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Round #18 - Stallone chats about fatherhood, xenophobia and Rocky - The Cotton Club Story -- & much more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... This one has been in for hours, but I've been out taking care of Holiday Necessities, sorry for the delay. However, this time out, Stallone confesses he'll be back before the next RAMBO film for another session of 200 Q's. Doesn't that fucking rock?!?!?!?! Good job folks, you're entertaining Sly, even as he's entertaining you. Standing O for all around!

1. Hey Mr. Stallone, I've been shooting a film in South Philadelphia for the past two years and the original "Rocky" has been a significant inspiration. I've been working with various Mummers and it never fails - I say action and they spouting lines from your films. I had always wished I'd had the budget to cast you in a cameo as an old-school Mummer in the movie! My question: The original Rocky really captured something essential about South Philadelphia's working class. After so much time away, did you find anything particular changed about the landscape or ethics of South Philadelphia and was it at all difficult for you to tap into that again? I'm looking forward to the new film! Have a blast at the Philly screening! Best of luck, Tom Quinn Bucks County, PA
South Philadelphia hasn’t changed much at all, and that’s the beauty of shooting in that great city. It has that consistent personality that feeds into the Rocky character.
2. Hey Sly, Thank you so much for doing this! You have been an inspiration to me since I was a little kid. I can't wait for "Rocky Balboa" to hit the theatres. My question is about your film "Lock-up"...great movie! I remember reading that you used actual prison inmates while shooting. Do you have any interesting memories from that shoot? Thanks, Anthony Caliendo New Jersey
Yes, I’ll never forget that the prisoners were allowed to play in the football game and, unbeknownst to me, many of them had been caged up for 24 hours a day, for many, many stressful years, so their idea of fun was dismembering the actor. The way I was tossed around, I thought eventually someone was going to make a wish with my legs. I don’t want to comment too much on the prison population, because they’re highly sensitive, so let me just say it’s a rough crowd, and sometimes I’d have to laugh when prisoners in a hardcore block would say “Hey, I fucked Brigitte last night and she wasn’t that good…. How about you tonight?”
3. Sly, I just finishing reading The Official Rocky Scrapbook that you wrote in 1977 and here is what you wrote in the final paragraph of the book..... "Love and loyalty, whenever applied to any desire in life, will take you farther up the steps to your goal than any other fuel I can think of. Without love, loyalty, desires, passion, courage, dignities, faith, beliefs, and all the other ingredients that go into making the human soul something so elevated that only God knows its limits, we are only shells bobbing aimlessly in a calm sea of mediocrity. ...And if you can figure that out, please write and explain that to me because you're a better man than I am." Did anyone ever write and explain this to you? Have you been able to figure this out yet now that you are 30 years wiser? Thanks, Rich Wisconsin
Actually I had figured it out a long time ago, but rereading the statement, I thought it may smack of nouveau riche sentimentality, and I tried to diffuse it with a joke at the end. I believe you can refine that statement to, “Only do the things you love, period.” But, unfortunately that’s a duplicitous statement because of people’s economic situations; they’re forced to perform duties they do not love for the sake of survival. Therein lies one of life’s great Catch-22 dilemmas. But I will say life without loving something is merely a doleful existence. In another borderline pretentious line that was credited to me in Who’s Who in America, I believe I said something that I do live my life by, and that is, “If for one mortal moment one does not reach for the stars, he hasn’t lived, merely existed.”
4. Hello Mr.Stallone, I am a professional table tennis player, ranking and your big all time fan. My big dream is go to Olympic games in Peking,but it is unbelieveble difficult. I saw pictures,when you run very proud with Olympic torch,so my question is,how did you get this oportunity and did you enjoy it? Maybe some story about it? Thank you very much for answer. I am looking forward to Rocky Balboa,but in Czech republik is realize in march. Marek Klasek,Czech republik
I couldn’t believe they asked me to run with the torch, because at that time I was well off everyone’s radar, including my family’s… so it came out of the blue and I didn’t know how to prepare. Since I’m not a runner by nature, all I could see was me dashing across the beach with my non-cardio legs tripping on a conch shell and falling face down on the flame, where my grease-soaked hair would ignite and propel me screaming insanely into the beach, which is nothing more than an oil sludge that would inadvertently explode upon contact with my flaming pompadour… all’s well that ends well.
5. Dear Mr. Stallone, First off, I want to thank you for being a childhood hero. Watching Rocky III was a daily ritual for me when I was four-years-old, and the heart of Mr. Balboa has inspired me ever since. 1) Every once and a while I come across the opinion that the Rocky film series is xenophobic. What is your response to those critics? Thank you and take care. Hicham Raache, Arkansas
Nothing could be more absurd than accusing myself, and thus the character, of that. The world of boxing is probably ten percent white and the rest a mix of races. Out of the five former ROCKY films, two of my opponents have been white, and two black. How that translates into racism is beyond me. But what Rocky is truly prejudiced against, and incredibly cruel to, is male ice skaters, who possess superior ankle strength to his own.
6. I would like to start off and say thanks, for this insite into your life as an actor, film maker, and more importantly a good human being. My question is this, Why did you go through all this for us? Keith Herrin
I’m glad you asked that question. I was trying to surmise our relationship, because on the surface we seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. The truth is, we are not that dissimilar. I relish the relationship we’ve developed and truly take to heart the insights provided by the talk-backs/comments… because you open up a window to the world that is closed to most celebrities because of arrogance on their behalf. But the time comes when professional gravity sets in and you, my friends, are the keepers of the flame, the bearers of the truth, and quite often the truth comes wrapped in barbed wire. More than being physical, I consider myself cerebral and a person who lives his life alone. I came up that way. I feel the way many of you feel, there’s a kinship there, and that’s why I’ve savored this experience and will miss it when it rides off into the sunset. But, I will return with RAMBO IV and welcome your insights into that character and life in general. I may be a freak on the exterior, but I’m a geek at heart.
7. Merry Christmas Mr Stalone Always been a fan of yours and I’m currently expecting my first child and no matter how much I beg my girlfriend says I cannot call it Rocky or Rambo. Fatherhood seemed to be the only fight Rocky ever really struggled with. Was this based on your own fathering experiences? What piece of advice could you give me in preparing for and raising my child? P.S. How much of the dirt bike stunt work did you do yourself in Rambo? It’s always been one of my favourite parts of the film. Regards Paul Donnelly Castleblayney, Ireland
I did the majority of the dirt bike stunt work, except for leaping over a barbed wire fence at 60 mph into a field of gopher holes. That I could sit out with pleasure. As for being a father, the most important thing is having a son that hopefully is born with character. I beleive that character is part of the DNA of man that separates us, more than skin color, language or even sex. You can change your personality, but your character is who you are. It’s the fingerprint of your soul. Hopefully you’ll have a child born with character, and that you’ll know soon enough when he interacts with other children, especially when we must face the fact that children, left on their own, can be naturally cruel. They’re not born nice, they’re taught to be nice. I believe it’s a matter of confronting your son on a regular basis about all the tests life is gonna throw his way, and that it doesn’t matter what other people think, only what you think. Jealousy is as natural as breathing, controlling it takes education, and, most importantly, understand that fear will always be your companion and controlling it is what makes the difference in many of your positive life choices. I believe fear is the fuel of ambition.
8. Hey, Sly! How do you balance your job as a director and your job as an actor. I know from experience that it can be pretty tough directing a movie where you are the star in it. Is there ever a time where for just a second you almost go out of character because you maybe worrying about how the shot is coming off? Thanks, dude! God Bless and have a Merry Christmas! Chase Kuertz Goodlettsville, TN USA
All the time. All the time. As much as actors like to profess they’re “in the moment,” the truth is, the ideal professional is someone who can pretend he’s in the moment with such clarity it compels the audience to believe what they’re seeing. You cannot be in the moment all the time. If you were, there is a condition called schizophrenia which would aptly apply. Like I said before, the best actors are the best pretenders, and the best pretenders are a touch crazy. In the movie PERFORMANCE, starring Mick Jagger, his character says something that always stuck with me, “The performance that makes it, that really makes it, is one that achieves a little bit of madness.” So what I try to do is learn the script word for word, beginning to end, so I can be in a scene while focusing on others’ performances. This is especially true when working with amateurs, such as a girl named Angie in ROCKY BALBOA, who was actually a former multiple drug addict and child prostitute, and was required to humiliate Rocky as being a has-been. Since he was so raw, I had to be completely out of character while making sure she was in character. But it’s not apparent when you see me, because for that scene I was on autopilot.
9. Harry, this is without a doubt the best thing that I've been reading on the internet in the last 10 years. Thank you. Sly, Frequently when I'm drunk, I'll start waxing on philosophically about Rocky being a mythological hero for our myth-deprived culture. I feel certain that it was written to give our plastic culture a real mythic hero. Am I right or am just just a rambling drunk. I mean, its the reluctant hero with superhuman strength thing that makes me so certain. Did you write it to give us a real hero to look up to? -Drew Halloran
Absolutely. Actually, a hero I could look up to also, because I certainly fell well short of having Rocky’s moral core. I suggest many people, if they’re interested in the hero’s journey, to tap into Joseph Campbell and his incredible range of knowledge about the mythology of the hero (and quite often a reluctant one) and his place in society. It appears that every culture, no matter how diverse, requires these mythic journeys to provide moral lessons to their young.
10. Dear Sly, Would you ever consider writing and directing a non Rocky boxing film? I remember reading an online article a while back that you had the rights to doing a George Foreman bio. Also is there any truth to the rumor that the Weinsteins are holding up filming for Rambo IV because they want the distribution rights back?
The Weinstein situation has been settled, so there’s no problem. The only problem now is getting the character back to a heart and soul scenario, and a resolve at the end that hopefully puts a lump in people’s throats. Everybody has to go home in one sense or another, likewise Rambo, who is also designed to be a mythic outcast - the dark side of life - while Rocky is the light. P.S. Someone wrote a question about what happened with Robert Evans and THE COTTON CLUB. At the time I was supposed to do it instead of Richard Gere… whoops, here we go again. I was fairly intrigued, but privately my life was in shambles. My marriage was truly on the rocks and there seemed to be no salvaging the situation. So I began dating another woman at that time (who shall remain nameless) and slowly I was feeling better about myself. One afternoon I was invited to Robert Evans’ house to discuss doing the movie. I was completely on board until he said, “I might have something that’ll interest you.” Whereupon he returned with a duffle bag full of X-rated Polaroids. He dumped this mess on the coffee table and burrowing through all these poor actresses that thought they were going to eventually amount to something, he came across a very X-rated Polaroid of the girl I was dating and said, “Hey, look, we have something in common.” I thought blood was going to come out my eyes and felt such loathing at that moment. What was the man thinking? Is this his idea of bonding, by showing me a salacious image of the girl I thought was beyond anything so perverse? Guess not. Without a word, I exited his house and his life. Funny how Polaroids change the course of history.

