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Stallone blows these questions up like Burmese Evil Bastards in RAMBO!!! Day 4!

Hey folks, Harry here... been a weird day - but I just got back from RAMBO at the Alamo Drafthouse Village - and I feel like it's the fucking fourth of July... I wanna blow shit up! This is a great time. I'll go more into that in my review. But for now - here's the 4th day of Questions and Answers with Stallone. Here ya go...

1. The stick fight in Rambo 3 was one of my favorite Rambo moments, what do you remember most about filming that scene? Cathie / Cahcat - Monterey Park, CA
1.) It’s the most brutal fight scene I’ve ever been involved with. I still have the mahogany sticks in my office as a reminder to never do that again. For example, we had flown over a stunt man to take the heat off of me and in the first part of the fight he was leveled and taken away, never to be seen again. So I had to do it alone and let me tell you, that was one hellacious painful knuckle smashing experience that I would not recommend to anyone except a chronic masochist.
2. Mr. Stallone - you're a well-known political animal, so much so that there's a comment in Jeffrey Toobin's new book "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court" where he records that you were even invited to the George H.W. Bush White House during a "congratulatory" press conference following the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. I remember the "Rambo" sequels being equated a bit with the Reagan years of the tail-end of Cold War Republicanism - do you find yourself, like your fellow action star Chuck Norris, being courted by any political candidates in the '08 race? Also, where do you think the new "Rambo" falls in the political spectrum? - S.J. Ruby, Los Angeles, CA
2.) Rambo has always been a-political, but once Ronald Reagan, who I admired, stated, “Rambo is a republican.” In some reference to Rambo and Gadhafi in the 80’s, that sort of sealed my fate and since then Rambo has always been equated with America’s military aggressiveness, but nothing could be further from the truth. Rambo is a solitary creature, not party of any military machine.
3. Hey Sly, For a period of time your name was associated with the upcoming Tarrantino flick INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. Have you had any further conversations with QT about this and, if so, what is your current level of involvement, if any, with the project? Thanks! DarqueGuy
3.) No, the only time I talked to Quentin about his opinion on movie making is when he and Robert Rodriguez came in to see a rough cut of ROCKY BALBOA and offered their suggestions, which were very helpful.
4.) At one time I was trying to do an authentic rendition of the true story of Spartacus with Antoine Fuqua years ago, but I couldn’t get arrested and had to settle for the fourth lead in “Spy Kids”, but I was fascinated with a story about the most famous and wealthiest man in Rome who was a chariot racer that had a fascinating life. 5. I would be interested in knowing what films Mr. Stallone considers the biggest surprise and the biggest disappointment of his career - not necessarily the best and worst film, but what he thought would be bad that turned out great, and what he had high hopes for that turned out to be on the weak side. Josh Massey Atlanta, GA
5.) The biggest surprise was “First Blood”. It was a film that was so bad in its first cut that I tried to buy it back and destroy the negative. My biggest disappointment was the way Danny Canon mounted and shot “Judge Dredd”, which I felt the audience would’ve loved this incredible character if it had been made more interesting and irreverent like the comic strip was intended to be.
6. Watching Rocky Balboa, I was so moved throughout, not just because the film was so well-done, nostalgic, exciting and poignant, but mostly because I could really feel you as his creator speaking through him...his trials as a fighter seemed to so greatly parallel your trials, not just as an actor, but as a husband and father as well, which made it even more compelling. What is your personal connection to Rambo? In other words, how does this character represent you as an actor and a human being? Andrew G. , New Jersey
6.) Rambo I believe connects with myself and many other people who have always felt their looking at society through a window, a sense of not belonging or being an outcast because they just see the world differently. Rambo is a realist and as we know, reality is a bitter pill to swallow.
7. What do you do to get yourself in the right creative zone when writing a movie? Nicolicious Green Bay, WI
7.) I try to isolate myself and mentally gear up for the task at hand. I don’t find writing a particularly pleasurable experience because it exploits your short comings as an artist. In other words, you think you’ve got the story under control then you go back and read it a week later and you realize the majority of the work has been superficial. So quite often I’ll lock myself in a room, a kind of self imposed isolation and I don’t leave it until something intelligent or creative comes to the surface and quite often that can take days or weeks. It’s as though your conscious mind is trying to burrow in your subconscious for creativity and this isn’t easily attained.
8. One movie from your catalog of work that hasn't been mentioned much in this is Nighthawks. I loved that movie. You and Billy Dee and Rutger Hauer were all great in it and it seems to stand out from your other films b/c it was a crime drama film that was not high octane a la Cobra, Tango & Cash, Demolition Man etc. I was just wondering if you had any anecdotes from that film and also given the post 9/11 world we live in if you had considered doing like an updated kind of Nighthawks movie that deals with the world of terrorism we currently live in that differs much from the kind of Euro-terrorism dealt with in that movie. Curadhan from Bowling Green, KY (Home of the Corvette!!!!)
8.) “Nighthawks”, was a film that was conceived in chaos. The second day into filming the director, his name escapes me, Gary…something. I believe he directed a film called “The Black Hole”. Stated in front of the whole crew, “Does anyone have any ideas how to shoot this thing?” Needless to say, he was immediately replaced with another director who was suppose to just stand there and look like he was directing, while we tried to pull this film together. He wasn’t very talented and basically could be considered “a front”. He knew the score but decided then and there he was going to be the next Stanley Kubrick. He didn’t have the talent of Stanley Kubrick’s little toe. So I suggested that why doesn’t he be like Hitchcock and do a cameo in the film. I’ll never forget we were in Paris and one of the terrorists was suppose to be a French taxi cab driver who was going to take her to the next location to meet up with Rutger Hauer. I suggested that a nice bit of business is that he would be eating from a stand that was selling raw oysters conveniently located next to the taxi. He loved oysters and couldn’t help devouring them by the handful. By the third take he had eaten at least thirty raw oysters or more and was removed from the set suffering severe oyster cramps. Unfortunately, he returned the next day.
9. Can you give us any scoop on your next projects? I wanted to thank you for making another Rocky and another Rambo. I loved these characters when I was younger and it's so great to have them back! -John Michael Lancaster, Ca
9.) Regarding the future we’re developing ideads for “The Mechanic”, “Deathwish” and a novel called “The Lion’s Game”. There are a few other interesting things waiting in the wings that I’m not at liberty to discuss right now and hopefully “Poe” will be one of them.
10. Hi Sly, Just one quick question. Can you recount your experience as an Oscar nominee and your memories of Rocky’s best picture win? Where were you when the nominations were announced? And were you charged up after John Avildsen won best director, knowing that made Rocky the likely best picture? What other memories do you have for Rocky’s Oscar campaign? Kudos for the AICN questions, it’s a very groovy little thing to do. Sam from Australia.
10.) When I heard that Rocky had received ten nominations against some incredible competition I was thunderstruck, but also realized this could be a problem because how do you ever live up to that kind of adulation? I didn’t feel I deserved it so soon and I had real mixed emotions. At the Oscars we were not doing very well until John won and I was happy for him but I never expected we would win best picture. So to this day the whole experience seems surreal.

