1. Hello Mr. Stallone, My wife and I are going to hire a babysitter just so we can see ROCKY BALBOA -- we can't wait! I seem to recall that you dated Bridgette Nielsen. Can you walk us through, in graphic detail, a love-making session with Bridgette? Did she ever physically dominate you in bed? Thank you! ClarkWell, picture trying to subdue an anaconda with a Danish accent. All I know is it’s difficult kissing a person so tall that it ends up creating a bulging vertebrae in the center of your neck. The love-making was similar to a soccer game between England and France after an all night bender. Draw your own conclusions.
2. Sly, My name is Rene Camacho, and I'm from Laredo, Texas. Question on your training: with three kids, a line of supplements, an acting career, and all the others obligations as a celebrity you have, how do you manage to make the time to stay in such great shape? Especially at your age! You're the man. p.s. do you really clean and press 225 in the movie, or is that just a prop? Thanks! RenoWhat you see in the movie is real. Except for the squats, which topped out at 400lbs. I work out 3 times a week and have been lucky enough to learn how to balance pigging out with proper eating the last half century or so, but everyone has their own body mechanics and it takes a lot of experimentation to find a proper balance, but I certainly recommend proper thermo-burning supplements at your local health-food store.
3. Since Rocky was such an old school fighter, and trained old school, how does he feel about the closing of the old school, historic gyms like Chicago's Windy City Gym or Detroit's Kronk, and how will it affect boxing. Thanks. Loved the movie!! Saw the premiere in Chicago. Rita "La Guera" Figueroa WIBA Americas Lightweight Champion Chicago Trained by Sam Colonna out of the Windy City GymThe tougher the gym, the tougher the fighter. You are a product of your environment. That’s why when you go to war against countries that come from incredible harsh realities, the opponents from a pound for pound basis, super weapons excluded, provide horrible opposition because then life is horrible. In other words, they’re as tough as wild animals. You throw a poodle against a wolf and guess who comes home with fluff in their mouth? So, yeah, we should preserve these gyms, even though that’s not gonna happen, because real estate takes place over character building emporiums.
4. Yo Sylvester! I finally saw ROCKY BALBOA this week and I loved it. I expected a goof or at least nostalgia, but it's actually a great, moving film on its own. Here's my question: is this what you're going for with RAMBO IV? Because God knows you could make an over the top, wonderfully silly flick with that, but I get the sense that you might make another surprisingly heartfelt and sober topper for one of your franchises. Thanks, Kevin Laforest, a fan since childhoodWithout a doubt RAMBO is a very, very difficult screenplay because I have to backtrack to a time when character was at the forefront over action. RAMBO is the unwanted child of an insensitive military machine. He’s kinda like the Frankenstein monster who didn’t ask to be built and then is pursued to his demise by haunted memories. Yes, I’m going to try to humanize his inhumane existence.
5. Hi Sly, Some of your movies in the past, seemed to have been regarded as touching upon the political climate of America and how it shapes the world. What would you say your stance is today on American politics and everything that they are doing over internationally, specifically, over in the Middle East? Cpt Kirks 2pay.I believe that you try to fix your own house before trying doing a remodel on someone else’s. My stance is that we’ve completely opened the door for a major upheaval similar to the one in the late 60s. I even hate the space program. We should focus on ourselves, not on trying to change the world before we’ve changed ourselves or explored the universe, so one day we can live in a hyperbaric chamber behind a cluster of rocks on the frozen side of Venus watching the ass-end of a comet whip past our stupid bio-shit abodes.
6. NAME:Allen M. Loyola COUNTRY:Philippines(in the UK at the moment) AGE:13 hi.. well i know that your not a boxer or anything but you have been in a few boxing films with would have put you to train everyday..can you give me some tips on how to be a good boxer?I'm 13 years old and i want to be a boxer when i grow up...First and foremost realize all power comes from the ground up. Foot work is essential followed by free hip movement, followed by a rapid transfer of weight. A perfect example is watching the mechanics of a big league pitcher. But the most important aspect of boxing is your willingness to accept pain, because it is inevitable. If you don’t want to do that, just work out on the heavy bag, which is great exercise too.
