wushu champion, so at 11 years old he was essentially the best fighter in the world. Actor 1st my ass!

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Wushu...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    is one form - it photographs well - looks good in movies - its not the most effective when it comes to preventing or dishing a beat down - plus - i seriously doubt jet li was "the best fighter in the world" at age 11 - what world? - bejing? - he won a lot of contests and and put on a lot of exhibitions - like chan - who exactly was he testing his skills against at age 11 - other "deadly" 11 year olds? - you guys sound like trekkies defending william shatner

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Bill Superfoot Wallace...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    and Randy Cobb are just 2 other "karate" actors that i can think of that could (in their primes) mop the floor with Jet Li (in his prime - especially if he reached his prime at the age of 11) - mastering the ability to beautifully dance in a big circle with a sword doesnt make someone the "best fighter" in the world - maybe the best wushu exhibitionist - but not the best fighter

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

    GET CARTER

    by fknjeffoakley

    Cruel_Kingdom, i'm with ya. i'm aware of the film's flaws but i dig it despite them. i think it's a lot of fun. stallone and rourke trading one-liners and punches to techno music? you can't ask for much more. well, you could ask for rachael leigh cook... and you get that too.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Does Rocky fight Uwe Boll in the new one?

    by BannedOnTheRun

    I'm sure someone's suggested that already, but it's worth repeating. And let's get Mel to direct Rambo "Apocalypto" IV.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Cruel Kingdom

    by HEADGEEK

    Stallone is dictating these answers to his assistant. The spelling error was hers - and then an oversight on my part. Thanks for catching it. It has been corrected and was never Sly's mistake.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 3:04 a.m. CST

    How do you become an assistant to Stallone?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Can I apply? Or is it just for hot chicks and stuff?

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Gibson: You must cradle the shaft and work the balls.

    by Flim_

    This is how it's done.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 3:54 a.m. CST

    lol @ GibsonUSA Returns

    by bender7

    But it wasn't just 'Danny Glover defeats Jet -li' it was 'Danny Glover defeats Jet-li by jamming a blunt pipe in him'. Lame. I mean, Jet-Li kicked the shit out of a pregnant woman in that movie! As if those two old bastard could beat that awesomeness

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Brotherhood of war great film

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    why are so many Korean films so bloody good....even the ones that should be shity are fun to watch...(Daespo naughty girls for instance)

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 6:43 a.m. CST

    never understood all the lethal weapon 4 hate

    by misnomer

    it'sa much better movie than the other sequels....

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 8:36 a.m. CST

    "belgian chocolate dark"

    by triplefive

    this guy is awesome

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Mas Oyama Would Destroy Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Oyama had knuckles the size of golf balls! This is a chap that actually went up into the mountains for a few years to train. According to some, he knocked out a bull with his punch a la "Way of the Exploding Fist"!

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Does Sly still paint? How about some Sly art samples?

    by JDanielP

    Come on, Harry. I don't believe many people know this side of him... and I'd like to get a glimpse of his portfolio. The guy is an artist.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 8:57 a.m. CST

    My question is...

    by idrankatab

    how do you convince studio execs to give you 20 million a picture when you... 1. havent had a hit in 2 decades 2. the cost of the entire film is 21 million 3. know that the film will gross about 100,000 and go straight to video

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 9:13 a.m. CST

    i have to admit...

    by OneintenMan

    he's awesome, he needs an account and a picture. <P> I'll be suicidal when these posts stop, they're my reason for getting up in the morning.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 9:15 a.m. CST

    IM GREG'S TAB...BITCH

    by idrankatab

    yeah

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 10:10 a.m. CST

    These Sly "rounds" kick ass...

    by abominate

    ...I love them. We must make him a regular. Even if someone just wants to pretend to be him when this is over. Hey Sly, I'm being silly here (I love Rocky), but for Rocky 7 I think you should have him get in a fistfight with another old chap in a rest home. They could be in wheelchairs and get into a fight over who gets the last mashed potatoes in the cafe, and the bad guy will yank out Rocko's breathing tube...