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  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST


    by wattos new hat

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST


    by gunnafan

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Sylvester

    by NeoDevilbaneX

    Great, candid answers.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST


    by seabiscuits

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Eat seabiscuits

    by NeoDevilbaneX

    seabiscuits... I clock you in at 4th.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Machine Gun Joe VaTurbo

    by JeffManSixtyFo

    Loved him in that and Lords of Flatbush.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Sly!

    by Dr. Girlfriend

    I'm loving these questions, and it's nice to have a positive thing on the site after so tragic a day for all of us. Sad to see there's only one day of questions left, but that just means we're closer to Rambo, so there's a bright side. Hope the last 10 questions are extra good!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST


    by otm shank

    Looking forward to it. It will be cool to see a throwback R rated action movie and not some watered down version of past glory. Live Free or Die Hard anyone? Thanks Sly!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Loved the Hannity interview w/ Sly!

    by darthbinks1220

    He loved it. There's a real positive buzz around this film. It's prospects look promising.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Please don't do The Lion's Game

    by SherlockMonk

    When I think John Corey I just don't see Sylvester Stallone. Maybe I'm wrong, but Corey seems like more of an every-man style of character and Stallone has anything but an every-man air around him.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST


    by omega_786

    Sly is developing The Mechanic. Can't wait for this movie. I sense a definate hit if Verhoeven can direct!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2 a.m. CST


    by Horace Cox

    “Does anyone have any ideas how to shoot this thing?”<p> Fucking outstanding! I would have paid cash money to see the crew's reaction to that little gem.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Harry, you went and saw a movie today?

