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Day 1 of 5: STALLONE answers AICN Reader Questions! Bruce Lee, Horror, POE, Venezuela, I. Basterds, EXPENDABLES & More!!!

Hey folks, Harry here and I just have to say... It was so much fun sharing the stage with Stallone and his EXPENDABLES in HALL H this past Thursday. Prior to the panel, in the Green Room - the tone for the panel got set by something Barry Levine of Radical Media told me. He's friends with Steve Austin, whom I'd never met, and told me to tell Steve that Barry told me to say, "BLOW ME" to Steve. And to get a message back. Well. I'd be lying if the thought of Stone Cold Steve Austin killing me upon telling him to BLOW ME, but Steve just smiled and said, "CALL ME BUBBLES" - all part of some secret night of Awesome that those two shared a while back. But we just hit it off great. Terry Crews, Steve Austin, Sly, Dolph and Randy Couture were just fun guys to chat with. We did no rehearsal - and during the first clip, Sly ran over to me on stage and said, "Throw Randy a question about the fighting style he wanted to bring," - otherwise - we were just playing fast and loose. Afterwards, backstage the "MEN" were "BOYS" high fiving, laughing and pumped way the hell up by the reaction they were given in HALL H which was ELECTRIC. We've only got 4 more days of questions, and I sent the next batch off just 5 minutes ago. BUT - you should know - I have received well over 3000 submissions. If you want a shot of getting a question in, Follow the Rules on my Original Posting and wear DEPENDS to THE EXPENDABLES - I have a strong feeling you could piss yourself. Here's the first 10:

1. "" Mr. Stallone. I've searched far and long for a comment from you on one of the most prolific action stars in motion picture history, which of course is Bruce Lee. Can you tell me your thoughts on him and his films- especially now that you worked with Jet Li, a terrific martial artist...and also, where you were and your thoughts on Bruce's untimely passing in 1973? Myself and my fam look forward to paying to see multiple showings of your awesome retro-revival of 100% pure action entertainment with The Expendables. Sincerely and respectfully, The Heathcoat Family""" Simi Valley, Ca golfing misses you (-: thank you so much Mr. Knowles

STALLONE: 1. To the Heathcoat Family: Bruce Lee is rightfully legendary in martial arts and in cinema. He had the one defining element that secured that position, which is charisma. Charisma combined with looks and extraordinary skill basically secured the future of Asian action films and opened the door for hundreds of predecessors. His untimely death was a true catastrophe because he would have gone on to direct and produce what I believe would have been a series of action classics.

2. To Sly Stallone: Love you, man. And I have to say, I really appeciate the creativity and thought you've put into your projects over the past few years. "Rambo" isn't a simple "paint-by-numbers" sequel and it stands on its own without having to be part of a series. I was skeptical about whether it would work until I saw that first trailer and knew the footage raised the bar. "The Expendables" is a great concept: an "Ocean's 11"-style action cast that is EPIC. This is the kind of stuff that gets guys like me excited about going to the movies again, especially after a mostly terrible summer. (Inception and Toy Story 3 being the exceptions.) In that spirit of thinking outside the box, would you ever consider doing a movie like "Zombieland"? It doesn't necessarily have to be a "zombie" project. Could be vampires or werewolves or whatever. I would just love to see you killing a bunch of blood-thirsty monsters in a post-apocalyptic type scenario with a lot of horror-gore ass-kicking. It's something you've never done before but it's something I'd love to see. I'm really looking forward to both "Poe" and "Death Wish" as well. I'm hoping "Death Wish" will be kind of like "Taken" but even more brutal. I think that's an awesome choice for you. Ben

2. Ben: First of all, I’m a big fan of horror and directorial techniques associated with that genre. It’s not easy to keep people on the edge of their seats for two hours. Therefore I’m intrigued and always have been with the idea of doing a film that deals with conceivable horror, a creation that could possibly exist. So I am definitely looking forward to that challenge. The best of all worlds would be throwing THE EXPENDABLES in that macabre mix. I know people are saying ‘That’s crazy.’ Well so is the concept of birth, but it happens on a daily basis. To me, everything’s been done and it’s a matter of how you reinterpret styles and concepts to make them fresh, original, unexpected.

