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Lucky Round #13 - Sly's off to the Premiere in Philly, yet still answers your questions exclusively on AICN!!!

Hey folks, Harry here - Stallone is in Philly hosting the premiere of ROCKY BALBOA. I guarantee you that screening will be a madhouse. If a buncha geeks in Austin, Texas found themselves chanting ROCKY ROCKY ROCKY and pumping arms in the air and standing, stomping their feet during the end fight... I can't imagine how it'll play in the land of cheesesteaks. Here's the 13th edition...

1. My question is: If there was one piece of advice you'd give to someone with an idea for a film, what would it be and how would I get it made? Cheers Martin Yuille Scotland, UK
The business has changed so radically… there are no direct channels, but the worst thing you can do is chase some producer down and confront him in a parking lot while loudly spouting the “original take” and “potential greatness” of your script. You have to target your audience the same way you have to target your producers. Seek out those who have a penchant for the kind of material you’ve written, and in a sophisticated manner, submit and resubmit until their curiosity takes over. But the idea of just sending a script to an actor expecting him to respond is going to lead to disappointment. Most actors take months to read scripts that are actually sent from their own agency.
2. Hi Harry I would love for you to pass this on to Sly. Hi Sly. My name is Simon and I'm lucky enough to have just seen Rocky Balboa. I work for an in-flight entertainment company, so managed to see it early. Don't worry, i'm going to see it at the cinema as well. I cant express how much I loved the film. I've always loved your Rocky films and they've been very important to me through the years, however this one was more moving than any film i have seen for quite a while. I could write for absolutely ages about the things I admired about the film and how I am so pleased that it has more than lived up to my expectations, however i'd like to ask this question: to me the film is the saddest film i have seen all year; how intentional was the film's understated realism and almost documentary like feel? Thanks very much Regards Simon Tutton (London, England)
Thank you very much, Simon, I appreciate it. There are certain vindictive turds that have thinly disguised agendas against me; therefore, they put a cloud over the project and try to corrupt and manipulate people’s opinions. I guess this goes under the heading “misery loves company”… and the talk-backer knows who I’m talking about. I wanted this film to be a love letter to the people who have garnered any satisfaction with the franchise, and to make up for the misfiring of ROCKY V. The look and the feel of the film was designed to reflect the psyche of Rocky, the way the world is perceived through his eyes - which at this point is shadowy, gray and uneventful. So, to answer your question, I wanted this film to be as raw as the feelings are, but still have the connection with the composition of the original ROCKY.
3. Hi Mr. Stallone; Thanks for all the wonderfully thrilling films you've given us over the years. In them you've fought against an impressively broad range of tough and crazy guy villains from David Carradine to Rutger Hauer to Steven Berkoff to Donald Sutherland to Jack Palance to John Lithgow to Wesley Snipes to James Woods to Antonio Banderas to Harvey Keitel, etc. Of all those guys in your films, which one was the most enjoyable for you to work with and face off against? Thanks in advance, ExcaliburFfolkes Houston, TX
Jimmy Woods is fantastic because of his mercurial wit… and pension to homicidal reaction. Rutger Hauer is a little demented, so he was fantastic work with. He took a lot of pain on that shoot, especially when a squid placed on his abdomen was flipped backwards and the explosive charge blew right into his flesh. Most guys would have gone to the hospital… he kept working, reeking blood and all. The greatest fight scene I’ve ever been involved in was with Hulk Hogan, because there was no trickery in that. You can’t fake gravity. And Dolph Lundgren… this man is a beast, folks - super strong, super tough, super smart - the man once had a scholarship to M.I.T. in chemical engineering. But the fellow I really wanted to kill the most (while in character) was Harold Diamond, who was my stick-fighting opponent in RAMBO III, and truly a legitimate badass. That was, without exception, a brutal scene to shoot.
4. Hi Mr. Stallone, Your role as an action star also made you an icon of masculinity over the years. I remember around the time you made Cop Land there was an interview that talked about how the vanity of bodybuilding was feminine in a way, and how the character struggles in Cop Land were a different kind of masculinity. I'm wondering how the Rocky Balboa film fits into that. How have your views on masculinity (or what it means to be a man) changed over the years? Curt
ROCKY BALBOA is kind of happy medium between the two. I chose to be thicker (consequently more bulky) and vanity was certainly thrown out the window. Bodybuilding is a vanity sport, and to call it anything else would be wrong, but that’s not a bad thing… unless you are hung up on wearing skin-tight red lycra wife-beaters to church on Sunday, which kinda screams, “You need medical attention at once.”
5. Hey Mr. Stallone, These movies introduced me to the sport of boxing where I learned about some of the greats Jack Johnson, Joe louis, Rocky Marciano, Mohammed Ali, Sugar Ray...and so many others. I was wondering who do you think embodies the character of Rocky the most? and who is your favourite fighter Sincerily, JONATHAN KOUMARIS
There is no question that Rocky Marciano is the template of my character and actually gave my character validity - that a small, clumsy fighter can wreak havoc against vastly superior opponents - because of his willingness to endure pain and his potential to deliver it C.O.D. Boxing is probably the toughest sport in the world. I know UFC people will disagree, but it truly is. So I admire the older fighters that had to endure much more pain and fight under more brutal conditions than the modern day fighters, who are quite often (I’m referring to the cream of the crop) pampered. In the old days you wouldn’t ever be a main event fighter until you had 40 or 50 fights, and a career would be at least 250 bouts. But the greatest fighter that ever lived, beyond dispute, pound-for-pound, is Sugar Ray Robinson. No one comes close, or ever will.
