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Round 7... Sly Stallone Vs. the AICN readership! Ding-ding-ding!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here once more to post Round 7 of the Sly Stallone 200 Questions thingy. This one isn't as ribs-hurting hilarious as the last one, but Stallone's still on his roll. I especially like his PS... I, for one, can't wait to hear him talk about DEATH RACE 2000... I have a beautiful one-sheet of that desperate to get framed and mounted on the wall... They sure knew how to make posters back then... Anyway, enjoy Round 7!!!

1. Dear Mr Stallone. In the Movie Rocky 3 ur character was given the statue and I'm sure he was touched, how does it really feel to have that there as a monument? You did make that spot famous. And are you worried that people having rough times might toss their motorcycle hemets at it? Justin Luke Arce.  Brooklyn NY.

Well to have a statue is… how can you say… overwhelming. Words escape me. Dumbfounded. It’s like ROCKY has taken on a life of its own and I’m sitting in the balcony watching his life go on. The character represents some part of the Philadelphia soul that I accidentally happened on. I wish I was clever enough to say it was all part of a master plan, but it wasn’t. Rocky is kind of a cinematic anomaly and I’m just proud to be a part of it. Plus the pigeons needed a new place to land, why not Rocky’s head and shoulders?  
2. Hallo Sly! Is it possible that we see a movie "THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS" (yes, the Frank Miller Comic) with you as the old Batman? I think that is the perfect part for you! I wish you good luck for "Rocky Ballboa" and "Rambo IV" and I hope we can see anytime in Vienna! Welcome back! Raphael Rottensteiner Vienna

  Well in a couple of years I’d rather play the old fat man rather than the old Batman, because I’ve been staying in the gym so long, I’m due to have a meltdown and then back to the fat hose for eternity. So me getting into a comic book hero’s leotards would require the same effort as packing an Iowa pig into a thimble… but I’m flattered to have been considered for such a noble character.
3. As one of the best action stars of the 1980's early 90's, how do you feel about all the other action stars of the era coming back to give "one last hurrah" to some of the films that sky-rocketed their careers? (i.e. Schwarzenegger - Terminator 3, Bruce Willis - Die Hard 4, Harrison Ford - Indy 4, Eddie Murphy – Beverly Hills Cop IV  and you yourself - Rocky Balboa and Rambo 4). Do modern day action stars struggle to live up to the entertainment of the "good ol' days"? Brandon Chisholm -Chicago

  I think it’s pretty dangerous for action heroes to try and push it. I realize I am already on very thin ice and don’t recommend my two friends Bruce and Arnold to do it unless they had this overwhelming, gigantic ego-tick crawling away inside of them to finish this series on a certain note. I think there’s a big difference between the modern day action dud compared to the latter day action crud. Whenever a dud confronts a crud, bad things happen. But all I can say is… take the top five action guys and line them up against the old school action guys and what you’ll have is five young action guys wearing toenail polish and answering to the name “Bitch.”
4. Sly, when are you going to move to Philadelphia and run for mayor? You'd win in a landslide, yo! James Doolittle Philadelphia, PA

  Being the mayor of Philadelphia, believe it or not, has crossed my mind, but I know I would succumb to corruption and I don’t want to spend my last couple of years as mayor in Holmesburg Prison. The idea is intriguing and really did cross my mind, but I don’t think I have the ability to interact everyday with people on a non-stop conveyor belt, never-ending schedule of handshaking.
5. When you presented the idea of Rocky Balboa to Revoloution studios and maybe others you went to previously, what kind of resistance did you get from them to make this film? was it a hard sell? Russell, from Crawley in the u.k

  The main resistance to making ROCKY BALBOA was age, but it was also something deeply personal. When Kirk Kerkorian, who owned MGM at the time, met me at a charity event, said “Have you considered making one more ROCKY?” I said “I’d love to take a run at it.” He said, “Well, call my man Alex, who runs MGM for me.” So the next day I called Alex and he became incensed and said, “Nobody tells me what to do.” I said, “Well, your boss said I should call you.” He said “Boss? No one lords over me.” So needless to say, when I heard that, game over. He just was a pillar of negativity and resistance.
6. Sly- In "Remembering Charlie," Jerry Epstein's book on Charlie Chaplin, you are mentioned quite extensively. In fact "Rocky" was one of the last films Charlie ever saw.  In the book Mr. Epstein says you were never able to comment on your appreciation for Chaplin's films, although he says you were a huge fan and had hoped to "have an audience with the great maestro." Could you tell us a bit about your relationship with Charlie and the effect he had on your career? Eric Paul Erickson Chicago, IL