3. This comes from Justin G in Manhattan, New York: Dear Mr. Stallone, Among the current crop of actors around, is there anyone (aside from the people in your latest film, of course) who you think has the skill, charisma, whatever it takes to be the kind of action star we need to see kicking ass for the next ten summers, or have things changed to the point where it takes the vets like you guys to really shake Hollywood up with a bonecrunching film? Essentially, will there ever be another group of folks like you, Arnold and Bruce? Or has that ship sailed? Thanks. And keep kicking ass till you're 106. -Justin G

3. Justin: Truthfully, yet sadly, the ship did sail on action brothers such as myself, Bruce, Arnold, Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris. Because each generation is defined differently, such as the generation before with Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin. Today’s actors come with a different sensibility and outlook on life in general, so therefore they have to create their own style, which probably would be a bit more visual. Do I think there are some tough guys out there? Absolutely. They just can’t be too pretty, otherwise you become a bit distracted by their looks, which may tend to border on the unbelievable. One thing about all action characters, with the exception of Clint Eastwood, is that we are definitely not on the overly handsome side. There are definitely some good, young, I would say tough actors that could make the cut. I was going to have a couple of them in THE EXPENDABLES, but unfortunately we ran out of money. I’m not going to mention names because I don’t want them to sneak up on me one night and beat me to death before I’ve had a chance to have dinner.

4. Sly, Are you still entertaining the idea of an Edgar Allan Poe movie? As a Baltimore native and huge fan of EA Poe and his writings, I'd love to see a movie based on his life. If you were behind such a project, would the movie be fair to Poe and his legacy without falling into the slanderous characterizations which were publicized by Rufus Griswold? Thanks, Tom Palmer Baltimore, MD

4. Tom: Yes, there is going to be a POE project that either I do or some other fella does. Now, no matter what I do, it’s never going to live up to the hype that’s been welling up in the press for 35 plus years. So, it will probably be sub-par and horrible compared to public expectation. That’s why, People, it’s best to keep your mouth shut about your dreams and ambitions, because now or otherwise you’re going to be scrutinized by the hype. That aside, the way I approach Poe is as a man who has an exuberance for life, which I believe all young artists do, whether they admit it or not and how being so overly creative in such a provincial time in America’s literary development caused him to be shunned and branded an eccentric. This coupled with his own personal tragedies and demons spun his life out of control.

5. Joe Eszterhas is on record saying that you broke 3 of director Ted Kotcheff's ribs on the set of "First Blood" over a creative disagreement. What was the disagreement? Andy Atlanta, GA

5. Andy: First of all, it was actually MY ribs that were broken, thank you very much. What happened was, oh here comes another dark secret mired in my jaded past: I was doing the scene in FIRST BLOOD where I’m in the cell being whipped in the lower back with a piece of rubber hose. David Caruso was standing directly behind me. After every hit with the hose, David’s character was suppose to exclaim ‘Jesus, can’t you see this guy’s crazy?’ and then I get hit again. We had about four takes and David had repeated the line perfectly on each take, yet the director said ‘Let’s try it again.’ At this point my back was on fire and I turned to the director and said ‘How many more times are you going to do this? The kid said it perfectly.’ And the director basically said ‘Just shut up and do it again.’ As he came forward, I pushed him back and the next thing I knew I was tackled by a pair of security men and driven against the cell wall, which in turn cracked my rib. Anyway, after several moments, everything cooled down, we all apologized and marched on. It’s a crazy business, what more can I tell you?

6. Recently a local newspaper asked me over the phone, what person would you most like to meet?(as part of a profile thingy), anyway, the only name that jumped out at me was Sly Stallone, so I literally said "this might surprise you but it would have to be Sly Stallone", I went on to explain about his involvement in the Visual Arts scene and his development as a painter himself. What Id like to ask Sly is how (if at all) has his journey into the world of visual art (over the past few decades) influenced both his film making and visceral imagery? Regards, Declan Ireland, Drogheda. ps. keep the action coming! :D and thanks for not using CGI rubbish that litters most modern movies.