6. Hi Sly! I’m your true fan from Russia, and here is my questions: Is it true, that at one point you should be director and a star in “The Godfather, Part III”? What was your part, and why it never happens? Also can you confirm your past involvement in “The Midnight Club”, “Bartolomew vs. Neff”, “Dolan's Cadillac” and “Ali Baba and the 40 thieves”. What happens with these projects? -- Thanx, Dennis
Charlie Bluhdorn, who was the head honcho at Paramount and a really colorful character, approached me while I was working on STAYING ALIVE. He had actually had a huge poster made up, saying “THE GODFATHER III - Written, Directed By and Starring Sylvester Stallone.” I said, “Why don’t you just rent a blimp, fill it full of old pianos and drop them all squarely on my face - because that’s what the critics will do.” Coppola created masterpieces, and I was going to cover them in sludge? Not likely. So naturally I turned it down, but was extremely flattered. Coppola went on to do the third one, which had my favorite form of assassination - the ever-faithful, never to be doubted, man-size serving of poison cannolis.”
7. Yo Sly, Can you tell me some of what it was like on the set of Death Race 2000? I'm thinking it must have been like sipping water from a fire hose, man!!! Did you have any idea that it could end up as a cult classic? peace, Giles O'Dell Olympia, WA
No, I thought it was cheesiest thing I had ever seen - all the cars were constructed of rattling plastic, taped haphazardly over a Volkswagen chassis. But, then something miraculous happened - the damn crazy concept took on a life of its own because of Paul Bartel’s ironic twists on corporate violence, which was now responsible for funding all sports, which is now intertwined with government and bloodletting… hello, ancient Rome. The hard part was concentrating while people were walking around nude. I hadn’t seen that since THE PARTY AT KITTY AND STUDS (which I’ll address for the more moribund readers that want to splice and dice the skeletons in my genitorial closet). I was broke and basically sleeping in the Port Authority bus station for three weeks straight. I owned two shirts, three pairs of underwear, a pair of pants and a jacket - all of which I had on at the same time since I had no place to put them. I read in a trade paper about this film that was paying $100 a day - for a $100 a day I would wreak havoc. At that time everything in New York was naked. The play HAIR, OH CALCUTTA!, CHE, and even the semi-nude production I had done called DESIRE CAUGHT BY THE TAIL, written by none other than Pablo Picasso. So I showed up and found myself literally standing in the valley of the skanks. The show was so cheesy it didn’t even have sound. There was no real sex involved, just bad imitations and the close proximity of skankalicious skin. I was dumb, desperate, and dying to perform anywhere… so mistakes were made. After I made ROCKY, someone tried to blackmail me with the tape, wanting a million dollars. I said, “For a million dollars I’ll re-make the film, this time with sounds.” Actually, I hated the process so much that it is pretty obvious by my appendage, which is trying to retreat in my body, seeking safe haven…. “Oh, the horror.”
8. Sly, about ten years ago on late night TV, they showed "No Place To Hide." It was interesting because you were an urban terrorist walking around New York City and meeting woman, very reminiscent of the Wolfgar character in "Nighthawks." The film had a very depressing and pretty shocking ending dealing with your character accidently killing your girlfriend with a hidden bomb. A real downer of an ending. Knowing that you seem to like to end your movies on a high note, did this bother you, even at this very early part of your career? Mark
Yes, that film was done for $10,000 - which is also something I came across in a trade magazine. I didn’t know any better at the time, but I realized the film was pretty simply and roughly shot because of the lack of expertise (and money). But the director was very ambitious and a nice guy named Robert Allen Schnitzer - how can anyone forget that name? Yeah, the ending was depressing, but so was the beginning… and actually so was the middle, therefore it was consistent.
9. Hi, Some Books or critics from the 80's said that Rocky or Rambo were Reagan heroes I've always thought that Rocky or Rambo were politically neutral...even in Rambo II and Rocky IV What's your opinion ? Thanks Laurent K. (Sly System Webmaster, a fan Site)
Dear Laurent… you couldn’t be more right. I won’t belabor the subject, but ROCKY is so neutral it would be beige. RAMBO may have started out gung-ho, but his speech at the end of FIRST BLOOD suddenly places him as disillusioned and completely politically apathetic. What happened is, Reagan had a poster made up that said, “Rambo is Republican,” and that was the end of that.
10. Hey Sly, I was wondering how you came about getting Survivor to write Eye of the Tiger, one of the greatest movie songs of all time and will we get to hear anything from them in Balboa? Keep up the good work! Stephen Alexander Charlotte, NC
No, there will not be any Survivor songs in ROCKY BALBOA, but I’ve been walking around with the phrase, “Eye of the Tiger,” in my head for many years, and eventually wrote it into ROCKY III. They were a new group, and I gave the script to a producing team and label called Scotti Brothers, who owned the group Survivor. They pulled the phrase out of the script and wrote the song. When I first heard it I couldn’t believe my ears - it was too good to be true. I played it for a group of Teamsters and said, “Tell me if I’m crazy - is this great or what?” They said, “We love it.” This is one time when a pig and a poke morphed into a pearl.

