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Round Six With Sly Stallone! His funniest yet!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the honor of posting Round Six of AICN's 200 Questions for Sylvester Stallone. Let me tell you this... having done nearly 200 interviews for this site in the last 10 years... This is something extremely rare. Stallone isn't just giving in-depth answers, but he's being incredibly honest about himself, his past, his present, his future and the people he's worked with. On top of all that, he's being funny as all hell. This is by far the funniest 10 Questions so far. From "Damn you, Batman," to what he'd do if he could go back in time and do-over Rocky IV... I'd love to see this become a regular feature on the site. I'm having a blast reading them and I hope you are, too. Many thanks to Mr. Stallone and his assistant Celeste Salzer. Enjoy Round 6!!!

1. Were you disappointed with the demise of 'Sly' magazine?  What exactly happened there?  It seemed by the time of the fourth issue, you had little or no involvement in the project. curiousvinnie Mahwah, NJ

You’re absolutely right, the magazine was doing well to a degree, but a magazine lives or dies on advertising and I didn’t get any advertising. I was about to go around and solicit help from my dentist, my florist, and the guy who runs the 7-Eleven. I was looking to get it from anywhere, but it was not to be. I enjoyed Sly Magazine and writing the stories was therapeutic and fun, but it’s incredibly time consuming. It is like doing a silent movie every month. You’re right, I had zero involvement with the last issue, actually, I was shocked to see Sharon Stone coming at me from the cover of Sly Magazine. I thought I was being sucked into a nostalgic whirlpool of a series of THE SPECIALIST outtakes.  
2. How do you think the template for cinematic heroes has evolved from that of the action stars of the eighties? Where do you see it evolving in the future?   Joe- Norwood, MA

  I think the evolution has been startling. I believe the culprit in the transformation of action films can be traced to BATMAN starring Michael Keaton. By that I mean, when an individual can step into a latex suit bulging with muscles and Velcro himself into an action star body we knew the times they were a-changing. It’s tough enough to go to the gym and stay in good shape, but when you have the option to step into a Herculean Halloween costume; working out doesn’t look like much fun. Damn you, Batman.
3. Please reconsider writing your autobiography! If not, would you consider writing a sequel to 'Sly Moves' which would focus primarily on mental health & attitude instead of physical health?  I'm picturing a Stallone version of 'The Power of Positive Thinking' - what do you think? curiousvinnie Mahwah, NJ

  Thank you very much. I’m flattered that you think I’m a candidate for stable mental health. But the truth be known, I am insane with long, horrible fits of sanity. Now, if you can make insanity work for you, that’s actually called creativity. If you can’t, that’s called a menace to society. Thank you.
4. Of all of your movies to date, which one do you think received the most unfair treatment from critics? Donny Virginia Beach, VA

  I think the film that got lambasted, full frontal, double barrel, tic-tac wack-packed into a cinematic coma was PARADISE ALLEY. But at that time I didn’t actually endear myself to the critics when I used to invite them to step into an alley so I could critique their jaw. Let’s face it; my powers of communication were a little bit below that of a knuckle-dragging, ooze-dwelling cretin from another galaxy. Actually, I haven’t progressed that much. I just lie better.
5. I have heard about the difficult phone call you had to make to Talia Shire, explaining the absence of Adrian in 'Rocky Balboa.' How easy or difficult was it to get Burt Young back?  Tony Burton? curiousvinnie Mahwah, NJ

  To get Burt Young back was a blessing in disguise because he is the only true family member from the original. He’s absolutely fantastic in ROCKY BALBOA, conveying all the bittersweet pain and reluctant tough love for Rocky. Tony Burton was also a great find. He delivers one of the key lines in the movie, so I thank him for that and for staying alive all these years.
6. Here's my question. Two-fold..... I just finished watching all five Rocky DVDs back-to-back to prepare myself for the final installment. Enjoyed it thoroughly -- part II is still my absolute favorite. Now, all five movies seem to be one big whole, with one exception: Rocky IV. It didn't have any Mickey, it didn't have Bill Conti doing the score, it didn't have the standard opening fanfare, it just seems.....different, a bit "out of place". Do you agree with this and if so, was this all intentional? Now how will the final movie fit in the series, now that there's no Adrian, no Mickey, and no Apollo? Thanks! Mark from Montreal, Canada

