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OooooOOooH My God It's Weird! Round #16 - Stallone Delivers before 8pm! Getting Stronger! Everydaaaay!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here, once more with the honor of posting one of these Stallone Q&A's. The honor is doubled by the fact that I got a question with the man himself and he answered it well! This one is full of gems... from the Cobra Car to those rats to the rolling dog to the robot... great stuff! Enjoy!!!

1.  Hey Sly, got to see Rocky Balboa tonight at the press premiere in Scottsdale, AZ. The movie is amazing - as expected. I saw it with my Dad, with whom I saw the first Rocky, and also my son. We all LOVED it. Thank you for this movie!   My question is, why did Butkus disappear after Rocky II? I loved Rocky's interaction with him in the first two movies. Did he meet an untimely demise in real life? Or just a conscious decision? Thanks! Lee

Thank you for appreciating ROCKY BALBOA and for the unforgivable sin of sounding corn-a-licious; I wanted it to be a final love letter to the people that have embraced the character. (P.S. Before I go any further I want to answer the Anthony Kiedis (aka Chili Peppers) “Twilight Zone” inquiry. I don’t remember anyone in F.I.S.T. besides Peter Boyle, Melinda Dillon and David Huffman, a wonderful man who was knifed to death while performing a heroic act shortly after filming. As for my child in the film, it could’ve been played by Babette the Monkey from the old series, RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE, but the one thing I do remember is, I’ve never been overtly cruel to any youngster, so let me put that rumor to bed. It’s just not in my character. Thanks.) Now, back to the question… I loved Butkus, but after the filming of ROCKY II, he had an altercation through a fence with two Labradors and he tragically suffered a heart attack. I loved that dog. He was like a son that walked on all fours. I know this enters the Demented Hall of Fame, but I actually thought upon his death of having him stuffed and put on rollers so I could wheel him around the house and not feel lonely. (Yo, Butkus! Let’s roll!)  
2.  Hi Sly, Thanks for these Q&As man. Stuff like this makes you a level above all such action stars. I wanna ask you how you feel about the violence that characters Rambo, Cobra, The Specialist, Judge Dredd etc. seem to bring with their characters to solve problems? Using violence to solve problems. Do you think that this is correct or not, do these character or yourself endorse these ideas, or is it the situations that they find themselves in? How do you feel about the controversy about the violence that these characters have caused from certain ethic groups who don't approve of the methods of such guys on film. Love these Q&A man. Your integrity and brilliant humour is terrific! Just saw Copland on BBC1 too. Damn that's a proper movie. I love your characterisation in that film. Jason Perryman

  Well, it hasn’t hurt Chuck Norris. What I love about that TV series is everything is cured with a chop to the throat or a knee to the midsection. “Oh, you’re a pedophile... CHOP! You’re cured!” “Oh, you’re a lifelong crack head? POW! You’re clean now with my super kick to your bone zone.” Seriously, I love Chuck, he’s always been a great gentleman, but in action films, how else do we complete a physical morality play without calling on the tried and true eye-for-an-eye? Imagine if you’re tracking a lifelong serial killer, you break into his house and on his wall are 35 heads of homeless women. Do you shoot him, stab him or read his palm and suggest it’s really not his fault… he’s the victim of bad karma and you give him the name of a qualified therapist. No, you make him an unwilling member of the “splat pack” by plastering his remains against the nearest stucco wall. The controversy has been negative and the only way to balance out the violent reactions is to delve more profoundly into what makes them tick and that perhaps can make sense of their tactics.
3.   Hi Sly,   What role does your Catholic Faith play in your life & Rocky's? Do you find yourself looking more to God for answers as you get older? Will Rocky get a Blessing from Father before the big fight?   Rocky is such a big inspiration for many of us! It always makes me want to start working out again & take better care of myself. I love working out to those sound tracks! What's the Sound track gonna be like this time? Sly, Thank You so much for being an inspiration in my life! May God Bless You with Peace, Love & Happiness! Merry Christmas!   Bob Lawitzke Marblehead, Ohio

  I think the older I get, the more inquisitive I become about our short jog around this planet, so I have adopted a strong set of Christian values which help me make profound “crossroad” decisions. Loneliness kills more people than all the diseases, compounded, on the planet. When you feel you belong to God’s Squad it’s a very life-affirming decision that can only provide comfort in the dark. There’s nothing like working out to music that actually puts its hands on you and shoves you forward, no matter how exhausted you are. Bill Conti’s genius score will once again provide that. Also, Three 6 Mafia wrote a song that the nemesis, Mason “The Line” Dixon, uses to intimidate Rocky when he enters the ring. It is glorious in its energy. There is a new ROCKY album coming out that will compile all the songs that moved the character over the last three decades and put it in one album.
4.  Sly, You shot part of "The Specialist" near my hometown in middle Tennessee. I believe that the shoot took place at Fall Creek Falls. Just wondering if you had any recollections from the shoot. I saw it at the local theater when it came out, and I remember there was a lot of buzz about it in our area. Looking forward to Rocky like so many others are. Thanks for your time and the great memories that you've given us. Jason in Cookeville, TN

