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Stallone answers December 9th & 10th Questions in a double round - plus Harry's Seen ROCKY BALBOA at BNAT!!!

Published at: Dec. 16, 2006, 7:37 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here - FIRST - I'd like to apologize for Saturday's questions not getting up on Saturday. Merrick was supposed to do that - but apparently he must've had something that came up that kept him from doing it. I'm too euphoric from BNAT to be mad though. HOLY SHIT! ROCKY BALBOA IS POSSIBLY MY FAVORITE FILM EXPERIENCE OF THE YEAR. The Audience Chanting Rocky... people pumping arms in the air in the theater, sceaming "ROCKY ROCKY ROCKY!" Stallone looking like Edgar Rick Burrough's MUCKER or John Ford's Gypo Nolan. I love ROCKY BALBOA so much. I simply HAVE to see it multiple times to see if that emotion and reaction from the audience works on me again and again. AB KING - Prepare for both your heads to explode like a testosterone fountain at George Cukor's mansion back in the day. Well - here's Stallone with both Saturday (yesterday's) and Sunday (today's) Drink up!

RE: Lou Gehrig: Now, a lot of women have been known to not love the game of baseball, and to not know how to spell the name of a baseball player that passed away sixty years ago is a forgivable crime, so give the young lady a break, all you dictionary demons…. Dec. 9th
1. What were your reasons for changing certain aspects of James Cameron's Rambo 2 Script which has been available on the internet for a while now? In retrospect, do you regret your decisions? Was Cameron ever in talks to direct? Gerrich Baden bei Wien, Austria
No, I think that James Cameron is a brilliant talent, but I thought the politics were important, such as a right-wing stance coming from Trautman and his nemesis, Murdock, contrasted by Rambo’s obvious neutrality, which I believe is explained in Rambo’s final speech. I realize his speech at the end may have caused millions of viewers to burst veins in their eyeballs by rolling them excessively, but the sentiment stated was conveyed to me by many veterans.
2. Hi Sly You have had a long career, but Spy Kids and Death Race 2000 are the only times I’ve seen you play a bad guy. Do you have any plans, now that you have put nice guy Rocky to bed, to play a serious villain in a movie? I mean a right nasty piece of work. Graeme Lloyd London
I wouldn’t be opposed to playing a truly horrific individual. God knows I saw enough of that growing up. The thing is… whether he’s a bloodthirsty, flesh-ripping, Son of Sam-type or more psychologically sadistic, I would definitely opt for the latter. Maybe a remake of WHEN HARRY BEAT SALLY.
3. I notice there's a strong "faith and values" push in the marketing for "Rocky Balboa." Have you always thought of the "Rocky" series in that light, or is it just this last film? Jack Brown Grand Rapids, MI
No, I’ve always thought of Rocky as an individual that was chosen to take a journey that would bring together many “broken” people, including himself, and this group would achieve success because of their newfound self-respect. Good old-fashioned Christian values, nothing wrong with that.
4. Over the years, there have been some controversies about your screenwriting credits. Critics say you didn't write enough of "F.I.S.T" to earn writing credit. James Cameron says you added the heavily-criticized political angle to his original "Rambo: First Blood Part II" script. Chuck Wepner says you stole his life story for "Rocky." Is there anything you want to set straight about your screenwriting credits? Would you do anything differently, or do you think the controversies are overblown? Shane
First of all, as for Chuck Wepner, he knows the truth and it had nothing do to do with his “personal life.” I even regret the fact that he and ROCKY are associated because the two people couldn’t be more diverse. Second of all, I suppose James Cameron has a point, but in his original draft it took nearly 30-40 pages to have any action initiated and Rambo was partnered with a tech-y sidekick. So it was more than just politics that were put into the script. There was also a simpler story line. If James Cameron says anything more than that, then he realizes he’s now doing the backstroke badly in a pool of lies. And finally, Joe Eszterhas wrote a script that was nearly 400 pages and was more of a novel than a shootable screenplay. A great deal of work was done by myself, along with Norman Jewison, to hammer it into shape, but Joe had conceived a great concept.
5. Having been a life alone Stallone fan, it is safe to say I have seen all of your theatrical movies at least once if not 100 times. My question to you is why did D-Tox / Eye See You not get a wide theatrical release? Eye See You was your best performances and movies since Cop Land. When I tell people to check out a great missed movie from Stallone, I always suggest "Eye See You", but I can't understand why this movie never made it to the theaters. This movie had a good story, great actors, it was well directed, it also had decent budget of $55 million and yet it did not get a wide release...why? It's shame that more people didn't get a chance to see this movie in the theaters. Craig M. Farkas Beulah, MI
It’s very simple why D-TOX landed in limbo. A film is a very delicate creature. Any adverse publicity or internal shake-up can upset the perception of - and studio confidence in - a feature. For some unknown reason the original producer pulled out and right away the film was considered damaged goods; by the time we ended filming there was trouble brewing on the set because of overages and creative concerns between the director and the studio. The studio let it sit on the shelf for many months and after over a year it was decided to do a re-shoot. We screened it, it tested okay, Ron Howard was involved with overseeing some of the post-production… but the movie had the smell of death about it. Actually, if you looked up, you could see celluloid buzzards circling as we lay there dying on the distributor’s floor. One amusing note: It was funny, when we were met at the airport by the teamsters they’d have a sign in front of them saying DETOX, and all these actors like Kris Kristofferson, Tom Berenger and myself looked like we were going into rehab rather than a film shoot.
6. Hey Sly, Bruce Foster once told me this story and I want to know if it's true. He told me he met your brother Frank in a bar one night some 30 years ago. Frank said, "Let's go over to my brother's place." So Frank brought Bruce to your apartment, where, as Bruce described it to me, you were typing away in your undershirt. Frank introduced you to Bruce, who noticed that the windows in the apartment were painted black. When asked why this was, you said something about writing a screenplay that was going to make you a star and wanting no distractions. My questions is: Did you really paint your windows black while you were writing "Rocky"? - PF
I don’t remember Bruce Foster but I do remember the windows and they were painted black, simply because my life was dedicated to writing since acting jobs had eluded me. But make no mistake about it, my writing was pretty atrocious in the beginning and my style left a lot to be desired. For example, I would begin writing at 11:00 at night as I listened to the Bee Gees’ Odessa album over and over and over until 5:00 in the morning. The writing never amounted to much, but I memorized all the words to the album. It’s safe to say I’ve long since abandoned that method of writing. The reason I painted the windows is, I didn’t want any distractions or excuses to distract me from trying to work, such as, “My, what a nice day, I think I’ll go outside and beg for food.”
7. Dear Mr. Stallone, I have read your book Paradise Alley quite a few times and I really enjoy it. I have not yet seen the movie as I can't find a copy in any video stores here in New Zealand. What I wish to ask is, Is the book based on the movie or is the movie based on the book? As well as this I would also like to ask what do you think, in retrospect, of the book and the film? Oh and by the way, I can't wait for Rocky Balboa to come out! From Jeremy Garland New Zealand
Thank you Jeremy. I wrote the book first, then the screenplay. Both I wrote before I’d even thought about ROCKY, so originally they were done in 1974. But I was very broke and I optioned the screenplay of PARADISE ALLEY to a real… how should I say this… maggot, who put his hooks in so deep I could never get it away from him. So the first time I went in to meet Chartoff and Winkler, I was there on an acting job. I didn’t get it, but on the way out I said, “I have this screenplay called PARADISE ALLEY.” They said to bring it over and I did. They wanted to make it, but the other cretin that I had optioned it to was so obnoxious, so overbearing, that the producers wanted nothing to do with me or the screenplay. So on the way out, they said, “If you have any ideas, we’d be happy to look at them.” That night I went home - even a fire extinguisher couldn’t cool the burning in my brain. The door of opportunity was wide open and I had nothing to carry over its threshold. That’s when I started to write ROCKY. So thank God for the maggot; otherwise I never would’ve written the story of Mr. Balboa.
8. Any chance that original cut of Judge Dredd might ever come to DVD? And how much longer or different was it? I remember it was re-submitted to the MPAA multiple times in an attempt to get a PG-13 rating (which it never got) but the film remained truncated and had an especially brief final fight between you and Armand Assante. The clone stuff felt seriously compromised too. Garo Setian Los Angeles CA
8. I think, from what I recall, the whole project was troubled from the beginning. The philosophy of the film was not set in stone – by that I mean “Is this going to be a serious drama or with comic overtones” like other science fiction films that were successful? So a lotta pieces just didn’t fit smoothly. It was sort of like a feathered fish. Some of the design work on it was fantastic and the sets were incredibly real, even standing two feet away, but there was just no communication. I knew we were in for a long shoot when, for no explainable reason Danny Cannon, who’s rather diminutive, jumped down from his director’s chair and yelled to everyone within earshot, “FEAR me! Everyone should FEAR me!” then jumped back up to his chair as if nothing happened. The British crew was taking bets on his life expectancy.
