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The 20th & Final Round of the Stallone Questions - There Will Be A Rematch!

Published at: Dec. 20, 2006, 2:58 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here - As with many of you - I'm addicted to these columns - and I guarantee you we'll be doing something special with this series of articles. Stay tuned on that front. I took Question #200 - Here you go, round #20...

1. The question I want you to answer is one concerning Rocky IV, in which you fight a man who, purportedly, has a punch power equal to that of a blast from a shotgun. Many have viewed this film as anti-Russian cold war propaganda. Others (including myself) consider it to be anti cold war. On the one hand you have the Soviet machine who kills poor Apollo and is defeated by the American hero literally wrapped up in the stars and stripes. On the other hand, Rocky IV embraces the possibility of a positive relationship between the USSR and the US. This is evidenced by the Russian crowd cheering the man in the flag. Further, it is apparent that Drago, rather than being a Soviet machine, is a product of a political system forced into a position of antogonist against America. This is depicted nicely in the press conference scene in which the Soviet group are ridiculed by the press et al (Paulie). In the end Drago expresses his individuality, and therefore his liberation from the Soviet mindset. The message I infer from this is that people, be they Soviet or Capitalist, are invidividuals, and it is erroneous to attack any people based on the political system they just so happen to live under. Am I close to the mark? Or is Rocky IV genuinely an anti-Soviet movie? All the best, Rob. Leeds. UK
No, actually, I have always had tremendous respect for the resiliency and creative nature of the Russian people. Actually, one of the greatest directors and editors of all time, Sergei Eisenstein, created a scenario in his brilliant film, POTEMKIN, which has been revisited by countless directors; especially Brian De Palma in THE UNTOUCHABLES, with his death-ballet down the stone steps of some grand building… the exact location escapes me. But Russians are brilliant artists, whether it be in the creation of the original Faberge egg, to their monumental proletariat sculpture. Sorry for rambling, but without a doubt, I’m a fan of the people of Russia. Having been subjected to being crushed (under the lion’s paw) of Soviet dictatorship since before Peter the Great, their minds have been tampered with, and the political stance of the government is truly not what beats in the heart of the masses. To paraphrase an ancient Young Rascals lyric, “People just got to be free.” Any other lifestyle is devised and maintained from terror, so Drago had been raised with no sensitivity, no relationship with human instinct, but in the fight he truly re-found his basic moral compass and literally was reborn as a flesh and blood man who can respect the warrior spirit in another man. I’ve lived a long time, and the one thing I know about politics is that they really have very little to do with what people truly feel. I think if Drago and Rocky had actually fought in Massachusetts they might have eloped after the fight, but that’s a whole other story.
2. I am a huge fan and have been for as long as I can remember. My biggest question that I have for you is do you ever feel like "enough is enough" and if so, what do you do to cope with it? sshssh29
I think that every one of us has a saturation point, a level that can’t go any deeper into our souls. In other words, we are pushed to the brink, and we either divest ourselves of whatever is eating away at our brains or be doomed to self-destruct. I once had a line in a terrible movie – it didn’t start out to be terrible, but things happened along the way, and what starts out as a rosy-cheeked bundle of joy morphed into the Hunchback of Notre Dame. “Love doesn’t always make the world go ‘round; its problems, and the people who solve their problems, are the winners, so you either get rid of your problems, or eventually your problems will get rid of you.” But one of the main reasons I wanted to do ROCKY BALBOA was just that feeling… “Enough is enough.”
3. Hey Mr. Stallone, I can't believe in less than 24 hours I will have seen "Rocky Balboa." Thank you for taking the time to do this! As a child who grew up in the 1980's, one of my favorite TV stars was Mr. T, and amazingly, he still has something resembling a career even today. But let's face it, it was his appearance in Rocky III that launced his career. What was it like finding him? And how much of the role of Clubber Lang was what you had originally envisioned versus how much of it was Mr. T being Mr. T (because whether he's Clubber Lang or B.A. Baracus or Mr. T, he always seems like the same person). Thanks again! Ben Leach Mantua, NJ
He is the same person. He has the unique ability to go from great warmth to great rage in a matter of nanoseconds. The first time I laid eyes on him, 1977 or ’78, at a fight in New Orleans with Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks. Mr. T was Spinks’ bodyguard. Here was this hulking man with a Mohawk, a trillion feathers and chains hanging from his ears and neck, while garbed in a high-collared, long-tailed tuxedo. That image was burned into my brain. I hadn’t even thought about writing ROCKY III, but when the time came, I originally auditioned real fighters to play Clubber Lang. For example, hard-punching Earnie Shavers, who made me feel like I was in the ring with an angry Buick, and Joe Frazier, who gave me a four-stitch gash over my right eye within the first five seconds of the first round. So needless to say I went back to the drawing board, because I hadn’t developed a death wish that early on in my life. After a lot of reflection, I remembered that strange-looking man in New Orleans and said, “Why not?” Neither Rocky, nor America, had seen anything that unique before, and that’s the beginning of Mr. T’s career. P.S. I do read all of your talkbacks and thank you for your opinions on DEATH WISH. I think the majority of you are right, and I will not pursue the project any longer. Rest in Peace, Charlie….
4. Dear Sly, Is there any chance of releasing a Rocky DVD box set in the future with "full treatment" given to Rocky's II - V, as recently given to the new Rocky Collector's Edition DVD (such as audio commentary by yourself and/or other cast members and vintage featurettes or new making-of documentaries)? Maybe to coincide with the release of ROCKY BALBOA on DVD, a la the Superman Ultimate Collection? I love the new Rocky Collectors Edition and it would be a dream come true to have all of them done the same way. Thank you, Ed Kizior Somonauk, IL
What a great idea. I think that would be outstanding, to truly dissect all the different moods and components that were part and parcel of the making of each of those films. I especially would like to dissect ROCKY V, and break it down scene-by-scene on why this film could never work; reconstruct it from A to Z. Then, with the addition of ROCKY BALBOA, MGM would most likely release it as the new ROCKY “Six-Pack”, or something incredibly lame like that. Lame… but effective. Thanks for the idea.
5. Yo Sly, Now that you confess to being a geek I just gotta know what you think of the new Rocky action figures and are you collecting them. Do you think you might secretly punch up the other fighters with your Rocky action figure. On a more serious note I’d love to know your views on using CGI in films as opposed to practical effects. Thanks for appreciating us geeks. That rocks. Go for it ! Paul Naylor Brisbane Australia
Fellow geek… I am very flattered by the new line of ROCKY toys, only because they indicate the character is still relevant, and yes, I am tempted to have surreptitious boxing matches with my other plastic foes, but refrain myself in the name of mental health. Now, as for CGI, I believe one of the talk backers hit it right on the head when you say, “Enough is enough.” What has happened is, we’ve taken a brilliant tool and abused it to the point that some directors are actually addicted to the process, and when that happens you get further away from actually being able to direct your actor to react to any reality. It’s like castor oil. One tablespoon can do you a world of good… a little too much and you get the runs.
6. Mr. Stallone, Rocky 1 & 2 were my favorites of the series and Rocky 3 was the most entertaining to me. I can't wait to see Rocky Balboa. My question requres a short set up: I visited the Grand Canyon in 1996 and signed up for a backpack trip to the bottom of the canyon (normally a day hike), camped out one night and then hiked back up the next day. The park ranger said that serious althletes (marathon runners) often do the trip down and back up in one day (not carrying any camping gear). This is no small feat. Although the trail is only four miles or so either direction, it is over a 1 mile drop elevation AND in DESERT conditions! Anyway the story the ranger tell's is that you visited the canyon and decided to try to do the one day challenge (you are obviously a very athletic person then and now). But because of the heat and as you have stated you are not a runner, you got severely dehydrated and couldn't compelete the journey down and up. Any truth to this or was the ranger just blowing smoke signals?? Thanks and best wishes for Rocky Balboa, Jerry Aguinaldo Mountain View, California
Oh, the ranger was blowing more than just smoke signs; he was blowing a volcano up your posterior. But I did do that in 1974 when I was coming across America, making my way to California in a $40 rust-on-rust 1964 Oldsmobile with Butkus hunkered down on the floorboards behind the driver’s seat, packed in ice. No joke, my dog was boiling to death, or so it seemed, and I pulled into an icehouse, removed the rear seat (which was virtually worthless), and filled the back portion of the car with what seemed like a miniature topographical map of Antarctica. Butkus enjoyed that, and we used that ice method until we eventually got through that heat belt and made our way to California.
7. I've recently been rewatching the Rocky films and was wondering why there was never a proper backstory given to the character. His ten years fighting (from 20-30) are mentioned and that he started boxing when he was 15, but in all five films we never hear much about the Balboa family -- which coming from the "Italian Stallion" seems a little strange. Was this a conscious effort on your part to place Rocky further into the mythological hero role or was it skipped over for other reasons? Is Rocky an orphan? Does he have a brother with a singing career? Finally, is any mention of the Balboa family made in the new film? If not, I smell prequel! And Sly, have I got a script for you. It's your next picture. And you can thank me at the Oscars. Len Sousa Tiverton, RI
By the way, while talking about my brother, I did have words with Norm McDonald on Saturday Night Live – “Sure, you can make fun of me, but lighten up on my brother. He doesn’t deserve insults, week in and week out, OK?” Norm McDonald, who was not very talkative, managed to nod his head and the running joke was killed then. I always saw Rocky being born on the night we first see him; he was not meant to have a back story- that could be handled in a few pieces of dialogue. I did not want to dwell on the past, because we had so much ground to cover for the future of the character. While you might say that that’s a cop-out, maybe, but I always imagined Rocky as really being a ward of the state, never knowing who his parents would be, a product of the streets - and Adrian would be his first journey into emotional attachment with anything on this planet. Also, starting on the face of Jesus and panning down to Rocky being pummeled was supposed to be an indication that the character was being chosen for a redemptive journey.
8. Mr. Stallone: What an honor. Like you said, this is a window for you to see what most celebrities can't, and it's the same for us. I have a few questions regarding Over the Top. I chat on another site, getbig.com, which is basically a nerd site for bodybuilers like myself. There is a member on there, Keith Jones, who was an arm wrestler and some kind of consultant/extra on the film. He has said that you took the idea of turning the cap backwards from his buddy. Is this true? Also, he said that most of the competitors in the film were real-life arm wrestlers. Did you actually arm wrestle any of them? Did John Grizzly really chew a cigar and down motor oil? Were you intimidated by any of those guys? Lastly, about Rocky, do you still keep in touch with Tommy Morrison? Is he doing well? Did you ever consider using any pros before then? Who else was considered for Clubber Lang and Ivan Drago? Sorry for all the questions. I'll probably never get the chance to meet you. I couldn't win your contest for Instone, so I gotta ask what I can while I can! Thanks for being my idol! Dan Brainerd, MN
I haven’t been in touch with Tommy Morrison in years, but I heard he’s married with kids and trying to revive his boxing career. Tommy Morrison was the hardest punching man in any of the ROCKY films by far. I’ll always have the image of him hitting the heavy bag and nearly folding it in half. Even his misses hurt. As for arm wrestling, the turning of the hat was borrowed from observing many arm wrestlers who would turn their hat around so the bill wouldn’t get in the way, and yes, many arm wrestlers (or, should I say, the eccentric ones) do insane things to psyche themselves up. I actually saw a gent break his own nose. Check, please. But make no mistake about it, these are unbelievably powerful guys, especially the legendary John Brzenk, who is so powerful he could literally rip your arm off and use it for a flyswatter, and there’s not a thing you could do about it except savor the visual.
9. Mr. Stallone, This Q & A session has been great, and I thank you for taking the time to do this. The one movie we really haven't heard enough about yet is Copland. This movie is without a doubt your best performance outside of the first Rocky. I was just hoping you could talk a little about the film. Looking back, do you feel the weight gain was as important to the role as you felt it was back then? Any memories about working with Liotta, Deniro & Keitel? Do you think the movie (and your performance) got the respect it deserved? Personally, I think the muted, Western-style shoot-out at the end of the movie is one of the best and most original sequences ever filmed. Thanks, Rudy Interlaken, NJ
I loved doing COP LAND for the involvement of being surrounded by so many good actors who expected to annihilate “the action guy” and leave me gasping for breath. Just the opposite occurred. I really enjoyed the ensemble work, and knowing that everyone had each other’s back. Make no mistake about it, everyone’s ego arrived to the set ten minutes before them, but once the camera rolled, it all meshed together. Yes, gaining the weight was very important for me, to understand the somber nature of the character and change my body mechanics, so the poor, semi-deaf sheriff moved through this world with a sense of burden.
10. Sylvester Stallone, Harry Knowles here... I literally can not pick a last question. So instead, I want to leave the page to you here. You're answering this on the eve of your film's release. Tell us what's on your mind, you've gone through this process more times than I believe you'd care to recall - how important is the opening of this film to you. Is it about personal vindication, ego, silencing the naysayers or just doing the best you can do? Well - for all the readers, all the folks that sent in questions. Thank you. It has genuinely been a privilege to be the middle man between a "rock" and a "hard place". For Celeste and Sly... Sorry for the late nights and the mania of this Q&A, but I'm so glad that this Q&A came to pass - as I really do believe it's a model for how filmmakers that want to be honest and open with their audiences can attend and take part in a Global Q&A. Thank you all, Harry
First of all, this has been a real privilege - and I mean that - by allowing me into your world. It is one that has given me so much insight into what is true and what is false, what are the dreams and aspirations of some of you, who care so much for the greatest art form of all - the cinema. On the eve of ROCKY BALBOA - actually, it’s not the eve, it’s the morning of – I haven’t been able to sleep. Never has anything meant as much as fulfilling this journey, which has taken me many years to accomplish. Like many of us, we only learn through feeling our way through the dark, and real wisdom is accomplished at the unfortunate price of pain. I’ve learned a lot of lessons over the years, and that being said, I wanted to apply those insights into Rocky Balboa, a character that is as close to me as a child. But sometimes you have to let the thing you love the most go, and find its own place in life… and that place is with people such as yourself who understand what the journey is all about, and are compassionate enough to accept myself and my character with equal respect. This is an anguished time for me, because I know I’ve accomplished giving Rocky a fond farewell. Now my only dream to end this long journey is that people understand that this is about sharing a journey that all of us will eventually take, and therefore we have a common bond and, hopefully, a common belief that “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Thank you so much for your support, and I swear to you I will do this again. To Harry and all his insightful readers: may you all be the champions of your dreams, and “Keep Punching.” SLY

