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Day 5 - Sly rips the neck out of our final day's worth of Questions!!!

Published at: Jan. 24, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here... Tonight (Thursday) at midnight you can begin to start seeing RAMBO - With it - you'll start to form all new questions, which you'll have to hold and keep in mind till the next Stallone feature - which frankly can't come soon enough. Here ya go with the final set of questios this go around. Let's all think Sly for the Q&A and well - he doesn't need our hopes for a good weekend - RAMBO is amazing and it'll kick ass this weekend. Here ya go...

1. Between the two immortal characters you have portrayed, which is your favorite and why? I am a huge fan of both of them. Scott P Brookings, South Dakota
1.) That’s a tough question. One really taps into the philosophical side, which is Rocky, and that character can speak freely and it’s a very rare situation when your alter ego can be exposed like that. I’ll never have that experience again. Imagine being able to inhabit a character for thirty years. It’s a freak occurrence. So he would be my favorite, but Rambo taps into something I believe all men harbor inside, which is a sense of indignation and isolation that usually has to be resolved through physical endeavors but in the end there is no satisfaction because the price that is paid is too intense and destructive. So Rambo is destined to live his life in solitude.
2. What is your opinion of current studio action movies? from Alec in Los Angeles
2.) Technically the ability to visually create situations that were unthinkable twenty years ago is a wonder to behold. But, there is a lack of humanity when technology is that sophisticated. However, every generation is defined by the art it creates so I guess the present day action films are in tune with the youth of today.
3. What was it like working with a Russian director, Andrei Konchalovsky, on Tango and Cash? What do you think of the result? andrejgontcharov berlin/moscow
3.) Andrei was a real gentleman and I thought his take on “Tango and Cash” was very good and would’ve been infinitely more realistic had he been allowed to continue. His replacement was more attuned to comic pop culture so the film had a dramatic shift into a more light hearted direction.
4. Mr. Stallone, My buddy outright refuses to watch the upcoming RAMBO... he sees absolutely no reason to do so. Even the trailer did nothing for him. Mind you, he doesn't like violence (it doesn't worry me as I'm desensitized to movie violence), and the trailer did focus on that aspect of it. He happily watched ROCKY BALBOA ('cos he's a fan of the series -- and well, who isn't? -- not to mention that it just plain ruled!) but he has no interest in this... which I find strange since John Rambo (in First Blood, anyway) is just as, if not more, interesting than any of the characters you've portrayed (equal with Sheriff Freddy Heflin, I reckon). So, please explain why he should go see this! If anyone can sway him, it'll be you... Callum Miramar, Wellington
4.) I believe this Rambo is by far the most responsible action film I’ve ever done since “First Blood”. The content is mature and the word “violence” is being used in the wrong context. It’s a film about survival of a peaceful persecuted group of people in Burma. It’s about clashing ideals of missionaries who believe God can make all persecution go away through love and the counter force of confronting evil with bravery and a force of righteousness that people can rise up and slay tyrants if they’re willing to put their life on the line. I love this film and I believe if people go to the theatre they’ll be pleasantly surprised by it’s many layers.
5. Hi Sly, Will Rambo be your last all out action film? Jeremy Lorence Edison, NJ
5.) I love action films. I think they’re highly underrated and it’s unfortunate that the amount of effort and craftsmanship that goes into creating modern day mythology is considered light weight fare. It’s not. It’s a thousand times more difficult to do a profound action film than a dramatic film, but I know the consensus of so called dramatic purists would disagree. So to answer your question I would consider it a privilege to do more films in this genre.
6. I'm a Viet Nam vet Sly, and I'm so glad you are back! A gazillion of us vets love John Rambo and identify very much with his feelings and wish we could do what he does. How did it feel to make him live again? Do YOU like him and what did if feel like playing him again after all these years? Lots of us wish we were movie stars like you, or heroes like John. You ARE a movie star and get to play a great reluctant hero like Rambo. In your fantasies, would you ever wish to be someone like him? Why, or why not, and if not, in your heroic fantasies, who would you be? Not a question, but a very pretty lady friend of mine asked me most excitedly, "Did you see they are making another Rambo movie?" And before I could answer I knew all about it she said "Stallone looks older, but Damn does he look hot!!" As a tottaly hetero male, all I could say is "No shit!" Thanks for bringing John back Sly. Damn, I missed his bad ass self!! Dan McLaughlin Federal Way, Wa. Viet Nam Vet, 1969
6.) It’s a privilege to play a character like John Rambo because he’s the composite of all the brave, incredibly heroic military men that performed gallantly for their country and never received the honors that should be bestowed on them. I am thrilled that he is back because he’s a complex character that is trying to make sense of the world and truly understand how he fits in. We don’t give a lot of our warriors the kind of credit they deserve but when they’re asked to sacrifice their life so others may live there can be no more noble character.
7. Of course like everyone else massive Rocky fans, cant wait for John Rambo. With typecasting always a problem with bringing back Characters such as Rocky and Rambo (although they are very much loved). The better action films have been very much character driven with great directors bringing out the best in the actors they work with (ie Copland). Are there directors that you would actively lobby to work with like Quentin Tarantino (I'd love to see you in one of his), David Fincher, Stephen Soderburgh or James Cameron. Daniel Ogle
7.) Of course I’d love to work with all of these men but it seems my fate has taken me in a different direction. Perhaps I may have been more aggressive early on in seeking them out or directing myself when I had more opportunities. Today it seems I’m most likely to focus on directing my projects because it’s so hard to wait around and hope opportunity will knock on your door. So like it or not I suppose I’m stuck with me.
8. What was it like being with Brigitte Neilsen? Just looking at her scares the crap out of me - in a strangely erotic way. Did she intimidate you? Was she nicer in person than she seemed on the screen? Thanks - Chad G. (US Air Force, stationed at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom)
8.) This is a perfect example of how you can prove to yourself that you’re constantly in a state of metamorphosis. When I look at Brigitte Neilson and her exploits, it’s as though I’m looking at a movie by Ed Wood. It’s as though I’m having an out of body experience and all I can think is we were brain dead in the 80’s because today I can’t even conceive of that happening. We were never meant for each other. I remember on my honeymoon that I was daydreaming the mattress would open up and swallow me and I would escape this nightmare. I don’t blame her for anything. I blame myself for entertaining a temporary form of insanity.
9. Hi Sylvester, Lots of respect for your work as well as endurance in the business, that’s for you and the boys of AICN. These Q&A’s show a great deal and respect all around. I have been fascinated with SE Asia for years, and although I lived in Taiwan, I never got a chance to travel there. As such, I was really digging when I saw Burma, as the locale and instigation for the movie. As you must know it’s been a hellspot forever and only recently covered in the world press, for a second…I think choosing this country and it’s situation is very important and thoughtful on your part, unless you were just spinning a table globe…in which case, niiiice. Anyways, can you please elaborate on using this country in the movie, and if and how the experience has changed you; if it has will you do anything ‘political' about it. It’s a fucked up situation and people are getting away with murder. Movies are movies, but simply mentioning the country works towards awareness. Ps I’m doing health work in Guatemala, and either you or Arnold could be Jean-Claude’s running mate in a Presidential landslide in any Latin American country. Fotis
9.) I thought if this were to be the last Rambo I would hope it would serve two masters. The first, would be to provide escapism in the form of an adventure film. The second, which is by far the most important, is shedding light on a horrible depraved situation where murder, torture, rape and mutilation are an every day occurrence. If there was ever hell on earth, it would be called Burma. So depicting the atrocities, which are historically accurate in the film in the way the Burmese are systematically butchering a peaceful group of peasants called the Karen would provide a window into that part of the world for the uninformed. The Burmese military spends billions of dollars every year in Washington D.C. hiring publicity firms to completely distort the ongoing genocide, so this is the only way I can assist them and it’s a privilege to do so.
10. Hey Sly. Can you explain the story behind Rambo's wrist watch? Normeristi
10.) I’m not exactly sure how to answer this but an old military watch made by Panerai is used. It’s not in circulation and it’s anodized casing is the type that Rambo would use. So I thought why not have him wear something that is old and authentic, reflective of who he is. I just want to thank Harry and all of you wonderful movie patrons who really provide an interesting insight into a world far beyond Hollywood. As much as you may welcome these questions I welcome your insight and your commitment to the art of filmmaking, so thank you very much for your time. It is appreciated and hopefully our relationship will continue. Best of Life, Sly.