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Love the Rocky 7 idea, abominate.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    But let me suggest, that broken down old Rocky needs to end up in the same rest home as Bruce Campbell's Elvis, and have them team up to fight the undead in a Bubba Ho-tep sequel.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Very grounded

    by Rocky4

    I think it's to Sly's credit that his answers are so honest and show him to be pretty humbel and aware of the mistakes he's made. This is how you confirm longevity - being aware ogf yourself and your decisions for better or worse.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 10:53 a.m. CST

    These are GREAT!

    by decypher44

    And Sly was very cool last night on MNF. He admitted that he had a huge ego and had to get back down to Earth. Very funny, honest likeable guy. It will be a bummer when we finally reach Round 20. Hopefully, someone else will see what Sly is doing and may want to do something similar. If so, who would you like to see follow Sly?

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    enjoying the hell out of this

    by thefoggiest

    I have to agree with DeCypher and abominate, this is great. i can say this is actually the best time i've had reading an article or interview on this site. thank you sly (and harry).

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    He's a naturally funny guy

    by DirkD13"

    So why didn't he ever make a half-decent comedy??

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST

    When it comes down to...

    by abominate

    ...pure macho hirsutedness, Barry Gibb 1979 beats Sly Stallone 1979, but Sly might take the prize if you consider his hair / beard in Nighthawks, or just the hair at the beginning of First Blood. And my take on Lethal Weapon is that the best of the sequels is 2, if only for the lines "But...you're BLECK!" and "Diplomatic Immunity!! / Has just been revoked!!"

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST

    ...and the line...

    by abominate

    "But it's only the second inning." Plus, 2 had the toilet bomb. I think it also had HUGE product placement of Subway Sandwiches. Tell me I'm wrong--you can't!! "They F*&k you at the drive through!!" Plus, Mel goes crazy at the end and avenges all the dead cops by beating the shit out of the bad guys. Battered and bloody, his pal Murtaugh fishes the cigarette from his pocket.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Is he actually writing these answers?

    by Ricky Henderson

    I really can't believe Stallone of all people is capable of writing like this. Its an agent or an assistant doing all the responses, right? If not, well then color me impressed. I had no idea the man was so witty and insightful. He just convinced me to go see Rocky Balboa, and I was one of the guys making all the age cracks everytime Rocky news got posted on AICN.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Harry should have made it 15 Rounds

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    20? Anyways, SS comes off as a very likeable chap. I like the part that one must take care of family. I particularly liked that scene in Rocky III, with Balboa training to "Push it" sung by Frank Stallone. Classic stuff

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    The hell. First time back here in many years...

    by Buck Dat

    And people are STILL doing that First Post bragging crap. Amazing. Stupid and funny but amazing. :)

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Ricky Henderson

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Write like that? The guy won an Oscar for Best Screenplay. But here's a weird fact for you: Only three men have ever been nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Actor in the same year. Who are they? Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin, and...SLY! Now THAT'S fucking weird! Who would ever mention Sly in the same sentence with those two gods of cinema?

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Correction

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Sly didn't win the Oscar. Meant to say nominated. Sorry. lol

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:40 p.m. CST

    I agree these are hella entertaining tho.

    by Buck Dat

    And i hope even after Balboa has bombed and has been long since on DVD, that he does more in the future sometime. Cant wait to hear what funny cracks he'll have about how the thing was either just plain bad or a mistake or what. (My guess is at first it will be that it was the studios fault. The classic "didnt get pushed enough and/or the studio heads didnt hold big enough guns to our heads like they coulda/shoulda")_

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Cruel Kingdom

    by Teamwak

    That sentence would have made since in the 80's. He was a genuine A lister with a great back catalogue. Unfortunately with all the dodgy choices he made since, it now seems that he doesnt belong there. Wells only made or was in 3 or 4 great movies. Still Cliffhanger and Cop Land are greats. The rest, not so sure.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:51 p.m. CST

    hehe.

    by Buck Dat

    About hoping he does more in the future...I want to clarify i mean these Q & A's. Although more Rocky's would be netertaining too, dont get me wrong. And i just thought of this. It would Kill if Sly had thought to try and work in a joke using that Pic they had in Spaceballs of the "Rocky 5...Thousand!" poster into this new flick. Man that would be the shit to have that pic so i could have it on my Desktop. Funny stuff. And taking the Rocky III poster and photshopping him all old just wouldnt cut it. it's gotta be that pose but with an old man all Hume Cronen'd out.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Sly's Characters had the best names!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    John Rambo, Rocky Balboa, John Spartan, Joe Tanto, Kit Latura, Raymond Tango, Marion Cobretti,and Lincoln Hawk!!!!