7. Sly, Your distinctive voice is often parodied by the likes of Jay Leno and Conan O'Brian - I can already recall one Conan sketch this year parodying you and Arnold in hilarious, if completely unintelligible conversation. I'm sure there'll be more of that coming with the new movie. Have you always been able to take these particular jokes in your stride or did it ever reach a point where you've been self-conscious about your voice? If you do have any good stories where you've been misunderstood in daily life, I'd love to hear them :-) Best wishes for the new movie, Paul M. UKI’ve always sounded like a family of swallows decided to build a home in my mouth shortly after birth. It’s not easy sounding intelligent when you’re being muffled by a bird’s nest in your throat, but I’m an animal lover and chose not to remove it. Truthfully, I mumble, I wish I didn’t. It’s mainly because of an accident at birth (not going for the sympathy vote here), which makes it very hard to articulate with any sense of clarity. So no, I don’t take it personally, just ask my psychotherapist.
8. Yo Sly, How was your experience at the Philly premiere? All the Best, Steven W SF, CASorry, we haven’t had the Philly premiere yet, but the unveiling of the statue was truly a career defining moment and I look forward to the Philly premiere on the 18th. (HARRY NOTE: I COMPLETELY MISUNDERSTOOD A CONVERSATION THE OTHER DAY! SORRY EVERYONE)
9. Dear Harry, Hello, my name is Michael and I am 13 years old. I was born with a heart condition and had open heart surgery when I was a baby. My parents tell me that Sly's daughter also was born with a heart condition and that she was seen by the same cardiologist as me. He was Dr. Arthur Klein at Cornell University Hospital in Manhattan. I'm doing great and am wondering and hoping that Sly's daughter is feeling the same way. I myself am a huge "Rocky" fan and can't wait to see "Rocky Balboa". Last Christmas my mom got me a signed "Rocky" script hand-signed by Sylvester Stallone. It is framed and is hanging over my bed with a certificate of authenticity. When I found out that I could try to send Sly a question I was amazed. I hope he replies and lets me know how Sistine is doing. -MichaelMy daughter Sophia was born with a hole in her heart and had an operation at three months old. That’s when I realized I really didn’t matter much in this world when it comes to really making a difference. I provide entertainment, but gifted doctors provide a skill that snatches a life from the grip of death. So I learned a lot from a humbling moment and realize my daughter is a walking miracle and a constant reminder of the greatness of other men.
10. Sly- I really loved your appearance on SNL. What were your recollections of that show and working with that great cast, and would you do it again? Jedimindflayer Madison, WII don’t know if I’d do it again because I took a true butt whipping on that show. Now truly we went in with the concept to deconstruct who I am and prime the audience for COP LAND. I found myself falling into a mutual understanding and flow with these comedians, so obviously I enjoyed the process. The best part of the show was when I tried to pull a couple of victims from a car, but they would rather die than be saved by the man who made STOP! OR MY MOM WILL SHOOT. Hey, if you don’t laugh at yourself, eventually other people will, and that’s not a good thing. There’s an old saying “To those who think, life is a comedy, to those who feel, life is a tragedy.”
Dec. 16, 2006, 4:08 a.m. CST
great answers! lovin' this!
Dec. 16, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST
Well done Sly. Looking forward to seeing Roacky Balboa in the UK.
Dec. 16, 2006, 4:29 a.m. CST
by Darth Hidious
I must admit everyday its a pleasure to read these answers and as soon as the final round is over they will be surely missed! Big thank you to SYLVESTER STALLONE who has given this to his fans and definately gained a lot of new ones.
Dec. 16, 2006, 4:41 a.m. CST
"Ram-BONE" and Orange Julius. "That computer ... It's for gays."
Dec. 16, 2006, 5:03 a.m. CST
I would have loved it if Sly could have hosted SNL to promote Rocky Balboa. Would be 10 times better than Justin Timberlake.
