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Stallone sets things straight, reads talkback and comes in for Round #8 Swinging!!!

Published at: Dec. 12, 2006, 4:51 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here - Just got back from the pre-BNAT screening of PAN'S LABYRINTH and the Pre-BNAT party - where there was much drinking and relishing of fine company, booze and pizzas. When the lovely Celeste called me to see if I could still get this up tonight - so being dutiful and a man of my word, I scaddadled out of there to put this up. Before we get to a question - Sly wanted to address some of you Talkbackers. Enjoy

Firstly, I want to clarify something I said yesterday, I think Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a very good action man, and with the proper scripts would’ve been renowned in any era. The rest of the high-kicking karate boys are one step above ballet dancers on testosterone. Also, there was a quote from a fellow I won’t mention that says I don’t read these comments and I assure you I do, and appreciate your insights. As for the fellow who has negative things to say about me in the film, I’ll just paraphrase the line from ROCKY when Mr. Gazzo says, “Some people just hate for no reason.” So the only thing they may hate worse than me is actually waking up every morning and knowing they’re still stuck in their depressive brain space. A fly sitting on a pile of cow shit thinks himself a king, so keep the turds rolling. It has no effect.
How does it feel when you see yourself nominated for things like the Razzie, when you know there are far worse performances out there? It seems that everyone has forgotten that you've been nominated for Oscars too... Thanks for the opportunity. Marshall W. Carter
I’ve gotten so many Razzie Awards, I’m surprised they haven’t been renamed after me. In one way I take it in the spirit in which it is given (meaning comic overtones); then I realize the Razzies must be presented to someone who is somewhat known… but overall the Razzies have been part of my life and like Lou Garrick, I consider myself the luckiest person in the world to be crowned a mega-mediocre underachiever. I’ll try to keep up the bad work. But whatever you do, please don’t give one to someone who deserves it, your ratings may plummet.
2. hi, I was wondering what your relationship to the legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson was like? Is it true you have a little tribute to him in the new soundtrack? Thanks, Chris Abbeville, Louisiana
Yes, Maynard Ferguson was fantastic in his incredible ability to hit those surreal, ear-bleeding, wax-melting high notes. On the opening track of Maynard’s album, it starts out with me hitting a speed bag in the studio right before he kicks into GONNA FLY NOW. Twenty eight years later, I’m in the studio with Bill Conti trying to update the GONNA FLY NOW track, which was recorded on eight track. So I contacted Maynard to come in and have his amazing trumpet soar over the final rendition of the signature tune. The poor man dies. How do I replace him? I’m thinking that most trumpet players can hit that ear-shattering note if they try. The fifteen trumpeters at the studio recording session laughed and said “You’re dreaming, maybe five people in the world can nail that note.” This is why I think ROCKY BALBOA is blessed. Coming in later that day was a former trumpeter, who years ago happened to be Ferguson’s protégé. Wearing a Hawaiian shirt, and looking like he just woke up, I asked him if he could blow the shingles off the studio roof and he did. He just ripped that song apart. So, there’s my farewell. Thank you to Maynard.
3. 1. What do you think of the 'remake fever' that has run rampant through hollywood in recent years, and can you see a time in the future when someone will try to remake one of your signature films, such as Rocky or First Blood? And if so, what are your thoughts on that? Sledge Hammer, Australia.
Well, when in doubt, copy, rip-off or remake; it’s the safe way to conduct business, because frankly, doing a film is a journey into controlled chaos. You never know what’s going to happen. I’ve always equated it to going into your closet, turning out the light, shutting the door and dressing for your prom. You don’t know what you’re going to look like when you come out: brown shoes, green shirt, blue pants, argyle socks. That’s what making a movie is like. But a remake takes 75% of the guesswork away, so expect more in the future. Maybe the studios will attach a scratch-and-sniff element to the film and literally blast out smelling salts to keep the audience semi-conscious. There’s a perverse side of me that wants to see somebody else attempt to portray Rambo. All I can say is bring a large supply of bodyguards because playing the part is truly a killer. Yet, maybe with all the techno advantages, it can be filmed with less pain and location difficulty. My real dream is that the highest-priced actor working today has the huevos to remake the classic THE PARTY AT KITTY AND STUDS.
4. Who did the fancypants, Hollywood suits want to cast in the first Rocky other than you? What were your other choices for the supporting cast? And what planet do you find a maniac like Mr. T on? Sly, you are my movie star hero, narrowly edging out Bruce Willis (mainly because of that Return of Bruno R and B vanity album bullshit). The last time Knowles let us talk to famous people, Kevin Smith called me a fag. If you could say something derogatory about me, that would be great. I'd like to keep my streak alive. Thank you Sylvester Stallone and Knowles. As always, See You In Hell. TheWarrior
If I read your question right - who the fancy pants Hollywood suits wanted to cast other than me - it was Ryan O’Neal, Burt Reynolds, Jimmy Caan and even Robert Redford. But here’s an interesting footnote you might not believe, the first choice for Adrian was a girl named Carrie Snodgress, who I wanted badly because, at the time, I wanted Adrian’s family to be Irish and Harvey Keitel would be the brother. She said there wasn’t enough money in it (we were getting paid $360 before taxes), so I said “I’ll give you my share, I truly want you.” She passed to do a part in BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS, which never happened for her. The next choice was Susan Sarandon, but she was definitely too attractive. Then we went after Cher and they told us she wanted a million dollars, which is more than the film cost. And lastly, I had to arm wrestle Bette Midler’s manager Aaron Russo to get an interview with her, which, by the way, never happened. I had rewritten the Adrian part as Jewish, and, besides Paulie, she had a Jewish mother who truly despised Rocky. Obviously all this was relegated to the drama shit can when Talia Shire walked into the office and bells went off in my head. Thank you, puss-nuts, and keep eating dead things you find in the orifices of disease-riddled cadavers. You wanted to be insulted, you got it.
5. What is the most ridiculous rumour you've ever heard about yourself? "Walker" - London, England
The most ridiculous rumors I’ve ever heard were: Elton John and I were naked under his piano, listening to “Rocket Man” while sipping champagne out of each others shoes; I had a pump south of the border; and I would not allow workers to go to the bathroom on the set.
6. Were there ever (or are there) any plans for a sequel to COBRA? Adam P. Cray Los Angeles, CA
I thought Cobra had every chance to have been a wonderful character that could have caused some memorable cinematic mayhem. I take the blame because I should’ve directed it, and the choices made in the last thirty minutes of the movie were pretty banal. I believe the inclusion of a real actress and not a bewigged ex-wife would’ve certainly been a celebrated change and perhaps would’ve made the series a lot more dramatic.
7. Do you think Arnold can get back into top shape using your company's FORZA-T and LEANFIRE so he can make one last CONAN film? Ever since he became governor, he has gotten a little bit out-of-shape! AB KING
I’ve been to Arnold’s house and he has an unbelievable gym, and knowing the man, he could get into really top non-competitive shape if he so wished, irregardless of using my company’s products. Being Governor leaves little time to exercise since I know first hand he’s on the go from 7:00 in the morning to 9:00 at night. He’s happy ruling the state. I think Conan would be better off joining Cobra and seeking employment at a local Chippendales.
8. Hi Sly, I was wondering what it was like working with David Carridine in 'Death Race 2000' and whether any of your lines were ad libbed? You have some classics in that film! Thank You. Mike Plant United Kingdom
David Carradine was nice to work with, but definitely a bit distant. Kind of like a circus float that got away and no one could ever pull it back to earth. I was very adamant on making the fight scenes great, but he had a habit - or should I say reputation - of unloading on stuntmen. Our first fight in the garage, I threw a punch and he countered and sure enough, he clipped me and never bothered to say anything about it. Take two he clipped me again, and I could no longer resist the temptation of wanting to crush his windpipe. Sunny Shields, who was the stunt double for me at the time, took over and I was sent away. There was a lot of ad-libbing in the film. Matter of fact, I think nearly every line I had was enhanced with ad-libs, especially in the car. I’ll never forget when we stopped all the drivers, who are supposed to get a massage and get naked (because that’s just part of a Roger Corman film, I don’t know why), but I had a strong dose of morals that morning and said “I’m not getting naked.” Roger Corman, who was heavily dressed at the time since it was cold, insisted that it is part of the formula to get naked somewhere in the film. Roger Corman is a real gentleman, I mean that, but I wasn’t dropping trousers for anybody, so I said, “If you want to get naked, I’ll join you.” Roger of course said no, and I ended up doing something in my Fruit of the Looms.
9. Mr. Stallone, In the David Carradine vehicle CANNONBALL, you and Martin Scorsese play mafia goons in a brief scene opposite the film's director, Paul Bartel, and a conspicuously placed bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. To see the three of you acting together is a bizarre experience, made even more bizarre by what I think is dialogue improvised as the camera rolled. Whatever the case, it's a scene I return to again and again on the Blue Underground DVD. I just can't get enough of you and Marty trading lines with Paul, and that crazy chicken bucket in the center of the frame. What do you remember about the shoot? Was the scene improvised? Who brought the KFC? Thank you, Patrick Lefcourt Albany, NY
In CANNONBALL, Paul Bartel asked me to sit down with Scorsese and just ramble on about…. Bartel just did a scene together in an hour or so, I think just as a cutting reference or filler. The scene was definitely made up as we went along, and the chicken was supplied by Mr. Bartel, who I have nothing but fond memories of, a real gentleman.
10. Hi Sly, iam the senior tourguide at the graumans chinese theatre, when i get the chance i like to ask people who have had there handprints placed in the wet cement at the theatre if there are any storys they have that i could share on my theatre tour when i talk about there cement square in the forecourt. ive seen you quite a bit at several events at the chinese over the last few years but ive never gotten the chance to say hello. so my question is " when you were honored with a handprint ceremony at the Chinese theatre back in 1983 in connection with the release of Staying Alive, is there anything about the day that really stands out in your mind about the day. or is there anything that really stands out about any of the premieres youve had at the chinese?" thanks for your time and i look forward to seeing the LA premeire of ROcky Balboa next week up on our big screen at the chinese theatre on the 13th of December and hopefully ill get a chance to say hello to you in person. Levi
Dear Levi, The only thing I can remember was being surprised that I was there. Even today, I feel humbled by the experience. I wish I could remember something that stands out in a cinematic fashion, but really the most lingering memory is how I never successfully removed the cement from the edges of my beloved, black wing-tipped shoes. Thank you. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the premiere of ROCKY BALBOA. Come up and say hello.