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  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    /salute

    by StrideX13

    Thanks for doin' this, Sly!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Brav-fucking-o!

    by keepcoolbutcare

    from what appeared, at first (knee meet jerk), to be a cheap publicity stunt has turned out to be so much more. Never did I imagine Sly Stallone espousing on the Russian montage master Sergei Eisenstein, but yet, there it is.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:09 p.m. CST

    awesome!!

    by miyokoboom

    thanks mr. stallone, will be supporting your film in vancouver canada! all the best!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Sly!

    by decypher44

    This has been so damn cool. It's a shame it's over - for now. Can't wait until your return to AICN and share some more stories and lessons for us. Good luck with ROCKY BALBOA and all of your future endeavors.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    SLYVESTER STALLONE RESTORED MY CHILDHOOD.

    by Vezran2012

    Thanks for doing this man. Can't wait for the next one when you're doing the rounds for RAMBO.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to Sly's post-Rocky/Rambo work!

    by Julius Dithers

    The best creative years are still ahead of you, Mr. Stallone. Take the crown from Eastwood!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Great Run of q & a!

    by BatPsycho

    Liked the whole series

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Death wish is dead.Long live Death wish!

    by omega786

    Not so fast Sly. I hope you still consider Death Wish as there's life in it's old bones which is salvageable. You just need to grind away at it. Anyway thanks for 20 great days!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    7pm show tonight

    by artie langes nut

    2 hours and 35 minutes to go. Sly, I salute you. I love this movie even without having seen it. I love that you took the time to do this. I love that you got it right. You sir, are the man, plain, simple....

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:16 p.m. CST

    I will enter the Rocky contest for foreigners

    by Doctor_Sin

    See my posts in the contest thread.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Ever consider playing a priest Sly??

    by theonecalledshoe

    I think that it could be done.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST

    You guessed it -

    by Lando Griffin

    Frank Stallone! Still classic to this day but I can certainly see how it would become grating to the point where you tell ol' Norm to knock it off. Only the germans and Hassellhoff, deservedly so, got it worse than Frank. *** Anyways - again we all thank you again for your time and candor Mr. Stallone. You, sir, are truly a gentleman and a scholar.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST

    SLY IS THE MAN

    by Frye666

    thank you Sly, this was a great session. Respect.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Class act, Mr S.

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Absolutely best of luck to you with Rocky Balboa/ Hope it gets the recognition it obviously deserves.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST

    A Fantastic Series Of Q & A

    by Mark Twain

    Kudos to all involved. This was really something special.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Thank You

    by Jake Barnes

    Thank you for taking the time to answer all the questions. I find it incredible that during all the hype, press junkets, interviews and very long days involved with launching a movie, that you had the time to reach out to the fans like this. Plan on seeing Rocky Balboa tonight, and I will make it a point to buy a few extra tickets to help out

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Sly. Words cannot convey...

    by Doctor_Sin

    just how much this Q&A has meant to me and to all of us. See you tomorrow (well, that's when the wife and I go see Rocky Balboa LOL). Have a good holiday.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly

    by KingKirby

    My hat's off to you...I honestly am amazed that you took the time to answer 200 posts without much of the way repeat or trite answers. You have done acquitted yourself quite nicely in this forum...thank you! P.S. My friend Phil, a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan, is intrigued by your project...good luck. And finally, my friend Kathy (a sexy minx of a redhead) who attended a screening of the original "Rocky" that you were at a few years ago in California, was flattered beyond belief when you gave her a good eyeball going over. You got good taste, pal!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:30 p.m. CST

    "I actually saw a gent break his own nose."

    by abcdefghijklmnop

    LOL...classic stuff. Stallone may seriously need to start his own blog.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Thank you Sly

    by Fernwick_

    I have had more fun reading your posts then anything else on this site before. Because of your obvious passion the film, I would have waited for DVD normally(even though im a fan, i waited for even Matrix 3 on DVD) but I will see this in the theater. Good luck Sly, reading these I see your obviously a very smart guy, very intelligent, and I wish you sucess, and I wouldnt say dont do Death Wish, do something BIG like Dark Knight Returns, I think older Stallone would be an AWESOME Dark Knight, bust just stay true to the comic. That would kick ass. Older, gruff, mean Batman. That would so kick ass. Good luck sly, ill be a part of your weekend box office :) Fernwick www.theidiottestament.com

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Thank you Sly

    by Fernwick_

    I have had more fun reading your posts then anything else on this site before. Because of your obvious passion the film, I would have waited for DVD normally(even though im a fan, i waited for even Matrix 3 on DVD) but I will see this in the theater. Good luck Sly, reading these I see your obviously a very smart guy, very intelligent, and I wish you sucess, and I wouldnt say dont do Death Wish, do something BIG like Dark Knight Returns, I think older Stallone would be an AWESOME Dark Knight, bust just stay true to the comic. That would kick ass. Older, gruff, mean Batman. That would so kick ass. Good luck sly, ill be a part of your weekend box office :) Fernwick www.theidiottestament.com

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Great series.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Best thing to happen to AICN in ages.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Oh man now I'm crying again

    by CherryValance

    I just got home from the movie, came straight here to report and saw that round 20 was up. And now I'm all verklempt. Thanks for doing this for us, Mr. Stallone, you don't know how much it means. And the movie is the same way. It's an amazingly perfect nod to the fans and I definitely appreciate it. I got one of those crying headaches at the end but I love it. I think I'll go back either tomorrow or Friday. The theater was more full than normal and it was mostly 25-55 age range, which is different because it's usually all old folks. I think I brought one of the only ones and I almost regretted it when she started talking to the screen during the fight but (spoilers) when Rocky got in that last punch I started clapping and almost jumped out of my seat. :D My only problem is that I haven't seen too much of an Oscar campaign. So let's get on it. I'm off to the IMDb to vote 10 and write my comment. And that 10 is absolutely deserved. You done good.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    DEATHWISH as a spingboard

    by I Own You

    I know I was supposed to respond to this in the last TalkBack, but since Mr. Stallone brought it up here, I wanted to add two cents. The cop route has been overdone, what a 'Deathwish'-type character needs is to be the polar opposite of the killers. That is, a pacifist with a deep agenda in the environment and preservation. That way, as he (or she) makes their descent into the personal circles of hell, we see how their hatred towards those who have 'done them wrong' can strip away the best of intentions. In the final act, when faced with the enemy, they would then come to understand how far they fell from grace as they see that they became what they first hated. Everyone lives with the best of intentions, but in emotional and survival situations, we are reduced to basic animal instincts. How would an intellectual person deal with their anger once it was spent? Taht would be an interesting story. Just a thought.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Thanks a lot, Sly!

    by Kusoyaro

    Been quiet this whole time, but I've followed the Q&A for all 20 days, looking forward to each successive set of answers. Thanks for keeping up with us fans and offering some great insights on what you do.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Sly, thanks for this Q&A and your autograph...

    by amrisharmpit

    Sly, when I was 8 years old, I wrote to tell you how much I enjoyed "Rocky III." Your assistant wrote back saying that you were busy directing "Staying Alive" to respond, but you enclosed a signed autograph for me which I had not even asked for. As an artist and a man, you had my respect then, now, and always. Thank you!!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Commence Standing Ovation...NOW.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Mr. Stallone, thanks again for all your insight, wit, and charm. These Q&As have been such a treat and have set a highwater mark for AICN (nice job Harry & Co.).<P>These TalkBacks can be a pretty mean and desolate place. To quote Star Wars: "You will never find a more retched hive of scum and villainy". But thanks to the Q&As, you've helped make them a more friendly place...just in time for the Holidays. Best of luck with "Rocky Balboa". And remember:<P>"Nothing is over, just give me something to drink!"<P>Cheers!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Great Finish :)

    by giger167

    Best stuff on this site I think ever, and a template for what could become a great future series of events using other actors. Frankly my estimation of Mr Stallone has risen daily, and he has carried himself with great dignity and humor. Basically it takes someone of great courage to open themselves as he has done and come out the other side seeming like a decent human being. I really would love a rematch, or a similar round of questions to some of our other favourite genre actors/directors, let's see who's brave enough to take the challenge :)

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:49 p.m. CST

    I really am gutted

    by DirkD13"

    That this is over, but it was a ball while it lasted. God bless Sly and all the best for the future.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:50 p.m. CST

    We went the distance with Sylvester Stallone!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Except unlike Rocky from the first movie, I want a rematch!! Have a great Christmas Mr. Stallone! Don't forget about us!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, I watched Rocky Balboa this morning!!

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I only got three hours of sleep so I could go to the morning show. The crowd was half full, which was pretty good (it's a Wednesday morning, everyone's at work). I'm literally out the door at this moment to hit my last class of the semester, so I'll be back to say what I thought about it!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Class act all the way around!!!

    by Cellar Door

    Mr. Stallone...you rule!! This is without a doubt the most excellent, nicest, informing, and real thing I've ever see anybody in your line of work take the time to do. Thanks to AICN for making it possible and thanks to you, Mr. Stallone, for taking the time and making this an excellent experience for all involved. I grew up watching and enjoying all of your work and I remember clearly sitting in the aisle of the double-theater (due to it being packed wall to wall with people) for the opening of Rocky 2! You truly are a class act!!! I tip my hat to you good sir!!!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST

    It Ain't Over Til It's Over.

    by dregmobile

    Thank you, Sly. This was amazing. Very much looking forward to Balboa, Rocky IV and beyond. All the best ... *Adam Sandler/Waterboy impersonation* ... FRIEND ...

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    thanks to Celeste also...