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  • Dec. 18, 2006, 9:44 p.m. CST


    by defconprime

    This really is pretty entertaining, and the most Rocky I've ever seen is when my roommate just watched the last fight from Rocky IV over and over.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 9:47 p.m. CST

    This really is the coolest thing...

    by konkrete590

    Thank Sly for answering these questions. Really shows what type of guy you are, and makes it all seem worth having grown up with you as a hero.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly

    by JuggFuckler

    Thanks for answering our questions even though Harry never sent mine. You are an inspiration to us all.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Another great round

    by Darth Thoth

    Wednesday is almost here!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Great stuff, Mr. Stallone!

    by DarthStallion

    I have enjoyed every minute of this!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 9:53 p.m. CST

    That was awesome

    by johne5

    I love these stories you tell us Sly!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 9:52 p.m. CST

    i'm a geek at heart!!!

    by harold_maude

    SOOO cute!!!! i want to pinch your cheeks Mr. Sly

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 9:55 p.m. CST

    I have a question sort of

    by johne5

    What type of advice would you give to us film students preparing to graduate? Do you think moving to L.A. is necessary? Thanks so much for the time you've taken to respond to the questions.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Isn't it amazing how Stallone has won our hearts?

    by chrth

    If he can change ... and we can change ...

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by ManosTHOF

    Mr. Stallone, all these Q and A sessions have been excellent. I will happily be at the theater on opening night, and I am really rooting for this film's success.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:04 p.m. CST

    you're a better man than I, Stallone

    by moondoggy2u

    I would have knocked the crap out of that disgusting little troll of a man and burned his poloroids, too.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Archive These Puppies, Harry!

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    Harry, it's been stated over and over again how special these Q and A's with the man are. You need to find some sort of unique way to archive these on your site so that they can be referenced and are accessible later on. Maybe this would encourage other celebs to interact with us?

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:07 p.m. CST


    by Gilkuliehe

    Hey Sly, I've been reading ALL of these, but that Robert Evans story finally made me post a comment. And that comment is this: "HOLY SHIT". Didn't you think of, I dunno, chopping off the guy's horse head and slide it under his sheets??? It's been proven that causes a lot of yelling on asshole big time Hollywood producers. Oh and one more thing: I saw probably ALL your movies when I was a kid because my mother had a HUGE crush on you. I loved the Rocky movies the most, but there was also a lot of fun. I couldn't see Rambo though because I was just a kid (here in my country there wasn't that "kids under 17 must have a guardian" crap. Otherwise, my mom would've taken me) Still, she used to TELL ME the whole movie once she got home from First Blood and PART II and I remember being so AMAZED by her telling of the story that wehen I finally got to see it I felt I was re-watching them. Today, I work as a TV screenwriter here, and to tell you the truth I honestly think that's because I fell in love with the telling of a visual story... Thanks to mom. And thanks to you, good sir. PS: Mom also loved Armand Assante, so when we went to JUDGE DREDD I almost felt filthy.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST

    I looked up Evans on the internet

    by moondoggy2u

    looks like that worthless sack of puss was quite possibly involved in a murder. None to surprising, however, considering the kind of garbage and filth that man traffics.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:10 p.m. CST

    oops. None TOO surprising. oh well.

    by moondoggy2u

    i'm not particularly well known for my editing on these boards;)

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST

    I'm seeing your flick on Friday, Sly.

    by Zarles

    Can't. Fucking. Wait. I grew up on the Rocky movies, and they were one of the few things that my dad and I could bond over. Hope that means something to you. Congratulations! :)

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Joe Barbera died...

    by kuguy3000

    Very sad

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:21 p.m. CST

    wow. that's kind of low class.

    by chiahead

    Mr. Evans, not Mr. Stallone.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Mr.Stallone, do you hate it when people call you Sly?

    by S-Mart shopper

    I would love to hear that Sam Raimi puts in a call to you for the Evil Dead remake. You would be the uber Ash, c'mon say "GROOVY!".

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Stallone needs a blog

    by Doc Falken

    I don't want this stuff to stop. From my cheap seats as a movie watcher, I always smirked at the Oscar that Stallone won because I dismissed him as a one pump chump who got lucky with one script and earned himself a career. But I was waaaay wrong about his intelligence and gift of gab. The guy is truthful and a very enjoyable read. Put me on the bandwagon. Though I still hate the way the inside of weight rooms smell.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by Turd Furgeson

    I have to admit, even if I hated the Rocky films, which I truly love, I would be giving this movie my money after reading all this cool stuff. This is the coolest thing "AINTITCOOL" has ever done, period.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:35 p.m. CST

    I've always had my suspicions that Robert Evans

    by slder78

    was a prick, but that probably nailed it. I've been mildly interested in seeing "The Kid Stays in the Picture." But i didn't want to give him a royalty check with any of my money in it. So bittorennt it is. Oh Sly, b/c of this whole Q&A thing, I think I WILL go see Rocky Balboa. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt that you're trying to reach the common guy and not just blowing smoke up our ass to make a buck.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Come on Harry, let me communicate with Mr.Stallone!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Every day I'm here working on this neverending paper (which, ironically, is due Dec. 20). We're in the final rounds and I still haven't gotten to communicate with Mr. Stallone yet! Come on Harry, I've sent in questions....good ones....certainly no worse than the robot question or some of the others. Why can't I get through?? :P I don't wanna whine, I'm just wonderin that's all. You got people who've never been to this web page before in their life getting their stuff up there, yet I can't get through to my favorite action star!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:40 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

    Anyone who thinks Evans is someone who deserves their adulation is a complete idiot. He is the epitome of almost all of Hollywood. Slick on the outside and a hollow core. He would have made a glorious abortion. Mr. Stallone, thank you for the insight into your life and exposing Evans to be the "person" I thought he was. Love how that documentary tried to soften his image. McQueen taking Ali MacGraw from him makes me love McQueen even more. By the way, I was at Best Buy earlier today and two kids were talking with much enthusiasm about going to see Rocky Balboa. Thought it was quite cool to hear kids, who had to have been about twelve or thirteen, discussing which parent, their mother or father, was going to take them to see it opening day. Does the name George Sack ring a bell? He has the cab from the semi featured in Over the Top lingering in his rental yard up in Aqua Dulce, Ca. Quite cool to see it resting there amongst the other vehicles he has constructed for films such as Duel and Men In Black. Oh yeah, I stumbled upon you shooting Rocky Balboa in Burbank earlier at a gym. Was it at that location where the training montage was shot? Curious.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Ok I've never been a huge fan of Rocky...

    by BigStar

    but after reading these Q&As, man, I can't fucking wait for Rocky Balboa. Who knew that Stallone was so funny and cool. Thanks Harry for setting this up. And I really agree that these should be archived for posterity. I would hate for them to drop off the main page over time and for people to forget about them.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:42 p.m. CST

    that last story about bob evans.....

    by slappy jones

    is one of the greatest things I have ever read. Please harry pretty please WITH A BIG FUCKING CHERRY ON TOP can you get evans for a q and a next...PLEASE!!!!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Any Nestea/Rocky parodies in the future?

    by S-Mart shopper

    or nestea product placements in the movie? How bout a buddy cop flick with you and Denzel? or a reteam with James Woods? What's your favorite classic Disney movie?How many licks does it REALLY take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop? We need MORE Sly, more I tells you!!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Robert Evans story = GODDAMN

    by Doctor_Sin

    Sly, I hope you know that by revealing the human within, you have only become more godlike and mythic in our eyes. Have a great opening weekend and we'll see you soon (hopefully!)

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Robert Evans

    by canopus

    The guy really is a prick, I remember reading about the making of Urban Cowboy, and the shitty way he treated Debra Winger throughout the entire shoot. He would call her ugly, all because he had wanted another actress for the role. It was so bad she quit, and other producers had to talk her into coming back, and promised to keep him off the set. He was probably coked up a lot during this time, but that doesn't excuse it.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:47 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

    I would love to see a Q & A with Evans on here. I would love to open that massive wound that is Ali MacGraw with him.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Sly's a class act...

    by GiveMeAnFinBreak

    Just gotta chime in and say, along with everyone else, this is one of the best things I've read on this big retarded inter-web in a long, long time. If I'm not laughing, I'm kind of cocking my head and saying "huh" at what a smart guy Stallone seems to be. From the whole Poe project (which I really want to see. Soon.) to the Joseph Campbell reference (I was just talking about him not 5 minutes before reading that. There's some synchronicity for ya. It's not just an album.) Guess I should ask a question while I've still got the chance... Two parter... What's the project you most regret rejecting and who would you want to play the title character in your eventual life story?