Dec. 16, 2006, 6 a.m. CST
My wife LOVES you...Ha ha! But, I've always admired your work and have always looked forward to your work. My goodness! I was working as a Fedex guy in Irvine when you shot "Demolition Man"! How can't I not feel that way? Oh well. Looking forward to Rocky Balboa. As I'm sure my Wife is as well. Sheesh! Great to see you again, Mr. Stallone!
Dec. 16, 2006, 6:16 a.m. CST
Sly loved your movies i think Demolition Man. Any chance of answering my question, Anthony Keidus (from the Chilli Peppers) mentiones that when he played your son in FIST you shut the trailer door in his face when he asked to go over lines then heavily cut his part. It just doesnt sound ike the Sly we know and love. come on set the record straight. Really looking forward to Rocky 5 (im not counting the original 5) lol
Dec. 16, 2006, 6:23 a.m. CST
The last time I think we saw her was when she was drunk on live UK tv on "Fantasy World Cup 1998" I believe. Hopefully one day Sly you will do a digital enhancement of the ending of Cobra where you allow Brian Thompson to cut off that head connected to that tree trunk neck of hers. Then you and Brian Thompson all go back to Cobras place to drink beer and cut frozen pizza with scissors.
Dec. 16, 2006, 6:53 a.m. CST
Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot sucked! *norm dies* Love that skit.
Dec. 16, 2006, 7:17 a.m. CST
I'm even looking forward to Rambo 4 now! From all your fans in Australia Sly, great work. Question if harry will put it up: Ever considered making a movie in Australia before?
Dec. 16, 2006, 8:41 a.m. CST
doesn't actually ANSWER the questions though. There were no 'graphic details' in the love-making description, does he know who 'Dr. Arthur Klein' is? What a waste of a question number 8 was. Ahh, well - seems like a nice guy though.
Dec. 16, 2006, 8:45 a.m. CST
so i miss all the holiday hype for movies actually any hype, rocky was not even a blip on my radar until these last few weeks on aicn with the biuld up for these questions. This has been sO AWSOME, Sly is AWSOME i am sO jazzed about Rocky! I have waited all year for this one month of movies, pans labyrinth, the children of men and now Rocky Balboa! yep thats my xmas day lineup, its gonna be 'awsome'. Thanks Sly!!!!! thanks aicn!!!
Dec. 16, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST
Don’t support the bureaucracy that runs and funds it or the people trying to commercialize it. And don’t support pork projects or people in Wash. that average 2 days a week of work. Otherwise, another fine round of Q&A.
Dec. 16, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST
by Cotton McKnight
I thought they went a little bit overboard with that car crash skit and I remember squirming in my chair when I watched it. I wanted to know what Mr. Stallone thought but I didn't think that question would make the cut.
Dec. 16, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
Too many humans on this one.
Dec. 16, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST
disappointed that we haven't gotten to Mars or accomplished other goals a'la the inherent one set by 2001 A Space Odyssey. Oh, I want to hear more about RAMBO IV. Since the great Jerry Goldsmith has passed away, how will the score be handled? This is very important because the Rambo scores are absolutely FUCKING INCREDIBLE! I don't want no generic Hans Zimmer action music crap! I want what Goldsmith gave us!
Dec. 16, 2006, 10:45 a.m. CST
by CTU Mole
compared to the stuff we really waste money on. Also, the inventions and technical advances that were a direct result of the space program far outweigh the cost. Just saying.
Dec. 16, 2006, 11:14 a.m. CST
Hate space? I'm with you Clay.
Dec. 16, 2006, 11:52 a.m. CST
Sly, I hope you know that this is the greatest thing any celebrity has ever done for any fan/audience ever. Easily. You have gotten long-time fans rallied and have gained an army of new ones. In an age when celebs really never let us look into their private lives/thoughts, this is really quite an admirable treat. Thank you and, even after the movie hits, don't be a stranger here.
Dec. 16, 2006, 12:26 p.m. CST
Because now he HAS to do this again once filming on Rambo is underway. And if meeting deadlines is difficult now, what will it be like in the middle of the jungle? Seriously though, that Ali story is a classic.