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  • Dec. 8, 2006, 10:54 p.m. CST

    first

    by Toddstarwatcher

    first

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I'm watching Sly on Leno on TV right now.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Amazing.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:06 p.m. CST

    I'm watching Leno too

    by CherryValance

    He's funny on there too. I've never heard of puss-nuts before. Do you think that's the precursor to crotch tartar?

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:10 p.m. CST

    man

    by Bloo

    the more of these I read the more and more I like Sly...Dude, you've made me a fan once agian, Salama (Filipino for "Thank You")

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Sly is the greatest

    by Darth Thoth

    I'm loving these Q&As!

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:12 p.m. CST

    This guy is truly being honest!

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    Sly seems to be opening up and really giving an honest to god honest answer to some of these questions... His answer in regards to Cobra.."I believe the inclusion of a real actress and not a bewigged ex-wife would’ve certainly been a celebrated change and perhaps would’ve made the series a lot more dramatic." I completely agree. Bridget's presence in this film makes me wince in pain. It's cheesy knowing that she and Cobra were real life partners. I don't particularly think that Harry is giving him the best questions in the hat, but Stallone is answering what he is getting pretty honestly.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:13 p.m. CST

    I didn't need an image of naked Elton under a piano....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I imagine him with wild hair waving his arms laughing like The Joker.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:14 p.m. CST

    James Cameron Helped Write Rambo. Tell Us Sly!

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    I've sent this question in and I've yet to see it appear, so I'm just going to throw it out here and see if Sly will respond. James Cameron has writing credits for First Blood 2:Rambo. I'm curious has to how his involvement came to be in the project and what he added to the Rambo character. Stallone, what do you remember about working with J.C.?

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:26 p.m. CST

    So SLY, will you miss us when this is over??