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    you're beautiful!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Too Soon...

    by Lawguy

    for this to end. Wow, I can't believe that I was initially skeptical about this 200 question thing, and then around day 4 I started looking forward to the next day's questions. Good job Sly, I am really impressed that you completed this series, as well as the quality of your answers. It has gotten me much more excited about seeing Rocky Balboa, and I hope that other iconic actors will do this in the future.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Sly pretty much rocks

    by TheWacoKid

    Thanks Sly for being an inspiration especially to a young aspiring filmaker like myself. Because of these postings, I told everyone to go see Rocky Balboa because it is going to be incredible. I was hoping for some nominations at the Golden Globes, but what do they know? Thanks again Sly, for being just a good person.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Way to go Sly!

    by KillaKane

    Hope Rocky Balboa's the success it deserves to be.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:03 p.m. CST

    God damn Sly! I love you!

    by eric haislar

    Thanks this has been awesome! My brother and I will being going to see the new movie tomorrow. We have always shared this bond over these films, we love them both dearly we use to watch them all the time when where kids. So its going to be nice to see one on the big screen as a adult. Way to go champ!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:10 p.m. CST

    These Q&A sessions seem to

    by jiveslinger

    These Q&A sessions seem to have been beneficial to EVERYONE involved. I've so looked forward to getting home from work at night, sitting down, lighting up, and reading these things. They've made me remember what Mr. Stallone meant to me as a kid in the 80's. Although, I have to admit the image of Mr. Stallone playing with Rocky and Rambo action figures is one for the books.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST

    For future Q&A's,Harry get more earlier advance notice

    by Rain505

    If Harry is understandably exhausted from this experience, it may be wiser for an actor or filmmaker to give Harry 3 – 6 months advance notice and for readers to allow Harry 2 full months to go through submiited questions, before listing the best ones.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly!

    by audiodramaman

    Every day has been a treat to visit AICN and read the latest Q&A session. It's nice to see a glimpse of the man behind the icons. Thanks for your time and thoughtful (and funny) answers. All the best to you in the future! Tomorrow I'm seeing Rocky Balboa and I can't wait!!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    thanks sly, it's been a pleasure

    by REBEL_SKUM

    this whole experience has been a pleasure. I didn't get my question answered, but it has been fantastic reading sly's answers day after day. I feel bad/guilty that all these years I saw sly as more of a muscle bound one note action star. What I have learned is that sly is perhaps one of the most down to earth, well spoken, and intellegent people that hollywood has to offer. I think a dream come true would be a chance to share a night of drinks with sly and pick his brain over some beers, after this Q&A I know that an experience like that would be rewarding, as well as insightful, and inspiring. You truly are a Class act mr. stallone!!!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST

    the rocky epic!

    by occula

    i think that's what you meant vergard...as when godfather 1&2 were re-edited into each other...i was thinking the same thing, that would be fairly rad for rocky. nice to show the true arc of the character. i'd also like to point out the eyebrow-raising moment where stallone said he'd read through all the 'deathwish' commentary and has decided to pass on the project. WOW. that was kind of amazing. can you imagine if other powerful actors/directors/producers actually asked our opinions before embarking on potentially doomed projects? amazing. thank you again and rock on.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Thank You

    by reni

    H, thank you bruv. Sly thank you too. Greatest Ain't it Cool ever...

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I LOVED this AMAZING film!!!

    by ABking

    The theater was packed especially for a Wednesday (great sign)! Just saw one of the best sequels/movies/last chapters to a franchise I will ever see in my life! WOW...I honestly got teary eyed a few times. Sly's speech at the commission and the speech to his son was simply some powerful acting from Stallone...WOW! The audience loved it! There was a lot of laughing at the right moments as intended. I love the story-line with his son being in his shadow and I love the story and character build-up with Mason...this is such a poweful movie. This is gonna be a hit! I love the ending when the credits rolled...seeing this movie was just MAGIC. One guy at the end said "good bye ROCKY" when the credits ended...I'm sad to see him go! "A Film by Sylvester Stallone" ..........

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Sly

    by Pksoze22

    Great Job I'm a big fan & Rocky Balboa was great.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    waaahhhhhh!

    by HammeredGuy

    that was great and soo sad to see it end. I've been defending ROCKY BALBOA for the last 2 weeks to people who comment that it's going to be stupid or he's too old to play Rocky, and i haven't even seen it yet. And then the conversation turns to me telling them that Stallone is actually an intelligent, funny guy but they don't believe that either. For those of us that were lucky to read these, we know the real Stallone for what he is. Inquisitive, mature, and no holds barred funny. Thanks once again Sly!!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Bloody nose

    by Some Dude

    I once bloodied my nose to get out of taking a physics exam.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I'm willing to

    by SJBKAT

    break my own nose if it gets me out of work today and into a showing of Rocky Balboa sooner than this Saturday.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:39 p.m. CST

    ENOUGH ALREADY!! STOP!!

    by ZombieSlayer666

    .....you had me at hello. Seriously, I pledge my undying allegience to you Sly. What you have done is so groundbreaking and revolutionary. You are now a step above the other actors in my eyes. Your brutal honesty, warmth, humor and inteligence towards your fans is remarkable. God Bless You Sly... Please do this again and get Willis to come on over...

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Megastar/human

    by RingwormPete

    Mr. Stallone, that has to be, without a doubt one of the best pieces that I've read on this site for years. I don't want to come across as another brown noser, as I'm sure you meet those on a daily occurance, but my respect for you has grown ten fold. It seems to me that most of these "stars" seem to forget where they've came from and that they seem to forget that they have to breath the same air as the rest of us, it's this "better than you" mentality that has always put me of these individuals. Don't get me wrong, I've been an avid movie fan for most of my life, and to be able to escape from the normal humdrum of reality even for just a few hours and just enjoy the experience of being entertained with great film, I believe, is one of the greatest gifts ever. I hope what you've done here has opened up a new avenue for other heroes and heroines of the silver screen to follow your lead and show the rest of us, that at the end of the day, even though their names and faces are more well known than the average Joe of the street, they have the same fears, ideas and qualities like the rest of us. I wish you all the luck you deserve with your future projects, and will be happily waiting in the line with the rest of the fan-boys eager to know the next chapter in Rocky's life, and the same applies with Rambo. In closing, this q&a session has confirmed for me the person I think you are, and it only takes one word. Legend.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Great answers, great movie.

    by Kraken

    I just wanted to add my thanks to you for these answers. They've been some of the most enjoyable reads that I've experienced on AICN or anywhere else for that matter. I wish you great success with Rocky, it's a great film. Cheers!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly ... and up next ...

    by chrth

    Let's get Nick Cage in here, huh? I bet we could find a ton of great questions for him.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly

    by SuperFreak22

    It has been great the last two weeks reading all your Q and A's. I grew up on the Rocky movies and always felt closely connected to them. I wasn't born when 1 came out but may parents raised me on Rocky. I was an athlete and I would work out to the training scences in Rocky. I am also a southpaw so I always felt as a kid that I could be Rocky. The movies are so special to me that I even named my yellow lab Rocky and my black lab Apollo. My 24th birthday is Friday. It only seems fitting that you would release Rocky Balboa on that week. Thanks so much for doing this, I can't wait to see the movie this Friday night.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    BNAT Screening

    by reni

    I just wanted to add; I had lump in my throat for the entire film. The area where Marie lives, I could've sworn was Manchester.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Gonna fly now, man...

    by redtom

    ... gonna fly

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:04 p.m. CST

    WOW

    by clinton branum

    Thank You

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Sly

    by Quint

    Just wanted to join the chorus here and thank you for your honesty and integrity with these Q&As. I mentioned it before, but as someone who has conducted over 200 interviews in the past 10 years, the kind of openness displayed in these Q&As is incredibly rare. Can't wait to see the next 200!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Additional generic fan compliment, Sly

    by Womb2dooM

    I got nothin' original to say so I'll just add to the numbers like coin at the box office! Now let's go blow this guy! ... Away.... Blow this guys away with our overwhelming support..

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    The bext christmas present...

    by dalbatron

    Thankyou Sly.You are one of the last true hollywood legends.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Great Stuff, truly AICN's high water mark...

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    It's been great hearing from Sly and find him as likeable as I always believed him to be. It is also great to find such a huge star to be so humble and appreciative of his fans.I cannot wait to see Rocky when its released in the UK, I hope you will attend the premier, maybe I'll get to see you in the flesh. I am also dying in anticipation for Rambo 4 I love all the movies but I hope the new one will return to the more realistic and dramatic ton e of first blood. I just wish Jerry Goldsmith were still here to write the score, I hope his theme is used and whoever is chosen as composer will do his work justice! Finally I hope my greatest wish will come true one day and that you and Arnold will make a movie together, I always break out in a big grin when I see my two greatest heroes together. I wish you all the best for the future sly!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Where was my PARADISE ALLEY question?!

    by mobywood

    200 questions and not a single one about Paradise Alley aka Stallone's forgotten masterpiece! Somebody other than me had to have asked a damn questions about this film!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Thanks

    by Truman11

    Just wanted to say thanks to Harry putting in my question and Sly for answering. Simply one of the best uses of the internet ever. Great articles, great talkbacks. Best of luck with the premiere Sly.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:36 p.m. CST

    "Rocky Balboa" knocked me out!

    by BillEmic

    Sly, once again: thank you for this amazing Q&A session. I went to see "Rocky Balboa" today with both of my folks and all of us loved it. Beyond the boxing and visceral excitement of the film, there is a profound depth of human emotion here...I was unprepared for how truly moving "Rocky Balboa" is. I honestly felt like you ripped your heart out and put it up there on the movie screen, and I can't thank you enough. There is a genuine sense of melancholy and loneliness to the movie, which is what I responded to the most...in the end, it's a positive and affirming piece of art as well. What a great film for the holiday season. Come back soon, Sly!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST

    A few more questions.....

    by S-Mart shopper

    What do you read when you're on the crapper?Do you wipe with the JudgeDredd script rewrites?If you were Chuck Norris would you feel obligated to eat beef jerky and punch girl scouts selling cookies?

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST

    grateful to you Sly

    by grasshopper

    for the entertainment, for the honesty, the advice, and the words of wisdom. i can feel that this is a whole new beginning for you in terms of your art and gaining a fresh audience (along with your established core of fans). may Rocky Balboa be everything you've intended it to be and more. i'll be seeing it in the UK, so i have a bit of a wait. but count me and mine in the fold. thank you Mr. Stallone. Thank you.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6 p.m. CST

    Damn you Sylvester Stallone

    by Cyberfury

    Thanks Sly, this was epic!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:05 p.m. CST

    High Hopes has always been my theme song

    by CherryValance

    My mom always sang it to me when I was little because my nickname is Ant, short for Antoinette. So that freaked me out a little.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:11 p.m. CST

    A miracle!

    by kikuchiyo

    An almost entirely positive talkback, never thought I'd see the day. Thanks for the interactive Christmas present, Sly. A class act all the way!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Just when you lose faith in modern Hollywood...

    by Michael Corleone

    ...Sly brings the goods to to the fans. When this started i was a big Rocky fan, i liked a lot of Stallones movies but i wasn't all that excited about the prospect of, what i thought was just a unique way of selling a movie. I WAS WRONG. Sly really engaged with this idea and honestly this was riveting reading from pillar to post. Sly, you have gone up exponentially in mine and im sure many other readers estimations. You will be revered in these talkbacks for a long time, and we will support you because you have put yourself out there for fans like no actor/writer before. These Q&A's have been a real holiday gift. Thanks Sly.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Thank You

    by Jotham

    This Q&A has cast you in a different light or me. You are truly a man of the people who keeps his fans in his heart. Thank you for taking the time.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Wow...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...Sly, you ARE the man. Thanks for your honesty and sense of humor. Mostly, thanks for taking the time to answer questions which, probably, become boring and repetitive. Also, if you can get THIS group to agree on anything, you KNOW you're doing something right. The wife and I are taking in RB tonight - I'm gladly paying full price! Thanks again, SS.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Thank you Sly .

    by bioforge

    It's been very inspirational , hope to see you soon on the silverscreen.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:42 p.m. CST

    One of us.

    by Billyeveryteen

    I truly feel that way. Thanks Sly, welcome to the party.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly...And now..

    by BIGMAC1701

    Ok let me get one in early for the Rambo IV Q&A. I would like to know what it was like to work with the late Ridhard Crenna (Col. Samuel Trautman) . In the series he always seemed the one person that John Rambo could depend on..almost like a father figure. How was your relationship off screen and do you have any interesting stories to tell. Also I saw Rocky B. today and it was amazing. I can't wait untill my son is old enough to understand them so I can enjoy them with him. Also Thanks again for all your insight..we wil all be counti9ng the days untill the next installment.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Good show

    by carpemundus

    saw it today, and its great. props to sly www.carpemundus.com - yo adrian! the rubber broke!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST

    I'll say it again though its been said a million times

    by DOGSOUP

    Sly Stallone is a real class act. We're lucky to have him working today. To do this just won over thousands of irritible and vocal geeks for life.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Thank You Sly

    by King_Knut

    You are a man of great courage, heart and honesty, and for that I respect you.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Stallone = The Man

    by dregmobile

    I wait with anticipation to see what Wednesday's figures will be for Balboa. I think I actually had a dream where it made $3M opening day. God, I hope I'm wrong. I hope this film clears $50M domestic. And it will be an absolute blast if it punches beyond that total. I see anything over $50M a victory for Stallone with this film, seeing as his recent run of flicks seemed to top out at $35M. Fingers crossed ... <br> <br>Stallone doing a remake of Deathwish reminds me of what he did with Get Carter. Best to let that one slide. What I would recommend is doing something along the lines of his casting in Driven, where he plays a mentor figure. But I would use Anthony Hopkins in Zorro as a better indicator of what could be possible with such a role. <br> <br>The best remake idea I've heard here is something I never thought possible - a Dirty Dozen remake, but with all the action stars of the 80s and 90s. I think that is a brilliant idea and would easily be a reboot for many a career. Stallone, Arnold, Willis, Van Damme, Segal, Norris, and current action people like The Rock, Vin Diesel and Johnny Knoxville. Even Wesley Snipes could use something like this right now. The realistic possibilities are endless with a project like this. Egos will clash, but if there was some way of channeling that energy into on-screen chemistry and rivalry (ala Tango & Cash), you could have yourself a modern day classic here. Wonder who owns the rights ... ?