Dec. 16, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
"Thunderlips" is a name you created for yourself.....:P<BR><BR> Just like how my friend calls himself "Phlex Phenom" at the gym...
Dec. 16, 2006, 12:48 p.m. CST
by Alonzo Mosely
The Cricket and Celeste... Hey that sounds like an 80s buddy-buddy cop movie...
Dec. 16, 2006, 12:52 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
I saw a clip of Rocky Balboa yesterday. It's the one where Rocky revisits an ice rink. That really hit a nerve because Rocky's feelings and tone really touched me, cause I was doing the same stuff last year. After some of the crap I've been through, last year I started randomly revisiting old places, like old schoolyards I used to play in and old neighborhoods. And I'd just wander around and stare at the spots where old friends said things to me back in the day. I's visit the exact spot where I last saw a girl. Sometimes my sister would tell me to hurry up and let's go, and to stop living in the past. I don't think it's living in the past....I think it's remembering and cherishing things of most value in our life AS we move along. But yet, the past feels so close. It's almost like I can just go there and she's there... <BR<BR> Oh yeah, I bought Oscar on DVD from Best Buy yesterday for $6.99. Time to finally see what all the fuss and discussion is about. I may watch it tonight. :P
Dec. 16, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
It was $6.99 at Best Buy so I said why not. Time to see what all the fuss is about! I may watch it tonight.
Dec. 16, 2006, 1:21 p.m. CST
So Stallone thinks the space program is a waste of time and money, but he's making Rambo IV? Talk about a waste. What an ass.
Dec. 16, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST
Stallone and Arnie play (hilarious!): http://tinyurl.com/y38vur Rocky Meets Sylvester Stallone (Really touching.. this is a must see!) http://tinyurl.com/tdk33 Collage(warning this WILL make you gay!) http://tinyurl.com/ygy7gr Stallone getting stabbed in Lockup (still breaks my heart to watch it..) http://tinyurl.com/yjao77 Stallone finishing of the killer 80's style http://tinyurl.com/ycsc5a Clip from Rocky Balboa with Eye of the Tiger Music (crappy but fuck me, somehow it works..) http://tinyurl.com/y4y8uo SNL: Roxbury brothers with sylvester stallone (the dance scene is a riot!) http://tinyurl.com/y3azjh And finally, the training scene from Rocky III (too bad Carl turned out to be an ass for RB..) http://tinyurl.com/ydnde4 Let me know if you want more.
Dec. 16, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST
for the premiere, give me call. This questions & answers round is pure gold..
Dec. 16, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST
Well, I disagree with Sly’s “fixing your own house” comment as there will NEVER…EVER be a perfect house, so that would basically result in a cop out on larger problems (see how that worked for Chamberlain…hint…not so well) and would also result in a permanent holding pattern on greater endeavors (We still wouldn’t have gone to the moon- and at some point humanity’s achievements are as important as the lowest common denominator if for no other reason than that it inspires yet greater achievements, and unexpected improvements). >>>> That said thanks for doing this Mr. S. What a treat it is to have you answer so MANY fan’s questions with such openness (especially when you must be very busy with the movie). You have havey had your ups and downs on film, but I (and most who are not trolls) are pulling for you. I wasn’t initially going to see Rocky Balboa given the lack of Adrian and age factor pushing the credibility a bit… but after paying attention I’m really excited to see this. Rocky 1-3 are classics and I hope this is as successful. Good Luck! (Oh and the Ali/ “Fuck Rocky” story and the description of sex with Bridget were fraggin hilarious)
Dec. 16, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST
Go over to the Rocky Balboa blog to see the new clips! Best one would be Paulie and Rocko at the Ice Rink!