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    We're gonna miss you. :) We're not talking to you directly but it's been great having you "hang out" with us, in a sense, here. Every night I'm here doing homework for my grad classes and I get to see you "talk" to us. Thanks for this great opportunity! :P

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:27 p.m. CST

    MESSAGE TO STALLONE: You are the man...

    by ABking

    From your number 1# fan I just want to say THANK YOU for doing this question and answer interview! YOU ARE THE BEST:)

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Refreshing

    by streakerfreak1983

    It was nice to hear some new stuff on other films. Didn't realize Carridine was like that. While Stallone is no where near the top of my list of favorite actors, I am now having a lot more respect for him. I got to say he is good at what he does and I enjoy seeing him at his best. I will always remember Cliffhanger. It was my first R and Stallone film that I saw in theaters. And I always love the campy, cult stuff like Death Race 2000

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST

    "The Rock" is indeed awesome....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    And like Mr. Stallone he seems like a genuine fellow. The Rock would actually make a great opponent for Rambo. In every Rambo movie, Rambo has to wrestle with this huge bad guy henchman. The Rock (or Tony Jaa) would make great opponents.

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Are you psychic, Stalker? I had the same question.

    by TheRealRatigan

    Did Sly and Cameron meet on RAMBO? Most curiously, why haven't they worked together in all the years since RAMBO? Was there ever a Cameron and Stallone collaboration suggested or talked about? I can't be the only one wondering...

  • Dec. 8, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Stuff like this is an eye opener

    by streakerfreak1983

    I always enjoy Q&A with actors and directors, like inside the actors studio and this. It allows you to see a celebrity as they really are. It opens then up and let's you know if they are a dick or they are just faking everything and acting like they know it all when they are really just idiots. Then you have people like Stallone who show there soul and allow us to really understand who they are and with that, despite your opinions on there films, you realise the film world is better with them in it

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:02 a.m. CST

    I know he'll never answer this.

    by TheRealRatigan

    But I really want to know - did you get head on the set with your sound on? It's not the wierdest urban legend, but I think it's the funniest. "Work the shaft, and cradle the balls." That's what I'm talking about.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:11 a.m. CST

    "When you're strong enough, there are no precedents."

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    (-quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald) I think that's the primary lesson for those who are doubting what Rocky in Rock balboa can do, what Mr. Stallone can do, and what Rambo will do. Heroes don't look at what's already been done in the hopes of matching or beating it.....they envision things that have yet to happen.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:23 a.m. CST

    "take her to the zoo, i hear retards love the zoo"

    by triplefive

    classic shit. thought of that when he mentioned the "Some people just hate for no reason" line.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Noice

    by Jaka

    More great stuff. Thanks.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Agreeing to do this thing...

    by Seph_J

    ... is one thing, but actually reading what is written in the talkbacks is something else. Maybe i'm warming to this guy. And after yesterdays questions, I went back & saw Rocky 1 & 2 again.... and I thorougly enjoyed them... so my opinion of this guy is certainly improving. Wouldn't it be nice if we could have 200 questions with a complete moron next time... give us something to rip into.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 1:11 a.m. CST

    oooo...oooo

    by streakerfreak1983

    do Ben Afleck. Wouldn't that be fun. Probaly go home crying after reading our talkbacks. OH NO!! MICHAEL BAY!! Come on wouldn't that one be fun.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Im Sold

    by Fernwick_

    Ok, im sold, ill go see the film opening weekend. I cant resist. Plus these talkbacks are just too damn cool. Hey Sly, just make sure you do Inglorious Bastards and Ill be happy, nothing like going out on top. With a quality flick, that absolutely no one is gonna talk shit about. Quentin knows exactly how to take care the talent. Just dont kill off Rocky at the end, just dont. Fernwick

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Wow.

    by Dave Bowman

    I've only seen a few Stallone films, but I'm reading all these Q&As because his answers are so engaging, honest, and funny. I salute you, Mr. Stallone.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:05 a.m. CST

    I know everybody hates him...

    by TiVo1138

    But there's one director who I'd love to see work with Stallone -- M. Night Shyamalan. Bruce Willis gave two great performances, as did Mel Gibson. I'd like to see what would happen if he got another action star like Stallone to be in a movie. Set it in Philadelphia too. Stallone, you're great actor. Don't stop after Rocky Balboa.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Sly, thanks for coming back man

    by antonphd

    I'm glad you're back in theaters. Tonight I've been watching the Rocky movies. Talked to a guy who works at the same game studio I do, he's at home watching them too. We love you man. We know where the heart and soul of your characters came from. It's good to have you back. Don't leave again, at least stay behind the camera.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:18 a.m. CST

    I'd like to see a John Woo Stallone movie...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Mr. Action....meet Mr. Action Director. Yeah, some people rag on Mission Impossible 2, but that suffered more from writing issues, and Woo didn't write it. Plus MI2 made $215 domestically, so forget you! Hard Boiled, A Better Tomorrow, and The Killer are amazing and were kicking ass in the 80s and 90s alongside Rambo and Terminator. The thought of John Woo's gliding camera swinging down past Rambo as he mows down the enemies in the back of a moving Hummer SUT gives me chills. :P

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST

    religious imagery in rocky

    by damagedinc

    i had a religion-media-movies class in my undergrad school where the professor tried to equate film's protagonist with Jesus. Luke Skywalker, Superman, and....Rocky. One of his big arguments for religious imagery in Rocky was in regards to the beginning of the film where he said Rocky was being equated with Jesus in that establishing shot. Then someone from the class said that he read about how that was just a huge coincidence and that the filmmakers just made use of their settings at the last minute. the professor refused to believe it

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Very cool, as always...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...I swear, people are going to go into withdrawal when this Q&A session ends. Probably the coolest thing on AICN ever.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Garrick

    by mikeman03

    It was Lou Gehrig that said he was the luckiest man. Gehrig not Garrick!!!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:31 a.m. CST

    ...AND Stallone on SNL....

    by damagedinc

    some of the coolest moments on Saturday Night Live were 1) Norm McDonald berating Stallone after a car accident and 2) Stallone working for Orange Julius. With this feature, he has totally endeared himself to a subculture. FREAKIN' A SLY. KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:38 a.m. CST

    OVER THE TOP

    by armtv

    Please give some insight into the movie OVER THE TOP and how you got involved in the project. Were you happy with the result? You mentioned that making movies is like dressing in the dark. Did you go into the production of OTT with a different outcome in mind? If you had to do it over again would you NOT make the movie OR just go in a different direction with it? And as a very large fan of Mr. Stallone...I have been going to your movies most of my life. I am thirty four years old today and I can still remember my "Rocky moment"...leaving the theatre shadow boxing to the music in my head... but I have been SADDENED to see the last few movies you have made go staight to video...on the BLOCKBUSTER SHELF. Why does this happen? I don't understand the trend. You have millions of fans world wide AND I HOPE ROCKY BALBOA CHANGES THE TREND!! Thanks for these Q and A's ***********REPRESENTING THE SPORT OF ARMWRESTLING, GARY ROBERTS, ARM TV