6. Declan: Painting and the visual arts are inseparable from the way I make films. There’s an extremely personal taste in choosing angles for shots coupled with framing, coupled with creative lighting and then the perspective of how the actors are placed. One art form definitely supports the other and actually influences the writing as well.

7. Hey Harry. Hey Sly. When I saw the last Rambo movie, to me it seemed like you've taken the role of this generations John Wayne. In that everyone's followed you all these years and just want to see you stand up for whats right and put the young punks in their place in a no bullshit way. So in the John Wayne vein, would you ever do a western? Maybe with Kurt Russell? Clark Hinckley Connecticut

7. Clark: Well, before I wanted to enter this business, I was seriously considering a career in the horse breeding business. I am very comfortable with the creatures. So a western would be fantastic as long as I could surround myself with some gnarly bastards who can add to the raw boned reality of the bygone era.

Harry here. YES PLEASE, SLY!

8. Hi Sly, What do you think the boxing industry has to do in order to prevent becoming totally obsolete in comparison to MMA? I have a ton of respect for fighters in both sports but as a long time boxing fan I do not want to see boxing eventually go extinct. Also would you ever consider directing a film dealing with MMA? Jeremy Lorence Edison, NJ

8. Jeremy: I’ve been intrigued with MMA because to have this incredibly ballsy sport emerge when all of our basic male competitive instincts are being evaporated in this politically correct age - it’s a modern day miracle that it exists. I truly admire the sport and the characters it produces. Unfortunately, I think boxing is going to need a major upheaval and a new sense of presentation to survive against MMA. I believe Dana White, who is the most prominent driving force in sports today, is one of the best businessmen in the country. Unfortunately, there is no one like that in boxing at this moment.

9. Hello, Mr. Stallone. Ricardo Pineda here. I'm a journalist from Maracaibo, Venezuela. There has been some early controversies about your new movie in my country, regarding the plot itself. Judging only by the trailers, some politicians and supporters of President Hugo Chavez see "The Expendables" -as a devise of an imperialistic order- to promote and/or incite an invasion in Venezuela to dethrone Chavez himself. No matter how fictionalized your action-packed movie could be, they argue that the same color of berets (worn by the bad guy's army) are way too coincidental to our own red berets (if I used "their" in that last part I could be called a traitor). Therefore, "The Expendables" might be banned in Venezuela or at least there has been talk about it. I did some checking with the distribution companies in my country and no one has scored the rights yet. Hence, there's no release date of your film locally and now with the diplomatic crisis with our neighbor Colombia, chances are it won't have one any time soon... not to say at all. What do you make of all this? Is there something you can express to your loyal fans in Venezuela, eager to watch your movie? Can you salvage this whole confusion so "The Expendables" could see the light of day down here?

9. Ricardo: Firstly, the use of red berets in THE EXPENDABLES was a device used to be able to see the men when we’re fighting at night, so it has nothing to do with a political statement. Secondly, the use of a tropical South American country has nothing to do with Venezuela. It was merely a visual choice because of the jungles and choosing a small fictional country made it believable that a small group of mercenaries could survive. There is by no means a political statement or imperialistic intentions in this film. It’s meant to entertain and nothing more.