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Thank You Sly

    by Cpt Kirks 2pay

    Thank you for answering two of my questions, one as my name here, the other under a different one in Round 16 Q2. It was an honour and wonderful insight to have you answer my questions and thoughts. Thanks again for this inspiration of Rocky Balboa that I am already adapting as terrific motivation for me. As for Death Wish remake, honestly my own interpretation of a passive non violent character taking up the gun to avenge his family, parallels Hamlet all the way. The internal pain and orderal he goes through to slowly slowly make the difiicult task of converting to a violent way which he may not have previously believed in, and one that directly opposes his beliefs in the law. As he undertakes his offensive and bloody actions it is the cost of his spirit that causes him the greatest pain, as he falls from Grace with the Law and God, as he ultimately sells his soul to the Devil. The result of his need for revenge and the blood that it spills will in the end possibly cause him his own actual death, or at least the death of his inner self. That might be a predictable or obvious ending, so I might go one more profound and deeper, maybe ironic step, and have him continue his delve into darkness and Hell, and have him continune to penetrate the world of unpunished murderers, criminal, any kind of evil people, as he goes 'undercover' and disguises himself into this underworld as he joins such people, in order to flush them out as much as he can, before punishing them, wether it be handing them over to the law when he feels the law will provide such punishment, or taking matters into his own hands again, and killing them off or making them pay in other ways he feels suitable, say finding some unique way to make them emotionally pay (I'm thinking how Brad Pitt in Seven would suffer for the rest of his life kinda thing,) I dunno, I'm clutching at straws as I make these last bits up as I go along. If you decide to use this story, do try to pay me back with Chicks. My Top 5 at this moment are Megan Fox, Ellen Page, that PlanetSummer chick on the internet, Shania Twain, oh and the original line up of Atomic Kitten - but only when they first started out, anything after their first album they can sod off. Oh maybe a handful of Spermwhales, Otters and Chinchillas too while you're there, I reckon Megan Fox would be up for some of that too with me, hence her surname. Speaking of having loads of Chinchillas all over one's body, I don't want any Madonna nonsense though. I develop a nasty twitch in my left cheek whenever I think of leotards now - and then what happens between my cheeks - HOTDAMN!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST

    STALLONE LOVES THE HOT PLATE

    by Kapowski

    Nice piece of tin foil. A lump of shit. You know what I'm talking about.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Thank you, Mr. Stallone.

    by granhalcon

    Bravo.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:35 p.m. CST

    mobywood...

    by gunnafan

    There was a PARADISE ALLEY question - My question, its question 7 of round 9.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:37 p.m. CST

    You're the coolest, Sly

    by Moe Ron

    And don't listen to talkbackers. Make Death Wish if you want. Also, If Rocky is a big hit, use any new found clout to get a Nighthawks special edition out there with that Taxi Driver style blood bath ending.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly...

    by TylerDurden3395

    Even though my question never made it in, I'd like to thank you for doing this Q & A. You are definitely the man...

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I Enjoyed reading this 20 round Bout

    by proper

    Respect and good luck.When you come to London next feel free to say hello =>.Merry Christmas Sly+Team,Merry Christmas my AICN Brethren,onward and upward,2007 is (Y)ours........

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:52 p.m. CST

    (^_^)

    by veritasses

    We'll leave the light on for you.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Saw it this morning at 10:30, and I loved it.

    by Cotton McKnight

    Really great movie and I have to be honest- I got a little emotional there a few times. There was a really good sized crowd there too- about half full, which is amazing for the middle of the week. Not only that, we all cheered when the Bill Conti theme started and we applauded when Rocky started fighting back in the second round. It's an experience I will not soon forget, and I can't WAIT for my next viewing. Thank you again.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly & Musings on Grand Canyon in a day

    by Donwi

    Thanks Sly, for a great set of responses. Its been a real treat. Slightly off topic, but regarding the grand canyon, some factoids (in part because I just finished a single day hike into the bottom and back out last Thursday) 1) Read "Over the Edge" for some amusing and sobering tales of mishap (fatal and near fatal) in what we lovingly came to call "the butt crack of God" 2) The Park Rangers DO NOT recommend doing it in one day. Was I stupid? Probably not, but I was very well prepared both gear-wise and researched how to do it safely. This was also my second "attempt" 3) Elite athletes do not necessairly have an advantage. And Park Rangers and "Over the Edge" both caution not to get too overconfident just cause you can do a full marathon in an hour or so... :-) The official guide booklet for South Kaibab trail tells a sad story of a ultra-runner who died in 2004 in part because they didn't take enough water. 1 1/2 quarts and a few protien bars just don't cut it in the summer. 1 gallon per day per person, minimum. I had 1 1/2 gallons last week and it was only 30-50 degrees, and I still "ran out" before coming up the top of Bright Angel. Thankfully I also had water purification tablets and had refilled before the final ascent. 4) The shortest trail at the South Rim (at least near the main visitors center) is 7 miles to the bottom with no water and no shade along the way. Bright Angel is actually better, but is 9+ miles to the bottom, but has more shade and water in at least 1 location year round. (Other than the Colorado itself, of course). I recommend going down South Kaibab (shortest but steep) and coming up Bright Angel (longer but shallower in places and more shade/water availability mid-trail). As an aside, this was my second attempt to reach the bottom, and the key word is *ATTEMPT* You shouldn't start unless you have a mandatory turn around time, and your emotionally prepared to turn around when the clock hits that point no matter how close you are. Consevatively, 2 hours up for every hour going down should be a guide. Its kinda like summiting Everest, only for mere mortals. With common sense, the right gear (water, water, water) its reasonable risk. But it ain't no sunday hike in a local park. We saw somebody get air lifted out because even hiking DOWN 4 1/2 miles to Indian Springs was more than they could handle. And they hadn't even STARTED back up the steep parts yet. And for my money, Bryce Canyon is far prettier. Enjoy!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Packed house for the first showing

    by ewokstew

    here in rainy Seattle. Will be checking it out again. Also, hopefully you'll reconsider thinking through the the "Deathwish" re-make, Mr. Stallone. Obviously there's something with that movie, some element of it that got you intrigued and thinking about it in the first place. Maybe find out what that "something" is and build on that instead of considering a full on re-make. Congrats on the new movie, as well! Everyone in the theatre seemed to really enjoy it and it got plenty of clapping at the end.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8 p.m. CST

    What a class act.

    by RaulMonkey

    This has been an amazing series of articles. I thank you too, Mr. Stallone. It's sounding like you really did it again with ROCKY BALBOA, and I'm incredibly excited to see it in the next few days. I knew you could do it! It's the miracle of Rocky! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8 p.m. CST

    PS- Deathwish.

    by Cotton McKnight

    Hey Sly- I was the one that brought up "Collateral" and talked about how it might be hard to establish the character as a "good cop", since I think we can all see a cop taking the law into his own hands. I said that switching the character's occupation would eliminate the need for that kind of exposition, etc. ANYWAY- I just wanted to tell you that if you love this project, do it. We moviegoers can really see the passion and love that goes into a movie and if you are feeling that, do it.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:19 p.m. CST

    WOW!!!

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    What a finale!!! And to top it all off, Sly consulted us on Death Wish and changed his mind. Unfortunately, this will now be a 'what could have been project' that we will talk about and think about. I guess I would encourage Stallone to get with his buddies, Arnold and Bruce and try to find a way to make an ensamble action film of high quality happen and make our wet dreams come true. Don't cheese out on the director or writer. Make a quality product. If it's Inglorious Bastards, I'm all there. Thank you Stallone!!! I hope Rocky exceeds your expectations at the box office.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Slyvester = Good Humanbeing; Deathwish/Next Project

    by waterman4

    This Q & A showed me, without sounding too sentimental, that you are truly a good humanbeing that deserves great respect whether you are a moviestar or a man who cleans toilets for a living (btw, nothing wrong with that) because of your strong character. Regarding Deathwish, it sounds like it would depend on the details (e.g. script, budget, etc.). I would be very very very careful about choosing your next project with your new clout, which as you know can change very quickly. Particularly because your offscreen persona is so strong and dominating that you would have to be careful not to choose a character that is overshadowed by this but rather reinforced by it (e.g. Rocky at age 60 making a comeback in Rocky Balboa). I would not rush into anything because the same people who encourage this will be the same people who won't take your calls again and ridicule you if the movie flops. I also would consider bowing out as an actor while I am still on top and continue a career as a director and producer. I think you have an extremely rare opportunity with Rocky Balboa to bow out in style as an actor, and I would be selfish and dishonest if I did not recommend you seriously consider this. It is a great option to have. I have never posted on the boards but signed up just to post this because it was important to me to give you my two cents.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:25 p.m. CST

    YO, EVERYONE…HE DID IT!!!!

    by nunz

    Dear Mr. Stallone, First, let me take you back 30 years, when a short, skinny Italian kid saw Rocky and had his life changed. “Inspirational” is not a strong enough word to describe how your movie affected me. Whenever a new Rocky movie came out it was time to go to “church” and worship at the altar of Balboa on opening night. Time and again I left the movie theater totally uplifted and wanted to run home. You never let me down. Until Rocky V. It started out great with the scene in the post-Drago fight locker room when Rocky’s hands were shaking uncontrollably. And then it all unraveled. Just as “inspirational” was not strong enough to describe my feelings about Rocky, “crushed” and “devastated” are not strong enough to describe how I felt leaving the theater after Rocky V. Instead of wanting to run home, I wanted to run in front of a bus. You had done the unthinkable and unforgivable…you had ruined the Rocky legacy. I have never watched that movie again and I never will. Three years ago a press release came out stating that you were writing Rocky VI. I was so disillusioned, the bad taste of Rocky V still so strong in my mouth, that I was driven to create the animation “Die Or Retire” (sung to “Eye Of The Tiger”). Apparently a lot of other Rocky fans felt the same way because it took off across the web. If you haven’t seen it you can check it out here: http://www.spoil-sports.com/RockyVI.htm I read the Rocky VI script excerpts in SLY magazine and my interest was piqued. I saw the trailer and liked the tone of the movie. Rocky V notwithstanding, this is opening day for Rocky Balboa so it was time to go to church. I just got back and felt compelled to write this while the feelings were still fresh. Simply put: YO, SLY….YOU DID IT!!!! You redeemed yourself and Rocky with a sweet, heartfelt movie. What a poignant ending to, in my opinion, the greatest saga in the history of cinema. Thank you so much for taking your time to make sure you got it right. Thank you for returning to the essence of the Rocky character. Thank you for restoring the feeling I had leaving the theater for the first 4 Rocky movies. If I ever get the privilege of meeting you, expect a hug. Sincerely, Dominic Nunziato nunz@spoil-sports.com

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly

    by Xorply

    Good luck with the opening and the run (although I know luck won't be needed) and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:34 p.m. CST

    One of the best features in online film culture...

    by DavidCamp

    Of all the major sites in the last few years, this Q&A stands firm as one of the most interesting features in the world of film online. Stallone rules.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:36 p.m. CST

    TOP 5 AICN ACTOR Q&A REQUESTS

    by MaxCalifornia.