Dec. 16, 2006, 2:39 p.m. CST
From my perspective, as an artist and wanna-be movie director, it's easy to understand how people will (and often do) have artistic differences. Everyone has his/her own unique, artistic vision. Some people have a trained eye. Some people have a naturally gifted eye. Some people already have proved themelves with an obvious talent. And some people may have some or... even better, all these elements... which can look great on paper. A talented person with professional training/schooling and has already proven himself/herself in the film industry seems destined to have what it takes to make a great flick. But people are people. We sometimes fail. We sometimes disagree. And nobody has the perfect answer. Art, like beauty, is in the eye of... the audience. Studios want dollars and so they desire to please the majority. And Stallone was absolutely right (in a previous round) in how the movie industry is trying to play it safe (or rather, safer) now days. Is it just me... or do most big-budget movies, today, seem to go through a blender of hands, in hope of pleasing the widest audience? --Listen, there's no perfect answer. But I look for movies with a gifted director, ...typically someone whom has proven himself/herself and is someone that the actors can trust. After all, when the actors can completely put himself/herself in a director's hands, the closer it will stay true to the director's own unigue vision. Take "JUDGE DREDD", for example. This Danny Cannon bit, ...with him saying "Fear me!" may have been quite an emotional outburst from someone whom... maybe... wasn't mentally ready for the challenge of directing such a huge movie. (There can be all kinds of problems on set, including disagreements with popular actors.) Like most people here, I'm a fan of Stallone (Hey, Sly!) ...but it is possible that Danny Cannon might have been on the right track all along, at least, in terms of pleasing a mass audience. What I'm asking is, who is to say that Cannon's own artistic eye wasn't the right path all along, if the result was a compromissed vision. Who knows? Personally, I feel that there are numberous ways to film fantasy characters like Batman and Judge Dredd, ...numberous artistc styles and unique visions that can be applied while staying (at least, mostly) true to the core of who the character is. I think there are much bigger fish to fry than a helmet coming off to reveal the face (of the actor) underneath. For one simple example, with the "HALO" movie (which is on hold), I personally feel much stronger about the aliens speaking in a non-earth language than whether or not Masterchief's helmet comes off. But there are those who feel quite the opposite, who desire to follow the original material more accurately. So what do directors and actors do when they don't share the same vision? Does the actor compromise the director's vision when he/she disagrees? ...But let me add, to Stallone's defense, that a successful actor may (rightly) feel he/she has more to lose than a (perhaps unknown) director with less experience. And who's to say that Stallone's own personal vision for "JUDGE DREDD" wouldn't have been the magic us fans were hoping for. Truth be told, a solid interpretation of either Cannon's or Stallone's vision may have been great in their own unique ways. I just feel it is most unfortunate when we end up with a mixed bag. I feel that movies tend to be better when they are the vision of one individual. Whatever actors can add to that with the blessing of the director, the movie is all the better for it. And we are, too.
Dec. 16, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
Cause this is heeaven
Dec. 16, 2006, 3:41 p.m. CST
by JimmyJoe RedSky
i thought the judge dredd flick was pretty good - for what it was - i havent seen it in a while - but as i recall it had some very cool art direction and set design - pretty true to the comics - i think its timing/release was off - audiences didnt click with it - and i dont think a lot of americans even knew who dredd is - hes to the uk what batman is to us - sorta - sly was great as dredd - cool seeing him play a character like that
Dec. 16, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST
that was bullshit. dont deprave me of more sly!! Sly!!!
Dec. 16, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
Drop dead hilarious. Inspiring and humbling. In short, great stuff! Thanks Sly.
Dec. 16, 2006, 5:09 p.m. CST
That's why when I'm not cheering "Rock-EE", I'm cheering "Bird-Flu". I am starting to feel bad for Brigette though. I like crazy people.
Dec. 16, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST
a drama with a strict serious (maybe even dark) tone. The movie starts out by painting a bleak future, the title character is named "Dredd/Dread" and the main story has all the story elements that would make for a good drama/mystery/thriller so trying to shoe horn in the comedy and making it "light" was a mistake. I like Rob Schneider but his character just didn't work. I also like Diane Lane and Armand Assante but they don't have the gravitas required to serve as good counterpoints to the intensity/strength of the Dredd character or the core story. Some of the sets, costumes and sfx I thought looked a bit cheap in places and makeup, cinematography, directing where uninspiring and (other then the story) probably kept it from being better then it should've been... though maybe I'm applying 2006 standards to a 1990's movie... I'll have to watch it again. Anyway, Dredd had a ton of potential that was wasted. Under different circumstances, I think Stallone could've turned Dredd into one of the great enduring iconic characters. Max Von Sydow was great as always though.