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  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    The Sly is back...

    by moto

    And I could care less if I'm first! I just need my Sly fix!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    And Thank You Sly

    by utz_world

    I've got my "Rambo" tix for Saturday night at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. 86 feet of blood, bullets and carnage. I can't wait!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    When we gonna get a QnA with...

    by worldofwarcraft

    PwnedbyStallone? That might be pretty interesting.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    I'm not really big on Stallone, but

    by worldofwarcraft

    I can only imagine real die hard Stallone fans feeling this Q and A. I'm feeling a real lack of fun and energy here. This guy came off as cool and charming the last go round, but now it;s kind of dull. Any body else feeling the lack of mojo?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    I will be back, Promise!

    by John_Rambo

    Thanks guys for some of the best experiences for me in any type of press I've done...I'll be popping in and out of the talkbacks every now and then when my schedule permits..if you see Rambo around, just say hi. It's been very insightful learning your love of film through the website. Best of luck, life and truth; Be .Sly.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Any chance "Meet the Spartans" is so current

    by worldofwarcraft

    that they spoof this Rambo? I'm just glad Harry hasn;t spoiled "Spartans" for me by giving away any major plot points. Though I am getting a little fed up with how every TB has become about Meet The Spartans. Still, my enthusiasm is undiminished. SPOILER- you will have the time of your life at Meet The Spartans!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Enough of QT... Sly, stay away from him....

    by moto

    The Tarantino of Pulp and Dogs must have died in the 90s, because the "director" I see today is nothing more than a video store clerk with too much power and money, obsessed with showing people his obsession with 70s era crap "cinema". <p> Hey, I'm as film geek as the next guy. I have plenty of guilty pleasures that I enjoy to no end (Yes, I love "Side Out" for some odd reason). But he's been such a waste of talent doing knock off movies on retro genres. The Kill Bill movies, all fun aside, were nothing more than that. Nothing but a plethora of 70s retro moments with Tarantino saying, "Hey, look how much I know about crappy (yet fun to some) movies of yesteryear." His Grindhouse fiasco, while good for a laugh, is no different. <p> It sounds like I'm a QT hater, but I'm not. I just long for an original film from him again. I don't want Pulp 2 or Dogs 2, no. I just want to see some evolution in him with a new original flick. He's been devolving ever since Jackie Brown, which had its moments at best. <p> I bring this up because of the constant Sly questions saying he should work with QT. Sly, stay away from him until he wakes up and smells the shit he's been shoveling. Now QT wants to remake Pussycat?????? No news has ever been as "uninsteresting" as that.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Man...Stallone is awesome...

    by Jobacca

    Not many celebs would have the balls to come here and put up with our bullshit,let alone do a Q&A with the fans. I've got nothing but respect for the man. Hope RAMBO makes mucho $.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sly

    by gunnafan

    Thanks Sly for doing this Q&A again, you're answers are great. It's just too bad so many questions were wasted on repeats from last time.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    THANX SLY!!!

    by GVL

    Thanks for RAMBO!! I'm going to a special screening Thursday Night. I'm expecting to be cheering and having a blast!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Is John Rambo really Sly?

    by Wed Vid Guy

    If so, black box the guy! Thanks for visiting with us again Sly. You're the real deal.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST

    your a class act sly

    by virtual_ninja

    thanks for the Q&A cant wait to see rambo!!!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    To John Rambo

    by stamper

    Thanks Sly for this talkback, and thanks for coming back and closing both series in style. I saw Rambo and it's like a dream come true, a brilliant finish to the series. The whole room was full of journalist, and they all applauded in the end. I hope you bring back Cobra next (what about using an older retired Marion Cobretti as the main hero of Deathwish ?)

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    So did we find out if Celeste was hot?

    by Alonzo Mosely

    It's been my only question through two of these rounds of questions. Ahhh, we shall never know...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Oh, and when do we get the Steve Guttenberg Q&A?

    by Alonzo Mosely

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST

    I hope the old lion will roar proudly again

    by NeoDevilbaneX

    When Rambo fucking eviscerates the box office. Realistically, I know it may not do as well as Rocky Balboa... it simply doesn't have the same worldwide sentimental appeal. But I hope it does. I pray it does. It's a beacon of light in a sea of PG-13 mediocrity.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Yeah, my Q didn't make it either. damn!

    by ronniepooch

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST

    My Question was......

    by ronniepooch

    yo Sly, I just wanted to say its been a pleasure watching all of your films through all the years. They all hold a special place. Here's a quick Rocky question, way back when, Mr. T was on the Stern show and mentioned that he was getting ready to work on the 6th Rocky with you. During a later appearance on the show, he explained that there was a conflict in his schedule and he unfortunately could not be a part of the film. We all love Clubber Lang and would love if you could tell us what his role would have been in the 6th film. was it a major part? was Clubber going to help train Rocko, or just make a cameo appearance ringside during the fight? Tell us! Loved Rocky Balboa btw, fitting end to a legendary character. Best of luck with Rambo. Me and my buddies will be there opening night! Hope to continue seeing this character in future films.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Stop typing and get to the theater...