    by King_In_Yellow

    From the tone of your Heath Ledger eulogy I would've figured you were going to jump off a building. How could you go out into this so-called fucked up world, you know, the world that killed Heath?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:22 a.m. CST


    by Prossor

    man what an overrated president. Reagonomics (corporations),homeless influx, "defeating" USSR by dick-swinging arms buildup, Star Wars was a nice little money wasting fantasy.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    This is by far the best thing that has ever happened to this sit

    by Kirbymanly

    Sly, seriously... thank you so much for doing this. You're a real class act, man. While I LOVED what you did with "Rocky Balboa" (and am anticipating "Rambo" with pure excitment) I'd love to see you in more roles like "Copland". You were AMAZING in that film. Your performance stands the test of time. My friends and I still talk about how that's one of the most underrated performances of all time. The word "underrated" being the key there. It was so violently subtle. Please do more parts like that! We love you, Sly!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Sly is amazing

    by Teodora

    Thank you Sly for doing this with us and being such an inspiration. I hope Rambo is a big hit for you because you certainly deserve it. I would also like to see you in more dramatic roles. Copland as a film didn't work for me at all, but your performance was amazing. Good luck with your future projects!! We do love you, Sly!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Sly rules, and thanks for the better questions

    by stamper

    Now this is getting better. I'm glad Stallone is still around to entertain us in this bad, Ledgered day. Stallone's a real gentleman. Don't bring kids to do a man's job. Rambo will rule, and I'm downing a pint of Heineken to Heath's memory.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    This Q&A is great.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Luckily, the questions are getting better again.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Make Poe starring Downey Jr!

    by Kubla_Khan

    And respect to you for doing this!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST


    by henrydalton

    And the answer was almost word-for-word identical. I've kept quiet up to now as this thing is cool to read, no matter what the quality, but what the hell Harry. Are you paying attention?! I'm only casually reading this and I can see it's the same question and answer, you're meant to be deeply involved in it and you don't see it?!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Overall though

    by henrydalton

    These were better questions and answers than the last day's.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Right on, Stamper

    by Mr Sparks

    Stallone's a classy guy, and this has raised a smile despite the depressing news today. I'll join you for that pint, but make mine a Fosters.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST

    The questions may be getting better..

    by BenBraddock

    .. but the answers seem to be getting shorter! And many answers just beg more questions!! Interesting anyway, thanks for doing this. Hope Poe finally gets realised, a film on that genius is LONG overdue

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Hey, stop with the critiques...

    by Kirbymanly

    We should be amazed that Stallone is doing this at all so let's show some respect. Yeah, having Harry in charge of the questions is sketchy (they've been doubling up) but let's just give the man a grade-A thank you for even paying attention to us nerds.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Judge Dredd

    by Fortunesfool

    Was a cool movie, apart from annoying comedy guy. The reason it failed was that Stallone was just an awful Dredd. I still crack up thinking about him getting, unimposingly, off that bike and mumbling 'I am da law'. Love ya Sly, but that movie was your fault.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Nighthawks is a good film, so how can the director be a bad one

    by theycallmemrglass

    Surely, the director must be better than Sly's opinion of him. It seems Sly does not like Nighthawks. There is actually some interesting trivia on IMDB on this. Apparantly the replacement director didnt turn up for 1st day of shooting so Sly directed! DVD extras of this movie would be most interesting (provided they be honest)

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:40 a.m. CST

    First Blood

    by schnipple

    I remember the two films I loved the most growing up was Empire Strikes Back and First Blood. It's good to see Stallone back on top amongst all these metrosexual leading men. These Q and A's are the best thing on this site. Keep up the good work!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:47 a.m. CST

    by sonnyfern

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:47 a.m. CST

    by sonnyfern

    It's one of the best movies EVER...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Problems with computer...

    by sonnyfern

    I MEANT to say (before my computer got goofy), Rocky deserved that Oscar because it's one of the best movies still stands up today..