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  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:19 p.m. CST

    way to go sly

    by aroundtime

    we will get you- the axe gang

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Sly is the funniest fucker ever!

    by Doctor_Sin

    My love and respect for him has jumped 300% since reading these - he even brings up the TBers here. Sweet!

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by christophermoltosante

    sorry sly, i love you, but put any boxer in the octagon and they would get slapped around. put any shoot fighter in a boxing ring and they could go the distance.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:36 p.m. CST

    “Rambo is Republican”

    by Drunken Irishman

    How shocking that any politican should try to score political points by trying to link themselves to a cultural icon. But now that I think of it, a "John McClane wouldn't vote for this Motherfucker" slogan could be pretty cool.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Never thought I'd say this...

    by robotdevil

    Sly Stallone just cracked the top ten list of actors i'd like to have a beer with.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by yaz67

    Better to turtle in THE PARTY AT KITTY AND STUDS than in your ROCKY anthology. You need to do comedy, man. This has been great. Hope it never ends.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:42 p.m. CST

    2 fun Sly stories, both true...

    by TELF

    One of my best friends was waiting in line to go through security on her way out of LAX. She dropped her shawl, then bent over to pick it up only to find that someone behind her had already done so. You guessed it, it was Sly. He handed it to her and she emailed me later to explain why she was going to become a Rocky Balboa evangelist. I know it doesn't seem like much, but it seems gallant gestures like that after a long-haul flight can make a girl's day. About two years ago I was in LA promoting something at the NBC TCA junket. Sly was there promoting season 1 of the Contender. I was heading in as he was heading out. The publicist saw the look on my face and asked if I'd like to meet him. I was embarrassed but didn't want to miss out. She whispered in his publicist's ear, who came over and introduced us. He was very gracious but I just stood there like a twat trying to think of something good to say. After some stuttered compliment from me, taken with good humor, Sly was whisked away by his guy. Memorable for me, for him not so much... Met Sugar Ray too. It was a good night.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Bravo Sly

    by kurdt420

    Whether you like the man as an actor or not you have to give him credit for taking the time to answer not 1 but 13 rounds of questions from us geeks.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Anyone else read these answers aloud in Stallones voice

    by Elmore Rigby

    like I do?

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:55 p.m. CST

    "and the talk-backer knows who I’m talking about"

    by photoboy

    Who's been talking shit about Sly?

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Not Aloud

    by blahblahman

    But I sure hear his voice in my head. Kinda like that Chris Walken 12 Days of Christmas "article" on the other day.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:57 p.m. CST

    "Anyone else read these answers in Stallones voice"

    by photoboy

    Yeah, I totally hear Stallone's voice in my head when I read his answers, it's pretty cool actually.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 8:30 p.m. CST

    AICN should do a whole series of these

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    Add my voice to those saying that Stallone's frank and great answers to all these questions is one of the greatest retrospectives you can imagine. I was already excited to see "Rocky Balboa" and when I did see it last night (at the AVCO here in L.A.), it was a lot of fun, made moreso by being on a Stallone kick and getting to see him host a Q&A there. The movie is really great, as many have said, but going from Stallone's performance on screen to Stallone in the flesh is such a contrast that it makes you that much more impressed by what he does in the film. That, and he can obviously still write like hell.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Where's AK-47?

    by theBigE

    Yeah, wasn't he the TB'er that Stallone has his sights on? Funny, he hasn't posted here since Stallone called him out! Now I want to see Stallone and the JuggFuckler get into it! <p> Keep up the great answers, Stallone! You've taken me from "don't care about the new Rocky" to "what time is the first show playing?" Ok, I'll end my man-love for Sly now.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 8:33 p.m. CST

    jesus christos

    by occula

    i haven't read this many witty, silly, truly funny turns of phrase in any interview with a star since mel gibson, pre-crazy sauce. 'genitorial closet'? my GOD! so excellent!

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Tanks H.K. and Sly for getting this ROUND up on time...

    by nomihs

    Now here are some questions that really make it worthwhile to read. Although, for some people he answers all of the question and others just one part. Not that I am in a place to tell Stallone "HEY WHAT GIVES?" but I am just curious. Just like a director in a porno movies says "Keep it up boys."

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Sly reads the TBs and

    by veritasses

    says FU to the hater. If that Ain't Cool News I don't know what is.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 8:50 p.m. CST

    love it love it love it

    by Bloo

    my roommate has had me somewhat excited about Rocky B. but these Q&As man are rocking me, so again love it love it love it<P> oh did you se he kind of knocked a little on that due a couple of days ago who was trying to pitch his sub idea to Stallone, I mean it was cool that he was on a career path in H-Wood and I didn't have a problem with it, and it wasn't really a knock, just a sly (ha!) piece of advice

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Stallone's voice?

    by KarmicRelief

    I hear the questions answered being sung in Frank Stallone's voice. Takes some getting used to...

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by The-Warrior

    Dear Sly, thank you for calling me puss-nuts. It is a moment I will always treasure. And thanks, Knowles, for selecting my question. The other question I had was -- back in the eighties, there was a who's who in GI Joe comic put out by Marvel. Rocky Balboa was listed as being on the Gi Joe team, then this whole thing ws retracted the next month. Whose amazingly bananas idea was this, who nixed it and what was the original concept? And does anybody else remember this, or I have just gone around the bend? Thank you. See you in Hell.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by The-Warrior

    How come nobody talks about this? Demolition Man, a total shit festival gets a hundred questions, and this under-rated gem of a prison movie doesn't get any ink. Come on, Sly in a battle of will versus that monstrous Indian from Predator and the mud football game and James Evans from Good Times. What more do you want in a film? Really. I enjoyed this movie. I just wanted to say that. See You In Hell.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Sly is the fucking man

    by The guy

    I didn't think he would touch my question about that sleazy movie he made before Rocky, with a ten foot pole, but he answered it, even if it was indirectly. You're the best Sly!!!

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by The-Warrior

    This film is the only thing in the history of soccer that isn't gay. Fine work, sir. See You In Hell.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 9:33 p.m. CST

    "put any boxer in the octagon"; tough =/ who would win

    by coolguyaaron

    He's talking about who has it tougher, not who would win in a fight. A mixed martial artist may beat a pure boxer. But when it comes down to the amount of punishment a boxer takes in a typical fight versus the much shorter UFC bouts, or the number of fights a boxer needed to endure before getting a real shot, there's no question which sport is "tougher".

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to Rocky's turtles?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Don't those things live for like 80 years? Adrian dies....but the turtles should still be swimmin...