    by TELF

    Let's make this a big fat hit so we can get some more action movies made.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Good Q&A, but hardly as good as Balboa's one

    by SpencerTrilby

    given the fewer questions we were allowed, and the somewhat rushed way Sly answered to them (nowhere as near as the insightful, lengthy answers from last year's Q&A) I'm a bit disappointed. I mean, it's not as if Sly took the coward's way out like WalterB, and Mr Stallone seems like a truly nice guy and all... but this Q&A is a bit of a letdown. I wish the next one (for Death Wish or Poe, both suit me) will be longer, bigger and uncut. Just take a look at the legendary Rocky Balboa sessions if you don't believe me.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Answer 2 is brilliant

    by Kragmose

    Wise words.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Laters Sly, until your next TB prior to release of Death Wish?

    by theycallmemrglass

    Or is this "sniff" the last Sly TB eva?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Cool guy

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I'm impressed.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:51 a.m. CST

    To ronniepooch: the record

    by John_Rambo

    Black box would be nice....but we all know how it went down with my pal walerB. So it's not necessary...You know who I am, so I feel the deal is straight. To ronniepooch: Laurence Tureaud was contracted to appear in Balboa, but not before a conflict of schedule came forth; that's when we subbed Mr Tyson for the role of the ringside announcer instead. I could of told you a great story that Laurence told me when he was guarding Bruce Lee or heavens forbid - Dianna Ross. In fact, I do remember when he used to tell me (after I took six hours of punching practice from him)in Rocky 3 that next to god, there is no greater protector than him. I always remember that line; I think it's cannon now. So, there you go. Got crazy amount of press at the moment, so I'm sorry the answers were lean and mean - but we all gotta do our day jobs. Catch you in the talkbacks friends. Sly. *^*

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:11 a.m. CST

    THANKS Mr. Stallone

    by ABking

    Thanks for the Q&A's Sly...You were great. RAMBO is gonna own the fucking box-office now....can't wait for part 5!!!!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST

    to John__Rambo

    by coltrautman

    Thanks sly for the great qna..I cant wait for RAMBO, and Whatever else you have in your future like Death wish, Mechanic etc.!!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Is John_Rambo TBer the real deal Harry?

    by SpencerTrilby

    if so, nice to see him among us. And kudos for acknowledging the shorter nature of his answers. <p> Please, next time Harry set up the questions a few weeks in advance so you could give Sly The Man (and Celeste!) more time to provide in-deep answers.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:31 a.m. CST

    entertaining a temporary form of insanity

    by just pillow talk

    Ha! I think everyone does that at least once in their life.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    ABKing just splurged in his pants

    by Lost Jarv

    Sly spoke to him *swoon*.<p>It's a pity that was the last lot of questions. <p>Next time, Harry, try to use some quality control and not repeat questions or put in frankly dipshitty ones from people that work for you.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:48 a.m. CST

    ABking: let me just say - there's no fan like you

    by John_Rambo

    Over the last couple of years I have followed the talkbacks and I gotta say, you are one hell of a fan to have. If my celebrity brethren ever had someone as heartfelt and keen as you to pitch for, then they might of realized the importance of these question and answer sessions, and the general need for actors to connect with their public on a deeper, personal level. I know your often touted as my Number 1 fan on the internet; so thanks for never letting up spite of my 'leaner times' and giving me a little confidence to realize that this old guy isn't just two gloves shy of a big comeback. Thanks for your ongoing support in face of some pretty nasty criticism from your fellow talkbackers over the time; whatever happens Ab - your a class act and I consider you a great fan to have.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:53 a.m. CST

    OK, the John_Rambo thing is cute and all, but...

    by Frijole

    a total ruse, people. Don't buy it. The post about Mr. T had a stilted and totally affected tone to it and the supposed "anecdote" and awkward dropping of T's real name can both be found on Mr. T's wikipedia page. So yeah... it's not Sly.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST

    As a whole the Q&A was terrible and

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    it wasn't Sly's fault, it was ours. Most of the questions out there were re-hashes of the Rocky Balboa Q&A. I can see Sly rolling his eyes now "oh, this question again." As I've said in previous posts in hindsight I'm an idiot for not submitting my questions. Okay JazzTerminator, let's hear it.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Hey Binks...

    by Frijole

    Would John_Rambo be a sense offender? Since it's some bored yahoo playing to our emotions, pretending to be Stallone. So a liar AND a sense offender, methinks. Break his arm.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Thank You Sly My King

    by Abominable Snowcone

    for coming back again this year for more fun. I'll be at Rambo tomorrow, and I'll probably jizz.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Frijole John_Rambo is EC10. He will

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    be dealt with. I think it's time to extend the studs on the pistols and go for a good old fashioned whippin'. I'm going to see Rambo tomorrow. Unlike Rocky I'm going in with no expectations because the commercial hasn't show much. I'm hoping to be blown away (pun intended.)

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    John_Rambo isn't Sly.

    by C Legion

    I find it hard to believe that an Oscar nominated screenwriter would make so many grammatical errors, and simple spelling mistakes. It also just doesn't sound like him.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Regarding the Q&A

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    I agree the Q&A didn't really live up to the Rocky one. There was a bit of a weak selection of questions but I do appreciate how busy Sly must be what with being writer, director, actor and producer on Rambo! Be great if he could come back when he has some downtime for a more in depth session. Cant wait for Rambo to hit the UK!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    I for one believe it is Sly..