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:10 a.m. CST


    by AllieJamison

    will be on "WETTEN DASS?!" on saturday, which feels fucking weird. weekdays: aicn / weekend: freaky german tv show.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Hey Sly Stallone!

    by StallonesBones

    Thank you for taking the time to answer all of our questions. Thank you for making another RAMBO. I will making mutliple trips to the theatre to check it out.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Just read that Q & A

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    It was AWESOME!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Good Q&A

    by TattooedBillionaire

    Thanks for doing this, Sly!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6 a.m. CST

    yes lots of good projects for sly!!

    by coltrautman

    mechanic, death wish, Lions game!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST

    sly should co-star with christian bale in Mechanic!

    by coltrautman

    Christian bale should be the apprentice

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:02 a.m. CST

    I disagree Sherlockmonk

    by coltrautman

    Rocky was an everyman...stallone plays an everyman good!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Death race 2000

    by puzzledman69

    Wonder what Sly thinks of The Deathrace remake? Not sure if anyone's asked him that yet. I'd love an honest opinion from an old star of a film thats recently been remade. Usually they always go on TV and talk about how the remake is a really great idea. Also Escape to Victory is class I want Someone to ask him about that. You Americans probably couldn't give a shit but I'd love to know what it was like working with some of the greatest names in football, sorry soccer (god I hate that word) history

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Finally some real questions

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Even if many of them involve Rambo and Rocky, they are different questions.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST

    JT, Assassins was pretty good, but I

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    wouldn't call it badass. I'm glad he talked about Dredd, which I was had been darker, harder, and I think all are agreed we didn't need the comic relief of Rob Schneider. I like him, but not in a movie like this. Again Sly if you're reading, what happened with Dolan's Cadillac, and why was Dtox aka Eye See You direct to video. Man, I gotta rent that. JT, hit me again.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Severe Oyster Cramps

    by jr42602

    I really hope this takes off as a new catch phrase in the talkbacks...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Is there any way to elongate

    by Abominable Snowcone

    the TB article so Sly's answers don't read as one long, condensed vertical column, but rather like normal paragraphs?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Good to see him getting behind the camera too!



  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    "Why do I wanna win this race so bad?"

    by Biggie Kaiju

    "In the name of hate. One big victory for hate." - Machine Gun Joe. Death Race 2000 is hysterical, if you're a sick bastard like me. Tell us more stories about it, Sly! And I'm psyched for "Rambo," as long as I leave the theater thinking I got what I wanted, which is Rambo fucking shit up for ninety minutes.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Stallone vs. Tony Jaa

    by GibsonUSA

    What time was this posted? Sheesh. I went to bed at 1AM EST and woke up at 7.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Judge Dredd needed to be darker.

    by GibsonUSA

    They needed to have hired Tim Burton after he left Batman Forever. A dark, gloomy Burton-esque Dredd would have been kick ass...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by Masked Avenger

    Is hilarious because the director says the exact same thing, blaming Stallone for the movie not being like the comic book. Who to believe? I have a question Sly, did you really get kicked out of a hotel for taking a dump in the bathtub? Eat your humble pie and enjoy it, 15 years Stallone would've answered every single one of these questions with a "DON'T LOOK AT ME IN THE EYES!!!".

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Judge Dredd movie needed to be its own entity

    by GibsonUSA

    Heavily inspired by the comic but not close to exact...kind of like the biggest comic book movies of today. I always imagined Burton doing to Dredd what he did to 1989 Batman, as a proper lift-off.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Holy shit.

    by Gilkuliehe

    I was just cheking IMDB and realized Nighthawks was the first movie Rutger Hauer did in USA. How come nobody has asked Sly about this experience? I guess nobody else cares. I want to know what was like to discover the friggin' Hitcher. He's a goddamn Nexus 5! Or was it 6?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Roy Batty was a Nexus 6

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I think. And he "wants more life, fucker." And everything he's seen will be washed away like tears in the rain.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    When's Sly and Jackie Chan gonna make a movie?

    by GibsonUSA

    Haven't they (or at least rumors) existed about this for like a decade now? Jackie has looked bored in his last few movies (not putting him down or anything)...time for he and Sly to tear it up! What kind of movie would it be though?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    The Lion's Game

    by enoodle123

    Mr. Stallone, you should definitely pursue this with all haste. That series of books (by Nelson DeMille) is awesome and could be strung into an incredible new franchise. I've often wondered why more of DeMille's books have not been adapted into film, as the main character is just begging to be seen onscreen. So, yeah, one vote for The Lion's Game. And the rest of you should read it. Good Shit.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah

    by enoodle123

    And, we're seeing Rambo opening night. My girlfriend saw the commercial on TV the other night, and was all "Did you see they made an new Rambo? What the Hell?" And I was all, "DON'T TALK SHIT ABOUT RAMBO!" Needless to say, she's going to go see it to be schooled.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Q for Sly: Can you direct Sly biopic by Sly?