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 9:56 p.m. CST

    AK-47 did respond to Sly....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Check the Round 9&10 combo TB.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 10 p.m. CST

    This would make a billion worldwide...

    by lettersoftransit

    ...if everybody could see it as I did yesterday, with Sly talking to the crowd afterward. The way you could see that Sly felt he and Rocky were somewhat in the same while he made this picture... it added a poignancy that really put it over.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Agree with cookguyaaron

    by veritasses

    Joint lock submission holds are extremely painful but the pain subsides very quickly once the lock/hold is released (which is why in Aikido and Ju Jitsu, these techniques can be practiced over and over). Being knocked out by a “sleeper hold” is scary and potentially dangerous but it’s not painful per-se. Strikes in the UFC might do more damage because of the type of glove used, the different strikes that are possible (knees, elbows etc) and because the recipient of the blows might be pinned on his back but this is why the UFC fights are likely to end much more quickly then in a boxing match with far fewer blows delivered. Boxers have to endure hundreds of blows to the body and head for a very long period of time (3 minutes per round times 8, 10, 12 or 15 rounds vs (I think) 5 minute rounds times 3 rounds for UFC). The boxer has to take a very different type of long term, sustained punishment to the body and is thus (arguably) tougher. The UFC fighter will beat the boxer most of the time but the boxer probably has to be “tougher” in order to endure that type of constant punishment to his body and brain for the duration of his career. And this is probably even more so back in the days of Marciano and Sugar Ray Robinson which is what Stallone was referring to.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 10:19 p.m. CST

    burning heart is on the radio right now

    by slappy jones


  • Dec. 13, 2006, 10:34 p.m. CST

    im so pissed

    by roccotheripper

    some asshole ruined the fucking movie for me. oh well, still gonna see it

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 10:52 p.m. CST

    "standing in the valley of the skanks"

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    That is fried comedy gold!!! Sly, you're totally spoiling us here at AICN. Thanks again!

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 11:06 p.m. CST

    "standing in the valley of skanks"

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Isn't that like, most public high school hallways these days?

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 11:07 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I hope Sly is still reading us. :) The TB for Round #12 was noticeably dry and boring. No geeking out too much, even if we are geeks, okay? :P

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Damn, the man is CLASS...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Pure class. And entertainment. After these "rounds" I really want to see Balboa and am very curious about the Poe project...

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 11:24 p.m. CST


    by playahatersball

    I remember the rocky?GIJoe comic thing too. There was actually a Rocky GIJoe figuremade, but (I belive) never released because of liscensing issues. Oh yeah, and all the ass-grabbery, sweaty pile-ons and tights in American football are 100% more homoerotic than anything in soccer. UFC has to be the gayest though.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 11:56 p.m. CST

    20 Death Race Questions and Not One Flava Flav?

    by Doc Falken

    Just one reaction about his past loves?

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Sly rocks

    by CoffeeAndCinema

    That's all.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Yeah, I'd like to hear some anecdotes from that shoot -- especially since we all know how fucking bugnuts Sonny Landham is in real life. The guy actually had a bodyguard on the set of Predator -- not to protect him, but to protect the other actors FROM him. How awesomely fucked-up is that?

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 12:19 a.m. CST

    THAT talk-backer...

    by Seph_J

    I wanna know who Stallone describes as a "certain vindictive turds that have thinly disguised agendas against me;… and the talk-backer knows who I’m talking about. " Interesting. Anyone care to enlighten me?

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 12:29 a.m. CST

    YackBacker - RAMBO CRICKET...........

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I let him free two days ago. He can roam about now and start his own little cricket family. (or get eaten by a bird lol)

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 12:31 a.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    did you just call me "GIBBY"??

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 12:43 a.m. CST


    by awesomegeek

    Sly was the Killer Card question on tonights "Show Me The Money". Of course, the lady didn't get it tho, and thusly, left empty handed. And, Mr. Stallone, if you're reading these.. Keep on keepin' on! Class Act, sir!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 12:58 a.m. CST

    damn you, Jar Jar Binks

    by darthbinks1220

    damn you, Jar Jar Binks

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:05 a.m. CST

    What, you haven't peaked yet?

    by Cyberfury

    Pure bliss.. It's great to see Paulie again. We all have a Paulie somewhere in the family.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa STILL unavailable on Fandango....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    That sucks, I can't see the available showtimes or if there are any midnight shows. However, ironically A Night at the Museum tickets are available for purchase. WTF....

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Yo Sly, what about LaMotta?

    by darthbinks1220

    Balboa is a cross between Marciano and Jake. The Raging Bull was a glutton for punishment. Also, is the Marie in Rocky Balboa the "screw you creepo" Marie from the '76 film? Rock ending up with her is a heck of a twist.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Astonishing, Sly is on a whole nother level

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    There is so much I hate about Hollywood, but Stallone is so funny and genuine. Plus his rags-to-riches stories of being a starving actor are inspiring. What a thoughtful guy, so glad there are some worthy individuals in tinseltown... compare Stallone's attitude to 99% of the douchebags out there (including indie filmmakers), it's amazing how down-to-earth he is, no arrogance or prissiness in sight.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:13 a.m. CST

    One more thing, Sylvester

    by darthbinks1220

    If Ali wasn't exiled from boxing during his prime years, would you still put Robinson ahead of him? Oh, and was Carl Weathers a running back for the Oakland Raiders prior to Rocky?

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:16 a.m. CST

    As a Charles Bronson mega-fan,

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I wonder if Stallone ever met or had dealings with this icon of film toughness. As an individual, Bronson was kind of the anti-Stallone, in that he was very reserved, had no interaction with fans, and on sets mostly hung out with the crew; a very blue-collar "here to do a job" attitude. <p> I have nothing but respect for Stallone, but I have to say that Bronson back in his physical prime (Cold Sweat or Hard Times) would probably get my nod for toughness... like Stallone, though, Bronson also serves as a great role model for a man remaining in top-flight physical condition long after many men have resigned themselves to middle-aged flab and weakness.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Stallone and Bronson are my dad's two favorite stars...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    For my dad it has always been #1) Charles Bronson and #2)Stallone (with Arnold coming in close behind). My dad's a very frugal guy and lives at the office, doesnt really go to movies and stuff...but whenever a Bronson movie was released in theaters....he was THERE. Called Bronson "Old Chuck" since he basically watched his movies his whole life...when Bronson slowed down on his movie output, dad moved onto Stallone.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Sly, You I always thought you were cool... but now...

    by ronniepooch

    you are beyond fucking cool!!!! Thanks so much for doing this man! Can this Q&A with you keep going on forever? -ron