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    and anyway why get your panties in a knot about it.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the kind words Sly!

    by ABking

    Thanks for the kind words Mr Stallone, that means alot! You and Governor Schwarzenegger are class acts and two of the greatest role models in life. I would wish you luck with RAMBO but you won't need it because you will be # 1 this weekend at the box-office. Most of these talkbackers are a bunch of assholes but at least they will still pay their 10 dollars to see RAMBO and make your comeback even bigger. Until DEATH WISH or THE MECHANIC...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Bond now called QUNATUM OF SOLACE

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Dear Sly: REGARDING EDGAR ALLEN POE

    by timmer33

    Sly, I'm a big fan of Poe, and I know you have been trying to get this film made for years. I wish you all the best with it. It's one of those stories that could garner you plenty of praise. I hope you manage to get this in the can soon, and I hope you can get an actor of sufficient magnitude to pull it off --- one who not only can play the character, but one who can fill the seats. For this character I would recommend: Robert Downey Jr., Edward Norton, or Daniel Day Lewis. Not that anyone would listen to me anyway, but those actors have sufficient depth and gravitas to play such a complex and conflicted character.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    One of my questions should at least got on to the list

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    I asked who the you think is the best actor, actress and director you've ever worked with and who do you think is the best actor, actress and director ever. But no, who would win a fight between Sly's mom and Estelle's mom is a more valid question!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Sorry.. QUANTUM OF SOLACE

    by Vamp-AICNchat

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7206997.stm

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Yes Sly, re-hashed questions aside THAN

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Yes Sly, re-hashed questions aside THANKS

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    You'll have my money Friday. Stupid double post, I'm all thumbs this morning.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    As Sly Become More and More Popular Again....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Does anyone think that these Q&A sessions will get shorter and shorter?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Shorter

    by Frijole

    All sorts of shrinkage happens when people get older. Bodies get shorter, arousal times get shorter, memories get shorter... and Q&As get shorter.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Well, Harry never posted my questions, so here they are:

    by Rickey Henderson

    1) Maybe I'm delerious, but "Over the Top" one of my favorite films of yours. My favorite part of the movie is when you plow through your father-in-law's gates in a moment of pure man-passion. One thing that has always confused me is the lack of explosion when your truck hits the gates. For an 80's movie, an explosion is notably lacking in that shot. What happened?<br> <br> 2) Also, in "Over the Top" your character's pennultimate line is "When I turn the hat around its like a switch." In your personal life, do you have anything like that? A song, a gesture, or a mannerism that gets you geared up? Something that makes you want to ram your head through a brick wall?<br> <br> 3) I read somewhere that on the "Over the Top," soundtrack Sammy Hagar's version of the "Winner Takes All" was picked over the version performed by Asia. Why was this decision made and will the original version performed by Asia ever see the light of day?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    John Rambo

    by Bobo_Vision

    You should meet ABKing in person for dinner. You could give him a thrill of a lifetime and show your gratitude to your number one fan. Just pretend not to notice his raging boner.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    ABKing

    by Lost Jarv

    get a grip. You're behaving like a just-menstruating teenage girl at a boyband concert.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Sly is on Howard Stern right now

    by Cysquatch

    JJ Abrams was on a little earlier.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sly!

    by GibsonUSA

    Sly is in the Washington Post today.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Rickey, I also loved Over the Top

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    As for question number 3 I think I can answer that. I didn't know it was Asia, but I heard when the first version came out it was not deemed hard enough, so they went with another singer. Hagar got it, and apparently it was around the time he joined Van Halen. He was in the group by then. I don't know who's choice it was but it was done solo by him instead of Van Halen because someone somewhere didn't want it to sound like a Van Halen song. Man, I gotta go hit You Tube now to hear this song. It rocks. I wonder if VH or Sammy ever performed it in concert. Harry, consider yourself smacked upside the head for not putting in at least one of Rickey's questions, and settling for re-hashes. JT, do you concur?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    yup, I'm kicking myself that I didn't submit

    by Lost Jarv

    I'd have asked about copland amongst others. <p>I certainly wouldn't have asked about Work outs, politics, stupid versus matches, or Dr. Fucking Who. <p>I Hope JT isn't around.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Over the Top and anime - NICE

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geamaiuN-js

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Thanks Grammaton

    by Rickey Henderson

    Yeah, it was allegedly Asia who did the original version and I'd love to hear it... For me, "Over the Top" is pure 80's: cheesy, unintentionally hilarious, maudlin, and totally awesome. Stallone could do a brilliant comedic remake of that if he wanted to. Something along the lines of a Harold & Kumar road comedy. Damn that would rock.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Lost Jarv, JT is gonna mess us up

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Plants

    by XxSoulFlyxX

    All of these questions were from AICN staff

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    I just checked You Tube for

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Asia's Over the Top, didn't see it. Gotta love the guy who eats his lit cigar and drinks motor oil. Later you see him poppin' the Alka Seltzer.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Someone had the balls to ask about Brigette Nielsen

    by BobParr

    We've all had those horrible, psycho girlfriends we would love to forget. I can't imagine what it was like for him to see Falva Flav mount his ex-wife.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Rambo Videogame...when?!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    I am wondering because we got Rocky Legends but that was not very good...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Cup the balls

    by Phimseto

    Has Stallone ever discussed the infamous and probably apocryphal story about him getting a blow job in his trailer while unknowingly still being miked for sound?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Phimseto

    by Cysquatch

    Howard Stern just asked Stallone that question. Sly didnt deny it but he kind of danced around the question.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Panerai watches ain't cheap...

    by ldm882

    http://tinyurl.com/2w3qrp

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Anyone who knows

    by GibsonUSA

    Knows that cupping of the balls is an important issue, lest she forget

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sly

    by CherryValance

    I hope Rambo does well. I'll do my part. :) I do hope to see you acting in other people's movies as well as in your own. Even though I'm not a fan of remakes I'll go see Death Wish if you make it. The only reason I'd rather have new movies from someone like yourself is that I like the work you create more than what other people can come up with so I'd just rather have an original Stallone picture. That's all.</p> I hope when you guys, and I mean movies stars, see all the stuff on TV and online like what's happening with Heath Ledger's story, you can see more than the media crush. I hope you can see that those of us who are movie fans really have a great deal of love and respect for all of you and we want to see you guys around. Sometimes especially online there are idiots who need to get some kind of fix by tearing people down so their obnoxious behavior stands out. But most of us really appreciate what you do for us and we look forward to being with you at the movies for a long time to come. Thanks for everything. :)

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    The kid in Over the Top was SOOO annoying

    by GibsonUSA

    Even when I was a kid I wanted to fight him, or at least play him in football and hope someone passes the ball to him. Stupid whiny kid...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    I agree with CherryValance completely

    by Teodora

    It's just that most of us don't post as often as the haters. I'm listening to the Rocky soundtrack now and it really keeps me going during difficult times. Good luck, Sly, and thanks for everything!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST

    good job on balboa sly...

    by FleshMachine

    it had heart...hope rambo does too. i'll find out soon.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    My failed questions

    by ArcadianDS

    Dude, 'member that time in Rambo when you like, fell off the mountain and you were like AAAAARRGH and you like fell into a tree and branches were all hitting you and and then one totally stabbed you real bad? Do...do you 'member that?<p> that was AWESOME!!!!<p> ---<p> not sure why that wasn't asked.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Edgar Allen Poe is a 'Baltimore Movie'

    by ArcadianDS

    and thus, needs to be put in the hands of Barry Levinson. You know this to be true.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Another Failed Question

    by Jim Halpert

    Sly, how does it feel to be sperm brothers with Flavor Flav?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Sly.