10. Thanks for taking the time to chat it up with us fans! I was wondering, were there any stars you wanted and couldn't get? How did you go about casting and writing? Did you pick your actors and write a script around them or did you come up with the script and then go about casting, then altering the story after the fact? I once heard that Inglourious Basterds was supposed to be a men on a mission type film starring a bunch of know hollywood tough guys, which obviously did not turn out to be the case. Did you ever feel any competition with that film? Thanks! Javi Trujillo Austin, TX

10. Javi, No, there is no competition with INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. Quentin has his style and theme, which is wholly original. THE EXPENDABLES stands on its own and is really kind of a throwback to earlier films like THE MAGNIFICIENT SEVEN and THE WILD BUNCH, when men were willing to risk their lives for friendship rather than money. There were several actors that I wanted such as Jimmy Woods, Kurt Russell, Ben Kingsley, Steven Seagal, Van Damme, Forest Whitaker, etc. But the script went through many, many mutations and some actors were just not responsive so the film headed in a different direction, which I’m grateful for. I think things happen for a reason or it’s a wonderful ‘disaster’ that turns out for the best. For example, the first four women chosen for ROCKY were Cher, Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon and Carrie Snodgress, who all passed. This left the door literally open for Talia Shire, who walked in at 8PM just days before filming and secured the part, which in my mind was the most important casting in the film. So sometimes initial failure is good and leads to an unexpected outcome. Best, Sly

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  • July 26, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • July 26, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    SLY rules............

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    ......this should be a good read.

  • July 26, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    godamn legend

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    this is great, thanks again harry, and sly.

  • July 26, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by JohnRambo

    You only got 3,000 emails because you screwed up your email address in the original posting. You added a extra I in your email address and anyone who emailed from your link, will not get there email sent.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Sly, you rock

    by ckone

    Thanks so much for doing things like this.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Stallone rocks!

    by starbuck2907

    A Sly cowboy movie would be great. More Sly action movies, including Hunter, would be great. Mainly, I just hope the man keeps on making the sorely missed action flicks that we all love and doesn't retire. If he keeps kicking ass, he's going to rebuild his brand-name in the action world and will start selling $100 million opening weekends again. Keep it coming Sly. Keep it ballsy, with good scripts, and don't retire. You can still pull it off, and your age really has only made you look tougher. I'll be at The Expendables on opening day.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    "Opened the door for hundreds of predecessors"?

    by AngelinasOilBoy

    I did laugh at that, but these Q & A's with Sly are always cool. I'd like to hear him talk more about his screenwriting process. Would love to know which actors turned down Expendables too.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST


    by Bvc79

    I love Sly so much. I watched Rocky the other night and it's such a fantastic film. Thanks for all the awesome movies, Sly.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Question 10 was the best of the bunch

    by magnetoelectric

    Theres a taste of some unquestionable wisdom in that answer thats demonstrative of 30 plus years of experience to me. You dont have to spend all that much time following film to notice thats just the sort of aspect in filmaking that the young are always battling,rather than just accept. Theres an artistic influence in that too "Limit your tool set" <p> I hope Sly is still creating for years to come

  • July 27, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Sly you make me laugh

    by redkamel

    Quote of my week "‘That’s crazy.' Well so is the concept of birth, but it happens on a daily basis."

  • July 27, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I sure wish

    by Nemesis Enforcer

    More celebs did this, thanks Sly^^

  • July 27, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    I can HEAR Sly's voice in my head when I read his answers

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    and that, my friends, is a very good thing! SLY FOREVER!!!

  • July 27, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Class Act.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Easy to forget he has a brain in that head too with all the shooting and punching, the man knows his craft.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Since, most of those guys are bald...

    by The Dum Guy

    Did any of them tell you to go get a haircut... hippy?

  • July 27, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Interesting stuff, especially question three

    by ClaireRedfield

    I often worry about that myself. Actually, not even just action stars, but just actors with some kind of charisma to them. There's so few young actors with any kind of spark. When Harrison Ford is gone, who can take his place? Will there never be another performance like his Indy, or Han Solo? Morgan Freeman and Sam Jackson are too old to play anything but Morgan Freeman and Sam Jackson. will there ever be another actor as just naturally badass as Clint Eastwood? The toughest guys onscreen are all Brits theses days. Brits, for Chrissakes! Well, and Russell Crowe, but hes kind of a chubby douchebag sometimes.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    F.U. :: BillboeFett

    by The Dum Guy

    I didn't know you could screw with the TBs... like as in yester-year.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Thank Xenu for Stallone