9. HaHello Mr. Stallone, I was just wondering if you could tell us what the worst injury you've ever had on a Rocky movie, or any film for that matter, was? Thanks, can't wait for Rocky Balboa Navid K Canada
9. Well, the worst pre-injury was the torn chest muscles competing in the bench press competition before ROCKY II, and the worst was in ROCKY IV. In the first round, I thought these two characters should hate each other so much that they should just attack each other like pit dogs… professionalism be damned. So what you see in the first twenty seconds is real, and after the third take of taking body blows, I felt a burning in my chest, but ignored it. Later that night I couldn’t breathe very well, and they took me to the emergency room. My blood pressure was 200+, and the next thing I knew I was on a low-altitude flight from Canada to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, and there I resided in intensive care for eight days. What had happened is he struck me so hard in the chest that my heart slammed against my breastbone and began to swell, so the beating became labored, and without medical attention the heart would’ve continued to swell until it stopped. Many people that have car accidents die like this when the steering wheel slams into their chest. So in a sense I was hit by “a streetcar named Drago.”
10. Hi - i met Carl Weathers at a signing in the uk this year and ask him who would win in a no holds bar match between himself and the other boxng stars of the films and he said it would be 1st MR T, 2nd him (CARL), 3RD DOLP LUNDGREN and last STALLONE. Do you agree? Theo Makris UK
Absolutely not. First of all, my brother Frank used to spar with Carl and chase him around the ring like a fox running from a hound. I saw Dolph Lundgren pick up Carl and heave him three feet into the corner when I was directing the scene between them; rather than retaliate, Carl got out of the ring and said something ferocious like, “I’m calling my agent… I quit!” So in order of boxing skills and fighting ability, I would say Dolph Lundgren, myself, Mr. T, Paulie, and then Apollo Creed. Dec. 10th
1. "Rocky" is a series unlike any other. You can talk about specific qualities of the plot and the training and the characters but as a whole, Rocky is an American icon -a symbol of the power of determination and hard work. Can you comment on what you feel the series represents for you, and what you hope its legacy will be? Michelle Ottawa, Canada
I grew up not very confident. I had tons of self-doubt and wasn’t physically strong either, so the world appeared to be an extremely large and intimidating sphere. All my life, I always thought that I was alone in these disturbing thoughts, but the older I grew, the more I realized the world is made up of victims, victims of harsh reality, victims of inequality. I thought the most tragic thing one could be confronted with is the prospect of loneliness and the second, the lack of opportunity to prove one’s self-worth. So Rocky was just a manifestation of all the underdogs who dream of one day having the opportunity to reach for the stars. They may not get there, but at least the opportunity to show what’s in a person’s heart is the main goal.
2. Thanks for taking my question. Could you share an anecdote or two about the filming of "The Lords of Flatbush"? Paul Phoenix, AZ
Yeah, the original part of Chico, which was played by Perry King, was originally supposed to be played by Richard Gere, but we never hit it off. He would strut around in his oversized motorcycle jacket like he was the baddest knight at the round table. One day, during an improv, he grabbed me (we were simulating a fight scene) and got a little carried away. I told him in a gentle fashion to lighten up, but he was completely in character and impossible to deal with. Then we were rehearsing at Coney Island and it was lunchtime, so we decided to take a break, and the only place that was warm was in the backseat of a Toyota. I was eating a hotdog and he climbs in with a half a chicken covered in mustard with grease nearly dripping out of the aluminum wrapper. I said, “That thing is going to drip all over the place.” He said, “Don’t worry about it.” I said, “If it gets on my pants you’re gonna know about it.” He proceeds to bite into the chicken and a small, greasy river of mustard lands on my thigh. I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically pushed him out of the car. The director had to make a choice: one of us had to go, one of us had to stay. Richard was given his walking papers and to this day seriously dislikes me. He even thinks I’m the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. Not true… but that’s the rumor.
3. Sly! OVER THE TOP's an old favourite of mine. In fact I'd even call it a Stallone classic (funny--I think a rotten tomato just flew past my head). I've heard it didn't turn out to your liking. Is this true? If so, how would you have changed it if you'd directed? Thanks for your time. Glad you're back on screens. Brett (Japan)
I would have made it less glossy and set it more in an urban environment, for one. Next, I would’ve not used a never-ending stream of rock songs, but scored music instead, and most likely would’ve made the event in Vegas more ominous – not so carnival-like.
4. Three words: Sharon Stone. Shower. How many times did you screw up that scene on purpose for a reshoot? Andrew Washington, DC
OK. Let it be known, I didn’t want to do this scene because Sharon was not cooperating. We get to the set and she decides not to take her robe off. The director asks only a few of the crew to remain, and she still won’t take it off. I promised her I wouldn’t take any liberties, so what’s the problem? She said, “I’m just sick of nudity.” I asked her if she could get sick of it on someone else’s film. She was having none of it, so I went down to my trailer, brought back a bottle of Black Death vodka that was given to me by Michael Douglas and after half-a-dozen shots we were wet and wild.
5. Dear Sly, I once read that to get your weight down for First Blood (I think) you ate nothing but burn toast. Is this true? Thanks, Scott. Portsmouth UK.
No. The burnt toast rumor is false. I ate perhaps 10-12 eggs per day and only dined on fish so my body was getting ridiculously thin. If I had to do it over again, I would’ve definitely thrown in some good ol’ pasta into that formula, because a strict diet of protein provides no warmth, and let me be clear, that was one cold and brutal shoot.
6. My name is Johan Östling and I am mailing you from Sweden. One of my favourite movies is “Cliff hanger”. I have heard that the version seen at the cinemas and released on dvd is a very cut version. Is this true? Do you know of any plans of a director’s cut release? Looking forward for Rocky VI, the teaser trailer was one of the best teasers I have ever seen. Best regards Johan Östling
No, actually the director’s cut was met with a lot of disapproval at the screening and received some alarmingly low scores. Mainly because the stunts were absurdly overblown. For example, the average man can jump maybe twelve feet across a gorge, and the stunts had me leaping maybe three hundred feet or more, so situations like that had to be pared down and still then were fairly extreme… so you’re probably better off with this cut. By the way, the 2nd unit crew that filmed the majority of the action was extraordinary.
7. Dear Mr. Stallone: I believe an important part of the original Rocky was the characters "job" as an enforcer/collector and relationship with Gazzo played by Joe Spinell. In a documentary on Spinell's life your personal relationship with Spinell is talked about in that you were close friends and had a later falling out which is suggested to be caused by your agents and not yourself. Could you talk about your relationship with Joe Spinell? I always thought he was a great actor like yourself and his untimely death was a great loss to cinema. Sincerely, Scott Pierce Stroudsburg, PA
I love Joe Spinell and considered him a dear friend and would do anything for him. We had met when I had one or two lines in FAREWELL, MY LOVELY. He was truly one of a kind, but he had some very deep personal problems on the set of NIGHTHAWKS and became distant. It was around that time his mother also passed away, who he lived for and Joe was never the same.
8. Sly! Yuletide felicitations! Do you ever look back at your earliest performances - movies like DEATH RACE 2000, LORDS OF FLATBUSH, CAPONE, THE PRISONER OF SECOND AVENUE, FAREWELL MY LOVELY, and BANANAS - and enjoy both your work & the films themselves, or do you find yourself being judgemental of it? Also, if I may ask - how did your cameo in the movie CANNONBALL come about? all the best, Robert Vancouver, BC
No, in the early films, I have to admit I enjoyed watching them, only because they were completely carefree and devoid of any movie-star acting tricks, simply because I didn’t know any. So it’s fun to watch a natural performance without any ego attached. I particularly enjoyed working on CAPONE, because it was like the cheesy, mentally challenged inbred cousin of THE GODFATHER.
9. What is one of your favorite memories from working with Burgess Meredith? curiousvinnie Mahwah, NJ
I remember the way Burgess played the scene with me in the apartment in the first ROCKY, and I had never seen such great character work up close. He was just eating me alive with his intensity and nuance. I asked him how did he do that, and he said, “Because I’m a better pretender than you are.” I said, “Pretending?” and he said, “Yes, acting - it’s just a child’s game played by grownups. The biggest child usually wins.” So from that day on, I tried to specialize in being very immature.
10. Hi Harry, Here's my question to Mr. Stallone: Dear Mr. Stallone, I think Tango & Cash is one of the best "buddy cop movies" out there. I would love to see a reunion of you and Kurt Russell, any chance this might happen? Thank you, Jason Alef
No, the chances of that are pretty slim. The idea is intriguing, but it might look a little weathered, like two old ventriloquist dummies trying to play leading men. But thanks for suggesting it because I had a lot of great times on that film. Kurt nailed some of those scenes, like the pro he is.