    by geodesigns

    Sly, I'm a big fan and watched all the Rocky & Rambo movies. One of my favorite all time movies is Rocky Balboa. It has so much heart. <br> <br> I watched many other Sly movies and you seem to have a mixed track record, some good single story movies that I really liked (Victory!!!, Cliffhanger) , some with very funny Sly Humor moments, and other not well received. With this many movies and a fascinating life and career-- <br> <br> Here is my Question for Sly: <br> <br> Would you consider directing & producing a biopic about your life? "Sly by Sly", narrated by Sly, acted at times by a Sly Clone, other times use the Real Sly when talking in Sly Retrospect and drag the Sly Clone around the talk show cirquit to promote the movie and see the poor kid sweat(ha ha). A biopic not in a narcissistic kind of way, but the way people write a book about their memoirs. <br> <br> And by the way, I know I speak for so many of the Talkbakers, thank you for doing your AICN Q&A. You are a favorite movie star, action hero, and, demonstrated through honestly sharing your experiences with us, that you are a really likable person. <br> <br> Also- I think many here crack up reading your responses, written with your sense of Sly Humor- (use stick fighting anecdote for Sly Biopic) you need to infuse more of that in your movies!! <br> <br> SLY!!!! Waiting for Rocky 6-pack!- Add updated videogame! <br> <br> SLY!!!! Make Rambo the 1st of a new trilogy to get another 6 pack! kick tyrannical ass around the world!! Add updated videogame! Add Rambo comic books!!! <br> <br> Best Regards, <br> <br> geodesigns

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Is it just me...

    by vadakinX

    Or does this seem almost a little...I dunno, cold? <p> What I mean is, the last time around, with the Rocky questions, Stallone didn't just answer questions, he looked through the talkbacks and would respond to things from the talkback during each round of questions. This time around he just seems to be answering the questions sent, sometimes not even answering the actual question but instead trying to come up with an anecdote, which while cool, leaves the asker of the question still waiting for an answer. <p> Don't get me wrong, it's cool to have Stallone doing this, but he seems less personal and appoachable than last time.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Thank you Mr Stallone...

    by JAGUART

    It's great to see a resurgence of a real masculine hero in the wake of today's pseudo-stars that have non-personalities and were the ilk we picked on in high school.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Further (concerning Lion's Game)

    by enoodle123

    Damn, I'm just feeling chatty today. I never post. Uh, yeah, the point. If one were to adapt The Lion's Game to film, one must be very careful to handle the ending properly. While the ending of the book pissed off almost everyone I know who read it, it was a pretty solid and honest ending, especially considering the current unfound Bin Ladin situation. While most movie goer cry out for bid bang up hollywood ending, I think I would probably expect more from the guy who gave us Rocky. The handling of the ending could change an interesting political/action film into something far more. Just a thought.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    AHA! Mr Stallone is a student of Stanislavski!!

    by ArcadianDS

    Some of his answers contain certain Stanislavski 'jingoisms' - looks like Mr Stallone has taken a few acting classes at some point, which is respectable. Too many hollywood ation stars think they just need to have beefy arms and a .50 cal machine gun and they have a solid movie. Credit to Mr. Stallone for realizing that you do actually need to know how to act - even in an action movie.<p> I guess thats why we're seeing another Rambo movie and not another "Howie Long Fights Fires" sequel.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:14 a.m. CST

    John Spartan = Greatest Cop Ever

    by Dr. Stanley Goodspeed

    could totally kick Ray Tango's ass.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    I want a producer's credit on The Mechanic

    by Moe Ron

    Sly. Call me. Harry, quit giving him the same questions over and over, please.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I want Special Thanks credit

    by GibsonUSA

    for Awesomeness.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Preview Review

    by Chanoc

    Is anyone gonna post a review of yesterday´s Rambo viewing?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by BonerDonor comin for you!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Señor Stallone

    by Chanoc

    Hope you read this. I had the privilege of seeing you in person in Guadalajara, México. Well, I have a Question... Have you ever been approached to star in a Movie with Sr. Shwarzenegger? I mean have you really been in talks about doing something together and if so can you tell us what the story was about? Thanks