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Awesome!

    by DocPazuzu

    This is the best thing to hit AICN in ages, perhaps ever. Not only do we get honest answers, hilarious anecdotes(one-winged owls and wanting to crush John "circus float" Carradine's windpipe), truly interesting insights and a ref to Kitty & Stud's, but Stallone also shows himself to be a down-n-dirty, high quality talkbacker! Perhaps there's a lesson for Don Murphy in all this.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:11 a.m. CST

    These Q&A's are pure gold

    by thatpeterguy

    This is some of the best internet I have ever seen. You wanna do a little upkeep on your image then come on here and whittle away. Before these Q&A's "Stallone" signified bad movies and cheesy arrogance. Now I think the guy is alright since even he has to laugh at some of the lower career choices he's made. This stuff really humanizes the guy. So all that being said GET ON IT AICN. We need more of these. There.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Stallone, you are the man!

    by BillEmic

    I've been in awe reading these Q&A sessions, as well as laughing my ass off. Stallone, you have revealed yourself to be one of the most honest, down-to-earth, and self-deprecating people in Hollywood. I have a newfound respect for you as an actor and filmmaker; and you better believe I will be there opening day for Rocky Balboa. Hell, this Q&A inspired me to go out and buy "Cliffhanger" on DVD tonight. I can't wait to see you impale a bad guy on a stalagtite.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Everybody watch this!!!

    by HammeredGuy

    It's "Hearts on Fire" the Rocky montage training in Russia to fight Ivan Drago! Do it while or before you read Sly's answers. Totally PUMPS you up to read, no kidding!!! Youtube! Brought a tear to my eye. I'm addicted to this 200 question thing. Sly you rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://youtube.com/watch?v=2TDxUsdRqrU

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:57 a.m. CST

    By the way...

    by HammeredGuy

    I don't remember Bridgette Neilson looking so hot. She was nastay on that Flavor Flav show.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Sly, Can You Just Do One Thing, It Would Take A Second

    by Luke Alright

    I really like this girl called Adrienne, but she lives in Scotland and i live in Oxford. We're both young, so the only means of getting into contact is via the phone or MSN Messenger. It truly is an underdog story, with lots of people calling us crazy, her parents not liking me and of course the distance. She's asked me to get her the Rocky boxset for Christmas, and i think the best Christmas present she could have with that...is just a call out from you. So please can you just write 'Yo, Adrienne from Sly' or something, i don't know how, e-mail me at pesfanatic@hotmail.com or something. But i do know that come February, when we go on our actual first date and meet up to see the new Rocky film, it'll be that more special. Thankyou Sly, even if you don't read this or do the call out Luke Gray, 17 England

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 4:27 a.m. CST

    My question was answered!

    by Sly Fox

    Thanks for finding it Harry and thanks for answering it Sly! I'm honoured that mine was the first Death Race question. - Mike Plant

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Mine was not!

    by Shermdawg

    Not one of them. Oh well, 12 more days to go.<br><br>Harry, if you're not pissed off at me over the Brisco County Jr. story, "that video", or "that failed venture" how about saving mine for last?<br><br>Y'know, keep me waiting like Ralphie on Christmas morning, and then, right at the last moment pull one of my crap questions from behind the desk and surprise the hell out of me!<br><br>Either that or give me an address for the check I'm currently writing. ;)

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 6:02 a.m. CST

    *You want questions and suggestions, Sly? I have them.

    by JDanielP

    Clint Eastwood was 56 when he did "HEARTBREAK RIDGE" ...and likewise, you are certainly capable of taking on such a "tough, old guy" role. And John Rambo is a character worth revisiting. Plus, there are plenty of directions you can go with the character, ...even surprising ones. Consider, for example, how the RAMBO and ROCKY sequels changed in style, ...each having their own unique vision (for better or worse, as "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", as is the case with "art"). Have you considered taking the Rambo character in a really surprising direction? One... VVVVERY... surprising direction (which I would love AND pay to see) would be for Rambo to be living back in the states (choose your setting, choose his occupation) where John Rambo has a daughter (choose her age) and she is engaged to be married. The guy she is engaged to happens to be "The Rock" (choose his occupation, good or bad). Now take that idea and run with it, with as much HUMOR and/or ACTION (drama, whatever) and CONFLICT as you want. THAT would be a fun screenplay to write (and re-write). --On another note, I'd love to see you just completely trust a proven, talented filmmaker such as Quentin Tarantino ("INGLORIOUS BASTARDS", yes!!!) or someone of the likes of James Cameron (Tell us anything interesting about your history with Jim.) --And lastly, are you against using blue/green screen technology for computer visual/special effects and computer animation? Do you consider yourself to be a director who prefers a more life-like vision, ...or are you open to using lots of blue/green screen if the movie is so effects driven, such as one based in the realm of fantasy? If you happen to respond or answer these questions, great. If not, ...then I only wish you great success in whatever choices you make. Best of luck to you, Sly.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Tell us about Cliffhanger!!!!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Whats it like hanging by your fingertips with no safety rope?? Scary shit, great movie!!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 7:23 a.m. CST

    My only comment on Stallone

    by FluffyUnbound

    The story of how Rocky was written and then brought to production has to make you respect the guy. It doesn't matter if IV was a little silly, or if Sly made a movie with Dolly Parton, or if you didn't like the choices made in making Judge Dread. Stallone got one of the greatest sports movies of all time made because of his own integrity. Period.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Sell ROCKY & RAMBO characters to MICROSOFT (XBOX 360).

    by JDanielP

    Say what you want, but these characters could be HUGE in the video game market, if done RIGHT. With a company like Microsoft handing the characters over to a software company like Bungie, you could expect great things. --Also, why couldn't "prime" Stallone be brought back to life via computer animation, as in a computer animated movie or game, like a sequel to "THE INCREDIBLES" or a game like "TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER", movie or game??? Let's hope that all this potential doesn't get wasted!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Love Cliffhanger!

    by Megaladon

    Cliffhanger in on my Christmas list this year! It's one of the few movies I can watch over and over again plus it always inspires to get out and do something physical.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 8:09 a.m. CST

    This stuff....

    by Warm Soft Lie

    Is like crack ...I can't get enough!! Keep it coming, Sly!!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Inglorious Bastards

    by Killgore

    Can you tell us anything about your involvement with Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards?