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Stallone, thank you

    by darkslab

    Sly, All I have to say is, thanks for making this real. Most of us will never even get close to a celebrity, much less hear one spill his guts to fans across the globe. Thanks for making this personal, thanks for responding with integrity. Your right, there is a kinship. Sometimes I feel like you guys live in another world, something we will never see, but when the curtain is drawn back, you find out "they" (meaning celebrities) go through the same ups and downs, and have just as much conflict and turmoil as anyone else. Thanks so much for doing this. I'm glad I've lived during this time to not only see your movies, but to know "how" you lived. thanks!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:54 p.m. CST

    No Butkus, but best Q&A yet!

    by dregmobile

    And another 200 on the eve of Rock ... I mean, Rambo IV? Awesome! Somehow I doubt Harrisson Ford will do the same on the eve of Indiana Jones 4. Thank you, Mr. Stallone. You are bridging the gap between opposite ends of the spectrum, yet the same two ends that wouldn't exist without the other the way this storytelling industry is shaped. <br> <br>Joseph Campbell, Robert Evans, burning greasy hair. Seriously the best batch yet.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:57 p.m. CST

    If there's one bad thing about these Sly rounds...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    It's that Harry will never, ever do anything that will top this. Because seriously, the only thing to top that would be inviting an even bigger figure, someone like Bronson or Marvin... and they're all gone now, except for Clint Eastwood! Seriously, whom could Harry invite to top Sly? Nobody! Arnold, with his sexism and "humor" about as light as Bavarian ham? Benn Assfleck? That "My Fabulous Superman V Script Ruled So Much!" twat who's more insecure than a child of Woody Allen and Russell Crowe would be? Tom Cruise? Hmm, hang on, actually seeing Tom Cruise talbkack-raped would be funny, even though he'd enjoy it. But he'd probably convert Harry to scientology, so...

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11 p.m. CST

    We have to get him a huge Christmas present

    by CherryValance

    I've got it. Let's take everyone we know to the movie instead of buying them Christmas presents. Even if you already bought stuff, return it. Take the money and spend all of it on repeat viewings with the fam this weekend.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Great answers

    by #1 Zero

    Stallone seems to have come down to earth in recent years. One of the images I remember of him was in the 80's on a Barbara Walters special or something and he had this long hair and was riding a motorcycle (I think with Brigitte on the back, but I can't remember clearly). Anyway, my point is this: That was the personification of what success in Hollywood could get you and it seemed so unrelatable, but now, geeze, can anyone think of any other superstar actor, not just successful actor, but one who is as big as Stallone doing anything at all like this? I can't. Affleck, Clooney, Pitt? Those guys wouldn't give a second thought about actually doing something like this. Keep in mind, this isn't nationally televised and not everyone in the world knows about AICN so he is really taking a lot of time and effort just to relate to what really is a subset of society.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:59 p.m. CST

    This is all so awesome

    by aknasas

    Wow. The Cotton Club Story is such a gem of a tale. Mr. Stallone, what started as something cool and interesting for fans of your work and film fans in general, has evolved into a part of my day that I actually get excited about. This is awesome. Thank you again & I'm hoping for a successful opening weekend with Rocky Balboa. It's the holiday season, it's had years of hype and it opens on a wednesday... this one (excuse the pun) is gonna be a knock out.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:02 p.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I'm not the one here asking for pics of Celeste. :P I am here cause Sly Stallone rules and I had questions to submit. Yet Harry refuses.......Yo Harry if I send you a gift certificate to TGI Friday's will you let my question through? :)

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:04 p.m. CST

    haha Robert Evans

    by troutpencil

    Is an asshole. That is the fucking definition of evil producer violating the hopes and dreams of dumbass girls from Ohio who want to be starletts, motherfucker probably has a map in his attic with points marked on it where he's buried all the chicks that complained about being forced into horse porn by him. he will probably sue Sly now goddamn drugged out leather bag looking asshole, i hated that documentary.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by jedimindflayer

    DUDE!!!!!!! yes!!! that is tha shizzy!! die hard 4 q&a with the man! please make this happen!!! lets start a petition or...something!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:09 p.m. CST

    and another thanks

    by jedimindflayer

    to the two people who made this happen (them and all their assistants :) )- harry and sly! my question got answered a couple of days ago, and it was a hell of a feeling to have- interacting with one of the greats of our time. here's hoping that this is the start of something beautiful. and yes, to echo some of the other calls- PLEASE ARCHIVE THESE Q&As!!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:12 p.m. CST

    how much you wanna bet

    by jedimindflayer

    how much any of you all want to bet that the robert evans story gets picked up by ap just like the gere story? i saw the gere story in my local am paper a day or two after it was posted here- no credit to harry or aicn of course.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I plan to see it opening day.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    My last day of class is Dec. 20 but I plan to wake up early to see it! Surprisingly, even though I have seen all the previous Rocky's a million times, this will be my second (i think) in the theater. I dont remember the crowd going nuts in the theater. The loudest movie theater crowd I've ever been to was Mortal Kombat.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Fucking Robert Evans!!!

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I can't even think of that cocksucker without hearing Patton Oswalt's Robert Evans/ESPN stand-up bit in my head:<P>"Angie Dickinson can suck the sorrow off a recent widow. She had my trouser snake buried tonsil depth when a heroin crazed Brian Dennehy burst into my trailer and punched me right in the solar-plexus."<P>Classic!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:20 p.m. CST

    roll call

    by jedimindflayer

    hoping to go over xmas weekend

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:23 p.m. CST

    it should be number one over the weekend

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Night at the Museam my ass. Nowhere close to the threat Home Alone was. Ben Stiller cannot compare to Mackulucluckly Culken, and Michael Jackson agrees. Most people I know thinks Rocky comes out on Christmas, though, since that's what the trailer said.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Xenophobia.. Not racism...

    by The Riot

    Anybody who watched Rocky III knows Rock isn't a racist. Xenophobia is the irrational fear or hatred of foreigners. I guess some people could argue that Rocky IV is xenophobic, but a hatred of Soviet Russia is a good thing in my book. Mr. Stallone, if you're reading this, it would be great if you could comment on why you decided to add political undertones to the Rocky saga with Rocky IV. Every real American knows it wasn't Reagan that brought down the Soviet Union -- it was Rocky Balboa's "We all can change!" speech.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Will see Rocky Balboa as soon as possible

    by #1 Zero

    This looks like a good old fashioned movie. Now keep in mind Rocky V didn't intrigue me. I put "Balboa" almost in the recent reboot category of Batman, Superman, and James Bond. Granted it isn't a new beginning for this character but I can't deny that in a way he seems like a different character, older, still with a fire burning, but he's not the Rocky with the lamborginis and robots that became unrelatable, now he is back to being one of us. This is a fresh take on some time tested goods, it seems to me.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by Bob of the Shire

    That Robert Evans story. Yeah. Wow. Anyway, just chiming in to say Stallone is the coolest guy ever now and I'll seeing Rocky Balboa on opening day. Best promotional idea ever.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:44 p.m. CST

    X rated pic of your girlfriend

    by Cpt Kirks 2pay

    Man that is such a horrid thing to do to ya. Sheet that must have destroyed you there. One of the worst things someone could do to some chick that you were dating. I feel for ya man, I feel for ya. Dunno how you can out yourself through so many heartbreaking situations like that and keep going. DEATH TO SUITS!!!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Damn male ice skaters with their superior ankles!

    by Zorak5

    Seriously though, thanks to Sly and his assistant and Harry for putting this together, and thrilled to hear that he'll be back here to promote Rambo. I've looked forward everyday to these posts and I'm definitely seeing Rocky Balboa opening day.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Sly is officially the coolest person on the planet...

    by SK909

    for sharing that Robert Evans story. Actually, I'm beginning to think he's a little nuts! Airing all this shit, the kind of stuff that a decent guy like Stallone has probably had eating away at him since the day he decided to become an actor, is the kind of thing that's not only rare, I'm actually not sure it's ever happened. I don't even think Brando ever got this raw in that out-of-print interviews book or in his bio. Combine these questions with the Rambo stuff, add 20 more and/or an intro and epilogue by Stallone and you have an all-time bestseller, Harry. It'd be interesting to see a graph of web traffic to this site in the last 18 days.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Sly is officially the coolest person on the planet...

    by SK909

    for sharing that Robert Evans story. Actually, I'm beginning to think he's a little nuts! Airing all this shit, the kind of stuff that a decent guy like Stallone has probably had eating away at him since the day he decided to become an actor, is the kind of thing that's not only rare, I'm actually not sure it's ever happened. I don't even think Brando ever got this raw in that out-of-print interviews book or in his bio. Combine these questions with the Rambo stuff, add 20 more and/or an intro and epilogue by Stallone and you have an all-time bestseller, Harry. It'd be interesting to see a graph of web traffic to this site in the last 18 days.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Isn't Robert Evans basically a joke now.

    by #1 Zero

    I watched an episode of Dinner for Five where Jeff Garlin and Tom Odenkirk (I think that is who it was) did spot on imitations of him and that Patton Oswalt sketch makes me wonder if the people in the audience even know who Robert Evans is. I think at this point you can just do an imitation of his voice and cadence and for people who don't know who he is they laugh because it is a perfect representation of Hollywood asshole. Last I saw Evans he was on the final Craig Kilborne show where Craig declared he wanted to be an Evans like producer. Evans looked like he just stepped out of the 1970's closet with a bolo tie and turtle neck and Kilborne was kissing his ass. I'm Glad Kilborne's producing career got off to a great start. Or rather, it didn't.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Nothing, and I mean NOTHING...

    by Massawyrm 1

    ...caps off a good conversation like a Robert Evans story. God bless you, Sly. God bless you.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:53 p.m. CST


    by canopus

    I think George Clooney would do something like this, he seems like a really nice guy. But I don't know if the stories would be as good, the 70s and 80s just seem more interesting.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Trying yet again

    by snomusic

    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 prima 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.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Stallone has gone over the top

    by BillEmic

    This is the pinnacle of AICN's existence. Stallone is such a down-to-earth guy, full of humor and insight. I can't believe that he feels like he's bonded with us mere Talkbackers. I don't want this to end, sniff sniff. Though the pain will be somewhat lessened by seeing Rocky Balboa on opening day. I can't wait. I only wish he could have answered my question; it was a real film geek one. I was curious as to what visual style he was going for in Rocky Balboa, as the cinematography looks different from previous entires in the series as well as his other movies; and I was wondering what his collaboration process with DOP J. Clark Mathis was like.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Unless Sly actually told Harry

    by snomusic

    that he'll be bakc to do another 200 questions, I wouldn't read too much into "But, I will return with RAMBO IV and welcome your insights into that character and life in general." It may just mean that he will read talkbacks. I mean I love the fact that he's doing this despite my questions being ignored, but the man DOES have a lovely wife, family and career and I'd hate all the brotherly love (man love from others, heh-heh)directed to him turn to acid filled spite for not doing it again simply because Sly was misinterpretted. Whatever happens, I've really appreciatted what he's given us with this - Thanks Sly.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:20 a.m. CST

    If Actors want to win us over...

    by DOGSOUP

    ...They'll follow the class that Sly has and do a 200 Q and A for Harry. This should become a feature. Of course, since Sly did it first he'll always be the best.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Sly is the man...