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST

    whats your idea for The Mechanic??

    by coltrautman

    Your ideas for Death Wish is very interesting..but im wondering what idea you have for The Mechanic to update it?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by WickedMonster

    Cool Movie. One of the first movies I saw with Stallone in it. (In my country, TVs came in the 90's). <p>Classic scene: Banderas typing F-Bombs on his laptop. That was funny.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    hey we get to win this time?

    by slappy jones

    or is it up to me?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:25 p.m. CST

    The Mechanic is a classic....Bronson's best IMO

    by Quake II

    Judge Dredd was a visually great film. It was ruined by Rob Schneider and the lack of anarchy that the comic featured. Dredd should have been a hard R rated film (ala Robocop). Instead it was Dredd "light". Plus Stallone almost never had the face shield down.... BIG MISTAKE.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST

    As an individual piece I'd say it's a toss-up

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    between The Mechanic or Death Wish as far as his best work. Ensemble pick without a doubt is The Dirty Dozen followed by The Magnificent Seven in a very close second. If you're going to re-make The Mechanic I can see Bale as the Jan Michael Vincent apprentice character. He's young enough, has the looks, and the temperment. I haven't been following the talkback that much so I don't know if Sly has the Bronson role, but I'd rather see another actor (sorry Sly). He's done it already in Assassins and The Specialist.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Masked Avenger...Danny Cannon blames Stallone...

    by Quake II

    You're right about that. He said that Stallone didn't want to wear the helmet, wanted more dialogue and wanted to keep it audience/summer blockbuster friendly (aka dumbed down). So who do you believe? I side with Cannon. A young director with no clout is not going to tell Stallone what to do. A veteran mega-action star with tons of clout? I think we know who made the decisions on that set. Play the victim all you want Sly. Cannon was British and said as a kid, he was the biggest Judge Dredd fan out there...Sly is cool but we know how Hollywood egos are.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Sly does have the Bronson role..

    by coltrautman

    he is playing the Bronson far as I know..he is in Death Wish Why wouldnt you want him?? hes the right age...and hes great at it...I doubt well get an "assassins" sly is better than that now..hes on a role!(no pun intended)

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Judge Dredd shouldve been violent/Dark

    by coltrautman

    I still like it..its a fun movie...but it shouldve been like Robocop or what this RAMBO is like...gory as hell!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 12:43 p.m. CST

    It's just that in Death Wish the Bronson

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    character went from average Joe, to cold-blooded killed very slowly. First time he killed someone, or was it even a kill after he smacked the dude in the face with the sock of quarters I forget, he went home, and puked his guts out over what he had just done. At that point in Bronson's career he was a tough guy actor, but not a supreme bad ass. Stallone on the other hand is. So, I have trouble seeing the metamorphasis in my head from average guy to cold-blooded revenge seeker. Plus even though this would be a re-make, you're re-making a classic. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part re-makes don't work unless the originally really sucked, and re-making classics is risky at best. You have everything to lose, and not much to gain. I love Sly, but I don't know if this can be pulled off by anyone. Mechanic re-make is much more doable. Also I heard Dredd was delayed for years because when Robocop came out the people who were making Dredd, and I'm not sure if they were the ones who ended up making Sly's Dredd, saw it and realized that Robocop was great, and it basically was Judge Dredd.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by omega_786

    Have u noticed how SLY get's all 'smart arse' after a Rambo film? 'Hellacious' and 'Horatious' are not in the English dictionary and i am assuming the next few films will all be terrible flops. He will probably end up telling peope not to look into his eyes as he goes through another spell of roid rage!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Sly isnt playing an average guy in Death Wish

    by coltrautman

    Hes playing an Ex-Con turned good guy who reverts back to that man he was hes definitely playing to his strengths. and Look what Sly did to RAMBO and Rocky Balboa...personally a Remake done right can be GREAT..and I have utmost confidence in sly to make a great movie

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Having said that, then it sounds like

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    it could work then. I'm not sure if you're calling Rocky or Rambo re-makes. Those are just continuations with the same actor. But now that I know more about Death Wish I'm holding out hope for it. Here's a trivia question: What was Jeff Goldbum's first acting role on film? He played "Freak number 1"; one of the guys who broke into the apartment and murdered/raped Bronson's family.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    im not saing rocky or rambo are remakes..

    by coltrautman

    I just mean hes brougt the characters to a new generation and updated them...and it seems to have worked great...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by christophermoltosante

    did i manage to be the 91st poster? oh great just what i always wanted. has the same meaning as being first people.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Thank you sir, may I have another?