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 8:46 a.m. CST

    What is Rocky's first name?

    by Aurelfell

    Most non-fictional people called "Rocky" actually have another first name that they don't use. Rocky Marciano's first name was Rocco. Rocky Nelson's first name was Glenn. Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson's first name is Ross. Does Rocky Balboa have a first name he never uses, or is his first name actually Rocky?

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Aurelfell

    by antonphd

    I'm guessing Rocky's first name is Robert since Rocky Jr is called Robert in V.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    This is my fiancee Slinky. Up Slinky.

    by Dr Gregory House

    TANGO: What are you doing? What are you doing? What are you doing? CASH: Relax. Soap. And don’t flatter yourself…Pee Wee. TANGO: I don’t know you that well. Don’t worry Cash, someday the other one will drop. CASH: That a boy, tripod, you just keep talking. TANGO: Sure thing Minnie Mouse. Just gotta know Sly. Scripted or improv?!?

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    what no tango and cash q's....

    by rdsxfan8

    I figured by now someone would have been able to sneak in a question about working with kurt "snake pliskin" russel in tango and cash. Come one i love that movie!!! great buddy cop flick of the 90's....

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sly!

    by Fing Fang Foom

    You are a delight

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Your opnion about the Michael Jackson trial

    by Ninja Turtle

    Hi Mr. Stallone, I would like to know your opinion about the recent Michael Jackson trial. There are some pictures of you and MJ when you visiting the Bad and Dangerous concert. So I assum you are a fan of his music. I feel that Michael Jackson has been a target of the media. And the negative press has resulted in a bad atmosphere in wich, in my opinion, crazy accusations made it into court. I would like to know you're opninion because you are a mega star and you have dealt with unfair negative press also. Thank you!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Glass Stains

    by Sith Witch

    Here's a rumour I heard years ago: My sister-in-law is friends with someone that dated him (supposedly), and said he likes to get underneath glass tables and have women sh&# on top of the glass while he watches from below. Chalk that up with the rumours above! It's interesting the stories people will concoct.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    I was never a big Stallone fan, but...

    by rbatty024

    I'll admit this "interview" has been pretty entertaining. I never knew the guy was so funny and self-depricating. Good stuff.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Hey Sylvester Stallone!

    by Cotton McKnight

    I never thought I would get a chance to say this, because I haven't thought of a good question yet. I just wanted to say thanks for all of the great entertainment you have given me and my family over the years. You're a real class act and a great role model for all the people coming up in the business. I will absolutely be there on opening day, December 20th.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    My copy of Oscar filed with my bw Screwball Comedies

    by gadlaw6

    I know image is everything and I know actors get pidgeon holed by their success. Sly 'is' Rocky, and Rambo and all the other unique action heroes that he's played. He doesn't get the credit he deserves for being a darn fine actor. The movie Oscar is a case in point. A fast talking, screwball comedy in the style of Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday. Great movie, great dialogue, great acting and Sylvester Stallone pulls it off. It would be great to see another Sly comedy like that, probably won't happen but at least Oscar is there and it illustrates the range and talent of Mr. Stallone. Sly lives the life the way we all would like to live it, as his character Rocky says, it's about how hard you get hit by life and still go forward. I'm so there on the first day Rocky Balboa opens.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 11:51 a.m. CST

    A Welcome Reprive from Inane Flame Wars

    by DeeJay

    My question; was there a particular point--- and when would it have been--- that you realized the first "Rocky" script you authored was worth all that you risked (your reputation, personal finances and, allegedly, your knuckles), as the film is now recognized as a classic? As an aside, I ask this because in today's environment, people in almost every walk of life are seemingly fettered to Kiyosaki's concept of OPM (other people's money) to fund their ventures. So much so, in fact, I sometimes wonder how many creative masterpieces never see the light of day because the author, actor, painter, or whomever doesn’t persevere in their commitment to their intellectual works... once some type of risk is introduced into the equation.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, noon CST

    When you get pwned by Sly..

    by Talkbacker with no name

    maybe it's time to hand in that TB username. hehe I fucking love this guy!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I wonder...

    by streakerfreak1983

    I am really curious as to who he feels todays so called action stars are that wear nail polish and answer to the name bitch. Just curious as to how he views the action genre now. Today's big budget action films are generaly political/spy/british drug films, which by the way I love. Hope he is not talking about Bourne or Bond. Maybe Vin? I hope so.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:08 p.m. CST

    my friend's mom said she slept with stallone

    by idrankatab

    www.myspace.com/cookiedecoratay

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:22 p.m. CST

    hey sly

    by jonboy83

    lou garrick wasnt even the best yankee. it was either babe rooth or mikey mantle.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Cliffhanger is one of the best action films EVER!

    by Gabba-UK

    I remember when it came out and it was considered your come back film by many many people (including me). But now were on your forth/fifth comeback film and it only really occurred to me that in fact, you've never left. Your still here. I've always liked you in interviews and these talkbacks have left me with the intention of seeing Rocky 6!! Cant believe I just typed that. Anyway, you sir are what we in blighty call a top bloke!!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I think Sly is calling out AK-47.....

    by ptindy

    The beginning of this Q/A, he talks about someone hating on him and I believe he is referring to this.... Back in Round 5 Talkback AK-47 had the following to say. (And since then, I believe he has been AWOL:) Sorry Sly... by AK-47 Dec 6th, 2006 09:32:27 AM but your movie SUCKS. I went to a private screening of Rocky Balboa last night and if anyone here has any inkling that this movie is anything but awful, you or sorely sorely mistaken. It's a nothing more than a vanity piece by an aging Hollywood ego-maniacal has-been. The first two-thirds is all set-up for a ridiculous final act that stretches the bounds of plausability with its "I don't need to block a punch" fighting style typical of all the Rocky movies. The set-up is ok but it spends the majority of its time trying to convince the audience that a near 60 year old brain damaged former fighter might beat a current heavyweight champion. I mean when you see Mason Dixon it's obvious this wasn't necessary as the guy looks like Mohammed Ali's daughter could kick his ass. Even hard-core Rocky fans will scoff when enjoyable moments such as the training are brushed over in order to get to the fight scene that is not only poorly executed and anti-climatic, but is little more than one giant Golden Palace advertisement. And don't get me started on the gratuitous Paulie moments in which he makes endless racist jokes that we're supposed to find funny or ignore, but just come off as pathetic. Yes, make no mistake, this movie is a travesty.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    At first I was "meh" about this Q & A thing.