  I was scheduled to see Charlie Chaplin, but I froze myself out of that by, believe it or not, being too nervous, like I did when I was suppose to meet Elvis. I love Charlie Chaplin. I borrowed the hat idea from Charlie Chaplin and always pictured (in a urban, concrete, trashy way) that Rocky was the slight embodiment of The Little Tramp.  
7. Sly- Is it me, or did you grow up a pro wrestling fan? From Paradise Alley to Thunderlips, wrasslin' has popped up in your movies. If I'm not mistaken, your mom was even a manager in GLOW (the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). Obviously, we all know wrestling is entertainment and really about telling stories with violence. So are there any tricks from the squared circle that you've incorporated into your flicks? Joe V

  I’m a big fan of wrestling. Wrestling is vascular fairytales performed between half-ton behemoths under the hot lights of battle. Good against evil, and every problem in the world is solved by a forearm to the throat or a knee to the package crammed into a straining Speedo. I’ve used a great wrestler named Terry Funk, who was in PARADISE ALLEY and he choreographed much of the street fighting in ROCKY V. I’m really impressed with the skill and strength and body intelligence that these men possess.
8. For many Edgar Allen Poe fans the thought of you directing, let alone writing a film based on such a prolific writer is, to say the least, a little scary.  That's not because we feel your a bad writer or director but this type of bio-pic is a far cry from anything you have ever involved yourself with before.  How will you did you approach the screenplay (structure, character development etc.) and in what ways will this project differ from from the more action based movies you have written?  I also have one other question:  Because of such movies as Rambo, Driven, the Specialist etc. you have in some type-cast yourself.  Will you someday take on roles outside of the realm you so often find yourself in. Thanks for your time, Vivavitalogy Green Bay, WI

Would you be upset if I called the movie “Yo, Poe”? Just kidding. Poe is a very serious subject and no matter how it’s made, people will be offended… or at least Poe scholars will. I try to humanize Edgar (or Eddie, as he was called by his friends) to a fella who has everyday problems that are relatable to the audience, but I also spend a great deal of time dwelling on his stories, which illuminate his genius and his internal chaos.
9. Sly: No bigger fan here, and I am curious.  What was your max on the bench press, squat, etc.? Back in the late 1980s-early-1990s you appeared to look the biggest/most massive.   Kirk

  I used to be able to bench press around 385-400 lbs. and then I severely tore my right pectoral so under my arm I have 160 stitches and I had to have a window cut into my shoulder bone, and cable laced through the damage, and muscle pulled back to the bone where it was attached. That’s why I’m so vascular on one side. It might be interesting to note that I received this injury, I was stupid enough to get into a bench press contest with former Mr. Universe, Franco Columbo, who was considered one of the strongest men in the world. The accident happened in his garage, which was inhabited, believe it or not, by this demented-looking one-winged spotted owl. I couldn’t make this up. When my muscle exploded, I fell onto the floor. Franco pulled the weights off of me and all I could see was my arm turning black and that friggin goofy, one-winged, mouse-munching motherfucker flapping around in tight circles. By the way, my best squat was 550 lbs
10. Are you going to be coming to see Everton football club as Robert Earl promised when he bought his shares in the club? And can we expect you to put in a guest appearance in goal ALA "Escape to victory"? Regards, Ray Finch. Liverpool UK

I’m definitely coming over as Robert Earl promised to watch the soccer games, but I learned my lesson and I am perhaps the worst goalie in the entire universe. Clarabell the Clown could block more shots than me. But I do respect the incredible skill it takes to play that game. P.S. I hope everyone starts asking more questions about DEATH RACE 2000, FIST, PARADISE ALLEY or any of the others because there are a lot of interesting stories along the way.