    by Archive

    For all their spending on interactive technologies, the studios haven't figured out that this is the simplest, cheapest, and most gratifying way for everyone to find out about the development of upcoming features. As an independent filmmaker on the rise, it's really neat to see someone getting their films out there with so much grace. Believe me, I'm taking notes here. Keep showing them how it's done!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly, Can't wait to see Rambo!

    by konkrete590

    I just re-watched Rambo 2 last night and will re-watch 3 when I get home so I will be ready for the first showing on Friday!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Cant wait Sly!

    by coltrautman

    Cant wait to see RAMBO...and I really cant wait to see how you will update The Mechanic and Death Wish!!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Sly cockblocked me!

    by JohnnyThanatos

    Back in Miami I was in line at Planet Hollywood, with my girl for a verrry special date where she was to meet my family for the first time.<p> We were heading to the nice big table, after a 2 hour wait, for our special dinner and I note the frenzied rush of hundreds of shocked whispers. I turn to look behind me and who do I see?<p> Sly, Stephen Tyler, I'm thinking it was was Liv, and the associated women of the time in these guys lives - this was in '96) and of course... BODYGAURDS(intended capitals - these guys don't come in lower case). I'm a big guy at 6'1 and 240 but these guys made me look like a member of the lollipop guild. <p> My server didn't see this entourage and I did my damndest to block her from seeing so I could get to the damned table before she realized that there were more important people who would certainly be getting our prized seating unless I was ALREADY SEATED.<p> I saw the hostess waving in our direction, trying to get the notice of our waitress who was blissfully leading us towards our nice big comfy booth. In my mind I'm screaming "Don't look at me, look at the table, the TABLE!" while using my body as a visual blockade. <p> Just as we were putting our substantial rumps in the seats our server finally noticed the commotion and exclaimed "OH!"<p> I knew in that moment I was boned.<p> The hostess was already there, apparently using the prop teleporter to magically appear at tableside "We're sorry, this particular table is reserved, we have another one for you if you can just wait over here.." We got back in line and eventually moved to a cruddy table in the middle of the floor while the entire place buzzed about the surprise celebrity guests.<p> I think my mother had some kind of mini-stroke being in that kind of proximity to The Sly. Seriously, she turned some kind of weird purple and forgot that words could have more than 2 syllables.<p> The dinner went badly, with my girl somehow under this delusion that I could have argued to keep our booth since it was "ours first". I preferred not being converted into skin paste by the human trolls who made an impenetrable wall of meat around the table so I wisely relented - but I was never quite the same in her eyes. <p> I'm gonna take her for her birthday to the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood and this time I'm gonna wait all night, if I have to, to get the Big Table! It will be mine!!!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Thank you Sly

    by viranth

    I love these Q&A, hope we'll have more of them! =)

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Sperm only survives in women for like 2 days

    by GibsonUSA

    Rambo sperm probably lasts around 10...but thats about it...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Can u imagine the Rambo sperm battling towards the egg?

    by GibsonUSA

    Okay, I'm done...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    A PwnedByStallone Q&A

    by PwnedByStallone

    Now that sounds like a plan. I guess we'll just have to wait for "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Up From the Grave,"Demolition Man 2: The Search for Real Toilet Paper.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST

    @Johny Thanatos

    by ArcadianDS

    Its perfectly safe to take a gate to Planet Hollywood now. I think all the celebs bailed out on their shares of the franchise. Its a TGIFridays with movie-related 'flair' now.<p> As for being bumped by Sly - I'm pretty sure he was in on the celeb partnership, thus you weren't bumped by someone because they were famous. You were bumped because the owners were there.<p> Which is worse. Any restaurateur worth his salt would have insisted that you be seated first.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    This years Litte Miss Typo

    by ArcadianDS

    Gate = Date.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    thanks sly

    by MacTard420

    for bringing back the old skool action movie and entertaining us all these years!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Thank you!

    by DarthCorleone

    Thank you, Mr. Stallone, for the candid and generous answers. As a regular reader of the site, your contributions are a special treat and easily among the most appreciated.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I always love reading these

    by RedwingsHoolihan

    Sly seems like a cool guy.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Sly answered my Nighthawks question!!!!

    by Dogmatic

    Sly is coolest ever! Thanks so much for doing all this if you're reading! You are so much cooler than all Hollywood put together for talking to us film geeks and they don't! hahah I got a really good story outta Sly on day 4! That was a hilarious story about the making of Nighthawks. I wish I coulda seen the reaction of the crew when the director asked how they are supposed to shoot it! Classic! Well, I am going to see Rambo tomorrow first show for sure! Can't wait!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Or perhaps...

    by PwnedByStallone

    The Specialist 2: Proctology <br> <br> Oscar 2: Meyer

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Answer to yesterday's question

    by IGoToCollege

    Whatever day it was, someone asked Sly if he'd be following Chuck Norris' footsteps and backing a candidate, and there was essentially a non-answer. It doesn't make sense now why he didn't answer, because today he made public: http://tinyurl.com/2da7a9

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Sly!

    by TattooedBillionaire

    You're the man for doing this again. I hope this isn't the last time we hear from you at AICN!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Harry - Boring Questions you picked.

    by Stallone82

    Harry very odd/boring questions you picked this time. I'd say maybe 3 or 4 questions out of the 5 days were ok. I barely read any of them. They were just boring.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Another

    by PwnedByStallone

    "Assassins Too"

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Thanks Stallone!

    by SJBKAT

    You've always been a huge inspiration, and the fact that you took time to do not one, but two QnAs with us is awesome! Here is to hoping that you return to do another one for Death Wish!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    Nice one Sly

    by onephatnelly

    My questions weren't used but bollocks to it. It was good to read Sly's answers to the questions that were asked. I still want to know about this supposed collaboration between him and Eastwood, heard about it a couple of years ago and wondered if it was pure speculation or not. Fuck it. Sly, you da man.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I am kind of anti-Eastwood-Stallone

    by GibsonUSA

    ..from a business standpoint. Stallone is cross-generational, with fans ages about 25 and up, but Eastwood was in his prime for people like my dad, who will never shell out $10.50 to go to a movie. Targeting the 60 year old viewship base is no-good, and it will age Sly in the perception of younger fans. IMO, no-go.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:40 p.m. CST

    What exactly are those two guys in the

    by Bubba Gillman

    ad for the frighteningly hilarious John Dies at the End standing in front of? Is it what I think it is?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    GibsonUSA

    by onephatnelly

    Yeah, I see the logic. Eastwood proved he still has it with Million Dollar Baby and Sly has his second wind, but a pairing does seem unlikely. Nice to think what could have been, though.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Questions were very weak...