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

    I'm thankful we still have an action movie god like Sly to show the kids how it's done.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Seeing "Maracaibo" makes me think

    by Dingbatty

    of Sid Meier's Pirates.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST


    by The Dark Shite

    What do you mean "Brits for chrissakes?" ..<p> We don't sit around in castles drinking tea y'know? If the toughest movies stars are all brits, maybe it's 'cause we're the manliest motherfuckers on the planet? <p> Or maybe not;-). But we do have extraordinarily large genitalia. So there. Na na na na na.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    & that includes our women;-).

    by The Dark Shite

  • July 27, 2010, 1:22 a.m. CST


    by JaviT

    When I think of Kingsley, my mind goes to Ghandi. Would've been funny to see him up there with the terminator! Tom Jane would've been a good addition to the cast, I think and Russell would've been awesome as well! Thanks for taking the time!

  • July 27, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    So much testastorone...

    by Dirk Shocker

    we will walk out of the theater with at least two more inches on august 13th.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST

    lol what the hell is testatorone?

    by WickedJacob

    And where can I get some?!?!

  • July 27, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Thank you Harry and Mr Stallone

    by JAGUART

    I'm so glad I'm not part of the 'OMG TEH JASON BOURNE" generation, the same one where Ben Affleck and Keanu Reeves are action stars.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    kinda like Clint

    by Stifler's Mom

    Stallone is hitting a cool directorial stride late in his career.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Stallone returns to pwn!

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    It's an honor, sir. You always have a seat at our table.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Great interview

    by hallmitchell

    Go Sly.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Harry, can you explain all the email bouncebacks?

    by hallmitchell


  • July 27, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    I'm glad Sly confirmed that First Blood Story

    by hallmitchell

    Joe took that out of context.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Stallone- What a fuckin' legend!

    by Joely_Boy

    I hope there's some tits in the movie though, to break up the sauso-fiesta...!

  • July 27, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Bruce Lee

    by Gluecifer

    "one of the most prolific action stars in motion picture history" Does that guy know what PROLIFIC means? P.S. to Sly: Before The magnificent seven, there was a little movie called The seven samurai, by an unknown director named Akira Kurosawa.

  • July 27, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Classy guy

    by kurtisaurus

    It's rare you see a candid response to one question, let alone 10. Well done sir. I'm looking forward to The Expendables even more now.

  • July 27, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Now i picture Stallone....

    by Maegnarval

    in a Zombie/Ghoul Western! or perhaps dealing with a band of outlaw werewolves!

  • July 27, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Expendables vs Predators

    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    And Stallone just gets better and better. Still can't think of a question...

  • July 27, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST

    S T A L L O N E


    Is A C T I O N !

  • July 27, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Thanks Sly!!

    by UrbanSamurai

    Just a class act, Mr Stallone, thank you! If all of Hollywood would be as open and as appreciative of the people who buy tickets (and in every geek's case T-shirts, DVDs, action figures etc) there would be no lame movie summers like this one. Keep up the good work, I am SO looking forward to The Expendables!!! PEACE!!! Oh.. and please: BRING ON THE JOHN RAMBO EXTENDED CUT, OKAY??

  • July 27, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST

    good stuff

    by Seph_J

    glad these are back. someone ask Stallone what he thinks about them making a new Judge Dredd movie.

  • July 27, 2010, 4:10 a.m. CST

    The Best Questions

    by JulietsTeet

    are the behind the scene happenings, like with FIRST BLOOD. <p> Please don't post a lot of these generic type questions. WE WANT TO KNOW COOL/RARE INFO from his career...the "INSIDE" info.

  • July 27, 2010, 4:29 a.m. CST

    JulietsTeet, they were pretty good questions!

    by DrRumpledink

    You want Sly to gossip like some old washer woman? He's got far too much class for that. Why don't you send in a question and see if you make the cut instead of bitching about it, man.