  Yes, thank you. At first I thought you were misinformed about us shooting in Tennessee, and had been overwhelmed with fond memories of my epic performance in RHINESTONE, which was shot in Tennessee. But now I recall that it was the opening scene with Jimmy Woods and I, and truthfully, that whole period of my life is somewhat of a blur. But I do recall some good stunt work that was done in your state. My fondest memory of Tennessee, believe it or not, was being on the back of a World Champion Tennessee walking horse with Dolly Parton perched securely in front of me. Before the horrified expression of the horse’s owner, this fugitive from a dog food factory tripped, rolled, and miraculously did not smash Dolly and myself into flesh-colored platemats. “Yippee-ki-yay, mother…!”
5.  Thank you Harry, for this Opportunity to ask Sylvester Stallone a question. Hey Sly thank you for making my childhood, with great action films! that still hold up today, and for bringing back Rocky and Rambo one more time. I own a large collection of movie memorabilia and have been told you keep many of the props from your films ? since Planet Hollywood, Bill Clinton (GLOVES) and now the Smithsonian, what props do you still own? the Jimmy Lile Knifes Firstblood? Rambo 2 ? Hibben knifes Rambo 3? the bow, arrows? what about the outfits from Rambo? do you really have the tarp hanging in your closet as you said in the dvd? what pieces would you consider your very best? and would never part with??How about from the Rocky films the belt etc?? Judge Dredd outfit ? Demo man? Rhinestone? how about the 50 Merc from cobra? that knife, colt 45 ? P.S. I know you still dont have Bridgett THANK GOD. Jen is the best!!! Randy Crestline, Ca

Thanks for asking. I have all of what you mentioned, as well as a lot more prototypes of the knives that were “auditioned” for RAMBO. Quite a few props were stolen from my most recognizable films, such as the giant banners from ROCKY I and II. But the most astounding theft was the COBRA car. It was actually stolen out of storage, and recently someone contacted me, in an obtuse fashion, to inquire whether or not I wanted to buy it. If I do buy it, I suppose you can imagine what will be the first thing I stuff in the trunk and deliver to the nearest swamp. I’ll keep you posted.
6.  Dear Sly,   I'm shocked no one has brought this up.  Big fan of your flicks, but there's one character in Rocky IV that makes one eternally go "Huh?" (but in kind of an awesome way).  That character is, of course Sico the Robot.  How did Sico come about?   M. Boyle, Stillwater, OK

  I saw this ridiculous robot at a party and was charmed by its mechanical manners. I thought, “Wow, I’d love to share this with the world.” And like a man obsessed with a new toy, I did. In retrospect, it’s also a candidate for the Morons Hall of Fame. What was I thinking? A talking dishwasher, a sexy trash compactor, maybe even a wise toaster… but an oversexed robot? Xanax, please.  
7.  Yo Stallone! I always considered the great Rod Taylor as the ultimate tough guy, yes even surpassing you and Arnold. I hold Rod Taylor in such high regard because of his starring in such great action titles as Dark of the Sun (greatest action movie ever!) and Chuka. But mostly because of the story of him getting into a fight with Dark of the Sun co-star and football legend Jim Brown at the Playboy Mansion, and Rod Taylor mopping the floor with the legendary Jim Brown. My question, if you can give me one epic real life story to put you over Rod Taylor on my tough guy list what would it be?

  That’s a tough one, Rod Taylor was tough as leather and put together. All I can say is, I sparred with Roberto Duran, who rearranged my internal organs; I sparred with Joe Frazier, who opened up a four-inch gash over my right eye in a matter of seconds before really turning on the heat; and I sparred with Earnie Shavers, who Ali said hit him harder than any human being on the planet during their epic battle at Madison Square Garden. I sparred these three men all in the same day. That doesn’t make me tougher than Rod Taylor by any means, but it certainly makes me far more stupid.
8.  I just saw Rock Balboa, it was GREAT!!!  The acting was terrific and the story was exceptional.  I think it was equal to or superior to Rock.  Thanks for making the movie.  It seems in this movie there is a focus on the old time fighter who fought for the love of the sport as opposed to the new fighter who only cares about making money and having a reputation.  Considering the actions of todays boxers and the state boxing is in, what reforms would you recommend to clean up boxing and get younger fighters thinking like boxers from years ago?  Do you think today’s fighters are just paid too much?  Thanks again for the movie. Sincerely   Cory A. Santos, Esq.