Readers Talkback

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  • Dec. 10, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Stallone is cool

    by Toby___Wong

    Anyone who says otherwise is a jerk.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly!!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    You're not even taking the weekends off for this. Thanks a lot!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    When Harry Beat Sally??? C'mon Sly!

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    wtf

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST

    this cricket reminds me of rambo...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I have a pacman frog that I feed about a half dozen crickets to every other day. Usually the frog just devours all those stupid aimless bugs within a minute of me dropping them in. But there's this one cricket that's survived in there for 2 weeks now! Literally six waves of feedings later, it's still just him left over in the tank with the frog. I've been calling him Rambo Cricket. Survival instincts. You should see this little guy. He'll actually wait for the frog to turn away, then sneak his way to the water, drink, and quick pounce back into the brush. Even hopped off the frog's head once on the way back to safety, adding insult to injury. The frog can't catch him at all! This cricket is amazing. He IS Rambo....even dug some trenches as escape paths. I basically have two pets now, the frog and Rambo Cricket, because they are co-existing in the tank indefinately. I'll let you know when he's finally caught.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Stallone is awesome!

    by emeraldluxury

    Man, I have to say that I have really enjoyed reading Stallone's interview comments! He is incredibly witty and the comments are very endearing to me. Definitely gives him a lot of personality in my mind that I didn't know. Not his normal interview stuff you would find in any magazine or celebrity gossip. This is such a great tribute to the star to do this. Thanks to Stallone and to Harry for putting this together.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Hahaha Paulie > Apollo Creed

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    My sister randomly bought me a bunch of those new Rocky figures a while ago. She got me Rocky, Adrian, Paulie, Apollo, and that big slab of hanging meat that Rocky punches. So the weakest out of that group is either Apollo or the hanging meat, right?? :P I still need a Drago figure though. It's not complete without him.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Oh, now I will definitely see Rocky

    by emeraldluxury

    BTW...this interview sealed the deal for me and I will definitely go see this Rocky movie as well as rent the ones that I didn't see. I have a great respect for a star that will gives the fans respect like this to answer our questions in this way, and honestly. See you in the theatre!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 3:49 p.m. CST

    FEAR ME!!!!

    by wadew1

    Didn't tiny terror Danny Cannon want to do a Director's Cut of JUDGE DREDD? I remember reading an article about that years ago on AICN.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 3:59 p.m. CST

    great anwers yet again

    by Basehead

    thank you sly for giving us these amazing insights into the life of a star. i especially liked the bit about sharon stone... i didnt like her anyway, not to mention richard gere! hahaha But what i like the most is that my perception of you has gotten so much better. i allready had seen a documentary on the making of rocky and i remember allready being thoroughly impressed but now i will never forget you are one cool dude! afterthought: What would movie news be like if everyone was as honest like Sly about movie experiences?

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:01 p.m. CST

    A question, a statement, and a thank you, sir

    by oneragga

    Question;as a good few of your films NOT written/directed by you have seen extensive revisions between page and final product, wil you elaborate aon working with Dick Donner and Antonio Banderas during the making of Assasins? I thought that picture, and its old/young lion theme is one of your most underrated during your early 90's career re-invention, and I had friends in the industry at the time who said the final cut was somewhat different than what you & the director had intended...any thoughts? I also wanted to state my respect for your career, and my admiration for being one of the first huge action stars who actually got out there and did most of your own stuntwork. Granted some of the films have been hit of miss, but you gave us a huge thrill seeing you out there in the midst of things, something Bruce and Arnold seemed to run w/ later on in their careers. THANKS: for the Rocky series of course; I'm burning a vacation day to catch BALBOA's first screening on the 22nd; For the pics that worked: Tango & Cash remains, for me, one of the funniest buddy films of the late 80's and is an underrated gem. For Frist BLood; lean, mean, and vicious, but with one of your finest scenes, at the end with Mr Crenna. For Demolition Man, whose true meaning and messages come forth with repeated viewing. For Copland, which, in my humble opinion, is textbook viewing for any actor looking to surrender ego and image and achieve a career reinvention. And finally, for Cliffhanger. While the entire picture is a fun run, I have not seen then, nor since (although there have been many attempts) an opening ten minutes of any film that had such a terrifying, spectacularly visceral impact on its audience. It was then, and remains today, one of the greatest opening sequences of any action film, and was probably a mission to try to match for the remainder of the picture. Good luck with Rocky Balboa sir, but judging by the buzz and the positive responses on Talkback, I think you'll be sending the big lug out in grand style. Thanks again!,