  The reason ROCKY IV seems a little disjointed is because I was having a conflict with Bill Conti at the time and decided to go in a different direction, which I’m sorry for. Also, I think the whole premise of the film was based too much on “the fight” and not the personal struggles that preceded the fight. If I had to do it all over again, I would’ve hired Bill Conti, married Ivan Drago and punched out Brigitte Nielsen.  
7. Question: At the end of Rocky III you and Apollo fought as a "favor" to Apollo for helping you pummel Clubber Lang. I gotta know…who won Rocky vs. Apollo III?   The Albino Mack 
West Des Moines, IA

  In ROCKY III I freeze the frame as both men are throwing their power shots. Rocky is left handed, Apollo is right handed. Since I am the shorter of the two, my punches will travel shorter distance. Apollo is looping his right hand so Rocky lands first and thirty seconds later, Apollo’s attorney shows up and sues Rocky for assault.
8. Hi Sylvester This is a great thing to do.  I've been a fan (particularly of the Rocky series, but generally) since 77.  Also my late son, whom we lost this September aged 24. James.  I don't have a religion, but in some way, I know he's by my side as I ask this one.  It is..... What movie(s) fired you up as a kid/teenager in the same way that the Rockys surely have for millions of kids over the years? Thanks.  Hope I get chosen!  Very best of luck with the movie. Andy Dickenson I live in Royston Vasey, UK

I used to go leaping from chair to chair listening to the theme of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. HERCULES starring Steve Reeves put me into orbit and the theme from THE VIKINGS, I believe that was 1957, got my blood boiling. I think that is why I’m drawn to big scores, because of the impression it made on me during my youth. Thank God I didn’t listen to bongo solos.
9. Hello Mr. Stallone, I have seen all your Rambo movies and they are fantastic! My question is, why do you want to film a 4th part? Should maybe the character Rambo find peace? I hope I will get an answer. Thank you. Miroslav Dojcinovic Germany

  I want to film a fourth RAMBO because I’m incredibly greedy. Just kidding. To do another RAMBO will be a very, very difficult shoot. It would hopefully look reminiscent of APOCALYPSE NOW - not that I’m putting myself in the great Coppola category - but it would be a huge undertaking. I think the story of RAMBO is one about being considered obsolete, not part of the new technological mode of warfare, kind of a savage turned loose in Microsoft’s headquarters, a man completely out of step with his time a la THE WILD BUNCH. That presents an interesting dilemma because I feel Rambo is always destined to wander the earth, cursed with rage and self-doubt. So, an “up” ending wouldn’t be easy, but a challenge.
10. My Question: Can you recount in detail the process of writing the Oscar-winning Rocky screenplay in just three days?  I can only imagine it had to be a very intense period of time.  Where were you?  Was there anyone distracting you?  Did you act it out?  Who inspired the characters?  Thanks! Chris NYC

I was sitting at a small plywood table when I started to write ROCKY. At that time I was chain-smoking cigarettes. My brand was a cancer stick called “Tramps.” So I pretty much barricaded myself in the room and started to pound away, thinking “What would be an interesting vehicle if I had one shot to perform?” I was influenced by MEAN STREETS and Marty and I always had an affection for sports. Three and a half days later I had a shabby 89 pages of a script called ROCKY. (At one time John Avildsen, the man who eventually wanted to direct ROCKY, wanted to rename the film ROCKY, AIN’T NO MARSHMALLOW. OOOOOOOkkkkay….) Of this hand-written script, maybe only 10 percent was usable, but what worked for me was to write fast, even though I know it’s flawed and scenes are half-baked. But I will slowly try to correct them in the rewrites. I enjoy rewriting.

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  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:03 p.m. CST

    DEATHRACE 2000!!!