Thanks for loving the film. I believe it’s the best work I’ve ever done, so thank you. Here’s a newsflash. I’ve actually approached the state of California to become involved, in an official capacity, overseeing the standards and practices of the sport. Some of the refereeing and judging is pathetic, because some of these men are absolutely being influenced by “outside sources.” The sport can be cleaned up by putting someone in there that doesn’t care whose toes he steps on to make sure these blue collar gladiators don’t get destroyed physically, emotionally and financially by the sharks swimming in the brackish water that surrounds the sport of boxing. As for making fighters tougher, that’s never gonna happen, every generation finds it easier to live because of technological advances and that is reflected in our athletes. They may be bigger, but they’re not tougher. That’s why I’ve always said, nobody is as tough as their grandfather, because life was tougher.
9.  Sly, I've heard you have/had quite a collection of art, including many of Tom Wright's originals commissioned for Rod Serling's Night Gallery. I've read various rumors, including that your ex (whom I won't dignify by naming), 1) in a fit of rage destroyed many pieces including Tom's works or 2) sold them off without you knowing. Any of this true? If not, do you still have them? Who are some of your favorite artists? thank you, Chris

  Without pointing fingers, I did come home and find someone’s clothes gone and four of Tom’s paintings irreparably slashed. But I still have one great drawing that he did for me on PARADISE ALLEY, and a 200-page storyboard done by Tom that is magnificent. I tried to find him in the last year, but to no avail.
10.  Sly, What is your favorite Dirty Joke? Quint

Three rats walk into a bar. They all have severe attitude and are trying to prove who is the toughest. The first rat says to the bartender, “Give me that bottle of whiskey,” and chugs it straight down. The second rat pulls out a can of lye, pours it on the bar, and proceeds to snort it down. The third rat shrugs and starts walking out the door. “Ay, where the hell are you going, you wuss?” the other two rats ask. “I gotta go home and fuck the cat in the ass.”


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  • Dec. 16, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Back where I belong.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

    Man these Q&As kick ass. Honestly, I got nothing to ask because everyone's nailed everything. Way to go.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Who's The Dame?

    by georges garvaren

    Point fingers. Point eight of them!

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 7:57 p.m. CST

    wow!! great comments

    by moondoggy2u

    and an absolutely classic joke!!

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8:01 p.m. CST

    My dad cried during the STUPIDEST part of Rocky.....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    My dad is an action/violence/Bronson fan, for for some reason when we were in the theater, he cried at the most random scene. No one would guess which one. It's right after when Rocky beat Drago and he's in the shower and he's like...."UH! UH! UH CAN'T STOP MY HANDS FROM SHAKIN!!".....LOL.....I look at my dad and he's all teary which he never gets and I'm like "huuuuuuuuuuuh????" How random! I just remembered that.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8 p.m. CST

    I have to admit it--

    by moondoggy2u

    Stallone has officially become one of my favorite movie stars due to these talkbacks. He comes across as a very intelligent, very down to earth, and humorous individual who possesses more then his fair share of guts. No wonder he's a star.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Still waiting for my questions...

    by FilmFanatik

    I asked three, but I only hope at least one of them gets answered because I can understand Harry not wanting to double up on the same topics and questions.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8:13 p.m. CST

    If only other sequels could go out on such a high note!

    by Antz

    And great Q&As Sly. You make great reading.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by Bloo

    these get better and better and better, i actually wished I had a question to continually post in a talkback just to get a mention...SLY You rock!

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8:17 p.m. CST

    The worst character in the Rocky series

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    The best character (non-Rocky) is obviously Adrian. She is the perfect support to the Rocky character. Even though she went kind of crazy after Rocky IV, that's okay. The Adrian of Rocky I-IV was just magic. The WORST Rocky character imo is George Washington Duke. What a fool. Loud and obnoxious and no prescence. Might as well have cast Chris Tucker, at least he would have made me laugh. Union Cane was also a fool...(scratchy voice) "Aye wanna take what chu GOT!!"......uh, just leave. Please.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8:35 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I loved Butkus too, from a "watching on tv" standpoint. I used to have a big dog like Butkus. People usually trained their dogs to stay down but I loved it when mine jumped all over me. I remember I lost my dog the same week my classmate lost his. So depressed. He eventually got another dog of the exact same breed as before and gave it the same name ("Caesar II" lol)....but mine was irreplaceable. I wonder if Sly got the exact same dog breed again. I have a picture of him kissing Butkus.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8:34 p.m. CST


    by Frijole

    Rooooooooooooooooooooocky Bal-boa! Are yooooooooooooou pre-pahed to fi-eeeeght... Toooooommy Gunn!??!?!