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Rutger Hauer + Squid = he he he

    by Samson_K

    I'm sure it's a typo and means squib but I just laughed when it said that Rutger Hauer was demented and had a squid placed on his torso and back flipped when it exploded. Anyway Sly is definitely the man!!!!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:31 a.m. CST

    We're like Stallone's online sidekicks here as he tours

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    <b>GO BATMAN GO!!</b>

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:52 a.m. CST


    by Brody77

    Anyone else been reading these & praying for a Mick Foley sized autobiography from Stallone? I've always thought he was cool - even though my mate used to have a poster of him from the Rocky 3 era on his wall. Some of you may have seen this poster - Stallone after a workout, in red shorts, with what clearly looks like a semi!! (shudders) Scared the hell outta me, that semi seemed to follow you around the room! lol Why oh why must I wait til 20th Jan for Rocky in Scotland.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Last urgent question

    by everstranger

    I got one question for Sly and I think it's worth asking... Alright, in France (a remote country far far away...), the most popular satyrical show is a called the Guignols (7.50pm every evening), and it basically makes fun of everything with a good old French "humour" (evil Americans, friendly suicide bombers... Sacrebleu!). Here is when Sly comes in the picture: it started with the World Company, which is basically a kind of super lobby invented to represent whatever is pro America/Imperialism/greedy and manipulating... and the company's workers are all... clones of Sly !!! (named Monsieur Silvestre for the occasion). And now, everytime there is someone who seems to pull the strings of someone else (the Pope, Bush, Lobbies...), acting in the shadows with greedy intentions, he is embodied by Silvestre. How does Sly reacts to do that? what is it like to embody all the conspiracy theories/Imperialist ideas for millions of French? Looking forward to an answer (sorry if the question/post is so long...) PS: I love you Sly. Sea shells can't taste the same now...

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 3:53 a.m. CST


    by Dick Nicely

    That's fantastic! I moved to France recently but was completely unaware of this Monsieur Silvestre thing. Although I don't have a TV, so maybe that's why. It will be interesting to see Rocky Balboa with a French audience: will they cheer this symbol of imperialism? As for the man himself... I'm probably repeating what other folks have said here, but in the last two weeks I've gone from total ambivalence to really liking this guy. What an honest, funny, stand-up fella he is. And he answered a question from a Scot. Sly, you are indeed a sacred cow.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 4 a.m. CST

    Les Guignols

    by Pacino86845

    You can find them on DVD, but I don't think they're available with English subtitles... Great question, everstranger!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Le Commandant Sylvestre

    by Dick Nicely

    Fucking sweet. See SLy in Evil Imperial French Puppet Mode!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by Dick Nicely

    Shouldn't be a space in the above link, sorry. In my defence these French keyboards are fucking nuts. So, Sly, would you consider guest-starring on this show, perhaps operating a puppet of your own likeness?

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 4:18 a.m. CST

    We need to get Sly, Don M, that mad Dave director and..

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Uwe Boll in an boxing tournament sponsored by AICN! Harry can be the Ref! <p>...AK47 can commentate.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 4:20 a.m. CST

    See multiple puppet Stallones sing "We Fuck the World"

    by Dick Nicely

    In English with French subtitles.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 5:16 a.m. CST


    by mrfan

    Thanks AICN and Sly for all this. This has been some entertaining stuff.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 6:37 a.m. CST

    G.I.Joe & Rocky

    by ckane123

    The negotiations fell through but the name was on a character list reference sheet that found its way into a G.I.Joe comic - the retraction was to correct the mistake. And now you know. And...

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 6:37 a.m. CST


    by ckane123


  • Dec. 14, 2006, 6:57 a.m. CST

    The politics of Rocky IV (a repost)

    by chrth

    Since it came up in the questions, I'm going to repost something I wrote up about a month ago on this site since it boggles my mind how many people miss this point when they utter inanities such as "Rocky won the Cold War".<p> "I'm surprised so many people misunderstand Rocky IV<p> by chrth <p> <p> What the movie is showing is three distinct attitudes, and it's offering a criticism on two of them.<p> The first is the Jingoistic Flashy American attitude exemplified by Apollo Creed (and James Brown). This attitude is style over substance, cockiness instead of confidence, and the inability to take an opponent--one who may be your equal--seriously. The fact that Apollo dies indicates the belief that this sort of attitude is wrong, and may be fatal to the practitioner. In other words, it's a slap in the face of America Fuck Yeah! attitudes (you listening, Toby Keith?).<p> The second attitude is that displayed by Drago. This is a belief in science and technology that can build a better machine that will overcome all obstacles. It is unemotional, immovable, but ultimately can not match up with the third attitude.<p> This third attitude is of industriousness and dedication, humility and ingenuity. It's equated with the land in Rocky's use of farm implements to train. The fact that he does this training in the Soviet Union demonstrates that such a mindset is possible for both nations (Rocky representing the US) and also ties into the original ideas of the strengths of the working class. If he can change (from the first attitude) and you can change (from the second attitude) then everyone can change (to the third attitude).<p> That is what Rocky IV is all about.<p>"

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Good luck at the premiere Sly

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Hope all goes well. On a side-note, at the time it was released Godfather III was sniffily praised by critics. Looking at it now it's like a masterpiece compared to the shit Hollywood is churning out.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 7:20 a.m. CST


    by abominate

    He meant "squib," it's a little device that explodes fake blood to simulate a gunshot impact. But the idea of Rutger Hauer being attacked by a squid is amusing, too. Damn I loved his Roy Batty character in Blade Runner. That was his name, right? Roy? Anyhoo, thank you Sly. You and Rocky are the reason why I passed the Ohio bar exam.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST

    This man is the real deal...