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    How come no one has asked about it yet?? What a cool grindhouse movie! And Sly magazine?? When the heck was THAT on the stands??? :^)

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by mrfan

    Good stuff

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by BackRiverCatfish

    I had to try just once

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by misnomer

    great great answers....I think sly deserves his comeback!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Double Wow.

    by mrfan

    First also.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:05 p.m. CST


    by BackRiverCatfish

    The closest I could get damnit, I guess I don't have the eye of the tiger!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST

    damn you first!

    by misnomer

    I've learned my lesson, and shall never try again. and I am also debuting my new catchphrase.... Jackson Or Nothing! (J.O.N)

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Can we still submit questions or is it too late?

    by mrfan

    I think it would be great.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Almost misnomer.

    by mrfan

    15 seconds and you would be yelling: FIRST!!! Instead. I yelled WOW!!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Fanboy bullshit.

    by vivavitalogy

    Quit picking the questions that kiss Stallone's old, dare I say flabby ass. How about a question or two that challenge the man? Anyone else tired of this fluff?

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Sly's gotta be on the sauce.

    by veritasses

    That's some good sh_t. What other celeb is capable of this? What other forum could host it? Larry King? Leno? 60 Minutes? Entertainment Tonight? The "Fair and Balanced" network? Maybe The Daily Show. But they only have enough time for Stewart to ask 5 questions, if that.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Rambo IV:Rambo leads a bunch of young studs to action..

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Can I be one of the young studs? :P

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Tiny Toons already made fun of Keaton Batman.....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Everyone over 18 knows exactly what I am talking about. I think that scene represented Stallone's opinion. But hey, I liked Keaton as Batman!! He's one of the better ones!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    fantastic vision for the alternate Rocky IV

    by keyserSOZE

    "marry Ivan Drago and punch out Brigitte Nielson" outstanding!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah Rocky IV was out of place.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    First no Bill Conti....instead they got Vince DiCola, that guy that did Transformers. Second, Rocky didn't ACT like Rocky at all! Rocky in all the other movies acted one way....the Rocky in Rocky IV acted so different, like I dunno, Suburban Rambo or something. It wasn't Rocky. (Even though as a kid Rocky IV was my favorite Rocky II & III are.).......BTW another Stallone/Transformers connection, did you know that that Transformers song "The Touch" (I think that was it), was originally intended for Stallone's Cobra?

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:37 p.m. CST


    by damagedinc

    This is so so awesome. Freakin' Stallone is legit.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST

    wait get sly back on the phone!

    by jonboy83

    forget the seashells question. what i want to know is how he was able to not get a boner during the shower scene with a then hot sharon stone in the specialist. was it a simple tuck job or was there some sort of adhesive used? damn it i want answers!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Erm questioner No.8...

    by Rendell

    Royston Vasey?! Methinks someone doth take the piss; and is a fan of the TV series "The League of Gentlemen".

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 8:45 p.m. CST

    I noticed that...

    by Quint

    I wonder if he's... local!?!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    That was fantastic!

    by super Cucaracha

    Punching out Brigitte is priceless! Sly is freakin funny! YO ROCK! aren't you glad you divorced the freak?

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:02 p.m. CST

    You take this post, and shovel it!

    by Womb2dooM

    " Rocky lands first and thirty seconds later, Apollo’s attorney shows up and sues Rocky for assault." Let's go blow this guy!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Stallone is the F***kng man!

    by super Cucaracha

    Rambo would have had Commando's nuts cut off in a second and shoved them up his political arse! Rambo is kind of psycho while Commando had something to loose with his daughter.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Reading this just as...

    by amrisharmpit

    "Summer Madness" has come on the radio in the background....just like in the first "Rocky"...that's weird.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:09 p.m. CST


    by veritasses

    That's a good question. I'm curious. And Stallone'll probably have a good answer for it. "Crotch Tartar"... That still makes me laugh.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:11 p.m. CST

    thx sly

    by Toddstarwatcher

    UR AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:25 p.m. CST

    This is great! Thanks!

    by Atomik Steve

    I love reading these questions and I am really excited about the new flick. My only problem mention of Cobra yet?