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Regarding George Washington Duke...

    by keyserSOZE

    why did he have a pink microphone? did he always carry it around with him? it seemed to be wireless, because when he showed up at the airplane hangar he was toting it with him with Union Cane in tow...either way, i always get a chuckle out of a few things from Rocky V: Tommy Morrison's acting, and GW Duke's pink microphone. of course, Rocky V had one of the best "chill scenes" in the whole series: when Rocky is just about down for the count in the street fight, but then he has his flashback of Mickey. the flashback of Mickey is fantastic, and easily the best thing in the movie, culminating in the, "GET UP! 'Cause Mickey loves ya." line, which always gives me chills. oh, and GibsonUSA, i'll put Mickey ahead of Adrian on the list of best characters.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8:40 p.m. CST


    by Warcraft


  • Dec. 16, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Let'in it goooooooooooooo, it Toe-kee-yoooooooo!!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Balboa's a street fighta! You a prize fighta! Don't do dis!!

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Mickey / Adrian

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Both Mickey and Adrian are key components to the first Rocky. When we first meet them they, to put it in Rocky's words, "had a little something stuck in the basement." They had this thing, whatever, nagging at them, and no signs of relief. In essence, Rocky's once in a lifetime shot saved both these guys too, to a degree. But I found Adrian's transformation more magical. Mickey became a mentor to Rocky...Adrian went from this forgotten soul and just came out of her shell, was like a realization, it was great.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Could this be the best set of answers yet?

    by dregmobile

    I think so. The Butkus and Cobra car. Classic.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by aknasas

    ''Yo, Butkus! Let's roll!" . . . . friggin' genius.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    The question is whether the rollers Sly puts Butkus on would be radio Sly could just hold a controller and have Butkus zooming around next to him.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Anyone else starting to feel they know Sly...

    by SK909

    better than some people they ACTUALLY know? I have close friends that aren't this open or so devoid of ego that they never let it get in the way of brutal objectivity and honesty. Stallone should write a fucking self-help book or one of those books that tells you how to be a better person. Instead of The Examined Life or The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, it's The Sly Way... or something... haha. Blows me away that he specifically mentiond that Anthony Kiedis question in the opening.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Heh, it's about time Quint got his question in!

    by chrth


  • Dec. 16, 2006, 10:19 p.m. CST

    A question was repeated enough it got answered

    by snomusic

    Will I be so blessed as well? 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. In Christ, sno

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Props to Sly; Rod Taylor is the real deal.

    by Uncapie

    He did his own stunts in the original "Time Machine." Watch it again and you'll see what I mean. The fight in "Darker Than Amber" with William Smith got out of hand they actually went at it for real. Taylor got his nose broken, but Smith got the worst end of it with three broken ribs. Plus, any guy that puts on metal cleats attached to battery cables and tap dance on a metal bar sending a shower of sparks everywhere in "Welcome To Whoop Whoop" rates number one anytime in my book!

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    I still wonderin if "Butkus" is a play on "Butt Kiss"

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    And I wonder how Celeste felt while writing that dirty joke. I imagine Sly laughing after saying it and Celeste typing with an iffy look on her face.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Do you think Celeste is hot?

    by HammeredGuy

    Hmm.. i bet she is.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Have to ask...

    by Ridge

    Sly, have you heard of Anthony Mundine, the Australian boxer? All ego, no tact, no discernable positive traits, yet a hell of a fighter, what's your opinion?

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Have to ask...

    by Ridge

    Sly, have you heard of Anthony Mundine, the Australian boxer? All ego, no tact, no discernable positive traits, yet a hell of a fighter, what's your opinion?

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Question: Looking for some help

    by MCHollow666

    I just watched Rocky IV last night and I noticed something that threw me off a little. Yes, I know I'm probably reading too deeply into things and should just accept the mantra of artistic license but there was one part of the movie that I just couldn't overlook. During the scene where Drago is beating the ever living shit out of Apollo Creed, the ref tries to step in and break it up but Drago tosses the ref backwards and continues to beat Apollo to death, literally. If this happened in real life, a fighter beating his opponent to death after the ref tried to intervene, wouldn't or couldn't the fighter be charged with manslaughter? If anyone can explain this to me I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Hey Mr. Stallone...

    by Cotton McKnight

    I know you are ridiculously busy so you probably aren't reading the talkbacks right now, but I really would like to get your thoughts on killing Apollo Creed in Rocky 4. I sent the question to Harry, but I don't think he thought it was a good enough question. Anyway, I know that you needed a catalyst to get Rocky to fight, but I was wondering if that was a difficult decision for you. Were any other ideas tossed around?

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Sly, what did you think of the Eddie Murphy Raw skit?

    by darthbinks1220

    "Hey excuse me brotha. Let me have a box of juigy fruits, let have some bon bons, I think I'll have some bon bons there, and let me have some junior mints and give me another box of juigy fruits, and the brotha's gonna pay for it!"