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    This is one of the best things aintitcool has ever done

    by Captain Katanga

    I wasn't even that big of a Stallone fan, but he's so likeable and disarmingly honest. Great guy. For those of you in the UK, Copland is on at 2255 on BBC1... grab a beer!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Judge Dredd

    by Mace Tofu

    Has the best open then 15 minutes in just falls apart. I really wanted to love this film but somrthing was off about it. The sets and FX were top for the time. I wonder if Danny yelled the "Fear Me" line on CSI lol. My first job was working at a theater that showed ROCKY all summer so I've seen that film over 100 times. Watching Rocky that many times showed me that a film could have techical flaws and rough edges but still be loved because the story carried the movie while Judge Dredd while near perfect from a techical stand point had a story that didn't hold up to one viewing. Gotta have heart! Thanks for the many hours of enjoyment Mr. Stallone : )

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:12 p.m. CST

    More abuse of Carl Weathers

    by El Scorcho

    LOL! Way to go, Rock!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Dear Mr. Stallone

    by vivavitalogy

    How annoying was Rob Schneider?

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    HA! I always thought Richard Gere seemed like a jerk

    by CherryValance

    What with his pretend tap dancing and all. And GibsonUSA, don't let that cricket die. He's proved his worth. He at least deserves to be set free if you don't want to keep him.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:19 p.m. CST

    ask him how he came up with the license plates in Cobra

    by troutpencil

    "AWSOM 50"

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Is there any room for John Leguizamo is Rambo IV?

    by vivavitalogy

    I'm serious.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST

    ummm....NO REVIEW Harry?

    by sledgehammer5050

    i thought we might get a review with this too...a nice payment since #9 wasn't posted on time. give us great details man!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:31 p.m. CST

    That Richard Gere story was a slice of fried gold!

    by brokentusk

    Funniest thing I've heard all day.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Mr. Stallone = Insightful Comedy Gold

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    These Q&As have truly been some of the most enjoyable reads ever on AICN. Kudos to Harry & Co. for hooking this up.<P>I've always found Sly to be a genuine, straight shooter with an incredibly sharp wit. I remember watching certain "Tonight Show" appearances and thinking that it would be great if Sly would play more characters like himself. The guy just exudes charm and his self-deprecating sense of humor is spot-on. How could ya not like the guy who gave us not only the greatest underdog character of all time but memorable quotes such as this: "My, what a nice day, I think I’ll go outside and beg for food."? :)<P>Mr. Stallone: thanks a ton for doing this Q&A. Bring on "Rocky Balboa". Cheers!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:33 p.m. CST

    sledgehammer5050: wait for it

    by chrth

    Harry always does a complete review for the entire BNAT.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:33 p.m. CST

    CherryValance

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I sprinkled some white powder onto Rambo Cricket to ruin his camoflauge so the frog can see him better. It worked. Now the frog sees him clearly, but still can't get to him. What the cricket does when he's spotted is he clings onto this thin vertical vine, keeping the width of the vine in between him and the frog. WTF?? Do crickets even have brains? Even when I push the cricket towards the frog with a straw he dodges it.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST

    I think this feature...

    by JonQuixote

    ...is possibly the best thing to ever hit AICN. The candor and comedy of these responses is absolutely awe-inspiring. I'm going to run out and buy an armful of Stallone-DVDs and hope that Mr. Stallone uses his next royalty check to buy himself a beer or a gummi bear or something. It's on me!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Laughed my ass off at the Gere story.

    by mrfan

    Seriously. AICN should take all the questions, have Stallone answer them, and then make a book. This is some good stuff. Love it.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    The cricket

    by Alonzo Mosely

    If he is white, paint another one black, Then let them become firm friends, then reintroduce the frog. If I know my straight to video action flicks, frog will kill black cricket, white cricket will scream noooooooooo, and escape with a broken leg. He will then plot revenge and kill the frog... We may need a girl cricket as well...

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    I am still interested in...

    by streakerfreak1983

    knowing which "action" stars are bitches.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 5:47 p.m. CST

    rambo 2 is my favorite rambo, more Qs about that

    by Exeter

    someone ask a Q about cameron writing rambo 2

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 5:52 p.m. CST

    James Lipton PAY ATTENTION!!!

    by dalbatron

    This is how you do a q & a.James Lipton pay attention and take your tounge out of all those actors arses. With your pseudo acting students, your fake tan, dyed beard, greasy strand of hair cue card mother fucker!!! Inside the actors studio... more like 'lets do a 1 hour suck up session!!!' and yeah ive read sharon stone is a massive bitch. who th fuck does she ethink she is. she only got famous for the beaver shot any way!!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Lou Gehrig?

    by DarthCorleone

    What? *very confused*

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Mustard And Grease

    by SanityKaos

    So I wonder...Was Richard Gere still in character when he was eating the greasy mustard covered half chicken or was he just being weird Mr Gere?

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I once memorized the script of Rocky III. Seriously.

    by darthbinks1220

    I've lived Rocky III. When it premiered on HBO August 1, 1983, I was there-- uninvited at my friend's house at 8am! We'd even act out scenes. I'd be Rocky. My friend was Paulie. We would act out the scene after his smashes the pinball machine. I also love Mick's "eat lightning" and "pumping gas in Jersey" lines from II.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Again...

    by justcheckin

    Great questions and answers...

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Mr. Stallone, what's favorite boxing match?

    by darthbinks1220

    In Rockys II, III, and IV, there's no defense. Also, every punch is a haymaker. The Hagler/Hearns fight was like that, 'cept it only lasted two rounds. That's one of the reasons the sequels never approached your Oscar winning '76 film. Apollo/Rocky I was a somewhat plausible, slightly exaggerated fight. Also, how do you compare the original Rocky to Scorsese's Raging Bull? I think the latter movie is a masterpiece.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Mr. Stallone, what's your favorite boxing match?

    by darthbinks1220

    That's the question I meant to ask in my last post.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST

    i really doubt he is adding to the bo of rocky 6 sadly

    by troutpencil

    This is a select group of assholes he is convincing to go to his movie. I guess as Fan PR or something it is worth the investment and god bless him, I am enjoying it. I hope Rocky Balboa is a big fucking hit because I really really want to see Rambo IV.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 7:07 p.m. CST

    awesome

    by occula

    it IS solid gold when we get the true and juicy stories, unexpurgated. more more more!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 7:19 p.m. CST

    There's too much blocking in the Rocky videogames.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Makes the action slow and not Rocky-esque enough. A Rocky game should play more like Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! series.In fact, a crossover Nintendo Punch-Out!! game featuring Rocky against all his opponents would be cool.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I have to stop reading this

    by veritasses

    'cause it's giving me nose bleeds. The images he conjures up is simply priceless. Ranking Paulie ahead of Apollo, "can you get sick of it on someone else's film?" "if it gets on my pants you're gonna know about it"... That's just too f'ing awesome.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!

    by ptindy

    The Fox NFL pregame show was all over Rocky today. They opened with scenes mixed with football, it was all good. I really am looking forward to the movie and hope it does well. I mean damn, Mel punked this weekend, when the chips were down. This Q/A is awesome and props to Harry and Sly.....thanks!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    I've been visiting this site for quite a few years now

    by C Legion

    and this is the most enjoyable thing you guys have ever done. Mr Stallone, you've performed a miracle, I've never seen such universal praise from talkbackers before. True class mate, keep em coming.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry!