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    super Cucaracha...

    by Womb2dooM

    That would be SWEEEEEEET!!!!!!! Commando vs Rambo!!! Both actors need a comeback and this wouldn't be the thing to do it but DAMN, that would be great. Rambo accidentally kills Commando's little girl in a flurry of anger and wayward arrow through the cheek! The finale takes place in the Korean DMZ.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Rambo 2 and 3

    by pjdon

    No one has asked him what he thought of these two films which i personally think are terrible. I hope the 4th one sticks closer to the first films more realistic tone. I fact i think First Blood would be a brilliant film to remake with maybe matt damon as a disgruntled gulf war vet.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Rambo III is iffy for me but I love Rambo II if only for that scene in the helicopter where he pops up with a bazooka LOL. There had better be at least one scene like that in Rambo IV!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 10:05 p.m. CST

    The answer to 6 is comedy gold

    by tiredpm

    I'm still chuckling over that one. Another great episode, and it's nice to know that the contributors to the site are enjoying this feature as well. Hey, Quint, who'd you like to see in the next installment?

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 10:27 p.m. CST

    rocky rocks

    by onefatman

    Wow. At the start of this experiment I thought I wouldn't be interested at all. I haven't seen any of the Rocky movies, I've only seen one Rambo movie and I just dismissed Mr. Stallone as just some old washed up muscleman. But after reading the last six Q&A sessions, I've got a whole lot of new found respect for the guy. I've never met him, but he comes across as an intelligent, honest, really funny, down-to-earth guy who genuinely loves what he does. He's not afraid to realise his mistakes and look back and laugh about them. My opinion has totally changed about you Mr. Stallone, and I look forward to the rest of your fantastic, insightful interactions with the great unwashed. And maybe I'll just go rent those Rocky movies to finally see what all the fuss is about.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 10:34 p.m. CST

    'Incredibly Greedy" LOL.

    by PornKing

    Oh and onefatman, if you ever watch his SNL appearance(s) you can see he's a funny guy that doesn't take himself too seriously. These Q&A's are great.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 10:57 p.m. CST

    married Ivan Drago and punched out Brigitte Nielsen.

    by Alonzo Mosely

    I nominate that as a new AICN catchphrase...

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Thanks alot

    by aknasas

    To Mr. Stallone & Mr. Knowles, To have someone as popular and especially respected as Sylvestor Stallone on this site answering questions for fans is just so special, unique & simply really fuckin cool. It's also a genius marketing move to help promote Rocky Balboa, so bravo. I was introduced to Mr. Stallone on the opening weekend of Cliffhanger back in may of '93. To this day the first ten minutes still scare me shitless. Reading these rounds of Q&A's is such a delight & treat and I look forward to a new set everyday. So, from the bottom of my geekly heart, to both of you, thanks alot.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    This is some great stuff ... Stallone gets mad props!

    by Lamerz

    I really wasn't going to read any of these. Usually star interviews and Q/A sessions are so lame. But this has been extremely enjoyable!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    I'd love this to continue... but it'd have to be special occasions only... And with people who have had a long career. I could see it being really cool with people like Steven Spielberg. I'd kill to see one with Christopher Lee... and Ernest Borgnine... could you imagine? I'm sure there are tons more, but those spring to mind.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 11:27 p.m. CST

    At first,

    by dregmobile

    I honestly couldn't have cared less, though I was always going to see the new Rocky film. But ten questions a day? We are spoiled! These are great, and if only lightning could strike twice (as in - having this done again courtesy of another director or actor), we would be blessed. Great interview!

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 11:28 p.m. CST

    We need to do this with none other than

    by dregmobile

    William Shatner.

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 11:31 p.m. CST

    How come AICN isn't doing Transformer updates anymore?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    The latest leak:

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by Rendell

    Um, no that man has an ego the size of Texas. He is unfamiliar with the concept of "Self-deprication". Well, not in interviews at any rate...

  • Dec. 6, 2006, 11:57 p.m. CST

    different questions

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    this is cool and all - but as someone mentioned earlier - these questions are starting to sound recycled - same questions, different wording - id like to hear sly answer a couple i sent - like -did he ever spar with mickey rourke? - or - would he ever shave his head for a part? - or - what part in "grindhouse" did he turn down due to scheduling - "stuntman mike"?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Very interesting

    by viranth

    Really enjoyed this Q&A, makes me want to see all his movies _again_.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Rocky 4 was awesome

    by Neo Zeed

    Vince Dicola is the man and his score is glorious.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Stallone + armwrestling = ARM TV