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  • Dec. 7, 2006, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Sly,could you give AICN a shoutout on the Rocky DVD?? :

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Hey Sly, how about giving a shoutout to the AICN community on the Rocky Balboa DVD?? :) In the special features when you are talking about promotion and releasing the movie, talk about what you did here and give us all a hello! Be like "HEY HARRY, MERRICK, GIBSONUSA, MORIARTY, MERRICK AND EVERYONE ELSE!" It'd be awesome and we'd all love ya for it!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Okay, that bench pressing story...

    by Aragorn II

    ...may be the funniest thing I've ever read on this site. It makes me want to sit down and have a drink with Sly and just listen to him tell stories.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Cobra questions!

    by tiredpm

    I actually don't have any, but there HAVE to be some stories behind that movie!

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Sly Belongs to the World, Not Just Philly...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...he sure comes across as down-to-earth and honest. If there's another filmmaker this upfront and fucking funny - who created a character who's also in the world's lexicon - I'd be surprised. Thanks Sly - you're the man.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Stunt question

    by tiredpm

    I always heard the story of Stallone throwing himself off a cliff for Rambo II with only one camera on it because the insurance company wouldn't go for it -- he had to sneak out with a crew. Anyone know if that's true or is it one of those movie legends?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Sly on Leno tomorrow night

    by Captain Mal


  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:21 p.m. CST

    i doubt that jason statham...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ... wears toe nail pollish or would answer to the name "bitch"

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:21 p.m. CST


    by nomihs

    Okay, so is Sly doing Inglorious Bastards? Anyone know? Here is "The Real M" at latino review "...He is a LOCK. I'll count my truck on it. The cast is apparently going to be huge - everyone from Adam Sandler to Michael Madsen..." So, is this for real?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Franco Columbo is stronger than Ferrigno and Arnold.

    by darthbinks1220

    He must have been crazy challenging a guy who routinely benches over 500 lbs.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Over the Top

    by Unbirthday

    I want to know if there were any encounters with people who took the movie Over the Top too seriously. Did you meet anyone who said "That's not how competitive arm wrestling works" or child protective services folks who got mad at how you treated your son in the movie?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:25 p.m. CST

    what a cool mother fucker

    by antonphd

    my respect for him just climbs each day.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:37 p.m. CST

    These questions are all the same

    by LaudnerGomez

    Sly seems to be fed the same three questions. When does the crazy stuff start to show up?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:37 p.m. CST

    is it just me

    by tranpkp1

    but i'm a fan of demolition man; specialist...lest not forget OVER THE TOP!?!!? Not ONE reference revered or otherwise for OVER THE TOP...come on SLY? I want stories on these films :P Keith Tran Kansas City, MO

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Terry Funk choreographed ROCKY V??

    by white owl


  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Yeah I think Sly is even tired of the same old questions, hence his "P.S." message at the end of this one.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Harry's picking the questions...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ... Harry - stop throwing him so many softballs - the guy can take the heat - let him answer a question thats got teeth

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by musicalmedic81

    Next to the Rocky and Rambo movies, Daylight is next in line as my favorite Sly film. I thought the film was awesome and think Sly should try to take on another "disaster" type film. Why do you think "Daylight" did so poorly at the box office and why is this film so overlooked among all the other Stallone films?

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:51 p.m. CST

    I just gotta say...

    by halcyonseven

    reading these questions that got picked, it makes a mind wonder, did any of you grammer-idiots even go to elementry school? I mean... WOW.

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Maybe Harry's waitin for Round 19 to ask the toughies?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Fearing that hard questions too soon would lead to an abrupt early end to this opportunity? Don't be scared....just ask the hard ones now! Hang tough!! (New Kids on the Block 4 Life.)

  • Dec. 7, 2006, 11:56 p.m. CST

    The owls are in the garage

    by CherryValance

    These stories are getting funnier every time.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 12:06 a.m. CST

    So the next question should be...

    by veritasses

    "Sly, Please tell us everything you want to unload relating to Death Race 2000, Fist, Paradise Alley or any of the other films you've made."