    by C Legion

    Post your review you bum!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 7:30 p.m. CST

    So, Crime Is The Disease And Your The Cure, Huh? by ZZS

    by Cpt Kirks 2pay

    What the faaaahhhkkk?!?!?!? When I first read that post I was peesing my head off laughing! It was brilliant!! I didn't see your name on there at first and I was wondering very very jealously, who on earth had written that!??! I thought I had for a minute, but I can't get to your level, or I thought it might be Havocshultz!!! Then I saw YOUR NAME and I was like - WHOOAAAAHHAAAOOOOAAHA!!! - like in the beginning of Rocky IV where Rockhead is being filmed by his little maggot shit of a son, and Rocky goes up to the camera to kick the crapsies out of him. Well done ZZS, no wonder you left the other hellhole, it really has let you fly. So wad, you gonna fly now!? I hope you get done by my Warp factor 3.234 when I fly back to Iowa to get some new hairpiece glue. Then you can cum on my Captain's log, if you know what I mean. BTW I love this Stallone Q&A. For the 34.45 minutes it takes me to read them, he is the coolest actor on the planet. Except for Harrison Ford - 'Farking Bespin Carbonite Freezing my ass off'. I wanna ask Stallone about how he feels about the violence that his characters Rocky, Cobra, The Specialist, Judge Dredd etc. seem to bring with their characters to solve problems. Wether he thinks that this is correct or not, do these character or himself endorse these ideas, or is it the situations that they find themselves in?

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Greasy chicken with mustard

    by Exeter

    Well that should've told me something.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Keep the cricket stories coming...

    by SK909

    it's almost becoming a second thing I'm looking forward to. Film that shit and get it on Youtube. Even cheap video cameras have a macro focus function. And Stallone - keep the balloon busting stories of the Hollywood phoneys you've worked with coming! I'm betting he's been wanting to get that shit off his chest for a loooong time. I'd also love to hear about his relationship with Hulk Hogan, since he did Hogan's wrestling hall of fame speech, I'm guessing they've remained in touch since Thunderlips.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Gerbil

    by ptindy

    I remember hearing that gerbil story back in high school. That is so funny to hear Sly (a celeb.) reference it! Sly come back around when you do Rambo and if you get to make Poe, you are cool! How about some stories about making 'Lockup' with D.Sutherland and Sizemore!!?? Any insight on 'Shade', which I caught on DVD (don't think it made to wide release)? This was a good movie, but your part was not big enough, really only a cameo.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Another superb session

    by tiredpm

    This just keeps getting better and better -- I'm actually sad that we're over half way through. Sly, I have a question for you: is there a reason for working with so many young directors? Did the material's worth outweigh reservations about the lack of experience for the director, or were you more interested in stretching yourself out to work with up and coming talent? And I have to say thanks: Tango and Cash was the first 15 rated film my Dad and I ever went to in a theater, Cobra was the first 18 rated home movie I ever saw (on Betamax, no less) and Demolition Man was a great experience to go and see with all my friends my first year in college. Thanks for many years of fun times and great memories.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Cripes!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Who let Cpt Kirks 2pay out of the Zone?!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST

    I hope Rambo Cricket makes it

    by CherryValance

    and if he does he shouldn't avenge the black one because it'll turn out that it was all a set up, you see. He and girl cricket and the frog just want Rambo Cricket to lead them to the money.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 8:35 p.m. CST

    indeed yackbacker!

    by Exeter

    i soon lost all hope for future filmmaking with the onset of the 2000s yet the second half of this decade is making me have faith again,making me believe... i wonder if this can compare with the untouchable first-half 80s for blockbuster film?

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 8:39 p.m. CST

    let rambo cricket go like conan the barbarian

    by Exeter

    he was a pit-fighter who surived them all and eventually his owner knew he couldn't keep this warrior any more so he set him free... man that scene really made me feel heartfelt. do it for rambo circket the barbarian

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 8:57 p.m. CST

    SET THE FUCKING CRICKET LOOSE!

    by GreedoNeverShot

    Rambo Cricket has proven himself worthy. Set him free.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 9:15 p.m. CST

    OOps

    by Cpt Kirks 2pay

    I meant 'Rambo' not Rocky. Also throw The Demolition Man in there as well.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Stallone: Father of WWE................................

    by darthbinks1220

    Hogan in Rocky III. Few months later, saavy Vince McMahon makes him WWF Champion. Gone were the bland days of Bob Backlund. Wrestling became a big ticket item. It needed one more thing, however.--Wrestlemania! Hogan, Mr. T, Jimmy Snuka v.s. whoever in the main event. Boxing was no longer pay-per-view king. Pro wrasslin' as we now know it, is a side-effect of the second Rocky sequel. After Rocky, you campaigned for the lead in Superman: The Movie. Did Richard Donner talk to you about the role? During Assassins, was there any reminiscing about that time?

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Is the cricket singing

    by slaad

    "When You Wish Upon a Star"? Might explain his intelligence.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 9:31 p.m. CST

    best interview evar!

    by ScreamingPenis

    the brutal honesty is terrific. you might say he's not pulling any punches. ha! oh jeez.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 9:48 p.m. CST

    I think he's trying to reconnect with ANY fanbase.

    by darthbinks1220

    Personally, I think this is alittle demeaning for him. The brutal honesty is not refreshing. It's inappropriate, especially coming from someone of his stature. It sounds petty, and unneccessary. Tarnishes him somewhat in my eyes. I'll always love Rocky, though.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST

    MR. STALLONE and HARRY... please read

    by moto

    I must say Harry, you have really started a possible turnaround for Aint It Cool News. Instead of the site fueling negative buzz for movies like it has been the last few years (not your fault), you and Mr. Stallone have opened up a new positive interactive dialogue with your readers. Wonderful. Anyway, Mr. Stallone... I'm going to catch hell for this, but screw it. You may or may not be reading this BUT I'll take the chance. I'm a repped, working screenwriter that just signed a deal with Lionsgate. I've also met with Dreamworks, Universal, Disney, Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. executives/producers regarding my projects, and have an open door with them for current and future scripts. I'm writing to you in hopes of getting the chance to cut through the red tape and possibly get your go ahead to have my representation send you my marque script about a nuclear submarine crew who've launched their arsenal at the brink of WWIII, thus destroying the civilized world as we know it. It deals with the phsycological aspects of the crew dealing with what they've done, and has a riveting ending as well as some great character driven action. This was the script that started my career, and while interest is still high, we are still looking to attach the project to a producer/director. The script I'm developing with Lionsgate I can't really talk about here unless you're interested in taking a look at it. Financing is close to being taken care of (hope hope hope). These projects would be ideal for you as a director, with possible roles to take on as well. Everyone here will say, "If he's repped and is a legit screenwriter, why can't he just have his reps approach you?" Well, you know how things work, as do I. Getting your go ahead if interest is peaked means I can go to my manager and say, "Hey, I was talking with Stallone on some internet chat he was participating in, and he said he wants to take a look." Otherwise I'll sound like an idiot if I go, "Can we send this to Sylvestor Stallone?" So anyway, you know how hard it is to get things read in this industry. You know the trials and tribulations and politics. If you're interested, please communicate via this talkback through Harry (he can post something to myself, Moto) and I can email him and so on. Whatever works. I can assure you that I'm legit, and these scripts have garnered extreme interest by A-list producers/executives. If interested, it would be an honor for you just to take a look. My manager can handle everything to make sure you know I'm not some whino Rocky worshipper... not that it's a bad thing. Okay, I'm done pimping myself out. TBers, feel free to bash. You don't make your dreams come true unless you take chances;)