    by armtv

    This is my first time posting here. I have been reading for years BUT the STallone action has finally gotten me to register and post my comments. I really would like to thank AICN for being so cool. I know Sly called you guys first but either way this interaction has been amazing. I have an interesting story to tell because what I do for a living is directly related to Stallone in a strange way. I run a company, ARM TV, that streams via internet armwrestling tournaments from around the world. The sport has been around since the early 50's but it was just bar room back then. Wide world of Sports picked it up for tv in the late 70's early 80's but the sport almost fell into extinction until the movie OVER THE TOP came along. I know it wasn't one of Stallones Better movies and maybe even considered a bomb at the box office. I don't know the stats....but it was the first time the sport was given any real attention in almost 20 years and helped spread the sport internationally. Most of you probably don't even realize the sport exists but it does and I have a lot to be thankful for because this is what I do now for work and I don't think it would have been possible without Mr. Stallone. Definitely that movie would probably never have been greenlit without him. So I wanted to drop by and give some thanks to MR. Stallone for doing that movie...helping kickstart the sport. I only found the sport 3 years ago but decided that I would dedicate my life to breaking it into the mainstream and we are on our way. In fact we have a show on ESPN this saturday night. It has taken a few years but finally television coverage. SWEET. I am sure I won't be lucky enought to get an OVER THE TOP SEQUEL. But atleast, hopefully, my question will get chosen by having Sly give some feedback on his thoughts of OTT and whether or not he knows what kind of impact his movie has had internationally or not. Thanks for all the good reads over the last couple of years and keep them coming!!! I will be seeing ROCKY BALBOA opening day. I am hoping for 130 mil domestic/ 500 international Gary Roberts ARM TV WWW.MYARMTV.COM

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:53 a.m. CST

    timmer33, if you are listening...

    by Seph_J

    ... so you think that if someone wins an oscar, they are talented? You poor idiot. And if you are making this personal, yes, my films have won awards - but not an Oscar. Guess, I (like Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese) dont have the right to 'smell Stallone's turd'. Thankyou for showing me the light. You fucking idiot.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:55 a.m. CST

    James Cameron!

    by Rindain

    I'd love to see a Q&A series with Cameron...he promised Harry more interviews the last time Harry spoke to him (the time HArry lost his voice recorder). Bring on AVATAR!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Question 8

    by BenBraddock

    Sly seems to be answering a completely different question, like "What movie scores do you dig, Mr.Stallone?" What's up with that?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Terrific, really enjoying this Q&A, great to have

    by KillaKane

    Sly back at the movies and in the public eye again (another 80's kid getting nostalgic), gunning for Balboa and Rambo to be successful, for old times sake. Interesting to hear of Sly's affection for Fliesher's Vikings, as as fan of such great scores I'm hoping Sly can retain some of Goldsmith's themes for Rambo IV.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:49 a.m. CST

    RE: How come AICN isn't doing Transformer updates anymo

    by photoboy

    Because the TF film is going to be the biggest steaming pile of crap this side of Batman & Robin. Damn you Michael Bay. As a side note, Stallone's column rocks, he should contribute regularly. Perhaps he could write a blog for the site as he's working on Rambo?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Question: Possibility of Rocky IV redux?

    by ricster

    Regarding Rocky IV, do you think there's any chance you might revisit it, giving it a new Conti soundtrack(and possibly removing the robot)?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 4:22 a.m. CST

    "removing the robot"

    by DocPazuzu

    Prepare to have the collective might of talkbackdom slamming down on your narrow shoulders, ricster.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 6:15 a.m. CST

    ricster, that's pauly's girlfriend!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    show some respect, man!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:20 a.m. CST

    This was hilarioius!

    by abominate

    I have new insight to Sly's wit and intelligence!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    200 questions with Seagal, mediated by Vern

    by triplefive

    hereby nominated.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Bruce Willis should be next.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Seriously. Look at the guy's CV for chrissake's... silly comedies with Kim Basinger, DIE HARD, Pulp Fiction, The Last Boy Scout, 12 monkeys, 6th sense, Sin City, those baby movies, and let's not forget Harry-tears-inducing ARMAGGEDON... It would be great. Vern gets to ask ten questions... I nominate him. Come on Knowles get on the phone.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 8:28 a.m. CST