  • Dec. 16, 2006, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Hey GibsonUSA Returns I knew a family of Butkus

    by streakerfreak1983

    I use to know a whole family called Butkus. They were a couple of butt heads and let's just say they were the butt of all the jokes.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Questions on F.I.S.T. - How 'bout it Sly??

    by Johnny Kovac

    Sly - if you read this - My favorite movie of yours is FIST. I want to pose some questions since your great career is so much more than the focus on Rocky and Rambo (As much as i love them ). Paradise Alley, COp LAnd, Night-Hawks and FIST is some of your best work and may i say under-rated work. My favorite movie of yours is Fist. Can i ask a few questions? Your brilliant acting, your amazing ballsy decision to film this after Rocky. It was such a sweeping EPIC and worked on so many levels. And all filmed in Dubuque Iowa!! My questions - Did you have artistic differences with Norman Jewison over the Johnny Kovac character and the direction of the character? Namely your view that he acted immorally only because he had to go to the Mafia to do what was "good For the guys". Even though as Abe said "JUke-Boxes and kick-backs weren't good for the guys". Your scenes with Tony LoBianco were outstanding - Did you enjoy working with him and the late David Huffman? Do you know any good Rod Steiger stories ?? You later worked with him on of course - THe Specialist. I mean to be that. Also wasn't the cinematgrapher the same guy Kovick who did "On the Waterfront" with Brando/Steiger. ALso - my favorite actor in both Fist - Paradise Alley was Michael COnway? YOu had great Chemistry with him - any great stories there? Also - I loved Frank McRae (Glory in Paradise Alley) - The endrearing suicide scene was brilliant. COmedic in a sense when he tries to kill himself and fails - but touching - when he lost to Kid Salami and had nothing left to live for. Brilliant - You kind of use that emotion 30 years later with Rocky when he loses Adrian and his sense of lost hope similiar a bit to Old Glory. THanks for the years and the magic....FIST Rules!!

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 12:12 a.m. CST


    by proper

    You and me both lol.Prince Naseem was fed fighters like Mickey fed Rocky weaker fighters in Rocky III until he had to face his first Real Mexican fighter and got shown up for what he was,and he believed his own hype which didn't help,unlike Rocky who was deceived for his own good(my glasses are rose tinted =).Rocky had Apollo Creed to help,Nas had Chris Eubank lol.The 2 parts of that fight I enjoyed was when Hamed put his gloves down and Barrera just waited(stuck to the gameplan rather than be lead astray) and when he gave his best shot and Barrera just shrugged it off,awesome.Mexican fighters are not to be messed with,BTW no rematch,nuff said..........The thing was PPV money was a new source of revenue in Britain at the time and enough money was being made so questions about his abillity were not asked too loudly (they were asked though) until he had beaten a fair few fighters and had nowhere else to go,all I can say is the W.B.O. titles have a lot to answer for =>.Theres only 1 world,there should only be 1 World Champion.IMO the W.B.C. title is the real belt.When good old Frank Bruno won the title,that was a Rocky moment(we all foresaw the future but we loved him enough to enjoy the momment),I don't know if I will feel the same way If Audely Harrison ever gets the belt(Hey stop sniggering at the back,oh ok snigger away,but it's a funny old game you never know =>).Nice 1 Yack I needed that.I hope somebody has asked what music Mr Stallone listens to in the gym,Flying high,Wu Tang,Aphex,Dopplereffekt,DMX and Hardcore Jungle (1990-1994 Vintage)works for me,who wants a mixCD,Sly anyone,good Xmas gift.Has Mr Stallone played Metal Gear 3??.Ask Vern's Question Harry.Phew big rinse....Looking forward to tomorrow..........

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Re: Naseem Hamed

    by veritasses

    Yeah that guy was a first class prick. One of the biggest, to the core a-holes I've ever seen in any sport. Unfortunately, mental and emotional maturity have no relevance to boxing success. However, they are relevant to being successful as a good person. Clearly he was something of a boxer but just as clearly, he was nothing as a man. Gotta feel sorry for losers like that.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Arthuro Gatti - "Rocky-esque"

    by Johnny Kovac

    A bit limited in skill. But i always admired Gatti's heart and courage. I'd say he kind of reminds me of the Rock in terms of heart - although he's only a welter-weight.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Stallone manages Aaron Pryor and Ray Mancini