    by theoyboy

    The Rocky Balboa series was fantastic. It seemed every day this time the same questions were recycled. I mean, who cares who Stallone's favorite character is between Rocky and Rambo. Ask the man if he has any other character-driven films he's looking forward to doing, or if there's ever been talk about re-teaming with Mangold of Copland, or if he would consider doing more drama films not necessarily as lead actor but in an ensemble, such as The Departed. Rumor had it the studio wants him to do another Rambo. Is this true? Have any other doors re-opened in the business since the success of Rocky Balboa and the new Rambo? Are you still approached with work and why haven't you been in more stuff between the two films considering the success? Just ridiculous how tame this time out was.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Sly is the greatest.

    by Darth Thoth

    That's all.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Obama has Oprah

    by GibsonUSA

    ::shrug::

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Sly Vs. Norris Debate

    by Sakurai

    McCain and Huckabee should let their celebrity pals participate in future debates. I will give 1 million dollars to each campaign if they do this. The climax would be when they both team up and beat the crap out of Ron Paul. The audience would cheer.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Nice one Mr Stallone

    by proper

    I enjoyed this series.All the best to you and yours........;)

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Mind you........

    by proper

    Harry has to watch the quality control on the questions though,:0,It's Stallone you were dealing with,.;> Rambo isn't being released in my neck of the woods for a month and change,thats weak.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Yo Sly

    by omega_786

    Why was the knife from First Blood 2 used in the roughcut trailer for RAMBO?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST

    McScrewyou

    by Tacoloft

    McCain?! McCain???!!!! OMFG!!! McCain and Hillary are one and the same--Progressive/Socialist Neo-bastardos that we need to get rid of!!! America needs to go smaller government, securer boarders, better tax breaks for SMB’s. McCain????? We are screwed comrades!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:52 p.m. CST

    the dickishness of aintitcool cracks me up

    by troutpencil

    I really dig how big of assholes some of you are in the face of anything and everything. I don't mean that sarcastically. I really think it's pretty admirable in a warped way.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Thanks Sly

    by heyscot

    You're very well-spoken and it's a pleasure to read your responses! Can't wait to see the new movie!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Just saw RAMBO, IT ROCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by fritzlorrerains

    Thank you SLY, You are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Sly supports John "100 years in Iraq" McCain?!!

    by Neo Zeed

    Sly come on man. What are you doing?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:31 p.m. CST

    "best of life" = awsome, thanks Sly!

    by ironic_name

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST

    can't spell Nielsen? haha

    by Jubba

    nice. funny stuff, sly's the man. i just watched all 3 rambo movies for the first time. #3 was NOT my favourite.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST

    The questions you picked Harry were disappointing

    by Rain505

    I'm as hugely grateful to Mr. Stallone for answering 50 questions as other readers are, but the ones AICN readers submitted or that Harry picked, were mostly disappointing this time round.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Sly DEATH WISH

    by Mace Tofu

    Sly you should shoot DEATH WISH in Oakland California, It's a scary place with a crazy murder rate and a subway- BART- train. Flip side of NYC but still near ocean, large bridges, dirty big city alleys all within an hour drive. Lucas could hook you up with some local Nor-cal crews and tips on what it would cost to shoot there. Please don't shoot it in Canada or Romania as we can tell.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Spazatronic 2000

    by Stevie Grant

    You seem to be a moonbat fucktard, but I share your disappointment in someone who would view McCain as anything other than a political animal/snake.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST

    More importantly...

    by Stevie Grant

    Mr. Stallone, you are Billy Badass personified.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Classy Sly

    by Colier Rannd

    Just wanted to say thanks to Harry and Sly. Very classy and very insightful. I'm glad to get the chance to hear someone's honest and un-politicized views on movies and the world. I really hope more filmmakers will take the opportunity AICN can provide. Maybe Harry could start a regular feature and have us suggest people to go after for Q&As? Right off the bat I'm thinking Speilberg and Harrison Ford since they have that small, barely-heard-of movie coming out later this year.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    I think Edwards has the support of the Care Bears.

    by Sakurai

    Smurfs are behind Kucinich because there was no good communist candidate. Plus he looks like them.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:35 a.m. CST

    20 Bucks says Sly doesn't do this for his next movie

    by BobPalpatine

    "Derr What kind of watch does Rambo wear? derr dee derrrr" "What's it like boning Bridget Nielson, der duh duh derrr" What a waste of this man's time! I don't know if I can blame the people sending the questions, rather it's Harry or whoever is filtering these things. Are these really the best questions asked? Seriously, remember this post, and if Sly comes back to answer questions for Poe or whatever his next movie is, I will send the first person who calls me out 20 bucks via PayPal, guaranteed.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Let's face it, HARRY MESSED UP BIG TIME

    by stamper

    THAT'S WHAT YOU GET FOR BEING HEADGEEK, poor choice in interview questions.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST

    stallone was on stern today

    by palewook

    gave a great interview. fooker was entertaining and funny.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST

    deliciouscowbell, Sly didn't answer because

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    it doesn't exist. Ha, I kill me, thank you, you've been a lovely audience,good night.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Wow...

    by DocPazuzu

    "a vote for McCain is a vote for the New World Order and the disintegration of the United State's sovereignty" <p> "McCain and Hillary are one and the same--Progressive/Socialist Neo-bastardos that we need to get rid of!!!" <p> The ignorant, cretinous fucktards are out in force today.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Class act

    by pilotgrl

    Thanks for this new round of Q&As, Sly. Your willingness to engage in this kind of activity with your fans is wonderful.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    WHAT A GUY !!!!!

    by Keith Maniac

    Cannot fucking wait for Rambo, it feels like i've been holding my breath since the 80's waiting for a action movie with bollocks. Its going to feel good to exhale !