    by vivavitalogy

    But after setting things stright and the set of questions and answers that followed I got hooked like a fly to cow shit. HA! Sly now strikes me as a rocket scientist that would much rather play with tinker toys. By the way, that's a compliment in my book.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 1:09 p.m. CST

    yes he was talking about ak-47

    by streakerfreak1983

    or must be. that was the only overtly negative thing. Granted I did stand up for his opinion about the film, but I do not know if he is correct. We will see when the film comes out. I do have to say this, the trailer was not very well done. But as we all know that means nothing. Geez,Pearl Harbor had an amazing trailer and we all know how that came out so lets wait and see. Sly seems to have a lot of faith and pride in the film and since he has been so honest about his dislikes and likes about all of his other films that says a lot about this. Here's hoping.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Go ahead. I don't shop here.

    by Dr Gregory House

    Sly. I've always wondered why 'The Cobra' cut that damn piece of pizza with scissors. Was there no other cutlery in the apartment? Were all the dishes dirty? No 'sporks' from KFC lyin' around? I will say this. In 1986, I pulled out the scissors on a date at the local Pizza Hut and the chick was impressed. Add to that, using an unlit matchstick instead of a tootpick after dinner and cruisin' town with warm 'Coors'. Needless to say, I scored a lot of poon that year. Thanks Sly.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Susan Sarandon too attractive = flames on Optimus

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Too attractive?! Come on Sly! Are you friends with Tim Robbins or something?

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST

    this remains refreshingly fascinating

    by occula

    i said it before and i'll say it again, this is the most fun on this website yet. smokes all the other blah-de-dah interviews and, yes, the predictable flame wars. and we're lucky enough to be getting it from somebody who has had the most charmingly, bizarrely storied career...and, no matter what he did or does, he will always have been granted the highest honor for his work in the industry, which says something about his love of the game. thanks again sly.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:08 p.m. CST

    The PULSE..recommended by EARL DITTMAN!

    by Cletus Van Damme

    You know that's a high watermark of quality! Harry...what are you doing running that ad in front of a demographic of hundreds (ok, maybe dozens) of people who know the deal with Dittman. For those of you who don't, check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Dittman

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:10 p.m. CST

    the best EARL DITTMAN link....

    by Cletus Van Damme

    http://www.efilmcritic.com/feature.php?feature=712

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I couldn't imagine Burt Reynolds as Rocky Balboa.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Burt Reynolds in the sweats running up the stairs? WTF? It's almost as crazy an image as Tom Selleck as Indiana Jones.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    FLAMES ON OPTIMUS = CHER AS ADRIAN

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Even more flames = Her wanting a million bucks for it.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST

    So sly pwned ak-47?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    hahaha time to hand in that username, AK!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Keep on punching Sly/ Fuck that "hate for no reason guy

    by DARTH VOODOO

    I love what Sly had to say about the "people who hate for no reason" That was well said. Mr Stallone has given more than that turd ever will. Rocky is an inspiration to millions around the world. While that guy with all the negitive things to say is jerking off in his parents basement at 35 years old. Keep punching Sly. Can't wait for Rocky Balboa.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:28 p.m. CST

    The most respect to you Mr. Stallone

    by super Cucaracha

    You've always been my favorite actor since I watched Rocky and First blood. I've always related to the underdog characters that you usually play. Blind motherfuckers who do not see your talent out of ignorance stupifies me on every level. You are the main reason why my dream of becoming a film maker is still alive with Al Pacino coming in second. Wish you all the luck and hopefully I get to work with you once I hit it big. *** I think you can go the route that the great Clint Eastwood did... Making action movies with characters like Dirty Harry at your age. Nothing too physical. Just you with a fucking pistol killing rapists or something. Take care!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST

    puss-nuts!

    by roccotheripper

    hahaha, haven't heard that in.. well.. never heard that! haha. guess it means she-man!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Mr Stallone

    by kwisatzhaderach

    How refreshing to read some 'no bullshit' comments from a Hollywood star. I, and i'm sure a lot of other people on here, very much appreciate you taking the time to interact with your fans. You, sir, are a true Hollywood legend.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    To all the people who doubt if Sly can pull this off

    by DARTH VOODOO

    Why don't you dorks get in the ring with him? I'm sure, even at 60 he would kick your ass. I'm not trying to volunteer Sylvester Stallone to get in the ring with thousands of dorks. I just mean rather than be negative about the film. You should be giving the man credit for still being out there. And still trying to contribute on the biggest of stages. Hat's off to Sly for getting this film done. And the message (that life does not end at 30)that it gets out.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Sly is a Real Artist