    by JRo

    I never realized what a well-spoken, down-to-earth kinda guy he is. It's easy to picture him as the action hero caricature, but he's ALL CLASS. Hats off to you Mr. Stallone. I've enjoyed your movies for years, but I've only become a fan NOW. Thank you.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Weird Al

    by kingink123

    Every time I think about the new rocky movie (which I can't wait to see!) I think about the Weird Al Eye of the Tiger parody: Theme From Rocky XIII (Rye And The Kaiser) Fat and weak, what a disgrace Guess the champ got too lazy Ain't gonna fly now, he's just takin' up space Sold his gloves, threw his eggs down the drain But he's no bum, he works down the street He bought the neighborhood deli Back on his feet, now he's choppin' up meat Come inside, maybe you'll hear him say Try the rye or the kaiser They're on special tonight If you want, you can have an appetizer You might like our salami and the liver's all right And they'd really go well with the rye Or the kaiser Never eats while on the job He heard it's good to stay hungry But he makes a pretty mean shish kabob Have a taste, they were made fresh today Try the rye or the kaiser or the wheat or the white Maybe I can suggest an appetizer Stay away from the tuna, it smells funny tonight But you just can't go wrong with the rye Or the kaiser So today, his deli comes first Still he dreams of his past days of glory Goes in the back and beats up on the liverwurst All the while you can still hear him say It's the rye or the kaiser, it's the thrill of one bite Let me please be your catering advisor If you want substitutions I won't put up a fight You can have your roast beef on the rye Or the kaiser The rye or the kaiser The rye or the kaiser The rye or the kaiser

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by Alucinor

    THAT'S BRISK BABY. I quote that commercial on a daily basis. Funny how all Stallone had to do was be himself and he wins back a legion of fans. It's bad that we feel Hollywood has lied to us so often with their fake, bullshit that a little honesty goes a long way. Not that I ever stopped liking Stallone... What do you want to bet that other actors try to answer questions like this in an attempt to sound down to earth. Fucking Hollywood. My Dad met Sir Stallone in Philly while filming in some random hotel. Said he was a nice guy.. I'm not one to think my pops is a lier.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 8:04 a.m. CST

    darthbinks you JERK!

    by snomusic

    No spoiler warning or anything! No one wants to know that Rocky finds another woman before seeing the movie! Oh I'm so ticked I haven't even finished the talkbacks - I had to vent. I'm so depressed...

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Friend's House got burgled a while ago...

    by Jam Banjo

    ...and they took all his DVDs, as well as bunch of other stuff. One amusing sidenote is that despite the fact that he had the full Rocky boxset, they took the time to open it, remove Rocky V leave it in the house! I'm not having a go though Sly!!! This is the greatest feature I've ever seen on AICN, I'm recommending all my mates to come and have a look. Sly, man, you're one funny f*cker. Have to admit that whilst I've always loved Rocky - its ending was gloriously unexpected for me, (as most Sports films are about conclusively beating the bad team / guy in the end) I was probably going to wait to see Rocky Balboa on DVD, think I owe it to the big man now to take a trip to the cinema - if the movie is half as entertaining as some of these answers, I'll love it! Well thats my overlong contribution to this forum, if there's time for a question, mine is: Sly, If you could cast any actor from any time in one of your films, who would you pick? Cheers Dave, UK. PS don't go and watch Everton, they're shite, watch Liverpool instead!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Since you read these Sly....

    by snomusic

    I was wondering what your personal views were on God, Jesus etc. I'm sure Warrior saying "See you in Hell" wasn't indicative of him believing your going to Hell, but it made me wonder if you had any particular faith beyond in yourself. Though I'm not trying to force a stereotype but with Rocky going to the priest for a blessing and the fact that you are Italian, I'm suspecting Catholic...

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 8:38 a.m. CST

    That was a very solid analysis of Rocky IV, chrth.

    by Childe Roland

    I'm right with you in your interpretation, but I've always layered in another element. I think Rocky went to the Soviet Union to train because, even as a potentially brain-damaged galoot, he knew that the only way to beat an opponent is to get inside his head. To understand where he comes from, what he wants and why he wants it. By going to Drago's homeland and essentially reforging himself there, he learned all of the things Drago had forgotten in allowing himself to be elevated above and removed from the people by science, technology AND politics. In essence, Rocky learned what it was to be Russia. I've always been certain there was a deleted scene, somewhere, showing Rocky standing in a bread line.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Sly I had a question that Harry is afraid to ask

    by discostewart

    i had a question about FIST but Harry seems to frightened to ask it you. Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers played your son Kevin Kovak (as Cole Dammett. In his autobiography "Scar Tissue" he claims he came to your trailer to ask ifhe could go over his lines with you and that you looked at him laughed and said "get this kid outta here" and shut the door. I was wondering what your recollection if any of this event was, and what you now think of the chilli peppers all these years on. I think you will answer this question cause i dont think you have anything to hide. Couldhave been bad timing, anthony could have been being arrogant.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by everstranger

    I'm glad you folks discovered "We fuck the World", it's been a French classic for years. But I really wonder if Sly knew about that...

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Childe Roland

    by chrth

    I'm not sure about that. It seems to me that Drago has been so thoroughly transformed by the Soviet Athlete Machine that there would be no trace of whatever existed before. Although perhaps that *is* what we're seeing by Drago's attitude late in the match (I win for me! FOR ME!). Hmmm

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Pics of sly with its lookalike muppet

    by Gorgomel

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    That "for me" part was big for me, chrth.

    by Childe Roland

    I think you're right about Drago having forgotten what he was and what might've driven him, as a young farmhand or factory worker, presumably, to enter the military and to become a fighter int he first place. Despite the trappings of communism and being constantly reassured that he was a cog in a larger machine, he hungered for something more for himself. He wanted glory and distinction. Naturally (or, more accurately, unnaturally) those desires and drivers were conditioned out of him, but Rocky so thoroughly embodied those same concepts (both in his own background and in the fundamental understanding he'd developed of how a younger Drago might've first aspired to rise above what and where he was) that Rocky reminded Drago of why he fought in the first place. Frankly, I think it would've been a better movie if the match had ended in a draw or even with Rocky losing but knowing he'd reawakened the man inside Drago's soulless machine.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST