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST

    The Tupac typo was nothing compared to misspelling...

    by DanielKurland

    Santa Claus, as "Santa Clause". Honestly, one of my biggest fears when that movie came out is that people would start spelling it that way, and lo and behold.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I've always known Stallone to be witty and spirited...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I remember seeing him of the Regis morning show about a million years ago (back in school during summer vacation), and he was talking just as he is typing right now. He's not an a-hole or hardass. He seemed like a soft spoken, mild mannered, happy guy.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 1:52 p.m. CST

    get carter

    by monorail77

    I liked this film lots. I also liked Cobra and Rocky V. What's not to like?

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Stallone, thanks man

    by monorail77

    I've seen Sly in interviews before and he's always down to earth and self deprecating and extremely funny. He's just an incredibly cool guy and so talented. Cop land is amazing. I think he acts circles around De Niro in that film. I think he should do more serious stuff. Hell, teaming him with Tarantino would ne fantastic. Sounds like Rocky Balboa has plenty of serious dramatics and I'm really looking fiorward to that, along with the fights of course! So, thanks Stallone for doing this and proving to a new generation your humility and talent, while confirming same for us older codgers.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Oh, and thanks for Spy Kids 3, Stallone

    by monorail77

    I know you kind've went out on a limb with that one, but its great fun. Your multiple personalities are all very funny. Who says you can't do campy comedy? (Oh, that's right, you said it. Please don't punch me.)

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Seriously, How About A Bit More Variety In Questions?

    by Captain Sulu

    We're at ROund 4 and it feels like we're already dipping back into the same well a bit. I realize most of the questions will have to do with Rocky and Rambo, but are you telling me no one sent in a Victory question? Or Lords of Flatbush? Or FIST? I'm guessing if there are 500 questions on a topic, Harry is picking 1 to represent, but don't placate the masses Harry. Placate the true fans who actually know Stallones complete body of work.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I remember the audience standing/shouting for "ROCKY"

    by JDanielP

    I will never in my life forget being both a part of and a witness to the experience of "ROCKY", back in the day. I've never witnessed such an audience reaction to a movie. I don't recall if I was standing in my seat... but the entire audience was on their feet, yelling during the fight in the big finale as if it was a LIVE sporting event. I remember hearing "Come on, Rock!" "Knock 'em out, Rock!" among the many shouts and screams. And when the fight was over and that announcement of the winner was made and that powerful music was just pooring from those speakers, everyone seemed to be completely numb as all eyes were glued to the screen. I remember sharing many emotions with the audience... and you simply felt like your heart was going to explode several feet in front of you. It was such an emotionally powerful moment and despite all else, along with the rush of that unforgettable music, you knew that Rocky's heart was victorious. --Yeah, I'm going to go see this last installment with a buddy of mine whom also remembers the Rocky flicks quite fondly. Let's just hope we don't get kicked out for shouting and standing in our seats. (heh,heh)

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST

    He should star in a movie where his

    by veritasses

    personality comes through. Maybe a light comedy. In all the interviews I've seen him in, he's always been laid back and funny. This is one of the best interviews in recent memory in any media format. "Remember drive-ins? Half my generation was conceived in drive-ins" and "Crotch Tartar" Sly and AICN deserve some sort of award for this interview. The only way to make it better would be if he invited us over to his house for some beer.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 3:57 p.m. CST

    I gotta admit. I like this Sly.

    by Datascream

    He's the kinda guy you could just sit down at a bar and talk with over some beer. Very down to earth guy.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Stallone couldn't take Barry Gibb

    by Ben Addiction

    Every see The Barry Gibb Talk Show? That dude's mean- he'll put you in the ground, yeah.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 5:07 p.m. CST

    CROTCH TARTAR ON JOHN TRAVOLTA=FLAMES ON OPTIMUS PRIME

    by Little Beavis

    or somethin

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Question: Sly, can you break the idiot that suggested..

    by JackPumpkinhead

    ...that sequel to "Demolition Man"???

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 5:59 p.m. CST

    "Go ahead. I don't shop here."