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    I've never seen talkbackers so united in adoration it is truly amazing. Damn I cant wait for Rambo 4, I always identified more with that character than Rocky, not that I've ever operated million dollar equipment or fired an m60 with one arm...

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Loyalty...

    by veritasses

    We Geeks are the most Loyal of them all. Sure we bicker amongst ourselves in our own geeky way about silly geeky things and sure "sometimes" we're bitter and pessimists and non-believers about things that are foreign to our geeky world but win our (kind) hearts and (superior) minds over completely and we are loyal to the core. So I guess Stallone may very well be a geek at heart. Who else but another geek would've known this side of us existed.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Are actors the dumbest rich people?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I mean, in my dad's company, the people who are making a million dollars or much more a year are like, PhDs, or have worlds of experience and are essentially.....supergeniouses or something. Like you could explain a whole new, out of context concept to them, and they'll learn it. My friend who is in dental school was like in the top nth percentile of his undergrad and he's struggling to keep up with the supernerds. Aren't actors like....high schoolers? Yes, I know there are LOTS of highly intelligent, college educated film students and theatre majors. But I'm talking about people like.....Vanilla Ice in 'Cool As Ice'. Maybe I'm just ignorant, and if so I am sorry. It's just that I always read about the superstars doing such foolish things, and Mr. Stallone has struck me as a very very intelligent, thoughtful, thinking person. Listening to him is like listening to your dad or your uncle teaching you. Lots of wisdom. He's changed my perception of superstar actors a bit.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Somebody explain to this goon the difference between

    by Proman1984

    RACISM and XENOPHOBIA. Way to show off holes in your education, Sly! If you don't know we don't make an idiot out of yourself. Just google it or something.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:13 a.m. CST

    The "xenophobe" question doesn't make any sense.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I know what that word means because of that old Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where the entire crew of the Enterprise has to have its memory erased because they ran into xenophobes. And using that definition, its people who are afraid of anything that's foreign or different than what they know. How in the world is Rocky that? He went to the Soviet Union and gave that moving speech at the end, for crying out loud. Props to Sly for giving an interesting answer to a nonsensical question. Harry, you should have skipped over that one.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Adding to the Stallone Slurp Brigade...

    by 100Proof

    I was never a big Rocky or Rambo fan, but this is by far the coolest and classiest thing I've ever seen on this site. Thanks for coming on here, Sly, and giving us heartfelt, honest answers to some unconventional questions. It would've been very easy to just go the usual BS, Tonight Show route and feed us PR answers to softball questions. My question hasn't been asked yet, so I'll put it here for funzies: what's your favorite prop from any of your movies that you actually kept?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Proman1984, I think Sly DOES know what that means..

    by Cotton McKnight

    the question just doesn't make any sense. Like I just got finished saying, "xenophobe" implies that Rocky was scared to leave the streets of Philadelphia. Well obviously thats not true because he very willingly moved up the socio economic ladder with no problem. AND he went to Russia and gave a moving speech about how if they could cheer for him, maybe we're not so different after all. The question simply made no sense and defied logic. The only conclusion you could draw is that maybe the person asking the question meant the series had a problem with race. I'm not someone that kisses the asses of celebrities but I do appreciate that he has a finite amount of time right now and shouldn't be having to figure out a boneheaded question like that. So, props to Sly for giving us an entertaining answer in spite of the screwup.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:27 a.m. CST


    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Thanks! I'll send it to my dad....he's watched Bronson movies so much...yet whenever he flips the channel and lands on one, he still stays on that channel. He's watched ever major Bronson movie SO MUCH that it's sometimes hard for him to tell which movie is which anymore! Imagine watching the Rocky series SO MUCH over so many years that they pretty much melt into one another. I don't really mention Bronson to my dad much though...cause there's usually that very subtle mood change, and the eventual..."ahhh, even Old Huck is gone...."

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:31 a.m. CST

    why no Han Solo question?

    by lynxpro

    Geez. Didn't Sly audition for the role of Han Solo originally? Now there would be a question to ask... if he thinks he would have been more successful in the role than Harrison Ford was. Or what about that persistent rumor that Sly was a big Doctor Who fan (at least back in the 90s)? Or if he ever had words with Norm MacDonald over the "yep, you guessed it...Frank Stallone!" routine from the SNL days. Those are questions I'd love to see answered... :)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:32 a.m. CST

    as for Evans...

    by lynxpro

    Isn't he trying to sue HBO over Martin Landau's character on *Entourage*? I actually liked that fictional cartoon of his on Comedy Central that lasted like 8 episodes from 2002/2003...

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Yup, I said it....

    by KabutoKoji

    I feel it, it's coming out of me! I 've heard the collective moans, I've felt the powerful hatred. Can't hold it in anymore! It's the way I feel...Hell, it's the way I've always felt. And jokes are made, and whispers of negativity, and screams of anger and frustration are formed throughout the years. Yet, I have to say it, to scream it! To tell the world and all be damned. It's at the tip of my tongue now and it cannot be silenced anymore! Here it comes and I brace myself as I share it with the world, feeling free at last, bound by nothing, and with a clear conscience and with an honest heart! God, it's overwhelming as it comes crashing out of me, knocking everything in its path!!!!!! I LIKE ROCKY V!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:35 a.m. CST

    I really loved his answer on the "why do this" question

    by Cotton McKnight

    It just goes to show that regardless of fame and fortune, Sylvester Stallone is the same guy he always was- a class act. Throughout this whole process he has been a terrific sport and talked to us like we're old friends. Harry Knowles, this is your crowning achievement, because this wouldn't even be possible were it not for this site. The unique talkback format and the reputation that these things have gotten provided a truly unique and dare I say serendipitous experience for everyone who was lucky enough to were here to see it. This thing should be making national entertainment news- its that rare and that good.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Real knows Real

    by proper

    Mr Stallone was wasted on Raw,sad I thought Hogan Vs Stallone at Wrestlemania or a Rock/Rocky tag team or a Stallone Vs Vince match was on the cards(like the Rock once said "Who is booking this crap" =>),oh well their loss.......That PS answer,boy they are the experiences that make a man think deeply about the evil that people with power and responsibillity inflict on the naive and the choices one makes,I bet the workout that day channeled a lot of aggression(I bet Gere got the job based on the mustard chicken story being talked about from their perspective lol),deep story I hope you acted with class towards the woman in question,don't worry the Karma police always collects =>.....2 rounds left oh well I'll chuck this out there.......When Rocky IV came out,all the local youth represented and we broke down the doors at Hendon Central Cinema not out of yobbery(I've broken it down honestly many times since) but because we wanted to see Rocky baaadd,Jumping up with kid adrenaline and throwing air punches at the screen,good clean naive days,I hope you didn't pick up the tab for that one,if you did sorry =>.Those kind of rushes are what makes a good movie experience and why a lot of things get cussed around these parts and why when the 200 questions commitment was made I was willing to battle everybody if the S;0T hit the fan,just as well,you lot got smart(or lucky),have a good day everybody,lets enjoy the level while it lasts,now about workout tunes.....