    We Fuck the World

    by Dick Nicely

    I was watching that clip and my French flatmates came in from the other room to sing along. I guess I have some cultural catching-up to do. What are the rules about using peoples' likenesses for satirical puppetry? Politicians are fair game, but I'm sure some celebrities have effectively copyrighted their own image, so they can't be unwittingly used to advertise stuff... maybe be associated with neo fascism also. Either way, Sly probably has a sense of humour about this so I don't think it's lawsuit time. Just wondering. DamnYouMichaelBay, I remember Spitting Image (just) but I thought it was only funny on occasion. The French have a different sense of humour, and you owe it to yourself to find footage of a comedian/musician trio called Les Inconnus. Utterly, utterly unfathomable.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Cheers Gorgomel!

    by Dick Nicely

    So he's actually met his puppet, which turns out to be shorter than him. What a guy. Gorgomel, I've spent half my day preoccupied with Sly puppets and you've brought the theme to a satisfactory conclusion. I thank you. I can now return to my life.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:38 a.m. CST

    to Dick Nicely

    by Gorgomel

    You're welcome. And regarding Les Inconnus, they made their own Stallone movie spoof. Check this out :

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Sly, you're like a Dad

    by antonphd

    Don't take this wrong, not saying you are old, but, listening to you talk the last couple weeks and listening to you looking back and giving advice... it feels like listening to the world's coolest Dad. I think I'm really going to miss these when you're done. I think we've all kinda been feeling like we bonded with someone we'd already been emotionally invested in over so many great movies... now you just stepped off the silver screen and walked into our homes and shot the shit with us for 2 weeks straight. I'm ready to sign the adoption papers and you can be my new Dad. Cause you kick mother fucking ass man. And all you cynical fuckers, admit you are feeling the same thing. Sly is going to make a hole in AICN when he leaves these in a week. So sad. But it's great while it's happening.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Harry, send Sly a cup that says World's Greatest Actor

    by antonphd

    From AICN and Fans Everywhere.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:47 a.m. CST

    antonphd is so right

    by Doctor_Sin

    This is the greatest moment in the history of AICN, possibly the Net. Sly could adopt me and I'd never ask for a cent. Just the chance to hang out. Admit it, you all feel man-love for Sly on some level right now.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST

    "Both of you, go and see if I am on that mountain."

    by Dick Nicely

    Great stuff. Ahhh, Les Inconnus. Sly as Jesus, the Power Rangers, the three policemen who are, above all, men... So, Gorgomel, instead of doing some actual work I'm now revisiting the demented back catalogue of these mad fuckers on YouTube. When I woke up this morning, I was cool.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:08 p.m. CST


    by timmer33

    Do you think Sly might have been referring to you? Since you insulted him pretty badly back in Round 3, and continue to come to every single talkback about him (despite the fact that you don't like him), he might just have aimed that one at you. What do you think? Seriously, if you don't like him, why do you read his questions and answers? DB

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Dammit, BSB!

    by Childe Roland

    Why'd you have to go and make a Brokeback reference? Now Gaius is going to point out how you can't seem to help slipping those into posts and the rest of us are going to have to deal with another "is he or isn't he that guy who got banned" thing. Besides, Stallone has made it clear he doesn't swing that way. I forget which round it was, but he claimed to be almost physically ill while showering with Kurt Russell. If such a healthy, normal reaction isn't the surest indicator of heterosexuality (without even a hint of sexual insecurity on the part of the nauseated), then I don't know what is. And could there be a more unquestionably manly movie than Staying Alive?

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Awww, now you've gone and done it, BSB!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Ha! Don't worry, Childe Roland. I'll let that one slide...'tis the season and all.<P>But you should ask BSB if he's enjoyed the Holocaust Conference in Tehran. Zinger!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:37 p.m. CST

    That is one ugly Sly muppet....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    There's no way that's a real Jim Henson created muppet. It's too ugly. Even the real Sly's expression sitting next to that thing is like...."Am I this ugly?"....

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 1:37 p.m. CST

    if sly is truly reading these....

    by occula

    then i KNOW he'll get a kick out of that little anecdote about the rocky boxed set getting ganked but rocky v getting left behind. that is classic. more funnies from mister stallone, please!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Dershowitz? More like Abraham Foxman.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    It's a paradoxical stance those particular Neturai have taken considering they more than likely had relatives tatooed and/or slaughtered at the very concentration camps they claim never existed.<P>But I will say no more on the subject = it leads to nowhere. Besides, PharteGodd has returned in the Underdog TB...

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    With the tagline...

    by abominate

    ...for Rocky Balboa being "It Ain't Over til it's Over," Sly shoulda re-used Frank's song from Stayin' Alive, "Far From Over." And he shoulda had that Dan guy who sang "Long Road" from First Blood do something. Like just appear in the background anywhere in the flick, singing it into a mic, like that dude who sang the Love Boat theme outside the prison in "Airplane 2." He could be the lounge guy in Rocky's restaurant, as people stir their linguini: "It's a looong road, when you're on your oooown, and it hurts..."

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Mention on IESB...

    by idahomer Hehe, Sly mentions the TBers and really going off on AK-47 (not by name). Also he does not think he will do Inglorious Bastards.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I highly doubt Don Murphy is stalking me. However, all of AICN should band together against his stooge that is our common foe.<P> "ass rape". Now, that's 2...count them...2 BBCB references in this TB. You're slipping. ;)

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by WatchtheWatcher

    In Sly's shooting script for "Rocky IV" (which is infinitely better than the finished music video--er film), Rocky goes to Siberia to train because Americans keeps bugging him over here and he can't concetrate on the training (People show up with banners reading "Don't bomb, send Rocky", etc). Adrian does not utter the totally out-of-character "You can't win!" (in fact her whole attitude is "I'm against this, but you gotta do what you gotta do"). So that's why Rocky goes to Russia... I've no idea if it was actually filmed and then cut out, because the script is like a 2 1/2 hour movie. But I can tell you this: Stu Nahan and Tony Burton said they came out of "Rocky IV" crying... because it was not the movie that they had shot.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    These have been phenomenal...

    by colematthews

    It's too bad that no one else can do one without looking like a poseur, because I would love to see this become a regular installment. Like, a person of the month, with articles relating to that person, and a Q/A, leading up to the release of their new film. Ben Affleck is someone who has been both adored and shit upon, but is still pretty fucking cool, and definitely smart/witty enough to have fun with this. Plus, Smokin' Aces comes out in what, February? Seems like good timing to me.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Has anyone asked Sly if he met

    by Lando Griffin

    Demon Dave through Sage?