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 12:30 a.m. CST

    nice questions today

    by proper

    Sly should go to watch Everton at home when they play Liverpool next.Quint,Dearth race,is that a insider thing or is the poster behind you =>.Terry Funk is the wrestling Rocky,I'm sure he has retired at least 6 times too.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST

    The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1976)

    by godoffireinhell

    I hope someone asked and gets an answer about this little movie. I really wonder what Sly thinks about it nowadays. I'd also suggest Sly records audio commentaries for all his older movies and does so in the same way he answers these questions. I know he's dismissed having done comedies but I can see why... He's one funny guy!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST


    by streakerfreak1983

    I happy to hear we finaly have some Death Race 2000 questions coming. I'm tired of these Rocky questions(geez he more then just Rocky or Rambo) or questions on how much he can benchpress, whoopdy doo.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 1:08 a.m. CST

    40,000 Q's

    by Jubba

    and we're not the ones picking which ones get asked officially...i'm sure there are some from death race in there...are they just not being picked? everything is rocky this and rocky that

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Geez, did I flunk English?

    by streakerfreak1983

    It look's like I just either came from South America or Kindergarten.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 1:24 a.m. CST

    That Sammy Hagar joint was classic!

    by Darth Thoth

    Winner takes it all/ Loser takes a fall/ Fight to the beginning of the end/ Winner takes it all/ 'Til he breaks the fall/ In time he'll make it over the top! Classic! Over the Top was the truth! lol

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Repitition is the key...

    by Seph_J

    ... to pissing somebody off. Stallone has to give us CLUES as to which questions we should ask? Very poor. Either you lot submitted some shit questions, or Harry has repeatedly picked the worst of them. I wanna know what does Sly think about his mother, and her experience on the UK's Big Brother. Yes. That's what I want to know.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Friggin goofy, one-winged, mouse-munching motherfucker

    by Jay Jay


  • Dec. 8, 2006, 2:58 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    You know, he's made some great movies, he's made some bad movies. But the guy has my respect. He's always come across as a guy who worked hard and made his own luck. Well done Sly. I'll be there opening day.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 4 a.m. CST

    I want my voice to be heard

    by McClain

    I just want to say Sly, I'm only 22 but I am huge fan of all the (I hope this don't offend you because I don't mean to) older action stars. You, Bruce and Arnold, I probably have mostly every movie all three of you have done in my collection {some of them just to laugh at like Stop or my Mom will Shoot or Jingle All the Way, and I hated the Whole Nine (and especially Ten) Yards}. But I do own all of them because as you said, the action stars of today would be your guy's bitches. I first want to congratulate you on finally making another Rocky. Rocky 5 was ok, but I think everyone wanted to see you back in the ring. I have to say, I was concerned about your age, but I have seen both available trailers 100 times and you seem to make jokes about it, and go deeper in depression from the wisecracks (which is why I think you need this fight in the first place). Anyways, my question for you is, your head was real messed up in the 5th movie (you were blacking out and I almost thought you wouldn't survive the film). Is it too much of a secret, or did you just write that part out in the new movie? Or, did age cure the blackouts and pain?

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Avenging Angelo

    by Cyberfury

    No questions or remarks on this movie? One of his slickest yet. You see him walking around, calm but you see his anger is building with every beat. The moment where he clockes that bodyguard before entering the mansion. That's Sly for me..

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Sly and drugs

    by Cyberfury

    I'd love to hear him talk about that. We all know Sly! And we're cool with that. I would love to hear how he looks back on things like that now. ;)

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    I love this man!

    by chrth

    'take the top five action guys and line them up against the old school action guys and what you’ll have is five young action guys wearing toenail polish and answering to the name “Bitch.” '

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 6:27 a.m. CST

    mouse-munching motherfucker

    by C Legion

    That story mad me, literally, laugh out load. Great stuff.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 6:29 a.m. CST

    made not mad

    by C Legion

    Fucks sake! Why can't we edit?

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 6:33 a.m. CST

    loud not load

    by C Legion

    I give up.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 6:53 a.m. CST

    This is great!

    by Gary Yogurt

    AICN at its finest!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Jason Statham loves cock

    by godoffireinhell

    I don't know about nail polish and responding to "bitch" but do you think Stallone or Arnold would have made an unsubtly homosexual action film like THE TRANSPORTER and then even come back for seconds?!?