    by Johnny Kovac

    true story for those of you folks who remember the early 80's. Sly started "Eye of the Tiger" management or something and actually managed former JR Welterweight Fighter Aaron Pryor. FOr those who remember - Pryor destroyed Arguello in Nov 82 in Miami probably as a result of illegal stimulants in his water bottle. Anyway, long story - short. Stallone tried to manage Pryor and it was not a match made in heaven. Pryor was high on Cocaine and heavily loaded with domestic problems (His wife actually put a cap in his ass while he was champion). Stallone also forged some kind of advisory service with Ray Mancini that also didn't work out. The Hollywood sharks and charltans are probably nothing compared to the hellish back-stabbers in boxing management. What have loved to see Stallone and Pryor in the same room. Pure TNT and adrenaline.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Race Relations - Rocky III, Cooney and Holmes

    by Johnny Kovac

    I think my facts and opinions here are true. Cooney-Holmes was June 11, 1982 and Rocky III opened in May 1982. Crazy time in our nation. A period in which we did have a white hope that was fueled a lot by Rocky III and some of the poltiics that was going in this country around race. By 1982, Young Gerry Cooney was a white contender of Irish and Italian blood and was beloved by the press and a lot of white folks across the land. Gerry Cooney fought Holmes at the time and it paralled Rocky a bit. Albeit - Gerry had a high Irish falsetto voice but he had the hair and the left hook - Just thinks weeks before the fight - Rocky beat up Clubber Lang and as talked about by Murphy sketch - race relations were a bit tense (This was pre-Russian Heavyweights). And the American Public fueled a bit by Rocky III were clamoring for a white hope and victory to match rocky's win against Clubber. Cooney-Holmes as a result of Rocky III was turned into a racial fight. and there were some nasty over-tones of race. That folks forget. In fact, this is true - Holmes was introduced first and Cooney was introduced last during the fight (Normally - the Champion has that honor). Reagan actually had a phone - built into Cooney's dressing room and plannned on congratulating him when he won. No phone was installed into Larry's dressing room. The fact that Cooney was given as much as Holmes was also issue. Cooney was actually told by his handlers (hard to believe but true) when he was getting rocked by Holmes during the fight. "Win it for America, Gerry"....Kind of sad, and a bit cruel. As if Gerry had to win the fight for white people and for America. The poor kid anyway, fight was decent. Holmes won convincingly and Cooney was gracious in defeat. And Holmes actually showed class in his victory (Although when he lost - he would disparage Rocky marciano in that he couldn't carry larry's jock-strap). Well, we have all grown since 1982 and we all learned to laugh with Eddie Murphy's italian skit of taking on the brothers. And we all recovered from that racial divide so that while it's not perfect - i think this country has come a long way since 1982 in terms of race and getting along. So much so - that i think the "Steps" character in Rocky Balboa may be a way to help us heal race relations for that period. I mean the duke rape case proves that he all need to wipe out the divides and the crap that divides us .

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 12:46 a.m. CST

    I just watched the first Rambo movie again.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Took a break from writing this paper I'm doing and watched it again. When the movie started and Rambo was walking down the street I thought of rambo cricket and when the cop came out of the station I thought of the frog. Then they got into the car together. :).....Well yeah, this is my favorite Rambo movie by far, so far. I think part of the reason I like it more is because of it's intimate setting. The whole movie essentally takes place in this small, "boring" town. The sequels became so huge, overblown, and bloated (though I liked the second one). I like the more simple approach of the first one, just Rambo being chased by a bunch of cops in the woods....I know the ending is supposed to be serious but when I was a kid I cracked up so hard at the end, when Rambo broke down and was rambling on while crying lol...."An ren we gonna Regas!'s your leg?? I cant find your leg!!"...sorry, i was a kid lol.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Butkus was named after Dick Butkus , no play on words

    by Johnny Kovac

    Butkus was named most likely after hall of fame linebacker Dick Butkus, a legendary football player. A rocky type on the gridiron

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 1:27 a.m. CST


    by snomusic

    Don't you remember the great lesson we learned in Lethal Weapon 2? "Diplomatic Immunity!!!"

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Bill Conti=God?

    by blacklodgebob

    Sly's answer to the Catholic question was amazing. Somehow it morphed into an answer about the score when I wasn't looking. Man, the Rocky score really is amazing.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Three rats walk into a bar and the first one says:

    by DerLanghaarige

    "Torture Porn!" ^_^

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Nice to see Rocky back to the basics.

    by darthbinks1220

    Beating up black guys! The series just wasn't the same after Rocky III. (tongue firmly in cheek)

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Carl Weathers - mad props

    by Johnny Kovac

    I have to say despite being mad at Carl for not showing love to Stallone and waiving his fees for ROcky Balboa. We were very lucky to have Carl's talents in all four Rocky movies. He was phenomenal. Even if Sly himself thinks Burt Young as Paulie was a better fighter (ha)