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Actaully that sounds pretty cool

    by streakerfreak1983

    most sub films or films like that are all about miscomunication with a sub or an over the top captian with an ichy trigger finger and how the navy or whoever goes about to stop it with the hero saving the day at the last minute. Not what actualy happens when a sub lets it's nuke fly and how they deal with the aftermath. I would deffintly see it. Although this seems like a wierd place to put what you said and I read with an uncertain feeling that your in a dream world. But how can I know

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 10:23 p.m. CST

    darthbinks1220

    by streakerfreak1983

    Don't read it then. Most of us here, even non Sly fans are enjoying this and can't wait for the next one. God I wish we could edit these things. I always notice my horrible spelling and grammer after I post. You would think 4 years of college and a year of grad school would fix that problem. But NOOOOOO.... I just got dumber.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    "life alone fan"

    by BadMrWonka

    did no one else catch that? I'm sure he meant "life long fan" and language barriers facilitated the error, but still. that's a hilarious typo/freudian slip.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    darthbinks1220

    by antonphd

    how can you love Rocky and think that talking to fans is beneath Stallone. you must be some kind of shallow dick?! but that wasn't an insult to Stallone, that was an insult to all of us. not that it matters, cause you gotta be one immature person. why would you even say something like that? what was the purpose? to just be an asshole?

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 10:34 p.m. CST

    moto

    by antonphd

    good luck.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 10:38 p.m. CST

    YackBacker

    by antonphd

    LOL professionalism and good 'ol common sense in the entertainment industry? hehe. good one Yack.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 10:40 p.m. CST

    yackbacker

    by BadMrWonka

    I would agree, except that a) sly has shown that he does read these talkbacks, b) sly isn't exactly your average hollywood doofus. so moto is just laying is cards out to see if it works. I mean, why not? not like anything bad can come of it, except a few harsh talkbackers comments (I get enough of those whenever I bash battlestar galactica in the heroes talkbacks...heroes owns BG!!) but anyway, I just graduated film school, I have a few opportunities popping up, but nothing big, and if I had a script that was Stallonish, shit, maybe I'd be pimping myself out on AICN as well. but hey, I'm working on a low budget horror film in Seattle in February...sigh...

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Moto....

    by Kevin

    Moto, screw the naysayers and do whatever it takes. Yeah the industry is rife with assholes but on occasion opportunity does present itself. Solicit away, my friend. Best of luck.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 10:56 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka

    by antonphd

    A horror movie filmed in Seattle? Let me guess... it's called "The Day it Snowed". If you live in Seattle you know what I mean. Two days of snow a week or so ago and you'd have thought it was armegeddon here. "just leave the car, just leave it! we are going to have to walk back to the drive way. maybe crawl. we can do it. together. god i hope i can find my sweater."

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Rambo Cricket!

    by Joseph Orion

    Jesus, don't leave us in the dark. Keep us updated about RAMBO CRICKET!!

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Good luck, moto

    by tiredpm

    Not the worst idea I've ever seen -- didn't van Damme pretend to kick an exec in the throat during a lunch to get a break? Hell, if you managed to get anyone's interest, well done.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Demolition Man questions

    by tiredpm

    Will we ever see the uncut version of the film? The fight between Snipes and Sly at the end is cut to shreds, as Phoenix evidently gets electrocuted at some point and there are a bunch of bad edits. Did the budget run dry at the end of the film, because the explosion at the CryoPrison is BAD SFX. Nigel Hawthorne made it clear before he died that he took the role because he wanted to prove he could act in front of a camera -- his comments made it sound like he felt he was slumming, did you get that impression during shooting? And, in a Q&A with Kevin Smith moment, how the hell did you get a young Sandra Bullock in the movie and NOT get her to really flash her boobs?!? :-)

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 11:47 p.m. CST

    it's hard out there for a pimp...

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    good luck moto. p.s. since when has aicn been a cauldron of negativity for the film industry? that line really made me laugh...

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 11:49 p.m. CST

    At work we have the Over the Top/Demolition Man DVD

    by myspoonistoobig

    I think I have to buy it now.

  • Dec. 10, 2006, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Joseph Orion

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    There's not much to update on Rambo Cricket. I already gave up on him lol. I've tried to hit him like a golf ball with a straw to the frog. One of the last times I tried to get him eaten I actually hit him right in front of the frog's face. His front legs were actually on the frog. See, the thing with pacman frogs is that a lot of their senses seem based on movement. Like, they will wait for the bug to start walking right before eating them. So the second Rambo Frog moved, he was lunch...but he didn't move!! He just posed there leaning on the frog, motionless. I left and came back, and they were still at that standoff. So I went to bed, and in the morning the frog was in a different spot, so I figured it was over finally. The day after that I came back with a new batch of crickets, look into the tank, and there's Rambo Cricket running into cover! WTF?? I give up. He is too strong. He cannot be defeated.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:16 a.m. CST

    moto

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I've already asked him if I can be in Rambo 4 lol. :P

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:21 a.m. CST

    GibsonUSA Returns, set him free already!

    by Sith Witch

    That cricket's won his freedom!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Gibson and co.

    by moto

    LOL. That was going to be my P.S. but I figured I was crossing the line already:) ************* Regarding the post, I'll say this, I'm sure I'm not the first to pimp myself to a filmmaker at AICN, and I'd be thrilled to be the last for their sake, but taking chances like that got me representation after years of struggle, which led to meetings with studios, open doors, and a small development deal with a big company. Granted, a hundred other chances never got me anything. But, Gotta feed the wife and kid so pride takes a backseat in this biz. Hopefully I can get to the stage where I can help others. So to all, believe and take chances when opportunities arise. No shame. Okay Moto, stop talking.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:28 a.m. CST

    I still remember...

    by streakerfreak1983

    when AICN first came out and became really popular. I remember when I saw Harry on some morning or night news program. Geez what was that. Something along the lines of Good Morning America or something like that. That was a while ago. Anyways, I loved the site in the early years, then I got bored with it and barely came here, came back for a while but lately it has been kind of dull. There have been some amazing films coming out, but nothing was really done very well for the films here on the site. But man has this changed things.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Assassins

    by Rock Icon

    What are your feelings on Assassins? Thanks!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Moto...

    by streakerfreak1983

    True, true. As a struggling Travel/Adventure Photographer I look and take any oppurtunity for exposure no matter how low or shameful it might be. In photography it does not matter how well you shoot, you could have the greatest image ever shot, but if you can't sell yourself and your work you shit on the lawn. And from the looks of Hollywood these past few years the same must be true there.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:41 a.m. CST

    moto

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I was asking him jokingly, but who knows? Maybe you'll get a call.....and maybe I'll be in Rambo 4 LOL. <BR><BR> But in all seriousness, I understand your posting and support it. That's what you do and if you got the stuff, you got the stuff. It's kinda like asking a pretty girl out....it's gonna be embarassing, you'll look like a fool....but man she's HOT! :P For every one of you that takes the shot, there's probably about a zillion people reading right now sitting on their butts not.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Gold!

    by DocPazuzu

    I've been laughing my ass off reading this latest installment. Can't decide which image is funnier: Sly elbowing a chicken-eating Richard Gere in the head or Frank Stallone making Apollo Creed his bitch in the ring.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    streakerfreak1983

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Wow travel/adventure photographer. That sounds exciting. Have you ever done anything like those National Geographic guys, where they're suspended from trees/cliffs taking photographs? That's awesome.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Free the cricket

    by proper

    GibsonUSA,watch First Blood I+II or Creepshow chapter 5 They're Creeping Up On You and learn from it,no good will come of this captivity,freedom for all or bad things happen =>.Moto=Catch the chicken.Looking forward to tomorrow.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Gibson

    by moto

    Yeah, I was 100% joking on that one too (Rambo IV)... for the record. We still gotta have SOME pride, huh?