    1. Mickey Rourke, 2. Sean Connery, 3. Jack Nicholson, 4. James Woods, 5. Val Kilmer (you know there are some batshit crazy stories these guys have all got). Post your want lists too!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly!

    by Atomik Steve

    Definitely the best feature EVER on this site. It was a pleasure to read all of those great stories you had to tell. Can't wait until next time!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:52 p.m. CST

    THANKS, SLY!

    by lynxpro

    Finally, an answer to the Norm MacDonald debacle! I did recall you slipped your brother Frank's name in one of the skits from when you hosted, in relation to singers who sang like Sinatra. Still no word about *Doctor Who* or who would win in a painting challenge between you and Billy Dee Williams, but I'm still a happy camper! Thanks again, Sly, and good luck with the box office success of *Rocky Balboa*. Regards, a fan...

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Don't know what's more impressive

    by Bob of the Shire

    The fact that Rocky Balboa actually pulled some emotion out of my cynical ass or that Stallone actually turned the talkbacks into a positive place. Being a hardened internet veteran for years now, I can safely say that this was one of the best things I've ever encountered on our glorious series of tubes. Props to you sir.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Thank You Sly

    by joeyducci

    ...and thanks Harry for selecting my question about Copland. I cannot believe that he actually chose not to pursue a film because of OUR opinion. Mr. Stallone is a true class act, and I think other actors/filmakers should pay attention to what went on here for the last 20 days. Btw Rocky Balboa was every bit as good as I knew it would be. Thanks again Sly.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Thanks!

    by NoLaw4000

    Got nothing smart to say - just thanks.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST

    What a classy, stand-up dude.

    by Dick Nicely

    Thank you, Sly, and thank you questioners for his ammunition. This has been worth staying up late for, and using a computer. I will see Rocky Balboa on opening day here (January 24th) and I daresay the memories of these Q&As will be difficult to separate from the experience.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I'm Framing Rocky's Quote About Life in the New Movie

    by BoyNamedSue

    Mr. Stallone, that speech you gave your son in Rocky Balboa about life being about how hard you can take a hit was absolutely one of the most beautiful, motivational speeches I've ever heard! I've had a really rough year, and you have no idea how much it meant hearing that speech, and it's given me an entirely new perspective on things. I'm serious about printing it out and framing it so I NEVER forget!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    the_shadow

    by Dick Nicely

    If nobody's answered you yet, Rocky Balboa gets its European release in mid-January, with a few exceptions depending on where you are. Check out the release dates on IMDb. Britain is Jan 19th, France is 24th.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:25 p.m. CST

    5 MORE AICN ACTOR Q&A REQUESTS

    by otto maddox

    1. Gene Hackman 2. Malcolm McDowell 3. Dustin Hoffman 4. Nick Nolte 5. Clint Eastwood - there must be 2000 questions worth there

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Doing a 75 on the tomato meter

    by SK909

    And a 79 in the cream of the crop section. Take the 1 out of 4 asshole critics who you KNOW just couldn't get over their predisposition to hate this film and I'd say he's really at 100 percent. What's more, most of them freely admit they went in wanting to dislike this film and laugh at it and that it just plain won them over. One thing that sucks for Sly though and I found this critic to be an incredible dick - the Philadelphia Weekly's critic says, "Ashamed to admit it almost works." Either he's ashamed cause he wanted it to work or he's ashamed to admit that he may have actually enjoyed it meaning he wanted it to be terrible. I'm inclined to believe the latter. And when you go read his review, as well as MOST of the 'bad' reviews, they actually sound like good reviews that they somehow couldn't finish off by admitting the film is good. The worst review, by far, is in my native New Jersey's newspaper the Star Ledger, where that prick motherfucker Stephen Witty, whose last name is an oxymoron in the context of to whom the name refers, did a 'clever' review where he made it sound like he's a commentator at ringside in regards to the film and Sly's career. The guy is a fucking bottom feeder of a critic who hates EVERYTHING. Then again, what else would I expect of a New Jersey critic? Anyway, I really hope the film does well as Stallone has clearly shown here that he wears his heart on his sleeve almost in spite of himself.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    My future Q&A requests...

    by Dick Nicely

    Bruce Willis, Brian De Palma, Dustin Hoffman, Nicolas Cage, David Cronenberg, Shane Black. And I second MaxCalifornia with Val Kilmer... he has a brilliant sense of humour and can't be short of an anecdote or two.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly...

    by Mr. Waturi

    Great Q&A. Didn't love the movie, but it was definitely worth seeing. Looking forward to Rambo IV. Good luck!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Well Done, Sly!

    by ClevelandJohnny

    I just got back from "Rocky Balboa". What a perfect ending to the series!! I was with Rocky the whole way through. Thanks, Sly for giving us this film and the character a just exit.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly and Rocky (Rocky 6 was great)

    by DARTH VOODOO

    I loved the movie.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa is going to shock the box office

    by DARTH VOODOO

    I would not want to be the guy who would not green light Rocky Balboa tonight. The show was sold out 2 hours in advance. Not bad for a cold Wednesday night. Rocky is going to shock Hollywood and the box office when it goes on to be a major hit. And prove people want to see quality films about great characters. Not stupid films with big explosions.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10 p.m. CST

    Some thoughts about Rocky after having seen RB

    by Doc_Strange

    I absolutely loved the last film. It was a great performance put in by Sly and the rest of the cast. Truly this film is up there with the first and even the camera work and even dialogue is evocative of the first Rocky. I really liked how a lot of the original characters were brought back. It was cool seeing Spider Rico have a part as well. The only thing I missed was Eye of the Tiger but that probably would have been cheesy to hear it at the end. After years of enjoying these movies I have to say that Rocky, to me, is truly a role model for what a man should be: He loves his wife and son, he's a good family man who provides through thick and thin, and he never lets anything get in the way of his goals. Guys like this don't really exist anymore and it's great that Mr. Stallone shows us that even today in our world, there should be guys like Rocky who are a positive entity in the face of great negativity. I have tried to position my life like this, though there have been some missteps here and there, I try to live with the lessons that these films have taught and continue to teach. I just want to thank Mr. Stallone for bringing these characters back one more time for a very worthy sendoff. Thanks for all the memories Sly.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST

    FUCKING KNOCK OUT IS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!

    by antonphd

    I'm going back tomorrow to watch it again but with my wife and brother. I was sick as a dog going in and maybe it's just my head but I feel so good after the movie that I don't feel so sick anymore! Maybe I just needed to cheer. Maybe I just needed to here the words about strength being about taking punches and keeping going. I don't know if I would have felt the punch from that as much if Sly hadn't done these 20 days and I got to see that he's followed his own advice. Thanks for the great story and the great Q/A and damn you for making me choke up in the theater!!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Yo

    by Bubba Gillman

    Just got back from the theater. Saw it in the heart of South Philly with a bunch of my gavone friends. I just have to say that Mr. Stallone has solidified my pussification. I weeped like a teenage Swedish girl at an Yngwie Malmsteen concert. Just as moving, and sad, and hard, and ultimately uplifting as the original. Can't wait to see it again. I originally had very modest expectations for its box office potential, but after what I saw tonight I think (and hope) it's gonna be huge. Shows sold out three hours in advance, people applauding at the end, etc. Bravo, paisan!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:17 p.m. CST

    quote

    by Jared

    Sly, I've had a year of ups and downs, more downs than ups actually. Anyway, Rocky's speech to his son outside the restaurant really meant a lot to me. Thanks.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Sly saved this site.

    by UMAGA

    I was ready to quit AICN before the massive biased pimping of Hostel 2 and Grindhouse started, but Sly pulled me back in. I went to a 9:10 show and the theater was pretty much packed. And the movie itself? Goddamn great.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Oh and the speech to his son..

    by UMAGA

    Really had me choked up. Just fantastic.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Thanks & Congratulations, Mr. Stallone...

    by wilbur gray

    for a great series of answers and the hit that Rocky Balboa seems to be.I hope in the future you can tell us where you think RockyV went wrong.To me it was worth it just for the lines "Hey,Rock!Need any help?""No,fellas.This ain't no pie eatin' contest."Plus the ace performance of Richard Gant as the shady promoter.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:32 p.m. CST

    The best yet!

    by jedicloak

    This film is exceptional and nothing short of excellent. The messages in the film will resonnate with me forever. Forget the naysayers, the negative ones...those who have nothing to offer except criticism from their own well of envy. The heart of Sly is all over every piece of film and the very reasons we all love him is evident from the moment the movie begins. There are no words to properly express the gratitude I have for Sly being who he is and what a true role model he's always been to me. God bless you Sly and Happy Holidays. -D

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:35 p.m. CST

    LOVED THE MOVIE, SLY!!!!!!

    by Joy68

    Just got back from the movie with my hubby and 12 yr old nephew and it was AWESOME! You really did justice to the character of Rocky and you should be extremely proud of the end result. I've been a fan since I was a little girl and my husband (who's just had to accept it!) was as equally moved as I was. Great job, Sly and we're looking forward to seeing John Rambo again too. Thanks again for bringing such a kind hearted, decent man with actual MORALS to the screen and into my life. Take care and Love ya!!! Joy

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:49 p.m. CST

    negative reviews

    by Bloo

    the most negative horriable disguisting review I've found was in the AP wire--can't wait to see it going with my 17 y/o brother who loves Rocky..we can't even let him go to the video store alone because we know he'll come home with either 1, 2 or 4 in hand (along with whatever we sent him for) can't wait!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly!

    by GobBluth06

    Sly, Rocky Balboa was great. Just flat out terrific. I appreciate you taking the time to do these Q&As. It's awesome to see a celeb actually care about the people that are going to see their films. I really hope other stars take the time to do these Q&A sessions. I'll be honest with you. When I first heard about Rocky Balboa and Rambo, I had huge doubts like a lot of people. After seeing Rocky Balboa and reading your answers, it is very apparant that this was not as much about money as what people think. You are genuine and really care about Rocky. I am now 100% behind you with Rambo. Good luck with it.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Cool interviews but Deathwish could happen

    by chien_sale

    I don't see why not. It would be sort of a sequel to Copland.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Why not turn these Q&A things into a book

    by Boondock

    Put these together with the next set, expand on all the answers, and sell it as a book. This seems like it has been very successful, so I am sure that they will end up doing it with more stars, but you have to be careful who is invited, most people won't be as open and honest as Sly was, thus a lot less interesting. I want to thank Sly for doing this, it shows me that even someone that has achieved so much in this industry still wants people to watch and relate to his work, some people just get paid to do a job and could care less what happens next. Check out my film "Drop Box" at www.dropboxthemovie.com

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:08 p.m. CST

    The Untimely Death of DEATHWISH

    by TheOriginalBubblehead

    Mr. Stallone said: "P.S. I do read all of your talkbacks and thank you for your opinions on DEATH WISH. I think the majority of you are right, and I will not pursue the project any longer. Rest in Peace, Charlie…." See, this is the reason that, for all the great things that come out of celebrity-public interactions like this, there's always a sneaking suspicion in the back of my mind that, at the end of the day, it just ain't worth it. Don't get me wrong: I loved the fact that Mr. Stallone so generously, honestly and completely dedicated himself to answering his fans' questions and opening up to them about his dreams, experiences and feelings. This has been one of the most remarkable give-and-takes I've seen in ten years of visiting this site and similar Web entities, devoid of the inflated egotism, b.s. rhetoric and exaggerated hyperbole that typify most Hollywood-fan base interactions. Mr. Stallone is to be commended -- praised -- for his willingness to show us the inside of his mind, "warts and all," and share the bounty of his unique experiences as struggling artist, eager contributor, successful filmmaker and, ultimately, Hollywood icon. But... in tossing up the question, "Should I or shouldn't I?" to his fans, he's kind of belying his own legacy. Mr. Stallone, even your most informed, practical, worldly-wise fans can't legitimately answer your question, of whether a "DEATHWISH" reboot is a good idea. Who among us would have supported "Rocky Balboa," had you asked us the very same question three years ago? The honest answer: NO ONE. Yet, here we are, reading a veritable mountain of critical praise and listening to once-cynical insiders bandying "Stallone" and "Oscar" about in the same sentences (and they're not talking about your 1991 gangster comedy with Chazz Palminteri). Did you receive unanimous support for the original "Rocky," for that matter? It sounds absurd for me to be saying this to a guy who basically inaugurated not one, but TWO modern cinema genres -- the underdog flick, and the action movie -- whose pedigree as a writer, actor and producer is firmly established, whose films have grossed over a billion dollars at the box office, who stands as one of the top five box office draws of the recently concluded Century -- but, Mr. Stallone, if you have an idea, a vision, a dream, to hell with what even the most well-intentioned naysayers say. Follow your muse. If you want to remake "DEATHWISH," go right ahead. None of us here, not even collectively, knows better than you do, or at least, not necessarily. Most of the folks here, good people and adoring fans though they are, would have, gasping, rolled out of their chairs had you pitched "Rocky Balboa" to them just a few short months ago. So, to paraphrase William Goldman -- another screenwriter not entirely devoid of talent, instincts, and moxie -- no one knows nothin'. Forget the crowd, even one so supportive as this. Go on, dream big. Strike out on your own and create on your own terms. Don't give up, don't take no for an answer. Or, as Mick would say: "[S]tand up and fight... Like you done before -- that was beautiful! ... I think you're a hell of a lot more -- A hell of a lot! ...[I]f you wanna blow this thing, if you wanna blow it, then, damn it, I'm gonna blow it with ya. If you wanna stay here, I'll stay with ya. I'll stay with ya. I'll stay and pray." What do you got to lose?