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Oscar Winners Three 6 Mafia

    by playahatersball

    And don't you forget it,

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 4:04 a.m. CST

    "Prince" Naseem

    by DocPazuzu

    When he came down from the rafters in that gaudy, sparkling, celestial chariot thingy to his "theme" song, and Barrera made his unpretentious entrance I immediately thought of the first Rocky film when Balboa entered with his meat robe and Creed on his Bicentennial Potomac float. I will forever love Barrera for beating the shit out of that little arrogant dickhole and making him his bitch. My favorite moment is when Barrera really clocked Naseem for the first time and you could clearly see how Naseem's sneer began to falter to be replaced with ill-concealed fear. Beautiful.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Ebert/Roeper Review

    by eatlightning <BR><BR>Rave Review

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Power out in Seattle

    by antonphd

    Finally my power and internet are back since this crazy windstorm knocked out power for 1.5 million homes. First thing I do? Get on AICN to read the last few of these! Damn, only a few more left.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 7:50 a.m. CST


    by UMAGA

    This Monday! He needs to do an Arnie and beat up Triple H.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 7:49 a.m. CST


    by UMAGA

    It does sometimes.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 7:53 a.m. CST

    k after 3 it starts to seem desperate.

    by dr.bulber

    and really really lonely.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by discostewart

    Sly thanks for answering my question (even though Harry didnt post it. Just for the record Anthony Keidus talks about the alleged FIST incident in his autobiography SCAR TISSUE. Maybe its the memory of 10 yr old child not seeing things as they were. Perhaps you should give him aring and show him you are the good guy we know you as ;) Im sure rambo would like some chillip peppers songs, but probably their earilier stuff hehe

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 7:57 a.m. CST

    We can do better than this.

    by CherryValance

    The questions have been deteriorating and many of them have been too similar. The Butkus one was good. We need more like that.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    Stallone in 1978 - wanted to play Superman

    by Johnny Kovac

    Before Christopher Reeve - Sly Stallone wanted to play Superman. I wonder how different the franchise would be with Stallone playing the man of steel. "LUTHOR" - Can you picture Stallone screaming that primarily as he trucks through the Philly streets.. Burt Young would have played Mr. Perry White and Talia Shire was up for the Lois Lane role. Any truth to the that Robert Deniro was going to play Lex Luthor? Of course, Brando would have played J'rol.... I would have seen it. ANd i would have seen Superman II, especially if Richard Pryor and Deniro wre in the sequel.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST

    John McCain should co-star in Rambo IV

    by Johnny Kovac

    Stallone would benefit from a McCain cameo apprearance in Rambo IV. So, would McCain's candidancy maybe we could show McCain roughing up a few mercenary soliders or beating up on the Thai Ambassador or PResident. JOhnny - the war is over - that would be a common theme.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I saw the Ebert and Roeper show last night..

    by Cotton McKnight

    and I just gotta say two things- 1)Aisha Tyler is HOT, and 2) what the hell is she doing reviewing movies? Maybe I just remember her in 24 when she played the mole but she's an actress and she will give ANYTHING a good review, because she is going to work with these people. That said, I have not seen a bad review of Rocky Balboa yet and I think even Roger himself would give it a great review. I'm there on Wednesday.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Johnny Kovac, where ya from?

    by nomihs

    I only ask because of your FIST question. I live in Dubuque and asked a FIST question to Sly via theses ROUNDS with Sly but alas, it has not been posted yet. You seem like you have a love of all things Stallone. I have seen FIST once before I moved here, and now I watch it a lot more trying to pick out scenes that I recognize. I used to live on the same street where Johnny's girl lived in FIST. Useless info. but it's cool to think about.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 10:43 a.m. CST

    What was it like working with Cannon and Carolco?

    by grillskill

    Of all people, Luc Besson seems to have picked up where Carolco left off, with well made, lower-budget action films.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Hillary Clinton should co-star in Rambo IV

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Nothing political. It's just her hair is always so perfect and she so proper. I think the imagery of her getting down and dirty in the jungle would be interesting.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Working with Dolph Lundgren - the infamous Ivan Drago

    by -=Shin=-

    Sly, thanks for taking the time to answer all of our questions. You truly are one in a million! Being a long time martial artist and amateur fighter, I've always enjoyed Dolph Lundgren, simply for the fact that he seems like one of the few film martial artists from the 80s and 90s MA genre films who didn't need to 'brag'. After noting you listed him as having the most boxing skill out of some of the other Rocky co-stars, do you have any good stories regarding Mr. Lundgren? Did you two get along well? Thanks again for making Rocky Balboa. I can't tell you how many times my friends and training partners have watched the original Rocky.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    John Cena sucks.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Wow, Stallone will actually be on WWE Raw this Monday. I liked WWE back in the day, when they had Austin, Rock and everybody...still a fan but they went downhill. I may tune in to check out Sly though!