    by sentient

    I'm the guy who still believes that Charlton Heston can kick Cinematic Ass! San's a gun. I look forward to Stallone's Poe. I hope it's a story of bitter self doubting, self loathing, self abusive, reclusive, artistic struggle. I'm an artist myself. I like to sculpt prop film replica characters. Recreation is the hardest form of art in the sculptural field. This is not true for music or drawing. Too many exact answers too the questions are given. I find that art helps me to escape myself and the world- more than anything else. I'm also a perfectionist, and that means that I toil and go mad over my own artistic efforts. I am my own worst enemy and judge. Making it damn near impossible to see things I begin finished. Seeing and knowing my own failure and mistakes too clearly. I imagine that if Poe was also a perfectionist that he probably reworked his narrative and character vocals over and over again until the words and plot had a certain flow about them that made him feel like they earned their place or spoke on his desire/eye to really peel away the layers of needless filler to tell a story- that so many others tend to place into the narrative art form to expand the pages and length. It's a crazy world being a creative type! You are so full of self doubt and you admire and idolize so many other creative types. Wishing too one day stand among or above them. Stallone's a pretty cool guy! I'm a timid small fuzzy creature, stuck in the awe of his oncoming headlights of wisdom and life, and laughs. He shoots straight from the hip, and he seems like he's awake in life. Which so very few are. Even more so when they hail or reside in the Wood. No one has YES-MAN'd Sly to a point where he's a do it by numbers writer, director, and actor. He still wants to say and do something profound and truthful in regards to his work. He seems to enjoy knowing that he's reaches a place in the common mans heart with his films. His travel to where he is now sounds like it had a rocky start (no pun intended). Living on the street, dreaming of others watching, reading, and enjoying something you poured your heart and soul into. Finally taking that plunge and seeing something happen that exceeds the scope of that dream. That must be one hell of a feeling to receive and be a part of. I guess the one question I really want to know is the Stanley Kubrick thing. I know Stallone went to Kubrick's house in England and asked about playing Poe or working on a Poe movie with Stanley, and Stanley slammed or refused to open the door, or something like that. Well here's Stallone all these years later. Still wanting to do this, still feeling some form of emotional attachment to it that only an true, loving, obsessive type, could. The people who don't drop things despite the refusal or discouragement of others. In most cases these "Wont Let Go" types, do they're obsessions real justice. I have absolut faith in Sly in regards to Poe. I think I know or sahre some of his pain in regards to this. I got this 3 years going clay sculpted Empire Strikes Back version of Yoda. It must, no it has to be perfect to the film used version! No matter how long I toil away my life on it to get it there! I don't care. I must see it done perfect too the source. So even the most disconcerting eye is incapable of knowing that it is a ground up made replica. May the Poe be with you! Mr. Stallone I'm rabbling. Now if only Sly, Bruce, Arnold, Jackie, and Van would make a super superhero flick. I'm dying to see them all in the same frame at one time in a cinematic flick. It could be a cool Grind House trailer! Enough of my ass kissing. Go get em Sly! beat their ears and eyes in, change their opinions to the point where they fallaciously claim to have always believed in you when there was so much doubt! Thats what real artist does everyday and I think your of the same cloth.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    If the Stones can do it. So can Rocky!!!

    by DARTH VOODOO

    I remember about a year and a half ago people laughing that the 60 plus year old Rolling Stones were going back out on tour. Now, after nearly completing the biggest tour in the history of music. Nobody is laughing at the Stones (the only band left in the world that plays 50,000 seat football stadiums on a regular basis) anymore. They outsold bands 1/3 their age by 100 to 1. The same thing is going to happen when Rocky Balboa is a major x-mas hit.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 4:55 p.m. CST

    The Rock was good in Be Cool

    by CherryValance

    That movie was awful except for him and Vince Vaughn. So he definitely has potential.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I still sat Stallone should do LEGEND OF THE DUELIST

    by Monkey_King

    Obtain the rights to the Etheridge book, get Dolph Lundgren, Mark Dacascos and Jackie Chan cast(and a female lead who doesn't mind running around sans clothes ala Mathilda May in LIFEFORCE, as the romantic interest). This has Stallone written all over it(to me anyway) and would make an incredible action/sci-fi/martial arts feature film. Get Rob Rodriguez or John Woo to direct.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Sly, I've sent in a James Cameron/Rambo II question.

    by darthbinks1220

    How did his view of the Green Beret differ from yours? Also, I have seen Rocky more than any other movie, even Star Wars! My favorite scene, however, is the vigil in Rocky II. Rocky's weeping by the bed of the comatose Adrian was beautifully acted. Razzies, be damned. You are a Hollywood icon.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I wonder if he realizes that about us.

    by CherryValance

    I mean I think most of us 30somethings watched the Star Wars and Rocky movies continuously as children. It's like he half raised us. We all have two dads, and they're George Lucas and Sylvester Stallone. ;)

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    This is the best thing AICN has ever done!

    by Kirbymanly

    Harry! Hire Sly has a guest reviewer!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 7:48 p.m. CST

    AK-47 - don't hate the hater too much

    by antonphd

    Thanks to him, we got to see Stallone bitch slap someone in real life. That was priceless.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Stallone! I'm coming for you!

    by Tin Cup McAvoy

    Sly, How about getting those of us deployed to Afghanistan a screening of Rocky Balboa? The Army is an appreciative audience. Tin Cup

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST

    When was the last time Sly went to the grocery store?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    You know, just casually walked in pushing a shopping cart, looked at produce, picked up some cereal, some meat, then pushed the cart to the register and scanned the candy bars while waiting in line. I wonder if he remember when the last time he did that? :)

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Mr. Mcpoops

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Well, how was yours?

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Is there any animosity between Rocky and his opponent?

    by BillEmic

    I'm curious: I'm used to Clubber Lang being a rotten bastard in Rocky III and the revenge story of Rocky IV. I can't imagine Rocky stepping into the ring with someone who he doesn't have some kind of vendetta against. But it seems like in Rocky Balboa, it's more of a sporting event and a way for Rocky to prove he can still go the distance; there's no personal conflict between the two fighters. Is this true or is there any kind of animosity here?

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Gold

    by dregmobile

    These are all gold.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 10:53 p.m. CST

    What a class act...

    by SK909

    seriously, what other Hollywood star has ever demonstrated this kind of class, humor, decency, and unerring honesty in an interview? I think that, by far, the saddest thing about this is that it will never get the credit it deserves as an important piece of film journalism. It's just fucking ridiculous... it's the same as how certain celebrities will go on(or not go on) Howard Stern and not open up in the least bit, as though their particular stories are the ones that are the most earth-shattering or something, and yet Paul McCartney went on there and was honest to a fault, almost. I'm not the biggest fan of his, but I acknowledge his importance as a cultural figure is far above, say, Gwyneth Paltrow, who consistently demonstrates in interviews what an out-of-touch with reality, self-important bitch she has become(did anyone see her on the Daily Show?) Anyway, why an interview on The View or 20/20 or any number of other 'news' or 'talk' programs are better than this when all they do is soft-pedal and do their best to maintain the customary air of phoniness is beyond me. But we all know this is the shit and so is Sly and, for now, that just has to be enough.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 10:55 p.m. CST

    lol hersey squirt

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    That sounds like it could be a Street Fighter move.

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Sly Should Return...

    by abcdefghijklmnop

    ...once Rambo begins filming. This stuff is great!

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 11:07 p.m. CST

    25 hours have elapsed

    by proper

    Is Harry going to lose the bet?hold this while we wait.http://youtube.com/watch?v=fndKRjNYLiY

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Yo, Harry...I didn't hear no bell!

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    Let's keep the sparring going. Where are today's Q&A's?