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Bruce did interact with fans on his official site

    by BDuncan

    Bruce Willis actually did interact with his fans on posts on his official website (when he had the time to) and when it had a discussion forum, but unfortunately the discussion forum part of his official site was disabled for some reason. He should do a 200 Q&A about his career, a month before Die Hard 4 is released in 2007.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:21 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    I'm not saying this to be an arse, but to try to set things straight because the term is generally misused and misunderstood/confused with split personality when that's not what shizophrenia is at all. The confusion's sort of understandable I guess as the greek root of the word means 'split mind', but it actually refers to fragmentation and disassociation, not coherent personalities (which is in itself a dissociative disorder, but I digress). The brain cannot hold regular connections between thought and emotion, and perception is altered or contradictory. <p> I'm not pretending to be any type of expert, but with all respect Sly that line about being in the moment all the time seems about as anti-schizophrenic as you could get. But maybe right for multiple personality disorder.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Peking.... err.... doesn't exist.

    by Seph_J

    See you at the Olympics, 'Marek Klasek' from the 'Czech republik', as long as you ask for a ticket to BEIJING.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay should do 20 days of questions....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    In the three weeks leading up to Transformers. Maybe he'll win us all over like Stallone has! Right??.......(crickets chirp).......Rambo, is that you?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:49 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    I think pretty much everybody took the "Alice" comment as merely being sarcasm on Cobretti's part. You're really reading way too much into that.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:57 a.m. CST

    I agree with the general opinion...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...that this is, by far, the greatest thing ever to grace the digital pages of AICN. Sly, thanks for being a class act and sharing all the fantastic insights and anecdotes -- some of which were expected while others were truly astounding, but none of them were anything less than incredibly entertaining. We'll definitely be missing you when you ride off into the sunset, but we'll also be looking forward to your promised return to the TB corral when Rambo IV is set to strike.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:58 a.m. CST


    by antonphd

    half vader, actor's being close to Schizophrenic isn't about them having split personalities. it's about them starting to forget that it's a role and not real life in a moment to moment basis. it happens. some people just start to shift into the role. like people who lie so much they forget they are lieing and actually remember the lies as what happened. basically, they start to live in pretend land a bit. it's not about having another personality.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:02 a.m. CST

    The dreaded aftermath.

    by DocPazuzu

    Can you imagine the crankiness, flaming, venom and good old-fashioned assholery set to explode in the TBs once talkbackers go Sly cold turkey? I pity the likes of Uwe Boll, Michael Bay or Paul WS Anderson if they're unlucky enough to have a TB devoted to any news regarding them in the next few weeks. Oh, the humanity!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST


    by v for vienetta

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:28 a.m. CST


    by SJBKAT

    I've been a long time reader, and this is my first real post. After reading all of the Stallone QAs I had to get in on these. This is by far the coolest thing any celebrity has done for his fans. Sly is definately an inspiration and has truly earned his spot here. I for one cannot wait for the Rambo IV QAs, Sly. You, sir, are the best.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:31 a.m. CST

    YackBacker you are the real CUNT here

    by Proman1984

    I was just making a point. And I do belive Stallone screwed that question up.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:31 a.m. CST

    YackBacker you are the real CUNT here

    by Proman1984

    I was just making a point. And I do belive Stallone screwed that question up.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Oh and btw, Mr. Evans did nothing wrong and Sly knowsit

    by Proman1984

    For one thing, he was being honest. Second, do you honestly believe that Sly would be turned off by someone doing a porn shoot? And I'm not saying it just because Sly acted in a porno. I just know that he's been with pornstars before. So let's not critisize Evans because we only now a small part of the story.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST

    The Definition of Xenophobia and Motive of the Question

    by The Krypton Kid

    "Xenophobia denotes a phobic attitude towards strangers or of the unknown. It comes from the Greek words ξένος (xenos), meaning "foreigner," "stranger," and φόβος (phobos), meaning "fear." The term is typically used to describe fear or dislike of foreigners or in general of people different from one's self. For example, racism is sometimes described as a form of xenophobia, but in most cases racism has nothing to do with a real phobia. Xenophobia implies a belief, accurate or not, that the target is in some way foreign. Prejudice against women cannot be considered xenophobic in this sense, except in the limited case of all-male clubs or institutions. The term xenophilia is used for the opposite behavior, attraction to or love for foreign persons." Now I am an enormous fan of Mr. Stallone. Christopher Reeve and Mr. Stallone are my ultimate film heroes, and Stallone is the first hero I ever had. I have seen his films, especially the eternally inspirational "Rocky" chapters dozens upon dozens of times. And I have often sung Rocky's and Stallone's praises. However, I have often come upon statements and opinions that the Rocky films are "xenophobic," which I absolutely disagree with. So I used this opportunity to communicate with Mr. Stallone to give the opportunity to prove those misguided critics and detractors wrong. I can't help it if the people who used the term "xenophobic" did so improperly. But the word, for many, means racism, and Mr. Stallone obviously understood that. From my perspective, "Rocky" is absolutely not xenophobic or racist. It's absolutely human. It's what is common to all mankind, the ability to transend skeptics and detractors and touch upon greatness. To find self-worth in a world of self-doubt. That's Rocky. And that applies to all people, to all races.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST


    by photoboy

    There's a difference between paying someone to do a porno and conning girls into taking their clothes off by promising to cast them in a film. Sounds like Sly did the right thing by walking out, I think I'd have ended up on a GBH charge if it were me...

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Proman1984 again demonstrates his astounding stupidity

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    What a douche.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:09 a.m. CST


    by snomusic

    You may be right, but that's part of why I'd like to know. Especially after reading elsewhere that Sly also golfs, Alice is as well, and darned if I can't think of the other connection, bet there IS another one....anyway Alice is no stranger to movie sets and I'm a major Alice fan so I'm curious.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:40 a.m. CST

    Polaroids and Proman1984

    by snomusic

    Well first of all a 'duffel bag full' is a lot of polaroids, even if it's a gym bag - that would be enough to be disgusted at what kind of a slimeball Evens is (and yes, like lynxpro, I dug the cartoon as well although after this story...not so much), throw in pulling out a picture of the lady yer currently seeing and I'm sure I'd be thinking of asking what lies were told to get her in this posistion (no pun intended) and feel pity that she was such a victim. Since Sly used the terms 'very X-rated Polaroid','salacious image' and 'so perverse', I suspect it was something more than just a playful nude. Stories I've heard from roadies and how they (and promoters and band managers, etc) would make groupies earn backstage passes come to mind....and a polaroid isn't a photo-shoot. Most people over 25 generally know why polaroids were used back then rather than a 35mm and the local photomat...

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Rambo VS Natural Disasters

    by sem

    Hi Guys. Really enjoying this series - a huge pat on the back to Mr Stallone. Thank you. I've noticed in the threads, Sly talks of (and this is kind of my interprestation of this) getting Rambo (or the script) into the right emotional/humanistic place for it to work. I;m a Brit, and apologise in advance if I upset anyone in this, but I would love to experience Rambo see closure facing some natural disaster situation and seeing his horrendously distored and perverted attributes used in a positive way rather than against terrorists/military factions/bad people in general. It's just that I do really appreciate First Blood, yet the other two, if I'm honest, loose much of the human story for me. I remember years ago reading of a Rambo 4, where a place similar to the location of First Blood was ravaged by a tornado and Rambo (after being shown the door) returns to save everyone (well, a relative I think). Maybe this sounds too corny but in the shadow of New Orleans, Tsunamis etc. I personally would be really interested in this direction. I wonder if it's too late (or if Sly sees this) but would love to hear his comment on the issues (less logistic, more story based) that would have made a script like this a problem. Cheers again. Happy Christmas. Sem

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Robert Evans...

    by Seph_J kinds went downhill after Chinatown and Marathon Man.... with the exception of Popeye. I would love to see a good biograpical film about the little sex trade Jack Nicholson, Roman Polanski and Robert Evans seem to have been running in the 70s. The amount of stories concerning the elements of PICTURES, NAKED WOMEN (or girls!) and THOSE THREE MEN that I have heard would surely make a good film. Unlikely to come out of Hollywood though right?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Aint it Cool???

    by Dr.Zeus

    ...You're G@dd@mned right it is! This may very well be the coolest thing Harry has done in the number of years i've been coming here. And for talkbackers that "generally" loathe anything and everything. Mr. Stallone should feel proud that he holds such a high place of honor on this geek threshold of hell. And just the fact that he wasn't ridiculed and roasted into a cinder by all the cynics here, proves his status among the unworthy. Personally, i've enjoyed reading all of Sly's answers and anecdotes since this whole thing started. I just wanted to say thanks for entertaining me all these years, and thanks for being....human.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Re: Rambo VS Natural Disasters

    by sem

    Er, sorry about the typo. When I refer to Rambo's horrendously 'distored' (sic) attributes, I am of course referring to attributes in the sense of abilities, skills etc. that have been enhanced and distorted by the millitary machine. And I'm not saying Rambo is a pervert - it's just that he isn't the "norm". Phew - think I got out of that one unscathed. Cheers, sem

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Seph_J & Peking

    by Fuddam owe Marek an apology. "Peking" is as valid as "Beijing", and actually are pronounced exactly the same way, by people who know anything about Mandarin Chinese. There are 3 main forms of romanisation of Mandarin (Wade Giles, Pinyin & Yale) which use different letters to represent various sounds. The problem is that you were pronouncing "Peking" with english pronuncication, rather than chinese. pedantic? not really. ;)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 6:08 a.m. CST

    This has been a lot of fun to follow.

    by Evil Chicken

    You’re a man of intelligence and honor. Good stuff. As corny as it sounds every time that I see the Art Museum steps in Philly, I think of Rocky. Thanks again Sly, for doing what you do.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 6:59 a.m. CST

    AKA Stud?

    by Dazzler69

    Was not there a porn with Sly going around back in the 70's? That would be a great question.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:03 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    I understand about actors and the point your'e making but seeing as Sly specifically wrote about "being in the moment" and having "such clarity" which seemed like the absolute antithesis of schizophrenia but I could see it if he was talking about multiple personality disorder. Maybe I'm reading it wrong but who knows?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Ha! That Robert Evans...

    by Frijole

    ...He really nailed 'em, didn't he? Heh. A little "Stuck On You" there.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Oh and great TB last time around

    by half vader

    Debating thoughtfully and calmly what it means to be a man/adult? Honestly never thought I'd see that here. With the added humour and irony that it was a bunch of us net nerds engaging in measured discourse. Sly, what a guy!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:11 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    My punctuation slipped up there. Not to mention my sentence structure! Yeesh!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Robert Rodriguez

    by antonphd

    I'd like to see an old school Dashiell Hammett story done with Stallone and Robert. Even a remake of Maltese Falcon. Love to see Stallone take on Sam Spade or the nameless detective. I like what Robert did with the Sin City mood and I can see them working to gether to make a great flick. Maybe something a big slower pacd than say Cobra. So Stallone isn't having to 'roll around on the ground at 2am'.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Sly, any good Scientology stories you know of?