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    No one here is going to answer. I'm going to have to rent Dtox.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    so, who went to the screening in Texas??

    by coltrautman

    the AICN screening for RAMBO??

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Hrraaaaarrgh! Tuh!

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Two more days until my Ramboner subsides and I cream a theater chair. Thank you Sly, My King!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by Mr.Flange

    Only two f*****g stars in empire magazine.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Here's a question for Sly.

    by PwnedByStallone

    How come Heath Ledger died but you're still alive and still making shit?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Death Wish REMAKE??

    by Prossor

    What i dont get... is why are they remaking GOOD movies from the 70s? Ones that aren't effects movies too so it's not like there's a reason for updating effects. There's absolutely zero to add to a Death Wish remake.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Question for PwnedByStallone

    by Mr.Flange

    Why ngngngggggggggg i can`t be fucking bothered

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by jamoke

    Hey Sly: Been trying to find someplace to congratulate the people responsible for the ad work for your new flick: it's total genius. Here in NYC, the first time I saw these posters in the subway, I was stopped dead in my tracks: simply awesome. Your signature profile, in black 'spraypaint', with 'RAMBO' and 'STALLONE' in blood red. Well-deserved credit to the folks responsible for this design: getting significant 'traffic'!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by losder

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Check this out.......

    by connor187

    I realize its a sad day for movie fans for obvious reasons but if you go over to the story about Anikin or somthing on the main page, check out the original artical where Harry tells you to. You read a talkback about the casting for that character. Its from back in 2000. some funny shit. and people have added comments at the end from today wich is a little weird...........or yeah er Rambo looks rather good I might add.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by eldosebabu

    Mr. Stallone, your movie rocks! Give us moree!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    What lacks now is a kickass popcorn PRISON MOVIE!

    by GibsonUSA

    Kind of like the middle part of Face/Off in terms of popcorn-ness, but without the futuristic stuff. Just a kickass, "realistic" (in terms of aesthetic and the components of today's prisons)movie about a guy or group grinding it out in the pen. Sly would be perfect for this. <BR> If his upcoming remake involves a ex-con, I hope there is a prison scene.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by ABking

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    The kickass prison movie was called

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The Shawshank Redemption.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Yeah GREAT posters, CRAP trailers

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Guess you cant have it all.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    JO-BLO raves about RAMBO...a film to see more than ONCE!

    by ABking

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by judge dredds fresh undies

    How about Lock up?

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by HamsterDK

    Not from the staff and not even from some of the talkbackers that must have been there!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Possible X-Files 2 Spoiler?!

    by Uncle Salty Walt

    Check out for a very interesting set of images. BEWARE SPOILERS! ....Now this is a sequel to get fired up about!

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    CHUD loves RAMBO as well!!!

    by ABking

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    How about a Chinese prison movie?

    by GibsonUSA

    You know how American prisons are so loud with everyone screaming and fighting? I heard in Chinese prisons....its chillingly quiet, like a library. Everythings in super order and all the convicts are boy scouts. Lets do a movie on what goes on in there.<BR> American prisons need to get tougher...

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Fantastic Faraci review of Rambo over at Chud...

    by KillaKane

    Sounds like Sly's really delivered the goods and made a terrific addition to the John-J cannon. |Faraci's one our own, and his impression of Rambo sounds like it has more in keeping with the grit and edge of First Blood (which is the way I was hopng it would go) with just the right balance of characterisation and human interest offset against what sounds like absolute bloody carnage. Was excited to hear that the Merc team nare not being mere cypher-cannon fodder, and they hold there own with John-J and his 50 cal in a full tilt 'Men on a Mission' third act. Can't wait to see this for some full on no nonsense Guts 'n Glory entertainment. GO SLY! ;-)

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Where's the reviews from the AICN RAMBO screening???

    by GVL

    RAMBO is getting fantastic reviews. Like others have asked, I too am wondering what people that went to the RAMBO screening last night thought.

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Yeah get your damn review up already Harrry!