    As a filmmaker

    by Vampire's rock

    I am inspired every time I watch the original "Rocky". No CGI, no big stars (at the time), just a great story and a likeable lead actor helmed by a great director.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST

    AICN should

    by veritasses

    market the the heck out of this and establish it as a regular feature. Maybe give it schlocky label like "AICN 200 From The Fans: The Stallone Interview" to establish a brand, gather some stats on how many unique page views this gets and start some buzz and push it as a "hip" thing for celebs to do. Of course they'd still want to be very selective about who they pick so they don't cheapen the brand with boring celebs with boring answers. Though there aren't many celebs who are 1. intelligent 2. funny 3. candid 4. interesting/have stories to tell 5. willing to take any and all questions 6.capable of handling the possible onslaught of flames from AICN TB regulars if the answers are PC/lame. Though I wouldn't mind seeing all time AICN "favorites" like Uwe Boll, Paul WS Anderson or Michael Bay take the hot seat.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Tango and Cash 2

    by thefreeagents

    He needs to call up Kurt Russell and get this one going. One of my favorite buddy-action flicks.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Hey PJdon

    by abominate

    Although I think Damon was good in the Bourne films, I don't think the idea of a First Blood remake with a Gulf War vet would work--because the two wars were not the same. Vietnam was a war few Americans wanted, and returning vets were not exactly welcomed home warmly by anyone except their own loved ones, whereas people largely supported the Gulf War, and vets coming home were saluted. In other words, there's no external impetus for a Gulf War vet to feel ostracized or oppressed. Case in point: A gulf war Rambo could not make the "Nothing is over speech" and have it make sense. Gulf war vets were not seen as "baby killers," nor were they or their actions protested on a grand scale. They came home heroes.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    I cant believe this guy is doing these questions

    by godzillasushi

    Its so interesting how he thinks.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST

    "Married Ivan Drago and Punched Out Brigitte Nielson."

    by Read and Shut Up

    CLASSIC. Thanks, Sly, for your candor and sense of humor. You deserve having "Rocky" in the American - maybe the world's - lexicon. I'm looking forward to Rocky Balboa!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Next? Legend Clint Eastwood. But GOOD LUCK with that!

    by JDanielP

    How about Kirk Douglas, with son Michael?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 9:57 a.m. CST

    These questions are really getting me interested...

    by Cotton McKnight

    In Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone is such a cool guy. I'm there opening weekend (I'd say opening day but I dont know if it opens on Christmas).

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Even though my question didn't get picked...

    by Doctor_Sin

    I'm enjoying reading these a lot. Thanks Sly!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Death Race 2000

    by Sly Fox

    My question was about DR2000, but it's probably ended up in Harry's junk folder! Damn me for not reading the instructions properly!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa opens...

    by abominate

    ...on Wednesday December 20. Not the 22nd as previously reported. At least, here in NE Ohio I can get tix for opening day on Dec. 20. I don't know if there will be a Tues midnight show. I need to see this film like yesterday. In fact, I didn't know how incomplete my life was until I knew they were shooting Rocky 6, Spidey 3 and Die Hard 4.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Damn you Batman

    by Wazoo

    Damn you Batman

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:21 a.m. CST

    the new 'damn you michael bay'

    by occula

    thank you wazoo! hey quint et al, i want to also thank you for this. i'm a girl and therefore my formative stallone wasn't rocky or rambo, but tango and cash (that's a fairly universal girl-raised-in-the-80s-fave), and i also had some vague perception of stallone as being some kind of bumbling miss-malaprop. but these interviews have totally disabused me of that and it's a real pleasure to have somebody that important in the action genre being so funny and honest about the work.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Damn you Batman!

    by Billyeveryteen

    Classic. More I say, more!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, noon CST

    AICN should Thank Stallone.........

    by ptindy

    because this site was sucking balls until this came about. It has been going downhill for some time. All hail Savior Stallone. No way on Shatner for next 200 questions. Besides a few interesting tidbits about Star Trek and some insight on Heather Locklear's sweet ass, what else does he have to offer?????????