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Thanks again!

    by cahcat

    This was a good round of questions, and I love that Stallone has done this. Thanks again for answering my question on Day 4! Rambo is a FKN' awesome film. I love it.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    DocPazuzu

    by Tacoloft

    Ha ha ha ha! Man- are you trying to sound observant or something?! he he ha -you crack me up... Seriously though- McCain?????!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Rambo VS Oprah

    by skywalkerfamily

    Rambo sets fire to Oprah's studio.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Thank you again Mr Stallone...

    by JAGUART

    This was really good. I could read a month of these Q&A's.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    I have a question.......

    by godhatesyou

    Why are you so lame? Your films are shit..........Rambo is worse than stop or my mom will shoot.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    Rambo

    by huggerorange

    Dont listen to the confused "godhatesyou"....I just witnessed the new Rambo film and kicks all kinds of ass and was well worth the wait! I love how the tension was built up till Rambo shows up..I wont give away any spoilers but this is by far my favorite Rambo film. This realistic approach to the action is definately called for . Good choices in casting the mercenaries and the lead actress, they deliver nice touches throughout the movie..Great work Stallone!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:19 p.m. CST

    "Fuck the world" - John Rambo

    by Pipple

    I loved that line. Pitch perfect, exactly what he would say... oh man I hope this is the start of a new rambo trilogy... this could be something epic. And the movie was everything I dreamed another rambo movie would be... I can't seriously think of what was left out... wow

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Awesome.

    by Moe Ron

    You've outdone yourself, Sly. Amazing. Like a hammer to the face. Final battle, one of the best ever filmed. It works on every level, right down to the titles.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Holy shit sly you used the suicide ending???

    by Pipple

    I missed it but from reading forums people have been saying it's there in the dream sequence. Holyyyyyyyyyyy fuck, this movie just shot off the charts in my book. shit. how could I miss that...

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Thank you Sly!!

    by Refuge5

    Rambo was just what I wanted it to be! With Rocky last year, and Rambo this year - I'm a happy fan boy that just had his hero cake and was able to eat it too! Thank you for loving these characters enough to give us more...

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Good luck with Rambo

    by veritasses

    Peace and joy be with you.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Brigitte Nielsen

    by canopus

    Don't worry Sly, it's easy to see why you were attracted to her back in the day. She may be hideous now, but she was one hot woman back then, I'm sure I would have been willing to overlook her kooky personality for a little while.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    stallone RULES

    by shogunshin

    holy cow, RUN TO SEE RAMBO! and stallone, keep making YOUR own films. you are a legend as is, and your films show that. i cannot wait for the next stallone flick.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Sly

    by The Oh My God Guy

    If there's even any chance of Sly reading these posts, I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for reminding me what action filmmaking is supposed to be. Everything, from the direction to the (incredible) editing was top notch. Kudos, Sly. Whatever you do next, I'm there. GREAT action film.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    That's it.

    by SebastianHaff

    I'm straight as an arrow. Borderline homophobic. But I'd suck Sly's cock. Twice.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Dan McLaughlin: "Damn, he looks hot."

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    Um, I respect that you are a Vietnam vet and all, but in the words of Leon Phelps a.k.a. The Ladies' Man, "You are clearly gay." You totally should have kept that "no shit" comment to yourself, old boy.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Poor box office friday numbers

    by optimus122

    Seems it made only around 6 million bucks and is 2nd behind Meet the Spartans which is a complete joke.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 6 p.m. CST

    Awesome! Meet the Spartans beating Rambo.

    by Proman1984

    Haha that's funny.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    RAMBO

    by Rocbalgoody

    I just got done seeing RAMBO today !! It is an ASS-KICKING,TOTALLY AWESOME MOVIE!! Sly still can kick butt after all these years!! Loved it, can't wait until his next movie!!

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Lovely Rita

    by wallygogo

    So Rambo's potential love interest was Rita from Dexter. Hmm, would Dexter kill Rambo?

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Nothing is Ova!!

    by wallygogo

    I predict Rambo will eek out a weekend victory at the box office, outdrawing that Spartan shit on Saturday and Sunday. In the end Rambo will gross more, but it would be nice to see John Rambo take the weekend. When is the last time Stallone won the weekend box office? The Specialist?

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Thanks to Sly

    by malificus

    I didn't have any questions to ask but I had a great time reading his replies to everyone else's. What a classy guy to do a Q&A in the first place not to mention within the den of vipers that AICN can sometimes be. I can't wait to see the new flick, it sounds entrailtastic.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    2nd place

    by optimus122

    Rambo was edged out by that retarted spartan movie...still not a bad showing and hopefully word of mouth will keep it in the top 10 for the next month or more.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Yobo, you're an idiot.

    by SJBKAT

    First off, if people wanted a comedy, they wouldn't be going to see a piece of shit like Meet the Spartans. It edged ahead of Rambo this weekend because of all the pre-teen morons, who by the way, I'd rather have in Spartans than sitting behind me during Rambo.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    What knd of fucking morons visit American cinemas?

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    The USA as a nation should be ashamed that that fucking faecal explosion of a film opened higher than fucking Rambo! Seriously, what is wrong with the world. If Rambo doesn't open at number one in the UK I shall commit seppuku.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    judge dredds fresh undies...Tell me about it.

    by Quake II

    Meet The Spartans is one of the lowest scoring films in rottentomatoes history (6%), has the shittiest trailer I have ever seen and features a cast of nobodies in loin-cloth, yet is #1. You have an extra room in the UK for me? I'm leaving this country.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST

    PACKED THEATRE

    by wellgoodgravy

    THUMBS WAY UP!! My wife and me totally enjoyed this movie. The huge theatre was packed and everyone in it seemed to enjoy it just as much. It's been a long time since I've pumped my fist and yelled "FUCK YEAH!" at a movie screen. K, maybe the only time. WAY TO GO, SLY. Can't wait to see what's next.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Fist pumping "Fuck Yeah!"

    by BYOBkenobi

    Last time I did that was when I saw Brokeback Mountain.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Hey Quake II

    by SJBKAT

    Maybe we can get a group rate on a flight to the UK. I've never been so ashamed to be in this country.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    My kids wanted to see Epic Movie

    by malificus

    I didn't, but I took them, it was their call and they seemed to laugh. Bear in mind they are adolescents, so that should tell you the mentality of those making these shitfests and those paying to see them. I think there are two kinds of moviegoers, those that go to see a specific movie they've been looking forward to for a while and only see films rarely, like me going on friday to see Rambo, and those that are just going to be somewhere and just want to see some mental jackoff before slipping their girls rufees and date-raping them. It's a generalisation sure, but I think it's valid.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Do people really yell during a movie?

    by skywalkerfamily

    I have honestly never heard people yelling actual words during a movie. Maybe some clapping, etc, but never a full sentence.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Heck yea people yell

    by GibsonUSA

    When the Rambo logo came on people went nuts. Then when Rambo CLint Eastwooded those fools people were yelling "YYEEEEEAH!"...and during the last action sequence stuff like "THIS IS SO FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!"....makes the movie better for a movie like this.<BR><BR> In Japan people sit super duper silently. Ironically I find that a bit irritating LOL.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Pretty cool flick

    by canopus

    I really enjoyed it, not as much as Rocky Balboa, but still a fun old school action movie. When I left, some big dude had the cleaning crew cornered by the door, going on and on about all the awesome blood and guts, lol, the poor 15 year old girls were just nodding. It came in just behind Meet The Spartans, and it was Stallone's biggest opening since Rocky 4, not bad for a sequel to a 20 year old movie. I am wondering just how old Rambo's dad is though, lol.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Audience very vocal in Sactown...