    by ptindy

    Like how Tom Cruise has tried to convert you. That crazed-dipshit!!!,22049,20951470-5001026,00.html Posh to be Cruise's alien bride December 19, 2006 12:00 EX-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is reportedly set to star in Tom Cruise's new Scientology film as an alien bride. Britain's Daily Star newspaper reports that the wife of football star David Beckham has apparently been lined up to play the alien bride in The Thetan - based on the religion, which believes in alien life forms. The Daily Star reported that Victoria - who Cruise has described as a "comic genus" - is said to be "thrilled" about getting her big Hollywood break. A source told the Daily Star: "Victoria is really hoping to make a go of it in Hollywood. "This could be the perfect start for her, with good pal Tom Cruise in charge." The 32-year-old - who made her first attempt at acting in the 1997 Spice Girls movie Spice World - will play the bride of an alien leader called a thetan, which Scientologists claim is an immortal spiritual being, present in all humans. Cruise - who is bankrolling the project himself after it was rejected by all the major film studios - is said to have picked Victoria for the role after being impressed by her "comic genius". Victoria - who is married to soccer superstar David Beckham - is currently looking to buy a property in Los Angeles after recently landing a presenting role on a new US fashion programme.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:55 a.m. CST

    DeathRace 3000

    by ptindy

    and another thing about Cruise Sly, What do you think about Cruise producing the movie DeathRace 300?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:55 a.m. CST


    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Have you even been reading these articles? You retarded pig fucker.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST


    by Binkysguy

    Proman1984 = Chad Bryant?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:53 a.m. CST

    ROLL CALL: Who is watching all SIX movies on one day?

    by Elmore Rigby

    Friday, my brother and I are watching the complete box set (Rockys 1-5), then heading to the theater for RB. Can't wait!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    Calling son Rocky

    by Rocky4

    lol at that! I've actually managed to finally break my wife down enough to let my son's middle name be Rocky (if and when we have one!) These q's have been great. Great to see Sly taking the time to do it and read the responses. The stories are gold!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Look, this is cool and all, but

    by purplemonkeydw

    seriously, is no one going to comment on the professional ping pong player? That gets a pass? Gold. Pure gold. Couldn't even read on.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    "If for one mortal moment..."

    by JDanielP

    “If for one mortal moment one does not reach for the stars, he hasn’t lived, merely existed.” Those are great words, Sly. And it's another fine example of why you are one of the most inspirational people living, today. And I'm confident that "ROCKY BALBOA" will feel nearly as inspirational as the powerful original, especially to us older guys, like myself, here in the talkbacks. I have really enjoyed these rounds with you. Every day, I'm here. I don't post every day, but I'm definitely here. And as a parent who is still somewhat new to this fatherhood gig, I especially appreciate your insight. There really is alot of fear that comes with fatherhood, beginning with the pregnancy, itself. And maybe we do, as parents, sometimes need to step back and let children learn from their own mistakes. Maybe the key is to know when to step in. When to teach. And when to discipline. And when to... let them know they're loved, mistakes or not, no matter what. I knew a long time ago that you were more intelligent and talented than most people realize. And with these rounds here at "AintitCool", it is further proof of that. (So much so that I can easily imagine future guests whom will secretly use a professional speech-writer, at least to some degree.) Thanks, Sly, for being an inspiration to us all. Who knows? Because of you, ...I might be just a little bit better as a father. So consider this a thank you... from both me and my young son.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:06 a.m. CST

    haha good one rocky4

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    If I ever have a kid hes going to be called arnold-jerry-conan-lastname

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    SLY vs. Uwe Boll

    by Frye666

    I'd love to see SLY beats the shit out of the cretin mofo Boll.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Elmore Rigby

    by antonphd

    Man, I watched all 5 after a day or two of these, who could wait for the 20th? Sly sucked me back into the world of Rocky. And I watched Demolition Man again. Still a great comedy action flick. Funny to hear the director/producer/whoevertheyare commentary about the cryo death trap in light of what has been said here. Now for Tango and Cash and First Blood.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Proman1984 = AK-47?

    by idahomer

    200 questions and thousands of comments and a total of two haters. Mr Stallone, thank you for taking the time to do this. It reminds me of when Playboy interviews were actually good.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I don't think Q&As should be a feature

    by CherryValance

    Do you really think anyone else will come close to being this cool? I don't. I think this is a one person phenomenon. The only reason Stallone was cool enough to do it is because he was cool enough to think of it in the first place. He's the only one that loves us.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Man wouldn't it be cool if _________ did this too?

    by Xorply

    Like: Quentin Tarantino Steve Buscemi Dennis Hopper etc, etc

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Bob Evans isn't a virgin?

    by Killaarmy

    God damn, and all this time I thought he was so pure. These hollywood types just crack me up. Not only do I demand a Bob Evans Q&A which would raise the unintential comedy bar to a whole new level (as he would have the most deranged and biased stories of all time) but I am going to be very bored each lunch at work every day without have Sly's Q&A. Thank you Sly this was one of (if the the) most entertaining and rewarding internet chats I have ever experienced.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

    You are the reason contraceptives are handed out willingly to high school students. Stupidity breeds stupidity. Not to criticize Evans until we hear his side of the story?! A bag of Polaroids, X-Rated Polaroids nonetheless. There isn't a two sided story here. Evans is a morally bankrupted waste of stretched, sun diseased skin who apparently exploits women like its going out of fashion. He is a relic of the 70s. Disco died back then, why couldn't his career? Stallone has been more honest with his career in 18 days, now 19, then Evans could be in a 2 hour documentary. Also, did we really need a documentary on this man? Did we really ask for one? Granted Evans produced quite a few top notch productions back when film was exciting such as the Godfather. What your ignorance neglects to accept is that film is a collaborative medium and this human stain takes sole credit for the success his film have garnered. Until you have anything intelligent to say, go back to the kids' table and allow the grown-ups to talk.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Hey, Cotton McKnight, where's your response?

    by The Krypton Kid

    I guess you've got nothing to say when somebody gives you an honest, intelligent response to your misguided accusations.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Arslybo Bruce Willvesternegger Balbetti

    by snomusic

    Awesome! Now THAT was funny. Also Quentin would be a cool call but seeing him in interviews, I think he's a bit of a spaaz and suspect ADD so I think 5 questions a day for 3 days would be all he could seriously commit to ;o) And maybe we could find out if he ever apologized to Chris Connelly for spitting on the wrong person.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:29 p.m. CST

    is it just me

    by TheyCallMeBruce

    Or is Sly kind of dense? I am a big fan and everything; I probably quote "Demolition Man" once a day, and "Oscar" almost as frequently ("That's a lot of ice!"). But the misuse of phrases, forced vocabulary and general misunderstanding of words (confusion of xenophobia for racism) makes me think that Sly is trying a little too hard. I reiterate that I fully buy into the genius of Sly, especially as filtered through that of Estelle Getty, and have thoroughly enjoyed these Q&A sessions, but it seems to me that people either deify the guy or trash him while knowing nothing outside of their opinions of his work. Either way, I appreciate the fact that we are hearing from an actor as significant as Sly, and not his publicist or an interviewer (no offense, Moriarty & Co.). I'm glad people are realizing the improbability and importance of what we are reading. Thanks, Sly. Next time you should tap me to be your editor, I'm like hella smart and stuff.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by TheyCallMeBruce

    People need to come up with better questions. At times I feel like I am reading a lost script for a "Chris Farley Show" skit.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:36 p.m. CST

    agree with TCMBruce

    by ptindy

    Better questions and Harry (or ACIN) needs to do a better of picking them. I think 20 days and 200 questions is too long for future Q/A's. If we get so lucky.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:42 p.m. CST


    by Seph_J

    You are wrong in so many ways. Firstly, Peking and Beijing are not pronounciations, they are the names of a city. Secondly, ask 'anyone who knows anything about Madarin' what they learned in school (I mean a Chinese person here) and they will tell you Pinyin. People who use anything else, and the same people who use chewing gum instead of condoms. Peking and Beijing are not pronounced the same. How do I know? Because I live here.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    "Remember when...

    by snomusic

    ...when...when you...when you froze Wesley and smashed him into a..a million pieces? That was AWESOME!" Hey that brings another question mind, how professional was Snipes to work with? Did he pull his punches well - considering he's a millionth degree black belt of sum-kinda-do, I wonder if he's professional like Chuck Norris or a cheap shot guy like David Carradine. And was he cheating on his taxes back then too?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by ptindy

    Apollo Creed: Apollo Creed vs. the Italian Stallion. Sounds like a damn monster movie. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mickey: You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rocky: I just want to say hi to my girlfriend, OK? Yo, Adrian! It's me, Rocky. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rocky: Cut me, Mick. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    I remember reading a quote from Snipes a while back saying people like Sly and Arnie needed to leave action movies to the younger guys. Which is a bit rich coming from him seeing how the only good action movie he did besides Demolition Man was Blade.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:20 p.m. CST

    re: vocabulary

    by veritasses

    I think what’s important is that he shares these great stories with us in his answers. As a general comment, I know many people on here are really big on grammar and vocabulary but we don’t all go on to get graduate degrees in English let alone straight A’s in our (Jr.) high school English class. On an informal board like this, does it really matter? And I know you didn't mean any particular ill will or anything but calling the Guest of Honor "dense" is probably uncalled for. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I think Stallone's proven his worth to us.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST

    AICN is never gonna top this because...

    by Gabba-UK

    No other a-lister has the balls to this. Seriously, I challenge any off those egotistical fuck-tards to do what Sly has done. The man has named names, given honest answers to questions that would have any libel lawyer chomping at the bit!!! Top bloke all round. And what a cock-sucker Bob Evans is!!!! Your a better man than me Sly, 'cos I'd have gouged out his eyes and skull-fucked him!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Thankyou to BringingSexyBack

    by sem

    Thanks for the nice reply. These thing often look like less of a talk-back and more of a Harvester flame-grill. I'd love to see something that centres around Rambo's humanity. But I'd love to hear the creator's opinion more - over here, I caught him some time ago on the Actor's Studio - and it was probably one of the best I'd seen. Whatever people's perceptions are, he is a very clever man with a lot more to say of value than he may have been given credit in the past. So, even after a lukewarm 3, a bombasic but hollow 4 and a likeable but unrewarding 5, I find myself looking forward to Rocky 6 for very different reasons - and that's a great thing in my mind. Cheers Sylvester. sem.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Sly is the Best!