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Uncle Salty Walt fuck off with your xfiles 2 shit

  • Jan. 23, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Sly needs to look at Eastwood...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...and recognise the way that Eastwood matured his onscreen image in the late seventies and through the eighties. He still did the action and franchise films, but he peppered that with smaller, more personal films, and interesting takes of familiar Eastwood archetypes. And then of course he would go on to beutifully cap those types of action roles with his work in Unforgiven and, to a slightly lesser extent, In The Line Of Fire. <p>That's what Stallone needs to do in my opinion, realise that he's not a young turk action hero anymore and look for films that allow him to work his age and experience and filmic history into his characters. I mean it's no coincidence that the likes of Eastwood and Lee Marvin did some of their most interesting work later in life, Stallone should take a note of that and do likewise. If he did then I think there's still a lot of interesting filmic life in the guy yet.<p>And I actually think that Rocky and now Rambo will hopefully mark not only a return to quality for Stallone, but a turning point for the guy. He's always been a better actor than he's usually credited with being, largely because he's so easy to caricature - just as Eastwood was earlier in his career, as were the likes of John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart - so it'd be nice to see him bring some more memorable characters to the screen now he's at this stage of his life, where the ego seems to have melted away, and the craft is well and truly under his belt. <p>As much as I'm no fan of the remake phenomenon, Death Wish actually has quite an interesting hook, the cold hard killer that has reformed, only to be driven back to unleashing the animal that was always lurking just below the surface, so if he can make that work then I think there's definitely potential there, and I say this as someone who loves Bronson's Death Wish (though Red Sun is still my fave Bronson as star film). This is the way to make a worthy remake in my books, take the core basic concept, but then go in your own distinct direction with it, and if you look at the great remakes of our time, The Thing, The Fly, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, et al, then you see that's exactly what each of those films did. They didn't recreate the original films, they took the concept and then ran in their own direction with it, and that's the way to go in my books.<p>As for The Mechanic, again, one of Bronson's very best, but I wouldn't be totally against a Stallone led remake, just so long as he keeps it gritty and doesn't turn it into Assassins 2. I mean I like Assassins well enough, but it was very much a popcorn flick, The Mechanic should be more a gritty and dark character piece.<P>Anyway it's great to see Rambo getting such positive buzz, gonna be another month until it opens down here unfortunately...damn, gonna be a long friggin wait. Worth it though I hope.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST

    eastwood is overrated

    by cloudrider`

    i never understand the critics' adulation over eastwood. i've seen 'unforgiven', and i failed to see its greatness. so it's about a killer who want to make peace with the world, unless, of course, he's forced to kill again. where have i seen that? only in every fricking hongkong and lone hitman movies! big fricking deal. <p> and no matter how many praises have gone towards 'mystic river' and 'letters from iwo jima', i think they're DULL DULL DULL, visually and naratively. in fact, i think his 'direction' is one of the most pedestrian and boring of all the big name directors working today. <p> before you all say i should stick to michael bay, let me assure you that i love kurosawa, fellini, truffaut(hated godard though!), wong kar wai, etc. and having loved these guys' films, i can say without pretension i absolutely loath eastwood's films.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST

    eastwood is overrated

    by cloudrider`

    i never understand the critics' adulation over eastwood. i've seen 'unforgiven', and i failed to see its greatness. so it's about a killer who want to make peace with the world, unless, of course, he's forced to kill again. where have i seen that? only in every fricking hongkong and lone hitman movies! big fricking deal. <p> and no matter how many praises have gone towards 'mystic river' and 'letters from iwo jima', i think they're DULL DULL DULL, visually and naratively. in fact, i think his 'direction' is one of the most pedestrian and boring of all the big name directors working today. <p> before you all say i should stick to michael bay, let me assure you that i love kurosawa, fellini, truffaut(hated godard though!), wong kar wai, etc. and having loved these guys' films, i can say without pretension i absolutely loath eastwood's (directed)films.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    I wouldn't worry about that. <p>Empire is a complete tossrag without a clue as to how to rate a movie properly.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST


    by cahcat

    Thanks for answering my question, this totally made my day! I've seen Rambo and loved every minute! I can't wait to see it again!

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    The Mechanic?

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    I love Sly, but is he planning to remake every Charles Bronson film ever made? Fuck that.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST

    why not cruel_kingdom?

    by coltrautman

    its only 2 bronson films...and after the AMAZING Rocky Balboa/RAMBO I think they could be great interpretations!