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Re: Shin and Lundgrens martial art ability

    by nomihs

    Okay, did I miss the huge Dolph martial art film that came out in the 80s/90s? Cause as far as martial arts go, he does not rank in my mind as anything close to it. Sure he is big and can fight but he is no martial artist.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    thanks for asking FIST Question

    by Johnny Kovac

    great follow-up questions guys. and cool if folks did ask a fist question about that movie. Dubuque, Iowa is very pretty and i really enjoyed its 1930's look. No, i am not from Dubuque but i wish i did. I Agree that Jon Cena is weak. Great boxing questions and great observations on Prince Hamed, a real over-hyped and punk if there ever was one. He reminds me of the class-less and big mouthed Zab Judah, who i loved seeing get punked and beaten up.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Stallone turned down role Star Trek IV , what a shame!

    by Johnny Kovac

    This blows my mind but its true. Eddie Murphy and Sly Stallone were actually considered for the role played by Catherine Hicks in Star Trek IV. They would be the current day contact for the Star Trek crew in hunting for the whales. Can you imagine Stallone playing comedy riffs with Shatner and Nimoy? Yo, Spock!! How about Stallone near the Captain's chair on the Enterprise? The little comedic undertones with Shatner on talking about LDS (LSD)- Stallone uses his fists and his fighting ability to help the crew capture the hump-back whales. "Beam me up, yo!" "Yo, Spock, this whale is like mentally irregular, you know?" The powers that be at Paramount wanted either Murphy or stallone to guarantee a high gross for the 4th film. Maybe - the Stallion could have follow-up Star Trek IV with Godfather III and a role in China-town II. Loved to have seen Stallone on the deck of the enteprise throwing punches and utilizing the leg sweep, and headlock with Shatner and Nimoy...

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 1:26 p.m. CST

    John Kerry in Rambo IV -

    by Johnny Kovac

    Only this time - he gets his butt kicked by Rambo and his merceneries for his low intelligence comment about our service men and women. I'd love to see this bony punk bureaucrat get taken down by Rambo and his very sharp bowie knife. As Rambo holds the knife to John Kerry's quivering neck, we could listen to Johnny Rambo's long speech on how Kerry betrayed the boys he left behind in early 70's. Kerry could try to back-track and flip-flop as he begs for his life pleadingly. After Rambo runs through Kerry - he drop kicks Hillary Clinton in the stomach but she proves to be one of his toughest foes as she delivers some of the strongest leg sweeps every delivered on film.

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Sly on SNL

    by caerlas

    Hey Sly, this is all really cool of you. If you read this, I gotta say, I loved your guest appearance on SNL about 10 years ago. My favorite sketch was the one where you're the oddball employee from the Orange Julius store. Your characterization there was so randomly weird, I loved it. Any chance of us seeing you do some more absurd comedy?

  • Dec. 17, 2006, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Worst character..Commercial Dir - RockyII

    by Johnny Kovac

    Man - it was the director of the commercial in Rocky II...When Rocky was selling the cologne and he gave him all kids of crap. "This man can't read".... The director of the commercial would later re-vive his career on Knots Landing but i wanted Rocky to take his head off. If we had more time - Rocky should have beat him silly

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Message For Doc Holliday

    by Cpt Kirks 2pay

    See how in ROunds 15 and 16 TWO!!!! - Not one, but TWWWWWOOOOOOOOO of my questions have been answered, Intelligent questions too. Didn't think that I could and that you couldn't do this eh, what, with 9 of your questions being failed to be answered eh?!!?!? Twooowooo Nill! Twoowoo Nill! Two Nill!!! (Football crowd hooligan singer, voice) Enjoying your new home and life over at the AICN TBs now are we Doc? Even here I'm ruining your life with my presence! Long may it continue. Teach you for running away from the Zone and myself, and leaving me with just having Havoc to talk to. I've hurt you - and I wish to go on, hurting you. I'm all over this place man, I'm gonna continue farking you up over here. Cue, evil Palpatine laugh orchestra! - Thank You. Slowly I will make you die as you deserve to, Doc! DIE AS YOU DESERVE TO!!!!!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    "Yo Butkus, let's roll"

    by ldm882

    When I hear that in my head in Stallone’s voice is funnier than I can describe

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Yo! Agent sith

    by super Cucaracha

    I agree with you all the way. FUCK THE PEPPERS!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 8:30 p.m. CST

    What about Copland, Antz and more small movies?

    by Jaka

    I can't wait anymore. Have you not taken more smaller roles in smaller movies by choice? Not offered? Would you? I love what you did in Copland and I would enjoy more ensemble character work from you. Also, voice work. I love Antz, but you're basically you in that. Have you thought about doing more voicework? OK, not I can die in peace. Loving the Q&A's.

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 10 p.m. CST


    by Stalloneluver

    I was wondering if u still made appearances in palces like meet and greets

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