Dec. 16, 2006, 6:05 p.m. CST
Investment in the space program: 0.4% GNP.<P>Investment in the public schooling program: 43% GNP.<P>One has provided a significant return per capita than the other. You do the math.
Dec. 16, 2006, 6:34 p.m. CST
by GibsonUSA Returns
It'd be awesome if it was.
Dec. 16, 2006, 6:34 p.m. CST
Sly, you the man! Sly was the perfect Judge Dredd but some of the casting and the humor killed that movie (for me). Director did not have the skillz to pull off his "vision" yo
Dec. 16, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST
And thats why I hope we do protect and work on ourselfs first. The space program is important. When we have a 2029 issue looking us square in the face. Hell every time I see the Black Xmas remake trailer and read the words 2029 for the Production Company. I get pissed off! We got a program to detect, but we dont have a program to protect! Thats the government for you! Tell us about our problems but dont try to fix them till the last minute!
Dec. 16, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST
Reading all there responses from you has given me a totally new outlook on you. Your a good dude and I will be there on opening night for both Rocky and Rambo!! Thanks for all the entertaining movies you have provided us with.
Dec. 16, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST
by Carl's hat
only three people to be doubly nominated for best screenplay and best actor for the same movie. Not bad company to be in. As a teenager growing up and watching Rocky movies and coming from a working class background myself, they helped me pursue my own dreams..thanks Sly.
Dec. 16, 2006, 8:37 p.m. CST
and thanks harry for the opportunity to interact with the man! and btw, i too enjoyed judge dredd, and thought assante was a decent enough bad guy, sly was the best call to play dredd, and that the battle bots were kinda neat, but i couldn't help thinking that it was disjointed- like everyone has called it on. it really couldn't decide what it wanted to be. that, and that flick really could have benefitted from judge deth!!
Dec. 16, 2006, 8:40 p.m. CST
i think the snl moment i liked best with sly was the skit he did with cheri oteri (cant remember her characters name); they had good chemistry together as i recall
Dec. 17, 2006, 12:55 a.m. CST
by Johnny Kovac
Wheover laid down that comment (It was on the talkback) - LMAO! So true. Stallone laying down the smack on RIchard Gere and all those action poseurs like Van Damme, Diesel, and the incredibly strange Nick Cage has me rolling. Stallone is a pure genius, funny, witty, extremely analytical. Wanted more stories about night-hawks and Fist though
Dec. 17, 2006, 2:48 a.m. CST
by Johnny Kovac
the Colonel Troutman character was supposed to be played by Kurt Douglas and he backed out at the last minute. I enjoyed Richard crenna but a good choice for Troutman would have been Gene Hackman. There was a rumour that in the 70's John Wayne was supposed to play Troutman and that Deniro was supposed to play Rambo and that the town Sheriff was supposed to be played by CHarleton Heston. I always thought that JImmy Cagney would have been / should have been Mickey. i think Sly said he would have been a better Mickey than Burgess,
Dec. 17, 2006, 1:37 p.m. CST
by Johnny Kovac
Father of Michael Douglas, the actor. Basic instinct, Fatal attraction. He was in Sparatcus, Tough-guys, whole bunch of movies. He was about 60 in 1982 and would have played Col Troutman. "He was taught to kill (period)." "You're gonna need one thing" "What's that" "Fresh supply of body-bags"
Dec. 17, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST
by Johnny Kovac
the same day as George Walker Bush , our current President. How about that? I was born on July 6th also and i was always cool knowing it was Sly b-day. I remember Sly being repulsed in the 70's whenever he had to do the Merv Griffith show. I remember him doing Merv to promoted Rocky II and he looked like he hated the guy!! ha-ha
Dec. 17, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST
the least you can do is get his name right. atleast once.