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Damn you, Kirk Kerkonian!

    by abominate

    These Sly Q&As have been great. I'm gonna have withdrawal when it's over. Yesterday it was "marry Ivan and punch Brigette," today it's "young action heroes answering to the name of 'Bitch'" and a "motherfucking" garage owl! Truth be told, however, I enjoyed the Transporter movies although as a character Frank Martin is not as admiration-worthy as, say, Rocky, who above all else remains very human and vulnerable. You lose a lot of credibility / authenticity when your hero knows martial arts to begin with and is nearly indestructible. In classics like "First Blood" and "Die Hard," you root even more for the protag because they do get injured along the way and there's always the possibility that they may not survive. Anyway, thanks Sly!!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Terry FUnk gets knocked through glass in Over The Top

    by triplefive

    How come no questions about Thunderlips yet? And will someone please address this man as Lincoln Hawk.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Future Q/A's

    by ptindy

    Not that anyone really gives a shit about my opinion, but here goes anyway. People who I liked to see for future Q/A's: Christopher Walken, Kurt Russell, Cameron Crowe, Ron Howard, Pierce Bronson, Tom Hanks, Ray Liotta, Mel Brooks Other people I would like to see do the Q/A's, but would probably not come down to the level Stallone has been for this or would not even allow their ego to be put aside.... Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Sean Connery, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Harrison Ford, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, James Caan, Gene Hackman Or another idea would be anniversary type retrospectives with cast members/directors/producers from films. Such as next year would be milestone for movies such as: Godfather (35), Star Wars (30), Blade Runner (25), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (30), The Untouchables (20), Predator (20), Full Metal Jacket (20), Unforgiven (15)

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 9:01 a.m. CST

    This seems like it could become another whole site..

    by SK909

    Seriously, this is gold so far (although it's turning to silver with the repetitious questions), and if it was kept on this kind of a keel with other celebrities, it could almost be a whole other website. Hell, there could be a whole series of AICN interviews books, like the interviews with filmmakers series. Where you throw in 100 MORE questions that didn't show up on the site as a bonus. And I think the inherent risk in a celebrity not getting out of the way of their own ego adds another dimension, like, 'Which one will walk away early because he/she is offended?" Then you KNOW which ones are completely fucking insane and not down-to-earth ala Stallone. Sadly, I think that would include most of them. From that last list, I"d have to say that Duvall would be honest, Murray, Hackman, Caan, and Coppola, I think, but that's it. Stallone has always been intelligent and anyone who knew his life story knew that to be true, but perhaps never moreso than now, with these interviews. It's just that the doors flung open almost TOO wide after Rocky and after all that struggling, who wouldn't react like a kid in a candy store? Anyway, that story about Kirk Kerkorian and 'Alex' from MGM is insane. How he could relate things like that to us in this format and not bat an eyelash is beyond me. THAT'S the kind of stuff you NEVER hear about from the horse's mouth out of fear of fucking up their career. I guess Stallone feels like Dylan, "When you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to lose." That makes him pretty dangerous by Hollywood standards.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 9:07 a.m. CST


    by timmer33

    I asked a question about TANGO AND CASH ... let's see some T&C questions. Not everyone's favourite, perhaps, but an extremely entertaining film nonetheless. (Just no Lockdown questions, please)

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Harry, I have to agree with Sly and everyone else here

    by decypher44

    Please send him different questions. These are GREAT, but you should mix it up a little. I think if you keep sending the same questions, the answers will start to get short and not as entertaining.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST

    See, that's why I say "never excercise"

    by rev_skarekroe

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Terry Funk

    by purplemonkeydw

    Holy crap, I never expected a Terry Funk reference on AICN...ah the good ol' days of wrestling...Kerry Von Eric, The Missing Link, and The Freebirds...good times.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    YackBacker, in total agreement

    by AdrianVeidt

    I haven't read an article this fervently before on AICN. I love the upfront nature of Sly and I love that I continuously check back for the next round. Please tell me this is going for longer than 15 rounds... and yeah, let's get more actors to do this. I wasn't even the biggest Sly fan, and now I have loads of respect for him. Think if your guys' favorite actors were doing this... you'd effing love it. Keep 'em coming!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST


    by Jedi2dope

    I believe its for 20 rounds. Isn't this for 200 questions?