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 4 p.m. CST

    Was Sly's #1 response an indirect response to moto?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Moto posted his story summary here for comment. I wonder if Sly's comments in response to question #1 was gentle advice in response to his proposal. Sly is a Producer, too.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I wasn't sure that he would, but I am not suprised Mr. Stallone read the first few Talkbacks. I mean, this is probably the first time he's done anything like this....and after the first few reponses were posted up, it is natural for him to be curious as to what people have to say about it. (I doubt he is reading now, 2 weeks later, though.)<BR><BR> He is in the middle of promoting Rocky Balboa, and while reading the first few TBs he sees AK-47 trashing it. Being this is the first time Stallone is doing this, it is natural for him to want to respond. He's a person, too.<BR><BR>BTW, I bought the Rocky Collector's Edition today. How come no one told me this was coming out!!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST

    What if AK47 = Sylvester Stallone?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Reverse psychology. Mind games. After seeing that we were behind him he installs this negative character to enhance our passion for him and the movie. Genious.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by Cult Exiter

    Those who read Sly's answers and talk back regarding (or not) these RAQ's (rarely asked questions), and yet don't like the man and his films... might be angry+gay and/or just vomiting out of jealousy, because of his strenght of personality, creativity, or manly voice, even. It's amazing how common it is, that it only takes 1 cool thing about someone, to make someone else somewhere jealous - and then roll a dice to see if that sob comes spitting like a troll without Saruman's orders. Mr. S.S. has cool score of more than 3, so... You vomiters, take your prozac and fall asleep - and wake up somewhere else.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 5:34 p.m. CST

    sly's secretary (personal assistant)

    by troutpencil

    Is probably going to sue him for making her write about porn.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Gotta say.....

    by Doc_Strange

    These Q&A's with Sly are pretty much legendary here in AICN. I really look forward to Sly's insights into his career and in Hollywood in general. I hope after all this is over someone puts the whole series onto a separate site or a pdf file. This stuff is priceless.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 7:16 p.m. CST

    The GI Joe Mystery of Rocky Balboa

    by Pete_Da_Geek

    Just so you know...I sorta looked into this awhile back. Something happened with the Rocky rights or something between Hasbro and the studios or something, I can't remember (and bet if I looked into it I could find it). What did happen is the figure WAS released, in some form, as Big Boa- Now a Cobra character. He came with boxing gloves and like a bag and things...they just redid the figure. I don't remember why it was scratched exactly, just remember it was scratched and then issed in part as the Big Boa figure.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Rambo IV NO Violence?

    by SlyExtreme

    Hi Sly. Ive been a very big fan of yours for alot of years now and am defently looking forward to when rocky 6 drops over here in Australia. I do however have some questions about the upcoming new rambo movie. I have read alot about whats happening over there in thailand and how they have toned down the violence. I think this could very much hurt the movie in alot of ways. Rocky 6 has created such a buzz and hasnt been released yet, this will pave the way for Rambo IV and peoples expectations very soon. Do you think Thailand will negatively impact on this movie by taking out alot of the violence and action? Would filming outside Thailand be a better idea when filming does commence? This could very well hurt the Rambo triology if not done right and rambo 4 could be the next rocky 5.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 9:03 p.m. CST

    I agree with SlyExtreme

    by Neo Zeed

    Rambo 3 was an alright capper to the series...even if it wasn't all that. I'd hate for Rambo to wimp out in a fourth sequel.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Rambo won't wimp out.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Why would Sly make a PG13 Rambo? He may be a star but he still has SOME touch with reality. They don't need to shoot in Thailand...they can just shoot somewhere else representing Thailand, or forget that place altogether.<BR><BR> What I'm worried about is that he'll be with a team this time. I don't mind a team with long as the team more resembles Predator and less Blade III.

  • Dec. 15, 2006, 12:50 a.m. CST


    by armtv

    I just got back from an early screening of RB in a San Diego theatre tonight. Wow. First let me say this. There were atleast four times as much people in line then could fit in the theatre. They had to turn people away. Many Many. Luckily for me I got it. The only sad thing about this experiences was the fact that there were no freaking trailers. :( Anyways the movie starts and you can hear the audience really getting into the opening sequence. I won't spoiler here but this movie freaking rocks and I hope it makes a ton of money. YOu can tell Sly poured his heart and soul into this thing. You can't help but see the parallels to the rocky story and Sly's career. All I gotta say is OLD DOG PUNCHY!! My favorite scene that literally brought me to tears was the scene between Rocky and his son when Rocky confronts him about fighting again. This is downright gutwrenching reality and I can't help but think there is some truth to this when it comes to celebrities and their children. This could be my favorite Stallone movie ever...not just Rocky. Thanks for one last hurrah!!! Rocky!! Rocky!! Rocky!!! fade to black. Gary Roberts ARM TV (GOOGLE IT)ARMWRESTLING!!!!

  • Dec. 15, 2006, 1 a.m. CST


    by armtv

    I can not remember the last movie that I went to that I wasn't bored to hell during all the story set up...before the action. Until now. All of the build up to the final means something and you'll even laugh along the way. Great Great Stuff. Paulie is the best. Thanks for staying true to the character and not getting too Politically correct. (I have a background in the restaraunt biz and the few lines about the kitchen IS SOO FREAKING FUNNY) Thanks. I do wish you could answer this question. How much money did Golden have to pay for the product placement!!! Just curious. HBO and GP got hooked up!!