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST

    moto

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    um yeaah yeah sure sure......Hey Harry, shoot me an email, I'll hook you up with my Myspace page, Sly can see my pics, and we take it from there. Capiche?

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Gibson...

    by streakerfreak1983

    Yeah, I have spent some time on tall ships sailing around the world. I did not miss an opputunity to climb up the rigging to the top of the mainmast in several storms(think master and commander storm). Done a lot of climbing work and kayak stuff. Back when I was 16 I did place first, 3rd, and honorable mention in a National Geographic commpition. But all the means didly squat. I have horrible business skills. I'm too nice. I had a website, but had to shut it down due to cost:( If it was still up I would let you see some of my work.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1 a.m. CST

    "EAT lightning and CRAP thunder!" Great lines/acting.

    by JDanielP

    Burgess Meredith was great. And his lines in Rocky were, too, ...improv or not.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:04 a.m. CST

    I'm still amazed...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...that Stallone has managed to win the hearts of perhaps the most vindictive, venomous and merciless online subculture on the planet. When I first heard of this little AICN venture I winced while imagining the torrent of bile which would result in the talkbacks. Frankly, judging by the hate and ridicule on display in most of the previous Rocky Balboa talkbacks, the notion wasn't far-fetched. That having been said, I'd love to see Stallone-hater cocolopez make a comeback so that we could all enjoy Sly beating his ass to a pulp. Come on, coco, I know you're out there in the wings just waiting for the right venue for your return.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:05 a.m. CST

    "Edgar Rick Burroughs"

    by DocPazuzu

    WTF?

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:06 a.m. CST

    proper

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Yeah I plan to take the cricket out. :) I'm on the east coast and may let him out the window or something tomorrow. Crickets have an odor to them, and if you leave them in a pet cage too long they'll create stink. I'm not usually one to buy pets where you have to feed them live food (I could never own a snake that ate mice), but I like pacman frogs a lot and figured crickets were just these dumb, mindless bugs. And for the most part they absolutely were.....except for this one lol.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST

    SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST

    by BitterMan23

    A sad answer, but oh well. "Tango & Cash & Steve" is just never meant to be I guess...

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Help a fello geek out!

    by Wheel99

    Hey all. I have a chance to win a 42 inch plasma tv in a radio contest. Go to this link http://www.theradiochick.com/home.html and vote for Paul F. Thats me! Thanks guys and gals. This means a lot.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I dreamed about a Tango & Cash cameo in Rush Hour.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I actually had a dream that I was watching Rush Hour 4 (I know there are only 2, but that's the dream).... and Tucker and Chan were walking through a police station, and in the background Tango and Cash were arguing with Janet Jackson (I dunno). It was a cool sight....it could work!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:56 a.m. CST

    FEAR ME!!

    by Grando

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Just finished reading ALL of the Sly Q&A's...

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Nice job to all of you talkback people who submitted the questions! It was much more interesting than I thought it would be! Sly really did a stand-up job at being candid.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Darn it! Answer MY question!

    by snomusic

    OK, my questions were probably uninteresting but I will post them here anyway. In Cobra the title character’s name was Marrion and he stated he would have preferred a more masculine name like Alice. I was wondering if this was an Alice Cooper reference and if you had a friendship with Alice Cooper? Also was wondering how you got on with Antonio on Assasins (my favorite film of yours other than Copland) and Rob Schneider and if freindship was maintained beyond the filmaking process. Any anecdotes from the films I've mentioned? Did any of the heavyweights in Copland becaome friends of yours? I like the dirt as much as any other person but I like hearing about comradery and friendships more - I mean it's cool to hear Bob Dylan speaking of how he was talking with Gene Simmons, etc. PS - While the digs at Carl Weathers are funny and his pima donna/egotistical attitudes, it's sad the friendship that's portrayed on screen (something I'm extremely fond of in Rocky II and III) didn't carry over off the set. Anyway Sly (and I sent a question about your name to Harry), thanks for doing this, in 5 years of reading AICN, it's your Q & A that inspired me to finally sign up in hopes of getting these questions answered. God Bless you and your family and future endeavors. In Christ, sno

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Newfound interest in Rocky

    by Zandunga

    I've always been more of a casual Stallone fan - enjoying his films (the better ones, anyway) but never being a bona fide fan. It was fascinating to see such a successful actor answer questions so candidly here, but beyond that, it has made me respect him at a different level and piqued my curiosity in his work. See, I hadn't planned on watching Rocky Balboa at the cinema, but his in-depth commentary on the character and passionate dicussion on the film have made me anticipate this tremendously. I can see now that it's a labor of love and not some stale studio cash-in, and have remembered many of the nuances beneath the character of Rocky. Also I've since gone back to re-acquaint myself with the older Rocky movies.....can't wait for the new one! His answers, even the short & humorous ones, really provide a valuable glimpse that make me appreciate his work more.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Wheel99, hehehehe

    by Talkbacker with no name

    nice try, bud.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 6:08 a.m. CST

    "I simply HAVE to see it multiple times..."

    by Trazadone

    Sigh. I always wonder what it must be like to have endless amounts of time to watch movies. Not just watch movies, but watch them "multiple times".

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Sly and Weathers

    by thecat

    There's no way Sly keeps talking about Carl Weathers the way he is simply because Carl wanted too much cash for a clip in Bocky Balboa. That's probably just one of many reasons. Stallone must have some great stories to tell! Sly, thanks for the replies, this has been THE best reading at this website, EVER. I jsut wish we could hear more about DeathRace 2000!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST

    When Harry beat off on Sally's Chest

    by LargoJr

    I loved the scene on the train with the loaf of bread.. WOW.. didn't even think that was anatomicly possible!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Ain't It Cool? Yes, yes it is...

    by abominate

    This Stallone Q&A has been my favorite AIC experience ever. Sly has been terrific, and these "rounds" hold the beginning of a great book. Thanks Sly and Harry!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST

    DocPazuzu

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I don't know if you noticed but there have been a couple of cocolopez sightings here recently. I almost didn't believe my eyes.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    And I thought BringingSexyBack was on vacation.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    A fuckin' mental vacation.<P>Vitriol abounds!!!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:06 a.m. CST