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:22 p.m. CST

    I just saw the movie and wanted to say thank you....

    by torpor_haze

    I think the events Rocky went throughout the movie mirrored what was going on in the audience. As Rocky went to places he spent with Adrian, mentally I went back to days I used to watch the old movies and where in life I used to be at the time. The nostalgia just came over the audience and couldn't help but cheer Rocky on. I went earlier today to see it but it was sold out. The theater made the mistake of putting Rocky in the small theater. I think that's going to be "corrected" tomorrow. One other thing I noticed was that the audience was very diverse. At the end everyone clapped and that doesn't happen where I live.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Thank you sly

    by Schmiggy JK

    These Q&A's have been a blast, and I have much appreciation for the time and effort and honesty you put in to them. We are better people for reading much of them, and hopefully you took something away from this experience also. I was hesitant to rush out to see Rocky Balboa this week but in all honesty the film deserves my money because of your passion for these movies, and the effort you put in to them. Thanks again!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST

    MR. STALLONE... A REVIEW TO SHARE

    by moto

    Sly, after watching the movie today, it wouldn't be right not to share this review that was written and posted on another site. Sums it all up. Great flick!! To TBers, sorry for this long post... oh well. ****************** Let me start by clearing up some possible misconceptions that people might have about Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky Balboa", and the surprising "buzz" that the film has garnered thus far. The experience of this film is not driven by nostalgia. Nor is it driven by the theater experience of sitting among hundreds of fans chanting "Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!" Granted, these elements do enhance the experience of this film. Very much so. But the center drive of "Rocky Balboa", the sixth and yes final chapter in the Rocky franchise, is character. This wonderful and surprising film, clearly the dark horse of the year, is an exploration of Rocky. The man, the myth, and the legacy. It is easy to also say that the film follows the journey of its director and star as well. Stallone has managed to take what could have been a cliche ridden by-the-numbers sequel, and instead offered a poignant character piece of an American icon. This is indeed the TRUE companion piece to the original "Rocky", shot at an ultra-low budget (at least in today's terms) of $25 million. It is a film that offers an homage to all the things we loved about the Rocky movies, but in an artistic manner, never exploiting the characters and situations that Stallone created thirty years ago. But above that, as the center of the film, lies Rocky, not the boxer but the man. The story is an exploration of the human heart, spirit, and inspiration. A mantra that if only we could all have the guts to live by. Yes, it's clear we'll have our beloved training montage and climactic battle of the fists lead by Bill Conti's iconic and inspiring score. That's a given and I'll get to that later. But what matters most is the way Stallone has explored the character of Rocky, as well as those around him. His torment due to the loss of his beloved wife Adrian. The competive fire that still burns deep within him. The troubled relationship with his son that forces him to fill the void by befriending a person from his past as well as her son. Some might complain about the "slow pacing" of the first hour. It's called story, people. Something sorely missing in today's version of cinema. To put it plainly, "Rocky Balboa" is inspiration. The film will tug at your heart, fill your eyes with tears, and yes, make you cheer. Stallone manages to offer a compelling direction as well, stylistic in tone and pacing. Even the final fight is wonderfully edited, offering a slightly different take than previous sequels. The fight isn't just a fight, it's a battle within Rocky. That is the prime reason why the "villian" of the film may appear "faceless" compared to the likes of Drago, Apollo Creed, etc. Why? Because it's not about Rocky's latest nemesis, as the other films were. His nemesis lies deep within himself and Stallone caters to that, and perfectly so. So yes, "Rocky Balboa" does deliver. That is to be expected. Thankfully Stallone goes beyond that and offers a character piece that should put him right back on the map in the film industry. He proves to be a skilled story teller, as well as a talented director. The only thing stopping Stallone from proving that is the lack of projects other than a Rocky picture, which I'm sure will change in due time. And beyond his direction, something has to be said for his performance. Wow. Nothing better than the scene where he is speaking with Paulie in the meat factory and at the mention of Adrian, we see range long forgetten in a Stallone performance. Pure emotion. "Rocky Balboa" is a film that echoes what cinema was thirty years ago. Character first and box office numbers crunching last. My personal experience in the theater was not what everyone else is talking about. The theater wasn't full (perhaps because I went early in the day). It wasn't the rock concert that many of the premieres and screenings have proven to be. However, when the film begin and as I looked around, I was amazed to find the many different demographics mixed together. There were couples, fathers and sons, college buddies, high school buddies, mothers and their young children, elderly, etc. But what touched me most was the little twelve-year-old boy sitting in the row ahead of me... alone. Before the movie started, I was wondering, "What the hell is this little kid doing in here alone? He was a toddler when the last Rocky movie debuted!" I kept waiting for his father to show up, but he never did. Throughout the movie, I was amazed to see this wide-eyed kid reacting to each and every emotional and physical beat. He would dodge punches and throw up his arms when Rocky made a move. He'd pump his fists during the training montage. It was clear that despite his young age, he was a Rocky fanatic. It reminded me of myself, and perhaps most of you out there with that love for not only this character, but for film itself. I was sad because I wish my son could enjoy the experience with me, but at the age of sixteen months, he may be a bit too young:) I'm not shy to say that Stallone has brought back some of that magic long forgotten in these dark rooms, sitting in front of that gigantic screen. And it wasn't just because he used the Rocky tools of the music, training montage, fight scenes, etc. It was because he brought character back to the forefront of the screen. And for that, we thank you Mr. Stallone.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Thank You!

    by j-bot

    I just wanted to say thanks again for anwering our questions, and I will definitely be seeing Rocky Balboa this weekend.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:48 p.m. CST

    I think the DeathWish quest. was just to involve people

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    I think Mr. Stallone was pondering doing the remake, but just threw it out there to get us involved. He really is a people person....he's able to interact with everyone without directly talking to them!<BR> So he threw out the question, got everyone involved, and when most people didnt like the cop angle....he just agreed with them. (Of course this just me randomly speculating). Thats like...genious....making people feel connected without even having a coversation. SLy rules!!

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Dear Sly,

    by Aragorn II

    You absolutely touched me with ROCKY BALBOA. I caught the 7pm showing in Evansville, Indiana tonight, and people actually applauded after the first and second round of the fight. It was just magical. Thanks for taking this chance for us. No matter what the critics/box office says, it was completely worth it.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Big ups to SLY!

    by jrbarker

    thanks!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:07 a.m. CST

    --My Rocky Balboa Sorta Review--

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    "Sorta" cause I'm not going to talk like a critic.....I'm going to talk like a person talking to my friends. I saw this movie this morning....first showing.<BR> Okay, here's what I thought of Rocky Balboa. In one word: GREAT. In fact this is the first movie I was excited about this year that actually lived up to expectations! Whenever I go into a movie I am really excited about, I get a little nervous that it will suck. So as the title screen appears, I'm thinking "Please don't suck! Please don't suck!..." cause I want it so much to be good. With Rocky Balboa that worry was forgotten quickly and I was soon immersed into the movie.<BR><BR> This movie fixed two little bugs that have bothered me, and that was 1.) How I lost the Rocky character I loved from Rocky I-II. The Rocky in Rocky IV was someone completely different. And 2.) Whatever happened to Rocky's turtles?? :) Yeah, thoughout these Q&A rounds I think I asked about two or three times where his turtles went, I missed em!, and finally it was answered here! Whew! But back to Rocky, it was like seeing an old friend back. I didn't know who that guy was in Rocky IV, but this Rocky in Rocky Balboa is the friend I made from the original movie.<BR><BR> There's no doubt that this movie is going to be showered with praised so let me list some of the things I didn't like about it. First, it was too short. 1 hour and 42 minutes did not feel enough for these great characters! I had just gotten to know all the new/old people when the credits started rolling! Also, the Rocky/Rocky Jr. son relationship needed to be fleshed out MUCH more. For most of the movie Rocky Jr. is seething in frustration at his father and his situation....this anger builds and grows....then BOOM!! within' one minute it's resolved. That's too short! Maybe there will be a DVD Director's Cut that will be longer and let us get to know these new/old friends better. :)<BR><BR> Well that's about all the bad things I can say about the movie. It was incredible. I plan to go see it again. My friends and my dad haven't seen it yet and they all want to. I'd honestly give this movie an 8.5/10. I know this is the last one but I wish there could be more somehow! Maybe you could make a videogame sequel! A lot of directors/writers have been doing that recently.<BR><BR> Mr. Stallone, if you are still reading this, you don't need to worry about a thing. This film will have legs. Word of mouth will spread about how good it is. Ben Stiller just got owned. You had said you were so excited you couldn't sleep....well get some rest because things are going great out there! All of your sleeping fans are back in full force!!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sty

    by hiperaktiv

    That was great. Thanks a bunch.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Saw The Movie

    by Joshua Pantalleresco

    Sly Thank you. I saw the movie and would see it again in a heartbeat. In fact I just might do it. It's a great send off to the series. You should have a box office smash as it's better then anything I've seen in years. You should be proud. And I thank you for making such a moving piece. JP

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Thank You

    by evan_mcb

    Thank you Mr. Stallone for being so generous with your time and genuine in your answers. I just returned from seeing Rocky Balboa, and it is my new favorite of all the films in the series. I am sure in saying this as I also watched Rocky through Rocky V this week in preparation. Rocky Balboa was a truly great film, human and inspiring. Thank you again,

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Just got back...

    by TELF

    Late screening in Chicago. Loved it! Had some teary moments too. Girlfriend loved it too. Guys I totally recommend taking girls to this one, it's actually really sensitive. And kick ass - I thought the fight was fucking bad ass. Nice one Sly - keep an eye out for my Rambo 4 audition tape will ya...