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by abominate

    You said "disabused me." Damn you, muscle batsuit with the nipples and thong!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Next Q&A: Michael J. Fox

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    My nomination.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:22 p.m. CST

    I've got to give it to Sly...

    by Childe Roland

    ...he's got a great perspective on himself. Seems to know his strengths and his shortcomings. Ive always thought Rocky (the first) and First Blood were two amazingly written and realized non-traditional heroes (a thug made good who winds up losing anyway and a decorated warriro who can't readjust to life in peacetime), and he'll always get props from me on that. I'm starting to wonder if he's to blame for the ridiculous directions both franchises headed in (especially based on the back-to-basics while changing things up way he talks about Rocky Balboa).

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by Cl_Kilgore

    What else has Shanter done?!?! Take a look at the guys resume in the entertainment industry. He's been and done everything. 200 questions with Shanter should be at the top of the list.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Ok missed one or two...

    by ptindy

    the Twlight Zone episode and SNL Star Trek Convention spoof. Easy less than 10 questions for him. 'Been and done everything', there is more turds in his resume than not.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST

    This is a local talkback...

    by blotter

    ... for local people.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Sly has made AICN interesting again

    by Razorback

    He should be a fly-on-the-wall feature every week. This guy needs a column.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    All thank Celeste, who took her time...

    by JackPumpkinhead come up with these answers, type them and even sign them "Sly"! Huh huh. OK, so maybe he really did say all that himself... "sho' would be nice."

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:45 p.m. CST

    you know what razorback?

    by occula

    that is a flat-out GREAT idea. is there any celeb of any sort who reaches out to the peeps like that?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 1:54 p.m. CST

    ps abominate

    by occula

    you forgot buttcrack!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Yes, they could do a Cobra special edition...

    by abominate

    ...the Deluxe PIG!! edition. On the bonus disc, we learn who wrote the script PIG!, why does Marion chew a match PIG!, why does his partner eat Gummi Bears PIG! And why do the bad guys clang their axes together PIG! "Angel of the City" is the greatest song ever PIG!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by playahatersball

    So Megatron is a cop car? WTF?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 2:40 p.m. CST

    R.E. Sly:

    by playahatersball

    These talkbacks have shifted my opnion of the man 180 degrees. I was playahating hardcore on teh idea of a sixth Rocky. Now I've decided to be there opening day. Sly seems to be winning hearts and minds one fanboy at a time. I'm also glad that he agrees with my estimation of Dolly Parton as being a national treasure. I'd say the same thing about hoochie-kootchie girl Charro,but she, of course, is Brazilian.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by Nightwood

    but you guys couldn't select one question about Cobra?!? Marion Cobretti, baby.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:04 p.m. CST

    That Sly Stallone, ...he's one of us, now. (heh,heh)

    by JDanielP

    Yeah, I think this is the best feature I've ever seen here at AICN. It is most definitely something that should continue. And like others have said, limit the interviews to top talent and/or living legends. --And allow me to say that I would love to see some great, older tough guy roles open to Stallone. But even more than that, team him with the BEST big budget/action directors in effects driven movies. Bring back the old days and add modern special/visual/computer effects. But don't forget your Batman-style muscle suit, Sly. (heh,heh) And yeah, Pixar could (easily) use Stallone's voice in the sequel to "THE INCREDIBLES", don't you think? Based on a previous answer, Stallone would most obviously be interested. And couldn't you imagine Mr. Incredible being the underdog, with Stallone voicing a younger and more powerful hero or villain???

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    did he catch all the 'damn you m.bay' posts??

    by Exeter

    wow he IS onen of us!(for better or for worse on that one)

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by Cult Exiter

    Got a 9mm JaTiMatic SMG with a laser sight, grenades, M1911 pistol with custom ivory grips, shades and gloves, and a match... Simple red, black colors. Meet the poster - one of the coolest ever. I had it on my wall in the 80's... Where is it now?! Were am I? Not the same room, house, town... Throwing away a good poster - Damn my testosterone! I must have replaced Cobra's with Sabrina Salerno's ..wet..T...pose..ter...