    MNG

    by DocPazuzu

    By God, I hadn't! But thanks for the info. It remains to be seen whether he can resist the urge to attack Stallone, although he certainly isn't afraid of a fight.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Stallone is GREAT

    by ObiWanCon

    I watched Copland last night and it was great, one of Sly’s best performances. I wasn't sure about going to see Rocky Balboa but I'm defiantly going to see it when it comes out here in the UK.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Yack

    by DocPazuzu

    Google "cocolopez" and "ainitcool" for a dose of vintage coco.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Yackbacker

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Good to see you. DocPaz could probably give you the rundown on cocolopez better than I. But he is one of the more colorful and formerly notorious TalkBackers that I first heard of in tall tales told around the TB campfire. From what I recall, he got into some hellacious Flame Wars back in the day. He even went so far as to pimp himself as some sort of hip-hop musician by dropping his website on these boards. (If I'm not mistaken, I think he may have even landed some sort of sketchy record deal, too!) When I was directed back to those TBs, it made for some incredible reading.<P>It's funny that DocPaz brought him up because I just saw coco's name the other day. I can't remember exactly where but it was probably in one of these Stallone Q&As.<P>And I agree: mad props to Sly. These Q&As are a real treat.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:14 a.m. CST

    The guy is cool

    by butnugget

    No doubt about it. I wish him a renewed success.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST

    a belated question, one to think about

    by mrbong

    i know the questions shouldn't go here, but this is perhaps more for my contemporaries here to debate. if Mr Stallone wishes to throw his comments in, why not? basically, something has bugged me for years - it's a "parallell universe" thing. in David Morrell's novel 'First Blood', Rambo dies. in the film, somewhat obviously, he did not. had Mr Stallone and the studio gone with a more faithful adaptation, would Mr Stallone's thus presumably more dramatic turn have earned him the artistic praise that he pretty much deserves but seldom gets for 'First Blood', and how exactly would it have altered or changed the face of 80's action movies?

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Pwned by Stallone

    by PwnedByStallone

    Yes that was me being called out in the last Q&A. 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, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Rocky's Almost Back!

    by Tron8278

    As December 20th gets closer, the Rocky Theme plays in my head every once in a while. I play the game Rocky on my Gamecube, and watch a Rocky film each Sunday. The next one is Rocky V. I hope the audience I go to starts chanting Rocky! Rocky! Rocky! The scene I'm looking foward to is the eventual training montage with Gonna Fly Now playing. That's gonna be a great moment to see again on the big screen. On another note, I would love to see an unrated version of Judge Dredd, and a special edition of Demolition Man. Two of my favorites, and very underated action films.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:11 p.m. CST

    This is some of the best stuff

    by porterdsgn

    to hit AICN ever!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Harry is wrong.

    by PwnedByStallone

    Of course at BNAT this movie might be mildly entertaining with a bunch of fanboys delighting in the superficial sense of nostalgia this movie brings. But that's what's ebtertaining, geeking with fellow fans, not the film itself which is a tired rehash and a pitiful attempt by Stallone to make more money. But take it from someone who has seen this film, it's just not that good and Harry's mouth is firmly locked around Sly's cock right now.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST

    One of my questions...

    by abominate

    ...about "First Blood" (hasn't been answered yet) was if Stallone wrote or ad-libbed any of that famous "Nothing is over" speech at the end. As for the suicide ending, they did film it (it's a bonus ending on the Ultimate DVD edition). Only it's not a true suicide, cuz Rambo grabs Trautman's hand, which is holding a pistol, and he "makes" the colonel shoot him in the chest. There are also a couple funny bloopers of this ending, with Sly cracking up laughing. I just love that "Nothing is over" monologue.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST

    AK-47 = Weapon of douchebags.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    It's not everyday that someone can claim to have been "pwned" by Sylvester Stallone.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Stallone's really woking hard

    by carpemundus

    cant wait to see this succeed carpemundus.com - we could beat apollo in a fight...

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Sly is the man

    by Lando Griffin

    These AICN Q & A's are genius in getting geeks who would have never ventured to see Rocky Balboa in theaters to do so as I am now looking forward to this

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah

    by Lando Griffin

    Merrick should be fired for his incompetence. That is all.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Kim Dickens and a bottle of Black Death vodka.

    by vivavitalogy

    Say it's so Sly, say it's so.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Wow, it has been a while AK-47

    by streakerfreak1983

    I supported your vocal opinion, despite what I might think about Rocky, but man are you being a dick about. By your assumptions since Harry has his lips firmly around Sly's dick then that means most of us here do too. "PUSS-NUTS"

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST

    drturing....

    by mrbong

    ....you have highlighted a rare act of folly or, if you want to go all Eurocentric, faux pas, from JG Ballard. Apocalypse Now was never intended to be a statement about Vietnam; the Vietnam war just made the most suitable, if you will, "modern" background for the tale of Heart of Darkness.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Lest we forget:

    by vivavitalogy

    http://www.sylvesterstallone.com/frontpage/photogallery/slyandharry.jpg

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 2:35 p.m. CST

    mrbong

    by streakerfreak1983

    Thank you, I could think of a way to tell that other guy what Apocalypse Now really was. I love that film too much for it to be belittled like that. It's time we get another Q&A day. This one is getting a little boring

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    AK47-People have been complaining about the ending.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I am greatly looking forward to seeing this movie. Cant wait! But apparantly many people have already seen it cause I am seeing people posting up spoilers all over the place. I have managed to avoid getting spoiled on the ending so far, but lots of people seem to be talking about that. But I'm still pumped....I wanna see this movie!

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Trazadone

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    "I simply HAVE to see it multiple times..." ...lol, yeah I wish I could do that. :)....another one I like that people say is...."I'll have to go watch it a 2nd or 3rd time to form an opinion."......WTF lol.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST

    I got a Wii, but no PS3.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Wiis are easy to get. PS3s are near impossible, at least in this area. The ironic thing is that the Wii has more games I want to play. The truth is there's no game on PS3 I want to play....I just want one just because everyone else is fighting for one. :P

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST

    This man is just like one of the boys.

    by super Cucaracha

    It's so refreshing to know that a man of his status acts like us... the boys. I'll be there opening day and the haters can watch all the Richard Gere movies they want. Hey Sly, thank you for taking your time to do this. Really appreciate it.

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Who wants to see the ROUNDS with Sly on time?

    by nomihs

    Okay I do. Just a suggestion for the next time you guys do this Q and A here. How about actually putting them up on time? Okay so the task was passed to Merrick. Well, I guess Merrick has proved his worth. But what about the other times it was late (Round 6 anyone?) Sure it says it was posted at 7:53 p.m. but I know the truth. All I want for Christmas are my 20 Rounds with Mr. Stallone, that's all. ATTN SUBJECT PS3: Who pays double the list price for one of those bad boys?

  • Dec. 11, 2006, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Nomihs

    by moto

    At least we're getting them.

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 3:23 a.m. CST

    3rd parties should leave ps3 & sony should be 3rd party

    by Exeter

    wii60 FTW. belee dat!

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    what he saay?

    by Exeter

    /??

  • Dec. 12, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Huge internet hit!

    by RAWHEAD RALF

    ...my local video store's done its part, all the rocky's are out in full display in honour of rocky balboa's impending release, aintitcool has a monster internet hit with the sly q & a...

  • Dec. 15, 2006, 4:33 a.m. CST

    DEAR STALLONE

    by Gonnaflynow

    Can You do "Cobra II"? Is true that you actually have "Cobra 2" script in late of 80's?