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST

    We want a DEATHWISH , just not a Cop DEATHWISH

    by Mace Tofu

    That seemed the only main complaint was your choice of making him a Cop SLY. Anyway Good Luck again at the BO Fights this weekend and I guess you'll start the RAMBO script on Monday lol and I will keep an eye out for the next 200 Q&A when that project hits the screens in...'08? We look forward to it!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Girls

    by antonphd

    Hell yes take your girlfriend or wife to this! This is a rare guy and girl movie.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Thanks to Sly, this site is redeemed

    by NachoNegro

    This has been a rare event, and over the last 20 days I've been getting in to work looking forward to reading the next batch of Q and As. Although I think Harry has made some asinine choices about questions, Sly you've handled yourself with class, and really shown all of your detractors on this site the man you are. I salute you sir, and am already looking forward to the next round for Rambo IV. Oh and yes, I will be in the front row for Rocky Balboa, but I'll have to wait until Feb when it's released in the UK :(

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Bravo

    by Zorak5

    Saw the 10:25 PM showing of Rocky Balboa Wednesday night. This coming from a person too young to ever see a Rocky movie in theaters before. I took my whole family, and not only did we agree it was one of the best movies of the year, my mom, who is your age, Sly, thought it was one of the best movies she's ever seen. She thought it will really mean something to your generation. We were all crying throughout the movie. It was beautiful and touching, and SO well-acted. Just an amazing performance on your part that really got to all of us. And beautifully written too. Thank you for that montage that rolled during the credits. It really goes to show what an icon Rocky is, and how your character has reached us all. Thank you for an awesome movie. We are going to see it again tomorrow night, that's how much we adored it! And thanks for doing these Q&As. We all have new respect for you. God bless.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Mr. Stallone: mentions JOHN BRZENK

    by armtv

    HOLY SNAP CRACKLE POP!!! I have been asking for Over the Top questions and even better yet SLY mentions the GREAT LEGENDARY JOHN BRZENK. WOW. thanks for that. For those who ask the question, yes there were many real armwrestlers in the movie. A series of tournaments were held during the production Of OTT that culminated in the tournament that you saw in the movie. The actual tournament last over 24 hours and did not complete until around 6 AM with John Brzenk winning the real truck. If anyone would like more information on armwrestling, the info is out there. Jump on ARM TV'S MESSAGE Board and you can find out. *****but back to Rocky Balboa. I loved it. I cried. The scene with his son has inspired me. I too would like to frame the quote and put it someplace I can be reminded. Sly, you are a true hero. This is your comeback. 350 million world wide. That is my prediction. Here is a clip of John Brzenk that you mentioned. The best armwrestler of all time. http://www.reelediting.com/05brzenkbdssp.html

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:33 a.m. CST

    that link came out wrong: John Brzenk Link

    by armtv

    http://www.reelediting.com/05brzenkbdssp.html

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:34 a.m. CST

    weird

    by armtv

    if you want the link to work...you have to close the space between the "b" and the "r" otherwise it won't work.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:33 a.m. CST

    After reading this site for

    by valik

    After reading this site for so many years finally got me ass to register becoz i want to make a comment after reading Sly's Q&A. Thanks Sly wat you did in its purest form, is the best thing any star could do with their fans short of inviting them over for dinner and then share a bath together. Thanks Harry for setting it up! I'm in HK but haven't checked when will Rocky be shown. I hope he makes a trip here for the premier.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:37 a.m. CST

    AN ACTOR WHO APPRECIATES HIS FOLLOWING

    by Zipperhead

    I've never seen anything like this. Your Q&A was fantastic. You have truly shown an appreciation for your fans. I hope ROCKY BALBOA kills at the Box Office. Please reconsider Deathwish, you would be perfect.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Sly, you're in a class by yourself

    by Acappellaman

    If you're still reading these talkbacks, Sly, I wanted to personally thank you for what you've done for all of us. It's been a priviledge to hear straight talk from one of my favorite - heck, my ABSOLUTE favorite - celebrity of all time. You've made it abundantly clear that you truly care what your fans think, and that just friggin rules. I saw Rocky Balboa this afternoon with my wife, and we were just blown away. The weird thing is, and my wife completely agreed with me about this, unlike every other movie in the Rocky series, the strength of this film lied in all the scenes before the fight, and not in the fight itself. I don't want to discredit the fight of course, because it was done well and felt more real than any of Rocky's fights put to film, but the rest of the movie was so rich with character that I felt myself getting chocked up over and over again. I think the highlight of the movie (and I find myself getting chocked up again just writing about it) was your speech to your son outside the restaurant. That was such a perfect moment and just glowed with the pure golden character of Rocky. It was a 5-carat diamond in a movie full of gems. Thank you SO much for making this movie. *****SPOILER ALERT***** It was very obvious to me that your smiles and waves to the crowd after the fight were not just from Rocky to that crowd, but also from you to us, your greatest fans. I loved it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sly

    by Volstaff

    Great send off for Rocky, saw the movie this afternoon and I loved it,ranks up there with the original Rocky. I honestly hope this film does the box office it ( and you) deserves. I have to admit I got choked up several times. What a great send off for a great character. Thank you.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Thanks for answering my question back on round 8,and...

    by LeviDTinker

    Finally i can type this since, i was finally able to create a account. Thanks again, for answering my question on your footprint ceremony, the tourist at the theatre really enjoy hearing what you recalled about the day. also thanks for the cool picture you took with me at the LA Premiere here at the chinese. And it was a pleasure to finally get to say hi in person. congrats on a great film in Rocky Balboa, and i look forward to seeing Rambo 4. You are definately one of the coolest and creative screenlegends of our time.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Rocky truly still is "everyman"

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Tonight at about midnight I put on my leather jacket and went outside to walk my dog in the empty streets alone just like i have for months...and i'm like "wait a minute"...:P

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Don't let the door hit you in the ass! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    by JDanielP

    I can't believe I just said that to Sylvester Stallone. Man, am I macho! --All kidding aside, thanks Sly. You're awesome. And if you ever desire to co-direct with an AICN talkbacker, call me. I'll happily accept 2nd in command.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:09 a.m. CST

    I must thank Mr. Stallone

    by RageBYTW

    This talkbalk, has really helped me get through the last horrid month of my life. By giving me something to look forward to each day, its kept me alive through my health and emotional issues. ( I was nearly killed by a drunk driver). Along the way, youve provided some valuable life advice and have inspired me a great deal. Great films take people away from their own world and into a different place, a different world, where their own problems are not the focus of every second. These escapes are enjoyable for some, but for many it is a reason to move on, and the timeout that one needs to keep on living. Your Films have inspired me, but your many stories and honest advice, have kept me fighting, and have given me the timeout I needed to keep on my journey. Thank you Jay

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    by monorail77

    The 10pm show at The World's Largest Mall (West Edmonton Mall) was completely sold out. I hope this is a trend that bodes well for your box office. I actually watched the whole film standing as there were no empty seats. And what a film it was! Just great, a near perfect little gem. And boy, can that Sly act. I'd almost forgotton, but he is really teriffic. And its a well made film too. Nicely shot and edited, well written. Its really good and I highly recommend it. Well done, Sly. The Q&A's have been great, but the real proof of your greatness is there on the screen. You are an excellent filmmaker and I hope you do many more projects.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:42 a.m. CST

    huge (canadian) fan saying thanks

    by Gretz

    You really seem like a cool guy. After reading all these interviews it makes me feel happy that my movie hero is actually a sincere real guy. A couple of my bro's saw Rocky Balboa tonight and loved it. They went with guys who were going in there ready to bash the movie and were in complete shock walking out. I didn't get to see it tonight and regret not being there for the opening day. I'm so there tomorrow and cant wait to hear "yo paulie" one more time. Your a truly a motivation. I love how you never gave up and even though people laughed at you when it was announced you were making this movie you still went through with it and proved them all wrong. Rocky came in as an underdog and is leaving as one too. Go Rock and go sly, keep up the good work and I hope to see you infront of the camera making people happy for years to come.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:43 a.m. CST

    huge (canadian) fan saying thanks

    by Gretz

    You really seem like a cool guy. After reading all these interviews it makes me feel happy that my movie hero is actually a sincere real guy. A couple of my bro's saw Rocky Balboa tonight and loved it. They went with guys who were going in there ready to bash the movie and were in complete shock walking out. I didn't get to see it tonight and regret not being there for the opening day. I'm so there tomorrow and cant wait to hear "yo paulie" one more time. Your a truly a motivation. I love how you never gave up and even though people laughed at you when it was announced you were making this movie you still went through with it and proved them all wrong. Rocky came in as an underdog and is leaving as one too. Go Rock and go sly, keep up the good work and I hope to see you infront of the camera making people happy for years to come.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:13 a.m. CST

    until 07..

    by Cult Exiter

    merry holidays everyone! Sly, Harry, Quint, talkbackers... Enjoy real food (not less salt, fat-free, no sugar items) and drink quality wine, XO.cognac, calvados... I'm going to promote r.balboa (wish i had a T-shirt or skihat w/ the name) wherever i go. haven't seen it yet, though. best wishes from Europe.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:15 a.m. CST

    After a decade of mediocre "wilderness" movies,

    by Catnip_Thieves

    the combination of Sly's efforts to answer these geeky questions with brutal honesty and warmth, and the fact he's managed to revive his most famous character to (apparently) great success, can mean only one thing: The guy's a frickin' legend. Hats off to Sly, and to AICN for sorting this out. This is by far the best thing this site has run in a long time.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:17 a.m. CST

    fighting the good fight..

    by Carl's hat

    The Twilight Zone Cafe http://twilightzonewor.9.forumer.com/index.php?act=idx Check it out and back me up (Kolchak). Somebody else please tell 'em how good "Rocky Balboa" is and what a champion Stallone is.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:28 a.m. CST

    I loved reading all the Q&A's, Sly.

    by zool43

    You are really a class act. And you were fucking funny too! I just wanted to say that your episode of SNL is still one of the best in my book. The sketch with you as the geek computer store salesman was priceless. Good Luck With "Rocky Balboa".

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Just saw it

    by crazywomansquilt

    Long time Rocky fan. I felt everything in this one came straight from the heart. This carries you beyond a lot of nitpicky-ness. Straight from the heart. Nice work Sly.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    The best thing I've ever read on the web!

    by The Equalizer

    Well done AICN for bringing this unique experience to the masses. I've been reading this site for 8 years and it's easily the best thing I've ever seen on it, and probably the web as a whole. Thanks to Sylvester Stallone for being a true champion on celluloid and in real life. Your insights and experiences are truly heartfelt and honest. You've made some statements which people should believe and use to appreciate their own lives better. No hope, dream or ambition seems to far away anymore. I for one am going to reach for the stars and attain the highest of the heights.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Gonna Fly Now...

    by The Equalizer

    ..

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Opening day figures coming in..

    by Darth Kong

    Approx $5 million opening day! Ladies and gentlemen, Sly is back. Congratulations sir, I can't wait to see the film here in the UK.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sylvester!

    by Jay Jay

    This has been an awesome few weeks. Thanks for doing this for the fans, especially in the busy run up to Christmas. Looking forward to seeing the film. Best of luck in the future.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 4:56 a.m. CST

    This has been...

    by colonel_lugz

    ....an absolutely inspiring and eyeopening spectacle. I have enjoyed every moment of it and I truly see Mr Stallone in a whole new light. It must have affected me cos i would never usually venture far from the Zone, but I just wanted to show my appreciation. If you're reading this Sly; Thank you so very much for taking the time to do this for us. I hope you got as much out of it as we did. And harry...you're as cool as ever. Looking forward to the Rambo Q and A (and maybe a Bruce Willis/Die Hard one before that)

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:16 a.m. CST

    God Bless Sly!

    by Rocky4

    Well this 20 days has been fantastic. Full credit to Sly and it's only further heightened my excitement to see the film (as if that was possible). Really hope it has the success that it, and Sly, deserve and can't wait for the next match of Q & A!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:26 a.m. CST

    Sly , your the man

    by optimus122

    I loved the movie , it was fantastic. It truly blew me away and I went in thinking that it would be almost impossible for the movie to give me that same feeling I had during the first Rocky but somehow..it did just that. Bravo!! BRING ON RAMBO!!!!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Do Hunter Mr. S.!!!

    by Dr.Zeus

    Mr. S., I'd actually never read the book Hunter by James Huggins, or even heard of it, until you mentioned having optioned it in the earliest 20 questions/answers. In that short amount of time til yesterday....I tracked down a copy and read it. "It's right up geek alley!" I enjoyed the book very much. Even tho at first, I thought it was going to be a Predator ripoff. I thought the character of Nathaniel Hunter was very well done. And the book seemed to be more about him, and his relationship with the world he prefers, than the creature he persues. It could do "big money" at the box office if done properly. And no CGI if possible. And i'd just like to say "Thank you very much for having the guts to face some of the hardest to please A-holes this side of the fence. Geeks may be cynical, and self serving....but hey, we know what we like!" And thanks Harry for gaining some browny points from all the low life scum in the AICN pond!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Knockout!

    by jones the cat

    Sly, I've been a fan of your films for a long time, and more recently your "Sly Moves" book has also been an inspiration. Thanks so much for taking time out for these Q&A sessions - they're the first thing I log onto when I get to the office each day (hey, beats working!).

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Thanks, For Showing Us What a Real Movie Star is Again

    by FearlessJay

    It's too far and few between anymore to see this kind of class, and appreciation for the fans as well as the art form.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Respect Sly!!

    by Fixthe Fernback

    thanks for doing this Q@A, I have loved every minute. I wish you all the best for the future! Cant wait to see the movie!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Oh and...

    by Fixthe Fernback

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Thank you Sly!

    by Jaffa8

    Thank you so much! I really really enjoyed these Q&A's!! Great Stuff! Thank you for the Rocky Stories....they always inspire me...and will do so forever. I was recently married and hope to have children...along with Star Wars, Rocky will be a series of movies I will certainly show them and I hope they love and enjoy them as much as I do! Happy Holidays!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sly!

    by Abin Sur

    And a Merry Christmas to you and the family!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Big up

    by Fuck The Napkin

    If you're still reading, this interview was so good I finally signed up for a Talkback name after over 10 years' reading just so I could post this pathetic 'thank you'. I really like Demolition Man, by the way.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you....

    by sundancekeed

    These sessions have been a straight up gas. From someone who always liked most of your films but never really gave the guy behind them a thought, beyond the clicheish "Hollywood Hot Shot Asshole" moniker. (which I admit was unfair) What a pleasant surprise to find out that this Stallone guy is actually well-read, thoughtful and damned funny to boot! It's been a pleasure and it's a shame this has to end. Have a great Holiday season and continued success, sir!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Forgive Me, Sly!

    by Lou Stools

    Winter 1986: My friend and I go to the mall to catch the latest yuck (yuk?)-fest from Chevy Chase and Dan Ackroyd (Spies Like Us), but our yearning for cinema was (obviously) not satiated...so, being the impulsive sixteen year olds we were, we saw an opportunity to sneak into another movie that was just beginning and seized it! Well...it was Rocky IV. I owe you the price of two admissions adjusted for inflation. Do you take checks?