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Classic.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Stallone banged DOLLY !!!!

    by jackburtonlives

    Com'on, didn't you guys pick up on it? 'Talked' to her for 2 hours... in his hotel room?!?!? Does he have to spell it out for you? She's MORE WELL ENDOWED THAN YOU KNOW!!!! The best time you had.... "RHINESTONE... WITH DOLLY!!!". and the 'whitesnake' reference, for those of us who are a bit slow! Tell us more, Sly! I know what my question to sly would be!

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Stallone's IQ

    by Wile-E

    I wonder why so many people are surprised by Stallone's wits and brains. It has always been known that the man is very smart and he shouldn't be judged just by his movies. Stallone is one of these actors who mostly gave audiences what they wanted of him, which was to be a tough and strong action star. This might be one of the reasons why his star went down once these movies were no longer fashionable, but I think it tells a lot more about his audience than the man himself. I am thoroughly enjoying this little Advent Calender even tough I think that there are too many questions on the "Rocky" movies in it. Please Harry, give us some more variety.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 8 p.m. CST

    So who is writing these answers to the questions?

    by nomihs

    Is Sly's assistant doing to dirty work? Or just taking dictation from Stallone, then maybe embellishing them with his/her own little pieces of flair. I know I complain about when Harry gets these Q and A's up, but c'mon...it is past 24 hours since the last post and still no Sly/Assistant answering "our" questions. From what Harry has said in previous posts, we only have Sly and his Assistant to blame for the delay, so I guess I should be bitching to them. At the same time, I do enjoy these little Q and A's so I guess I just eat my own shit and wait.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Well I saw on the news that he was at the Smithsonian

    by CherryValance

    Because they're doing a Rocky exhibit. So he could be too busy.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Stallone would Bitchslap Barry Gibb

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    ...and would not stop until Barry starts yelping like his does in the song Staying Alive!!!

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 8:30 p.m. CST

    What Sly Needs to Do...

    by Warm Soft Lie

    Is play a BMF villian...Yah hear me, Sly? Cut this rah-rah hero redemption crap and get nasty on some goody two-shoe's ass! And it's "cradle the balls, work the shaft"

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Sly, I just wanna pick you up

    by Cyberfury

    ..and hug 'ya! hug 'ya! hug 'ya!

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Tarver's a paper champion.

    by Mel Garga

    "...literally shattered my internal corn meter into smithereens." That's good - I'm gonna use that. By the by, Sly's appearence on SNL was hilarious.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 9:51 p.m. CST

    There's a good interview with Sly in Premiere

    by amrisharmpit

    In the article, he comes across pretty much the same way as in this online chat. He knows who he is and knows his mistakes, but he is also willing to take a risk and do it on HIS terms. When his wife asked why he wanted to do another Rocky sequel, he said he'd rather do bad at something he loves than do well at something he hates. You have to respect that on any level.

  • Dec. 5, 2006, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Why are you guys so impatient?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    It's only 11PM EST and 8PM PAC. Why you acting like they are late?

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Okay, so they decided to skip a day...big deal....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    everyone needs a break...

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST

    still have an hour left here on the west coast

    by streakerfreak1983

    despite what the dark blue date thing says on the side it is exactly 11pm here in Oregon so I still have an hour left. Wish there were some questions about Death Race 2000. Would like to now a little about that.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 1:57 a.m. CST

    arnie on set in Terminator 3

    by Exeter

    i can just imagine "zzzz... vot do you want me to do now you nancy boy director, i could direct your nancy boy when jimmy and paul were directing me*goes into nonsensical jibbering*, ok gimme dot whiskey..... alright let's shoot dis fucker!" [arnie gets down in the water and struggles with rubber octopus]

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Stallone's version of GET CARTER is a GREAT film!

    by Regicidal_Maniac

    People just have to realise it's not the original nor is it the typical American action film. I really liked it, I enjoyed the writing, acting and directing, what else is there?

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST

    ok it's settled, stallone needs to do a

    by Exeter

    light comedy (he's a natural), a drama (like copland), and play a BMF badguy (enuf w/ rahredemption). on another note why'd people think he'd be a meat-head actor? dude's been an actor/director since the beginning so he must have a noggin for intelligent wit up there.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 3:57 a.m. CST

    d'oh meant writer/director

    by Exeter

    aaargh!

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