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    This is very cool.

    by SkeletonParty

    Thank you Mr. Stallone for your time and your respect. And the one-winged spotted owl thing is pure gold.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:16 a.m. CST

    SPAM ALERT!!!: Toasty Tony = Brandon Coleman

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...away with you!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by Rock Icon

    One of my favorite Stallone movies is Assassins. I'd like to know if Sly likes that movie.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by Rock Icon

    One of my favorite Stallone movies is Assassins. I'd like to know if Sly likes that movie.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST


    by Rock Icon

    Sorry for the double post.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Harry, come man,,,,,,,,

    by ptindy

    we know you like to drop the soap, but DO NOT drop the ball on this Q/A. Sly is starting to get antsy!!!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by Rocky4

    I gotta agree with the others - from this and the biographies and everything else I've read about Stallone - he could have a site dedicated to his anecdotes!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Way to go viva.

    by vivavitalogy

    You get to ask Sly a question and you fill it full of typos. Dropping to my knees with rain falling on my face and arms raised to the midnight sky I yell DAMN YOU FOR NOT CATCHING SUCH ERRORS!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Other Celeb Interviews

    by veritasses

    The more I think about it, the more I believe it’s going to be a long time before we get another series of Q&As as good as this. Of the two parts of an interview, the questions and the answers, asking good questions the fans always wanted to know isn’t a problem since these are questions from the fans. However getting good answers in response depends on the person being interviewed and there just aren’t many people on the same level as Sly. Stallone has always been a sort of laid back, intelligent, funny guy… maybe not to this degree, because these answers are absolute gems, but he was always capable of this level of material if he was in the right forum/situation. Most celebrities are really boring or annoying in person and are too afraid to speak out about the good, weird stuff in their personal lives or the lives of other celebrities. Even if they have something interesting or educational to say, they’re not likely to respond with the same level of pure entertainment we’ve enjoyed in this series. Stallone on the other hand, has that rare combination of traits that make for a good interviewee. He’s funny, but not in a Robin Williams/Jim Carey/[insert comedian] over the top, “I’m a professional comedian and a funny guy, everything I do and say is funny and I demand that you laugh” sort of way, candid but not in a “I’m an angry actor and I’m out to spite so-and-so because they wronged me” sort of way, and has a good narrative voice on some interesting behind the scenes topics unlike most celebs who’ll awkwardly describe how their friend/child/cat did something really funny that no one really gives a crap about. Plus, perhaps most importantly, there’s a level of humility and honesty that he has with himself and his profession that’s down to earth and which strips off the false, plastic, publicist generated image that makes him feel like one of us. People in Hollywood view themselves as royalty and celebrities desperately try to climb the inherent social ladder that gives them more fame and clout. Unfortunately, this make them feel that their job places them higher up on the social ladder then the fans who support them and that attitude/aura tends to come through. So thanks Sly and AICN for this rare, one in a million pairing. I'm looking forward to the next round as much as tonight's episode of BSG.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Why are these ROUNDS with Sly so untalked about?

    by nomihs

    Okay, 62 total posts (after this there will be 63) and that's it. If this was an article about Transformers or MAN IN SUIT!!! then there would be 600 posts, not 62 (soon to be 63). Is that because there are 538 people who have nothing bad to say about this Q n A, nothing about "STALLONE RAPED MY CHILDHOOD." So I guess in order for a talkback to be number one in total posts, there has to be drama and controversy. So here we have, 60 some people think is some of the coolest shit in awhile on AICN and instead of being filled with haters, it has nothing but kudos for Harry and co. and not to mention Mr. Stallone himself (and his assistant, with the great name, as well). Good stuff, even if it's not the most populated.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 4:03 p.m. CST

    I didn't even count the double posters, or repeats...

    by nomihs

    I didn't even count the double posters, or repeats...

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Ask him if he ever noticed

    by CherryValance

    that those guys from Good Charlotte look just like him circa LoF. I don't know who they are, I'm too old to listen to that stuff, but I saw one of them somewhere and thought it was uncanny.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Stallone on Leno tonight.

    by vivavitalogy

    For those who care.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Rambo would have made The Transporter

    by super Cucaracha

    give his own prostate check. C'mon people!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Why is no one asking about Tango and Cash???

    by BitterMan23

    What the hell is the matter with you people?