    by Wee Willie

    Reading these was really great and inspirational. I didn't send in a question because I couldn't think of one. Now that it's over, of course one occurred to me. Anyhow, Mr. Stallone, if you're reading this, from one struggling screenwriter to the Man Who Wrote Rocky, let me say you are truly an inspiration. Merry Christmas and all the best with the film. I'll be in line tomorrow night.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    My inspiration

    by Judge Monty

    I'll never forget when I first saw Sly at the opening night of Planet Hollywood here in London. Hundreds of stars were there & Sly was the only one who jumped the barricade to shake hands with his fans. Bodyguards went ballistic & got him back to safe territory. Everyone went crazy, then Sly joined Arnold & Bruce on the podium & everyone was chanting''Rocky'' over & over. This is how much Sly loves his fans & never forgets who keeps him on top.That's why we have this rare interview. Love u Sly, Merry Christmas & have a fantastic 2007.You deserve it. I was privileged to be an extra in the final scene of Judge Dredd next to him on his bike. Still can't believe it!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:31 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    You forgot "lips on Venom".

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Tango & Cash, Cash & Tango

    by Jack Burton

    If you read this Sly, can we get a story about the great Tango & Cash? I don't know how many times I watched that as a kid but I still love it. That movie is nuts. How did you and Kurt Russel get on and how much of that dialogue was improvised? Merry Christmas, and thanks for answering the questions, it's been an interesting couple weeks.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Sly should become a Buddhist...

    by lynxpro

    ...just for the sake of pissing off Richard Gere when the Dahli Lama decides that Sly is cooler to hang out with. As for the users asking other users to ask Sly some Scientology questions, that might be a little tactless since [I believe I read that] his brother Frank is a member. But don't quote me on that since it was a "fact" listed on a webpage.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    wanna bet....

    by lynxpro

    ...that someone pelts Richard Gere with chicken dipped in mustard at some future premiere? Granted, it won't be me because I really liked *The Mothman Prophecies*.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST

    where's round 19???

    by Cotton McKnight

    hurry up, harry!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Sly could have saved me reading Evans book!

    by sundancekeed

    That one paragraph anecdote told me more about the man than the entire book that Robert Evans himself wrote. And maybe I should be the first to offer an apology to AB King. Turns out the guy was actually onto something, doesn't it. While I loved the Rocky films and several other Stallone pics, I have to admit, I labelled Mr. Stallone in with the rest of the Hollywood pack of spoiled, jaded assholes. Conversely, Stallone comes off in these talkbacks as a thoughtful, well-read individual who also happens to be a nice guy. Pretty cool idea that you had Harry.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:14 p.m. CST

    correct me if i'm wrong, but I think this was...

    by Cotton McKnight

    Sylvester Stallone's idea. I don't have the link but as I recall, Harry said he got a call from him (or the assistant) asking if aintitcool would be interested in doing 200 questions over the course of 20 days, leading up to the opening of Rocky. Not that Harry wouldnt have come up with it himself, I just think that this was so far beyond the realm of the possible that no one entertained the thought.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST

    thanks, sly.

    by ScreamingPenis

    you're no longer a caricature. i mean that in a good way. lots of people were only aware of one cartoon dimension through your films. these TBs have opened things up, not to mention the sheer entertainment of it all.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    that robert evans story is great - wow - sly is sharing way more than i expected - im sure evans was a creep, but it sounds like he did sly a favor - better that he found out about that chick when (and the way) he did before she got her hooks in him too deep - plus - who among us has never had fun with a camera

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:49 p.m. CST

    first blood

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    is there a preferred version of "first blood" on dvd - ive had it on tape forever - forgot about it - want to get the disc - but the best version - is there more than one version - special edition etc.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:50 p.m. CST

    "The assisstant"

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Her name is Celeste dammit!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    OK, I see a lot of TALKACKERS got meWRONG.What a supri

    by Proman1984

    First of all, I'm not a Hater. While, I'll admit that I'm not Sly's biggest fan I don't see at as a problem at all to be critical about what he said. First of all, it's obvious that he screwed up with the xenophobia question (especially when we begin to consider the real intent behind the question i.e. Stallone's characters attitudes towards Vietnamise, Russians and foreigners in general). So what? There a ton of things I don't know though I do my best to look up the meaning of the words I don't know about as soon as I can. I also honestly belive that Mr. Stallone is in no position to pass moral judgement on Robert Evans. Sly was in many sex scenes in many of which actresses were asked to do things. Heck, Sly himself was in a porno film to advance his life (and potentially his career). His movies have oten been very misaginistic towards women. Who is he to judge that women he went out with? I'm not saying Evans wasn't sleezy. Of coure he is! In fact, that's the very image he was trying to cultivate in other people for ages. I just think that AICN talkbackers are way to quick to jump on Evans back without even doing a tiny little bit of reesearch. Sorry, Sly but I do not find you the most unbiased reliable person when it comes to facts. All that said, I think it's very cool Sly is doing these Q&As with fans. Very cool. Too bad most of his fans are too busy building his idol's ego to even try to understand what I was trying to say. So, stop HATING on ME for just having an opinion (especially since I have no intent to piss of stallone or his fans) P.S. I'd rather be compared to Gere to Stallone and if you think that's gay than I would like to remind you that the idea of a male heterosexual Stallone fan is way gayer :) (j/k).

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by sundancekeed

    exhibits the characteristics of a troll. Ostensibly saying that he's glad Stallone is doing this, he still manages to slam the guy at every possible juncture. Dude, nobody cares. These Q&A's have been remarkably free of vitriol and that's because of the quality of both Mr. Stallone's conversation, the range of questions and for a change, the civility of everyone involved. It's been refreshing and I wish we'd see it more often.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST


    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    everyones entitled to their opinion - i like and respect stallone as an artist - a lot in fact - even though hes been a part of some movies that sucked - hed be the first to admit that - the handful that are my favorites of his more than compensate - no one is immune to this - deniro was in the bullwinkle movie ($) - brando did that dumb columbus movie (to help pay for his sons criminal defense he claimed) - its called show"business" for a reason - as far as forming an opinion on him based on his personal experiences - thats something he (and anyone) has to be ready to deal with when he opens up so much - Proman1984 has an opinion - like we all do - thats all

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    new "rocky" dvd

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    anyone get this yet? - is it worth getting if i already have the earlier version - more features? - better transfer? - new commentary?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5 p.m. CST

    Learn to use a dictionary...

    by idahomer

    "The term racism is sometimes used to refer to preference for one's own ethnic group (ethnocentrism),[2] fear of difference (xenophobia), views or preferences against interbreeding of the races (miscegenation),[3] and nationalism,[4] regardless of any explicit belief in superiority or inferiority imbedded within such views or preferences." So no, the two are not exclusive and the question DID NOT have anything to do with Stallone movies, it had to do with the ROCKY films. God I hate stupid people.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:03 p.m. CST

    idahomer sounds like a word snob...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    and mustard is good on chicken macnuggets

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:03 p.m. CST

    And it's misogynistic...

    by idahomer

    you moron.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:05 p.m. CST

    No Jimmy...

    by idahomer

    I just find it irritating for someone to start blasting away when he has no idea what he is talking about.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:09 p.m. CST

    so - he made a mistake...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    you "hate stupid people" - are you close to any in real llife? - family? - friends? - i prefer the spicy mustard - im not big on "sweetness" on my savory snacks/foods

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Proman as Gere = Mustard on Gerbils

    by idahomer

    I second the liquid crack cocaine comparison.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by lynxpro

    Chicken McNuggets is soylent green, but I don't care because they are divine, but with BBQ sauce. Even the Shanghai McNuggets were cool, especially seeing the various doofi trying to eat them with chopsticks. 1984 was anything but 1984.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:12 p.m. CST

    "Yack and JimmyJoe"...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    sounds like a buddy-cop movie - also - not noeing how too spel duz not make wun stoopid

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Many are close, Jimmy...

    by idahomer

    Only a talkback away ;-)

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:18 p.m. CST

    I say Stupid...

    by idahomer

    more in the sense of the lazy, foolish or careless. Not relating to mental capacity, which may not be avoidable. How do you all feel about pork rinds?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    sly should play "the Goon"...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    the darkhorse comic by eric powell - anyone here read comics? - this would make a good funny movie

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    i wouldve liked to have seen...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    sly in "i am legend" - as opposed to will smith

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Sly as The Goon

    by Doctor_Sin

    Hell Yeah!!!!!!!!!!! Just ham-handedly beating the undead shit out of monsters. Especially since Sly brought up the East End Kids the other day. Whoo-hoo! That would be smoking!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    its a no brainer

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    im surprised it hadnt been suggested yet - someone should send sly some goon comics - if a movie is made it should be done like "300" or "sin city" or "sky captain" - really create a mythic world right outta the books and drop in the actors (and zombies) - sly would rock this - like mickey roarke as "marv"

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Talkbackers = ass kissers

    by the creeper

    Gee, I hope that, someday, I can cheat on my wife with a slut and get this much respect and sympathy. No, really. Go get 'em, Sly. Talkbackers are ass kissers, though. What happened to the out of control, wise ass, know it all talkbackers I'm used to? Imagine Rocky bangin' all these broads because now he's a big star and Adrian cryin' her eyes out. Rocky just says, "Yo, Adrian, our marriage is truly on the rocks and there seems to be no salvaging the situation. So I'm dating another woman. It'll make me feel better about myself." Cool. That's a movie I'd wanna see. Oh, wait, Adrian's dead. There was no salvaging the situation, I guess. And, ok, Evans is a freak.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 6:32 p.m. CST

    myth blood

    by joe b

    Stallone is interesting in that his projects are a type which focus on the personality, in this case a strange, blunt mixtures of pride and altruism, and the will to triumph in the face of adverse circumstances. Tom Cruise is comparable to Stallone in some ways. The difference is Cruise postures in ways to make us think that we are more clever just by watching him be clever. Stallone pretends the pain and struggle to make us think we can overcome. People would much rather overcome than be clever. Thus the Rocky/Rambo mythologies will have a more lasting impact on the American psyche than Cruise's attempt at the same game (Mission Impossible).