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Rocky's whole life was a million to one shot.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    It's kind of depressing when you think about it. That means that as Rocky made it to the top, 1 million other Rockys got owned lol.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by Cl_Kilgore

    Sorry for the long wait for a reply. He has been and done everything. You may not like the guy but he's had a successful movie franchise, successful TV series, been type cast, created a music career(mostly spectacurally bad), fallen to great lows, broke type cast and ressurrected a career, had a successful theater career, has worked with probably 90% of hollywood, suffered great personal tradegy (or something elseif you think he was invovled), and has ascended to American pop icon status. <p> Like Shanter or not the guy would have interesting answers to a thousand questions. And yeah, he has an ego the size of Jupiter. Damn I sound like a huge fanboy, I just find him damn entertaining.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Why not!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Cool. Stallone apparently has a great sense of humor

    by Orbots Commander

    and comes off like a pretty classy dude. This has actually changed my mind about not seeing his new Rocky flick in theatres. I was pretty underwhelmed by the concept and was going to wait for the DVD, if not for its HBO premiere. I may actually go to the movies and check this out, though I'm still not going opening day. The next flick I'll go opening day to see is Spiderman 3 (those two trailers were phenomenal). As an aside, some of Sylvester Stallone's best stuff, other than early in his career, was done in the early '90's: Cliffhanger--a great action flick but a fluke because it was directed Renny Harlin and since then he seemingly can't seem to direct traffic; and Demolition Man, a witty and highly underrated action comedy where Stallone appears with a young Sandra Bullock and includes that great Rob Schneider "seashells" line. I remember that line making me laugh out loud in the movie theater back then.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST

    I thought "Oscar" was a fun movie

    by eraser_x

    in a retro sort of way. Great for kids. For one thing, it was the first time I saw Marisa Tomei or Tim Curry in a movie, and they were both great.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST


    by Orbots Commander

    Far be it for me to give advice to a multi-millionaire movie star, but I think at this point in his career Stallone could be doing more dramas and comedies. It would be cool to see him in, say, an ensemble dramatic film or comedy, playing a small but juicy role in something like The Departed or co-starring in a Farrelly brothers movie---LOL, he could play Ben Stiller's older muscular father. Since he's older and past the action movie stage of his earlier years, I think people would be open to seeing him in different stuff.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Damn you, Michael Keaton...

    by lynxpro

    Or "Damn you, Tim Burton". But don't damn The Dark Knight due to their transgressions. Because I'd say most of us are quite satisfied with the current actor playing the role. I'd say Keaton more so because *White Noise* had such a stupid ending for a flick that held a lot of promise up until that point.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7 p.m. CST

    Hey, Keaton was a pretty good Batman.

    by Orbots Commander

    Yeah, he didn't have an action hero physique but so what? His acting was understated in the part but strong enough to hold the screen with Jack Nicholson in full over-acting scene stealing mode. I think Christian Bale as Batman is awesome, but Keaton is the 2nd runner up with Clooney and Kilmer coming in 3rd and 4th.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the heads up on the Trailer YakBacker!

    by vivavitalogy

    It is a pretty sweet trailer. The Nine Inch Nails song was a nice touch.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by SK909

    IT'S A DREAM COME TRUE! - Anyone remember that SNL skit with Sly? He's working in a computer store after getting fired from the Orange Julius in the mall. He tries to sell Will Ferrell a snack machine, telling him it's a computer. He refers to Star Trek and says Captain Clark. Will Ferrell: "Don't you mean Captain Kirk?" Stallone pauses for like 20 seconds and stares into space before saying, "Clark... Captain Clark."

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:09 p.m. CST

    man that trailer gives me the chills

    by occula

    the 300 trailer, i mean...although i could live without the corndog line at the end. i realize those lines are all throughout the book, but they just come off like the WB on screen. sorry, off-topic...

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    The Watchmen

    by vivavitalogy

    Stick to the source material and all will be fine.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST

    i'd also like to point out...

    by occula

    that, as usual, someone breaks news in an unrelated talkback before it makes it up onto the main page. you snooze, you lose!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 8:47 p.m. CST

    I'd put Keaton #1 as Batman

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    With Bale #2, then Clooney, then Adam West, then Kilmer.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Judge Dread Henderson

    by hoorayforeric

    Catchy title for another sequel I think!! :) Ahem...looking forward to Rocky Balboa.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    sly magazine?

    by roccotheripper

    never even heard of it haha