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by ewokstew

    I think lots of people have sent T&C questions in. Why the heck Harry isn't picking any is beyond me.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST

    If Stallone's on Leno

    by veritasses

    we should've asked him to tug on his ear. You know... sort of a shout out to the AICN geeks.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Yeah it'd be awesome if Sly actually did that. :P.....and for the person wondering why there hasn't been hundreds of Talkback messages,for these type of interview postings there're usually a lot more readers than responders. There are only 70 messages but it's probably been read a zillion times by people. Plus, with a new one every day, things are spread out. Transformers didnt have new updates every day.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by BitterMan23

    I bet you're right. Maybe Harry thinks HE'S the best cop in LA. I mean, come on! It was a buddy action comedy from the 80s where neither guy was black!!! its a fuckin landmark!!!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Just write what you want Sly

    by Jaka

    lol. I mean, really. Now, or later if the right questions aren't answered. In your future AICN column. : ) It appears that most everyone is lovin' this. Haven't seen the talkbacks so together on something in a long time, maybe ever. So tell those stories! uhum, please.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Just thought of something...

    by SK909

    I'd love to hear Stallone's reaction to the Eddie Murphy bit about Italians who just saw Rocky. That never fails to crack me up and I bet Sly thinks it's hilarious. "Alright Ssslllyyy! Rock-O! Rahhhh-ahhhh-ko!" "You heard what I said moolie, pay fa my fuckin' candy!" "Oh, you just saw Rocky... look here little Italian white man..." Fucking classic...

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 9:34 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see Stallone in a movie with Al Pacino....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    An action drama like Heat. Stallone as the good guy and Al Pacino as the bad guy. But Stallone is not a cop. I am tired of the good guy always being a cop. Enough of that. Make Sly a badass vigilante or something.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Kevin Eubanks better laugh at all Sly's jokes....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    They are way funnier than Leno's jokes and he goes crazy for them.....Tonight Show starts now in the East Coast.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 10:52 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see one of these Q&A's with...

    by Valebant

    Sir Michael Caine.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:30 a.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Hell to the yeah.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Best one yet

    by theneonsamurai

    Stallone should direct the Hobbit!!!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Why Sly Why

    by suttlesone

    Hi, I just had a major Sinus surgery, I had thin blood and bleeding won't stop.I left Hospital too soon because I was Going to see Rocky Balboa no matter what.I was prepared to see what was supposed to be a good farewell to my favorite movie character of all time.Sly said that he was righting wrongs of Rocky 5 , this was exciting.Rocky 5 was still pretty good, it was sad that Rocky was left mentally impaired and broke, both mentally and financially.But at least he still won a street fight at the end, so all was not lost. He was still a winner.Rocky Balboa was good all the way through, but the ending not only ruined it, but also all of the others as well.Sly, you're a genius, I Love you, but I have had the biggest cry, as though all hopes and dreams have been lost, and I lost the best story ever to a bad ending.Fans wanted to see him go out in glory, getting everything back, new wife, money glory, and being remembered properly, as doing the impossible.The right thing to do for the fans would have been to had the exact same movie, but in the last few seconds, knock him out, keep the fire flash quickly to rematch title for belt win holding belt high, flash to defending title a couple of times winning, then show newspaper saying your retiring, you've already proved your the forever champion, let people know Rocky made a fortune back, got everything back.You could have at least had Dixon's Promoter mention a huge payout Rocky would get so at least people knows he gets something back.It's still just so awful for the people who loved you and Rocky not to end with a knockout.I know what you were trying to say, he could still go toe to toe, but that is just the easy way out because you worry about the people who say it would all be unbelieveable. That is what Rocky is, UNBELIEVABLE Victory and ending this way just saddens and highly dissaapoints, no matter what anybody else tries to say to be nice and true, they are all really saddened and dissapointed in rocky being forever a loser we wanted to remember him the way we have all the years.Please fix this.If its not possible to pull real quick and do quick ending change then please right another with Dixon rematch and the rest I mentioned.This one will probably loose money or not make much, but if people see a real ending one come out soon with Dixon rematch They will be so happy you finally fixed the series for it's proper ending, they will see it over and over and send others.If this ended that way I was planning on watching at theatre at least 5 Times. But as it is as much as it will kill me I will never watch any of them again until justice prevails, I love Watching Rocky 4 so much it is pure power and genius, it is so hard saying goodbye and putting it away forever.You were in such awesome shape, you looked as though you would have easily beat Mason Dixon,we really need a Rambo 4 now so we can at least see one of our beloved Stallone characters end up on top.You are a great thinker who has always been grossly underestimated as such, I have enjoyed reading your thoughts on this forum so much, I wish you had a book on your thoughts and philosophies and just the way you look at things in general, it would be riveting and enlighten so many. help us Sly, youre our only hope.

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 7:22 a.m. CST


    by orcus