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by Kevin

    Proman, do you really think that's what all of the compliments to Stallone are about? To build up his ego? I would think winning an Academy Award would do that alone. He doesn't need us to boost his ego. He is simply giving us what we have given throughout the years, respect. I noticed in your "response" to all of us who have mocked you that you said if you hear a word you aren't familiar with, you look it up. Well from the looks of things, and several misspelled words, you still have work to do. Crack open a dictionary and research backhanded compliments. You openly insult Stallone's integrity and then appreciate how candid he is being towards us. Jesus Christ, you have made a mockery out of your intelligence. For the record, I have done my research on Evans and still regard dogshit higher than I do him.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Stallone never won an "Academy Award". Do your research

    by Proman1984

    He was nominated twice though - so he deserves credit here. sundancekeed, If you don't undestand the difference between me complimenting Stallone for doing these Q&As and me being critical of some his fans than I worry about your intelligence. But than I don't think of you that highely to be insulted by your comments. All I ever said was: 1. Sly screwed up on one of his questions and 2. There might be more to the Evans story. If you can't live with that fact than I suggest you kiss my ass. As for my spelling - let's just say that the laptop I use to type this does not possess the friendliest of keyboards. Not really an excuse but I than I don't give a damn either. And for the record, BringingSexyBack is the real troll here. But I do thank him for mentioning me so often. It's very good for my ego. Keep it up. I'm sure you can some how connect this post with Nipples on Batsuit... and then bame it all on Michael Bay :). If you can't tell, I'm not really angry, especially not on Stallone. Just amused at the reactions of his fans.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:06 p.m. CST

    I'm sure it was Arnie who was up for I am Legend

    by half vader

    Not Sly. Although I can't remember the timeline well enough to recall whether Arnie coincided with the Ridley Scott directing phase. That would have been something else!

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Stallone actually should run for mayor...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    ...the way he is capable of winning people over. :) Saying the "I'm just like you" and calling himself a geek....forget Philly he could take his pick of which city to mayor over :P

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    the Mission Impossible movies have always sucked.

    by lynxpro

    ...and it dates back to the decision of making the iconic character of Phelps into a villain just to make Cruise's own created character the hero. That was idiocy. I guess the fictional character of Phelps had too many Thetans clinging to him so Cruise had to create "Ethan Hunt" to supplant the apparently flawed character instead of playing him outright. Stallone would have been a good pick for the role of Robert Neville. I am cringing at the thought of "Awweeee Helll Naaah" playing that role. I stayed home and did not contribute to the box office that was *Scrawnyman Returns* and thus I won't be seeing Will Smith box vampires in New York City. Personally, I'd rather have an army of Robert Evans clones controlling Hollywood and making decent producing decisions instead of the likes of Michael Bay [insert Jon Peters] or the dubious penmanship of Akiva Goldsman destroying quality projects with the sheer mass of their stellar ineptitude as is the current state of Hollywood output. Throw in Emmerich to that list I just cranked out too. Never trust American history presented onscreen as channeled by a German who thinks an iguana-like Godzilla is a great idea.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Yeah Ridley was gonna make IAL with Arnie

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    God that film would have kicked the arse of the piece of shit we are gonna end up with now. Fucking Hollywood.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    oh snap...

    by lynxpro

    Harry liked that film. As for when Ridley Scott and Arnold were attached to *I Am Legend*, it was entitled *American Legend*. That was in 1998, in the early days of AICN. Then they blew the budget and both walked away with the Star Trek TNG/X-Files director [whose name escapes me currently] taking the helm. Briefly, Kurt Russell was in the running for both the role of Robert Neville AND Batman...which was something I openly advocated for on here back then...

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Sly.... I love you.

    by fannyboots

    ... and I would very much like to buy you some biscuits, make a us each a hot cup of coffee and sit and talk with you for a couple of hours. Preferably outside, on a bench, under a tree... our breath visible against the moonlit sky. Ahem. Sorry, lost myself a little there... Good to have you back Mr. Stallone - we missed you. Lee

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Rob Bowman...

    by lynxpro

    I gotta stop drinking soda from aluminum cans...early alzheimers from aluminum poisoning of the brain... also known as the Uwe Boll disease.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by occula

    to create my own potential flame war to divert everyone away from proman: i gotta stand up for richard gere a little, since i used to work for him. he is a lovely and generous person...NOW, post-"enlightenment". however, back in the day, he was a drug-addled lunatic, from which sprung the gerbil rumor (it wasn't sly of came from his purportedly bisexual partying days before he became mr. movie star)...and the story of sly's doesn't surprise me in the least. he's been so wonderfully honest about admitting times when he's acted like a dillhole that i would hope gere would do the same if provided the opportunity. actually: i would hope EVERY celeb would do the same...although i have my doubts about who would actually man up.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:35 p.m. CST

    and also...

    by occula

    that RULES about stallone doing this again pre-rambo...c'mon, bitches! who else will step up to the plate? anybody? bueller?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:37 p.m. CST

    yeah but...

    by lynxpro

    Does he [Gere] still cake chicken (or turkey) in mustard like if he stops by the local Boston Market? Granted, if you consume enough mustard, you can get high from it. Down a whole bottle of French's'll definitely see stars, but Gere might see Lemmiwinks instead. YMMV.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:42 p.m. CST

    YackBacker, I must have made quite an impression

    by Proman1984

    Though I don't remember the act you mentioned. Still, War of the Worlds was a fantastic movie, no doubt.

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by occula

    i think he's a vegetarian now...comes from hangin' out with the 'lama. you know, forsaking the worldly pleasures of a big mac, and all that. *snork* like any celeb really forsakes anything unless their agent tells them to, but, you know what i mean...

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Making me a bigger fan.

    by super Cucaracha

    Sly, you had my respect since childhood now I will quote you to my children on your philosophy.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 12:49 a.m. CST


    by TheyCallMeBruce

    while xenophobia and racism are not mutually exclusive, they cannot be assumed to mean the same thing. it would be, as Sly said, absurd to interpret Rocky as a racist. for the record, i don't think of Rocky as particularly xenophobic, either. he fights exactly one foreign opponent, proceeding to give a spirited and encouraging speech to a completely convinced Russian audience. and i hope he kicks Mason "The Line" Dixon's ass. but just answer the question that you've been asked. also, anyone else secretly hoping for the Poe movie to fall into place?

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 2:03 a.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack I think you are being too modest

    by Proman1984

    You are an ass troll. I'm sure YackBacker will let you troll his ass anytime.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:36 a.m. CST

    I knew arnie was up for IAL...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    back when scott was attached - i was just sayin earlier that sly wouldve been good in this latest incarnation - directed by the "constantine" guy

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Ahhhh Proman,

    by sundancekeed

    I have no desire to associate in any way with your ass. Either by kissing or contact of any sort. However, you are correct that Stallone didn't *win* an Oscar personally. The film that he wrote simply won Best Picture, Director and Film Editing. That enough research for you? As for the rest of your comments, it's evident that you're here to engage in flame wars. Not interested. I will however be at the movies tonight to see Balboa. And Sly, I hope you kick some serious box office records asses this evening and weekend. I'd say 80% of the reviews I'm seeing have been wildly positive. And for this film I'm doing something unusual. I'm not reading anything but the taglines because I honestly don't want to know about what happens until I see the film. I'm already pissed that I found out Adrian died.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Ahhhh Proman,

    by sundancekeed

    I have no desire to associate in any way with your ass. Either by kissing or contact of any sort. However, you are correct that Stallone didn't *win* an Oscar personally. The film that he wrote simply won Best Picture, Director and Film Editing. That enough research for you? As for the rest of your comments, it's evident that you're here to engage in flame wars. Not interested. I will however be at the movies tonight to see Balboa. And Sly, I hope you kick some serious box office records asses this evening and weekend. I'd say 80% of the reviews I'm seeing have been wildly positive. And for this film I'm doing something unusual. I'm not reading anything but the taglines because I honestly don't want to know about what happens until I see the film. I'm already pissed that I found out Adrian died.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Seph_J & Peking # 2

    by Fuddam

    really? sad, sad case. You live over there? I DOUBT it. and if you do, how are you so misinformed? You think there is ONE method of romanization? do you even understand the word? If you want to learn chinese the traditional way, you wouldn't have referred to Pinyin but to bepemefe, seeing as it is a far closer character set to chinese characters than pinyin. lmao. i speak chinese, i am married to a chinese, i have lived in taiwan, HK & china for many years. Back to school with you!

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 12:14 a.m. CST

    sundancekeed no AHHH for you

    by Proman1984

    So wait, just because I have a different opinion means I'm here to start flame wars? Wow, how open minded of you. I'm getting a bit tired of saying that I have nothing against Stallone personally. I'm glad that Rocky 6 is getting decent reviews even if I have little desire to see it myself. I may catch it on TV later and who knows maybe it'll pleasantly suprise me. And I don't need you to kiss me ass. I'm sure YackBacker (a real troll) would be more than happy to do it himself.