    by SJBKAT

    There were a lot of claps and "Oh shit!" or "Oh fuck!" moments, but for the most part it was so loud that you could hear people, but not quite what they were saying. I think the biggest reaction of the night was when Rambo stabs the General, and then comes face to face with him. People straight up went nuts just before we was gutted. I loved it.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Question for Sly: RAMBO

    by eXcommunicated

    I just saw RAMBO tonight and it was fantastic. My buddy and I were giggling like school girls at the amazing action unfolding before our eyes. One thing I felt was weak was the running time. I felt with 20-30 more minutes of screen time some characters could have been explored a lot more, adding weight to their plights, specifically some of the mercs and the blond chick. Question: Was there ever a longer cut of the movie that you felt was the more "complete" cut of the film (and will we ever see that as a directors cut DVD)? Was there a draft of the script that dealt with these characters more thoroughly?

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST

    the Gal got what he deserved

    by stamper

    Rambo killed the evil gay pedophile beast. I think this should send a message to pedophile killers. He even nuked the army or part of it. Rambo rules.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Have a go at me you ladyboy c*nt!

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I wanted to love this movie but was disappointed. I guess after the dignified manner with which Stallone resurrected, then retired, Rocky, I was hoping for something a little more...I dunno, philosophical? But instead of the soul of First Blood, this trades on the spirit of the other sequels, where scores of people die but the the story is weak and the characters are cardboard. I mentioned in the other TB (Massawyrms' review) how I missed seeing 'neat' stuff in this movie, akin to stitching up his arm or camoflaging himself in mud or showing some of those green beret skills. Here, the best we get is what Rambo does to throw off the dogs from Sara.<p> SPOILER. I could not buy the ending. It would have made an eloquent epilogue to Rambo III, but here, he's just too old. If Rambo has a father, the guy must be at least 80 if he's alive at all. And if Rambo had a home in Arizona, why didn't he just go back there after 'nam? Did he have a falling out with pops? And if so, where's THAT backstory? <p> I also felt Sly's portrayal of Rambo was not consistent with the other films. Here, Rambo is judgmental of others (like the missionaries) but we know that Rambo, having been the victim of pre-judging himself, would not be so quick to condemn others or their motivations.

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Message to Mr. Stallone from a Burmese guy

    by Okkar Kyaw

    Hello Mr. Stallone, I just recently saw your movie “Rambo” and loved it. I am Burmese guy and it should already explain why all the reasons why I love your movie. Let me tell you how much I support you. I gather all my family and friends on the opening day of January 25, 2008. I’ve got total of 27 people and paid for the movie. Spent close to $300.00 from my own pocket and gave them a treat. I can provide you the proof by showing you the tickets, including the emails. RFA (Radio Free Asia) radio station heard the news that I did and some how got the emails I sent to my friends. They called me on January 26, 2008 (the next day) and phone interviewed me. I can also prove you with the sound file but it is in Burmese. I am not looking for anything in return. Just wanted to tell you Sir… Every penny and time I spent was well worth after seeing your movie “Rambo” and please allow me to say this on the behalf of Burmese people that… we all hope, you win the Oscar price and many other fine prices around the globe along with we wish you your wealth and great health. You really helped our Burmese people by getting many steps closer to getting Democracy by making that awesome movie. Thank you again, Sir. I mentioned I am not looking for anything in return but if possible I would like to take a picture with you, Sir. If it is not possible, I can understand. I am from U.S.A California. My email address: bankofburma@yahoo.com Respectfully, Okkar Kyaw (your biggest fan)

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    BLAH BLAH BLAH Rambo

    by KingKirby

    What the hell, Harry? Not one question about "Poe"? I asked three. "What about Rambo's watch?" What a f***ing joke!

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Bring on another RAMBO flick. (My thoughts.)

    by JDanielP

    It's strange (and not the best feeling) that I've become so insensitive to the graphic depictions of death and mutilation in such a motion picture (even while not being a "horror fan"). Maybe it's because I've lived long enough to have seen most Hollywood tricks for such graphic effects, even considering how life-like these particular depictions truly were. For me, "RAMBO" was well enough worth seeing. It was okay, perhaps a C+ if you're asking for a grade. And that's almost a "B", you know? I was expecting a bit more close-up fighting,...hand to hand combat...with moments of interesting choreography and camera work,...along with surprise elements (and maybe a bit more suspense). And maybe I was asking for too much (especially considering most critical opinion). --Personally, I feel there's enough life (and crucially, more surprise) left in Rambo for (possibly) two more movies (perhaps filmed back to back). I think it really boils down to the story, to the dialog, and movie direction. The ending of "RAMBO" was a complete surprise (comparable to Batman flipping over a Joker-card, at the end of "BATMAN BEGINS"). Despite all contrary opinion (critical or otherwise), I think this is an interesting time for Rambo. Even while considering the character's age, it's still easy for me to imagine various directions a "RAMBO 2" or "RAMBO 3" could go (considering the number of directors who might actually be interested in helming such a project, given the creative opportunities the character presents). However, it seems the most realistic approach would be to continue this style...and to see what creative people can bring to the table, within the form of a script. And personally, I love the "blank canvas" that this offers. Good luck and well wishes, Sly.

  • Jan. 29, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    the questions chosen by Harry were a joke

    by stamper

    You're right man no Poe question, Harry just was drunk on lone star and choose them at random out of a hat, there's no other explanation.

  • Jan. 29, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Abominable....(spoilers)

    by Darth Macchio

    "R. Rambo" wasn't his dad...it's his brother. In the earlier portion of the movie when (I believe) the girl is asking him about having any family he mentions something about a brother (if I heard him correctly).

  • Jan. 29, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    If you are still reading Sly...

    by Darth Philbin

    just saw Rambo tonight with my 14-year-old son. we absolutely loved it. he has never seen a Rambo flick and now we can treat the saga like Star Wars and go back and watch them from Episode One: First Blood. i am going to drag people from work to see again this week. great job and thanks for delivering a fun flick with a message.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Rambo was terrific! Plus Movie Idea

    by BrianB

    Sly: Rambo was terrific! I have a great movie idea, something that happened to me in real life dealing with corruption in my local town that went on for 3 years. What email can I use to get my info to you so you can tell me what you think? Brian