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Hearts on fire!

    by Spandau Belly

    This was the best PR move I've ever seen. I thought getting a personalized call from Samuel L. Jackson asking me to see Snakes on a Plane would be the coolest, but this Q&A took the cake!<br><br> Good luck Mr. Stallone, I hope you get your Christmas wish and Rocky 6 triumphs at the box office and gives you plenty of juice and confidence to rock out the final Rambo!<br> Everybody I know has a great deal of affection for your movies and we're all going to see Rocky 6 some time over the next week!<br>Happy Christmas!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa

    by WickedMonster

    You know Sly, I never thought I would say this, but Thank You. My family and I have been huge fan of yours. We watched the first RAMBO several times, as we only had one channel then. It used to bring a lot of old movies on constant rerun. <p> Apparently, the channel was a big fan of yours. Atleast once a month, we would have a Sly movie, from RAMBO, to THE DEMOLITION MAN, OSCAR, THE SPECIALIST, JUDGE DREDD, TANGO & CASH, so on and so forth. I think they were trying to subliminally brand our brains with your movies. Hehe, and it might have worked too. </p> <p>Unfortunately, they never showed ROCKY, so I m not familiar with the history at all. My parents have watched all 5 movies so now, after this talkback, I think I will give it a shot. </p> <p>Thanks again for the stories Sly. You the Man.!</P>

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Good job everybody!

    by Ricky Henderson

    Now can we please get back to bitching about the Transformers?

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    by DoctorEss

    I am speechless. I saw Rocky Balboa last night and it was great! Thanks for a wonderful time at the movies one last time with a favorite character and his optimistic world. I got the message!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Deathwish - My two cents

    by eldosebabu

    Its really been a honor. Those 200 were really great! I think you;ve really got a strong premise with your version for Deathwish. I doubt cop movies will ever go out of style. And your version really has got a lot of scope for drama. How about an intense character study based drama sort of like how Fireworks by Takeshi Kitano was. A different pace. A different perspective. Maybe its time an asian director gave us a chance to see a new side to you.....thanks again if youre readin this!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST

    ALL RIGHT SLY!!!!

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    I'm so happy to see Rocky Balboa getting great reviews and pullling in some major box office. It couldn't happen to a more generous, good-hearted guy. I can't wait to see it! Have a great comeback Sly, you earned it!!! One other thing, Sly yu have no idea how cherished your movies are among me and my friends. Hell, we even liked Oscar (I first saw it at 9 or 10 for Marisa Tomei, and became a Stallone fan as a result)! As for Over the Top...my friend Will worships that film, and watching it recently with him was like a trip back to my childhood, what an enjoyable movie!!! Its so great to have you back, see you at the Rambo IV Q&A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Over/Under...

    by idahomer

    Sportsbook.com had the weekend box office at $26 million. They are gonna lose their shirt. Thank you Sly for a great 20 days.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Great Father/Son Moment

    by mekinism

    Sly, I wanted to thank you for this movie. I sat in a theater last night (opening night)next to my 11 year old son - who has only been able to see the rocky movies on DVD. What a great moment that was for me to share with my son. I will never forget it. He is in 6th grade and all his friends at school were jealous that he got to see it on opening night - the rest of his friends will be seeing it this weekend. How cool that younger kids are still Rocky fans so long after the originals came out. Thanks again Sly.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Punchy!

    by Aliciabeme

    It's 10:23am in chilly Bakersfield, CA and I just finished reading your last set of questions. Thank you for doing them, it made me want to see the movie even moreso. I did see it last night, along with a pakced theatre of people; we cheered, we laughed,(I cried), and in the end we applauded for this great ending to Rocky. The movie was stellar and the perfect send off. You were right(I'm sorry Talia), we did need that death of Adrian to get into the mindset of Rocky. 15 minutes in I could tell this was going to be a great emotional journey. Thank you Sly for listening to the viewers, the fans, and hopefully all your hard work will pay off in the Box Office. I know I'll be telling everyone how great the movie was and to go see it. Thanks again from a young female fan.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Nothing But Respect for the Man they call "Sly"

    by Kal El Vis

    As has been stated over, and over, and OVER again, appreciate your time and attention Mr. Stallone. Loved the movie by the way. My only "complaint", and it isn't really one, is the second half of the film felt a little "rushed". But the scene with Paulie, talking about the "Beast in the Basement" was by FAR the best thing in it to me. Put a lump in this throat, yes you did....

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I told you Stallone was a god among actors!!!!!!

    by Toby___Wong

    Even before the Q & A officially started I told you so. Sly, you are the epitomy of an action hero, but also the epitomy of a nice person. Thank you for your time. It was awesome.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Thanks yet again

    by Cl_Kilgore

    Late to the party again. Hate to admit but his final words to us after question 10 kinda tearedme up. This being a new dad thing has changed me I guess. <p> I was against the DeathWish remake but after reading TheOriginalBubbleHead's comments I've changed my mind. If you truly have what you think is a great vision for the movie, go fot it. What's the worst that can happen? <p> Man these have been fun.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Finally..

    by failureboy1

    ..as a lifelong fan, and someone who has always gone to bat for your ability as a writer and you're being underappreciated as an actor, it's been great to read all your answers and see people's responses of surprised gratuity. I drove an hour north to catch the midnight screening, and when "Conquest" came in at the end of round 2.... man. I went pretty much nuts. This year has been all about great trailers giving way to disappointing movies, and I'm proud to say Rocky Balboa has bucked that trend, and none too soon. Best Picture! :D Good luck, Rock.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Thank you Mr. Stallone

    by super Cucaracha

    I will keep punching for my children and I. I will go out swinging to try and make my dreams come true. You are an inspiration sir.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 7:55 p.m. CST

    ***THE RETURN OF STREETFIGHTER***

    by omega786

    Sly, As a fan i would love to see you do the sequel to the original Streetfighter starring Charles Bronson. Not a remake but a direct sequel. Sorry for posting in two talkbacks!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 8:08 p.m. CST

    The Mr. T comment was interesting because...

    by Cotton McKnight

    I have seen MANY biographies of Mr. T on tv and the producers of Rocky always said that he was discovered when he was on some "bouncer olympics" thing. Obviously I doubt the credibility of that story now that I have heard it from the source.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    WE LOVE YOU, SLY!

    by Splinter76

    Just wanted to say thank you. You inspired me 30 years ago to become the man I am today and you've now inspired me to keep growing and becoming better and better. God bless. Here's to the BOAT LOAD of money that Rocky will make!

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Sly is the man! Harry is the man!

    by iguana6

    First Harry rocks for picking my question, (#6 on the last day). I never thought I could ever get the chance to hear Stallone's comments on the the story I heard from the park ranger at the Grand Canyon. Second Stallone rocks for being so candid and entertaining for the last 20 days! What a great idea this was. Can't wait for the 200 questions when his next movie premieres. Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Best thing on this site in years

    by theheavy

    Ive enjoyed the crap out of this ongoing Q&A with Sly,any chance on trying to set up a monthly feature??? maybe not this many questions or days but it would be a hell of a outlet for fans and artists alike to get this going,.. Now if we could ever get answers to the Peter Jackson questions

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 9:04 a.m. CST

    awesome

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    thanks Sly for taking the time to talk to us. had a blast reading your words and cant wait to see Rocky today :) take it easy and keep up the good work

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Thanks Chief, ya done us proud!

    by Kizeesh

    Sly is now certified in in my mind not only as a truely professional star but also as a one of the most intelligent and down to earth people I've ever read about in the film industry. Damn I can't wait to see where his career is going to take us all over the next 20 year.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Maybe the Q & A make the DVD Extras for Rocky Balboa!

    by iguana6

    That would be so COOL! Harry said above that "and I guarantee you we'll be doing something special with this series of articles. Stay tuned on that front." I just saw the Rocky Balboa. It was a great way to say good bye to Rocky. Thanks Sly

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Nice one, Mr. Knowles!

    by Chilly

    First off, a huge thank you to Sly. This has been wonderful. But then we knew that already. I really can't think of a better subject for this particular groundbreaker. Yep, Rocky and Rambo clock up the fanboy votes, but the guy also did Nighthawks. Daylight. Cliffhanger. Try picturing Arnie in there. Top plaudits, though, go to Mr. Knowles. (Shit, is that a first for this site - MISTER Knowles?) Your always-terrific site just got a well-deserved shot in the arm. Fair play, big guy. So who's next? Rodriguez is a no-brainer, surely. QT would make you bigger than God. And, at the risk of alienating your largely-fanboy fanbase, dare I suggest Streep? Jodie? Frankly, I'm scaring myself just typing the names. Marty? Steve? Cronenberg? Stephen King? Danny Elfman? Come on, folks - the naming-and-shaming starts here! Again, thank you for this, H & S.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sly

    by Vundu

    Great Q&A and an excellent movie, Up there with the 1st Rocky.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by Chaka!

    Saw it in NYC, at a midnight show, in front of a full house. Electric wasn't the word ... way to send a loved character off into the sunset.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Headbandless Rambo = Flame on Optimus

    by Rambo in the Bronx

    Please, I wasn't here to join the party of the last two week and I hope you'll have it in you to answer this one last question from a true fan. Will Rambo IV happen without the headband? Please tell me the answer is 'No'

  • Jan. 1, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Just saw RB

    by susandonb

    I dont know if these posts are still being put up but here goes. We just saw Rocky Balboa and I have a confession. My husband Don is the Rocky fan in the family, he absolutly never misses a cable showing of any of them. I saw Rocky 1 in the theaters when it came out, it was good but once and 1 was enough for me. For a late Christmas gift I surprised Don with going to see RB today. It was wonderful! Mr Stalone ( I just cant get myself to call you "Sly") this movie was great in all ways. Thank you for making it and I know but hope it blessed you as deeply as it blessed me. Approaching 50 sson and going through many of the things RB was going through, gave me inspiration to get out there and be true to myself. Thank you again. Best of all life has to give to you always, Susan Berry in NC

  • Jan. 2, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Sly's the Man!

    by porterdsgn

    I don't care what you say!!! Thanks Sly!

  • Jan. 2, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Hello, Mr. Stallone!

    by tinlunlau

    glad to know that i finally have a chance of getting into touch with you (that is if u do reply) and i'm personally glad that you came back for one more round as Rocky Balboa. just like many other people were, i was skeptical about "Rocky Balboa" but glad that you finally managed to make it and make it good. i guess you can say the sixth film touched me alot as well and somehow i see alot in common between this film and myself. my father passed away half a year ago and somehow, i kinda see myself in Rocky Jr's shoes. i didn't really wanna stick around with my mother and couldn't agree on anything with her. i guess u can say that i'm still at that mentality right now. Watching "Rocky Balboa" gave me a new insight in life and i thank you for bringing that into me. i don't make much money but i'm glad i have a job to make my start. in fact, if it wasn't for Jackie Chan and the JC Group agreeing with me to translate the special features on last year's dvd release of "The Myth" in Hong Kong, i wouldn't even gotten the job at all. i even recalled you didn't get paid to make the first Rocky film. just as you had done for "Rocky", i also refused to be paid for "The Myth" and it paid off well. if it wasn't for that little reminder about you, i wouldn't have an income. thanks for being a great role model over the years! :) and one quick question before i go, you and Jackie Chan were reportedly very good buddies. i've even read reports that you two wanted a proper collaboration together. will that ever come into fruition? (i never saw it but the alan smitee flick doesn't really count). anyway, i hope i'm not too late to ask questions. i haven't really kept track of aintitcoolnews.com for a long time. best of luck!