  • Dec. 9, 2006, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Knew it

    by J Q

    I KNEW we wouldn't make it through this whole exercise without at least one of the days being posted late. BNAT 8 or not, this is typical of AICN. Way to go on dropping that winning streak, boys. Better luck next time. JQ

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 12:03 a.m. CST

    It's only 10:00PM PAC....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    One of them was already posted way later than this. 10:00PM is not late yet.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Commitment

    by J Q

    Look it up. Instead of assigning someone to post todays Q&A they just said fuck it. This simple fact is indicative of this whole site. It should have been so easy to have had someone post tonights Q&A and had tonight be another quiet night, but Harry chose to keep his fat ass in a movie seat for those 20 min, and this is what we get. I guess he never got his "coccain"....damn you, product placement. JQ

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 1:17 a.m. CST

    i'll agree that it's lame

    by jaylerd

    i'll agree that it's lame they promise a daily update and fail to deliver when it shouldnt be that difficult, but even as bored as i am, i'm willing to say that i live or die by the stallone updates. get a hobby, sir.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Remember everyone....

    by streakerfreak1983

    the Butt Fuck is going on so we probaly won't get one tonight. It's 11:35pm here in Oregon so there is still a chance.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 1:30 a.m. CST

    I have a Question for the man.

    by Power_Girl

    Do you ask questions in talk back? If so my Question is...What ever happened to the original cut of Cliffhanger? There was talk at the time that the original cut was to violent and was ordered to be cut down. Are there any plans to release this version on DVD or are the changes to minor to worry about? and are there any juicy deleted scenes from any of your films that have never seen the light of day?...........I also have a second question but it doesn't have to be answered. Do you like female action heroes and would you ever allow yourself to be beaten by a woman hero in an action film?

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:44 a.m. CST

    A certain ex-wife

    by BannedOnTheRun

    My own wife dragged me into the horror spectacle that was The Surreal Life, and all joking aside, Ms. Nielsen was just sad. I mean that literally: it was painful to see straight up alcoholism put on exhibit like that. Like the family used to say, she looked like she'd been "rode hard and put away wet." Too late to ask, but I wonder if Sly caught any of that. What a friggin' train wreck.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Questions

    by Talkbacker with no name

    er...you people asking questions here know you have to email them to Harry to get them answered by Sly?

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Long time fan

    by Gretz

    I like your comments, they seem very sincere and I can't wait for Rocky Balboa. Anyways are you ever going to do another action adventure type movie like cliffhanger or daylight or is the demand just not there. Also was there ever any talk of making a sequel to cliffhanger? By the way your the only italian actor who hasn't worked with martin scorsese or been stereotyped as the italian mob guy.... whats up with that. Is there any director--other than tarrentino- who you'd like to work with and what are your realistic chances of actually working with them.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Long time fan

    by Gretz

    I like your comments, they seem very sincere and I can't wait for Rocky Balboa. Anyways are you ever going to do another action adventure type movie like cliffhanger or daylight or is the demand just not there. Also was there ever any talk of making a sequel to cliffhanger? By the way your the only italian actor who hasn't worked with martin scorsese or been stereotyped as the italian mob guy.... whats up with that. Is there any director--other than tarrentino- who you'd like to work with and what are your realistic chances of actually working with them.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST

    My Birthday today

    by Rocky4

    Where's the questions. Hoping that one of the several I e-mailed get chosen - but won't hold my breath. Loving every response so far anyway. If Sly decides to knock acting on the head after Rocky and Rambo he'll be robbing us of one of Hollywoods most enduring figures and it won't be the same without the prospect of a new Stallone film on the horizon.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Worst rumor about Stallone

    by Devil By The Deed

    A few years ago, Opie and Anthony went on for like an hour about some tabloid interview with a hooker that claimed Sly liked to sit under a glass coffee table while she defecated on it and it would smear. I'm sure it was fake, but if anyone here has the audio to it, a hilarious listen.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 9:33 a.m. CST

    A Good Read

    by justcheckin

    Interesting Q&A... there should be more of these!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Geez people

    by streakerfreak1983

    Enough with asking questions in talkback. Yes he has read talkback, but not answer questions. It is usless and annoying. Yup, Harry was too busy with the Butt Fuck. Well, it was only one miss. There is more to life then these Q&A's. Of course it seems that we all have become son engrossed in them it seems like there really is nothing more in life then these.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Didn't he updated during past Butt Numbs

    by streakerfreak1983

    I seem to remember Harry putting stuff up one the site during breaks at previous Butt Numbs. Like what films they have watched so far and what not. Maybe I am mistaking. Am I? But I seem to remember from past years.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Jay Leno

    by siriusem

    The joke about his hair was hilarious, I haven't seen anyone got him like that in some time now. I wonder if they really set him up.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Sly is right about todays action stars.

    by Omegaman

    Thats why he and Arnold and Bruce... are still in demand. Todays action heroes are a bunch of pussies. I dont think thats what the audiences want either, I think its because Hollywood is politically correct and averse to using strong white males in lead action roles. They still need to make action movies though because they make alot of money. So they make them with kung fu or swordfights, etc... instead of guns, and with male leads that are smaller and not as... physical. Thats less offensive to todays poltically correct climate (especially in Hollywood itself). The other thing they do is put minorites in these lead roles instead of white males, or they use females. I dont mind any of that if there was a market for it, and if it wasnt to the exclusion of having the kind of action stars and movies we use to back in the eighties.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    ZombieSolutions, talking like that will get you ak'd!

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Haven't you heard? Sly is the new guy in town round here and he don't take no shit from the likes of you, my friend.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Alice Cooper Stalker, i wanna hear that Q too

    by Exeter

    about Cameron/rambo 2 script. tis mym favorite rambo movie.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Irregardless?

    by rev_skarekroe

    C'mon Sly, you gotta know better than that.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Pwned by Stallone

    by PwnedByStallone

    Yes that was me being called out. I stand corrected on saying he didn't read talkbacks. However my opinion of the film has not changed with the passage of time and I'm fairly certain most of you will agree that Stallone will have pwned the audience on Christmas day.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Hey TheRealRatigan

    by porterdsgn

    Now that's the juicy stuff we all want to know!

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Legend of hollywood

    by StephenMooneyUk

    Hi Sly Personal i think that i and many millions of people consider you a legend and rocky to be one the best movies of all time. How does it feel to have written and directed such a successful and incredible movies as rocky?