  • July 27, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to see this!

    by Brody77

    Been itching since it was announced, I have such high hopes here. The idea of the Expendables taking on a zombie horde is awesome. The only thing I'd say is - bit unfair you gave a Q to a reporter instead of a fan there, but I suppose it helps Sly to confirm there's no political agenda to the film.

  • July 27, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Too violent! And I love Sly.

    by tkobird

    I'm a huge Sly fan. Always have been but... I thought the last Rambo was way too violent. I really hope The Expendables doesn't turn into some gore-fest. Stallone's best films are all about heart and soul NOT about bloodletting.

  • July 27, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

    A Stallone Western!!!

    by Cobb05

    I am a big fan of westerns. I'm more partial to spaghetti westerns as opposed to American ones. Although Pekinpah's stuff kicks ass too. It really sucks that westerns have a stigmata attached to them. It's almost like making a black and white movie. I've always said, if you want to bring westerns back into fashion, someone needs to raise the bar and make the most kick ass, no holds barred western ever. And I'm not talking some Jonah Hex (the movie, not the comic) bullshit. I'm not talking about making a movie where they're doing impossible action and it's over the top. I mean to raise the bar Sergio Leone set and blow people's minds. Stallone could probably do that. And if he brought in Kurt Russell and a lot of other great actors, it would be awesome.

  • July 27, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST

    I hope Expendables is great...

    by quantize

    frankly the trailer before Predators here in this country did not seem to get anyone too excited. There's obviously an enormous amount of good will toward this cast..if that last Rambo film is anything to go by, im hoping Sly is gonna knock this out of the park!

  • July 27, 2010, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Art from Pain- Poe

    by TheJudger

    I dont think Poe was social, happy or loved life. I think he hated it himself and the world he lived in. I think creating these tales saved him from killing himself. Some people hate the world so much or the people in that that they become so isolated from it all, that all they have is empty time to feed. This can go one of two ways into a cycle of self destruction, or into a cycle of self creation or both. Poe was an alchoholic as well. So both for him. He could get wicked like he did with his yarns because he really was in touch with his true inner feelings and contempt for something outside of his house. Art is always from a happy place. Sometimes it's born of hate and fear and disgust.

  • July 27, 2010, 5:46 a.m. CST

    and Pain!

    by TheJudger

  • July 27, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    shit damn typos

    by TheJudger

    Art is "not" always from a happy place. And sorry for the rant but Sly's cpomment sounds like he thinks Poe so loved the world. Bullshit. I'm a dark artist. I know who Poe is. I'm from the same damn cloth. We hate the world around us and the majority of pricks within

  • July 27, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Sly I love you for doing this!

    by Mr Gorilla

    You are a big goddamn star. & a gentleman to boot!

  • July 27, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Gotta love the Stallone

    by Madmarek

    TY Sly for taking time to talk to us, it's great to hear your insights into the inner workings of the Hollywood entertainment machine.

  • July 27, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST


    by DrRumpledink

    You certainly don't write from the same cloth. You don't think he knows all there is to know about the man by now? He's been trying to bring it to the screen for 35+ years!

  • July 27, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    He should do different time periods of Expendables

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Imagine a western Expendables, or a pirate expendables... or like a future expendables with ray guns and aliens

  • July 27, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Also, no talkback on the Apacolypse Now bluray?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    not only is it coming to blurayas, but Lionsgate is realasing it, instead of Paramount, something to do with coppola regaining the rights and then going to another studio. also "hearts of darkness" will be included as an extra this time

  • July 27, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    I wish there was an 'Ask Sly' regular column or feature....

    by Righteous Brother

    somewhere, it would be awesome asking him for advice. Sly what type of lawnmower should I buy? How can I deal with noisy neighbours? There's this girl I like, but don't know how to ask her out.......etc etc.

  • July 27, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    heh...or this Righteous..

    by just pillow talk

    There's a small country I want to invade, what's the best way of going about it?

  • July 27, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    pretty fucking weird...

    by just pillow talk

    The talkback form disappears when you click on the comments.

  • July 27, 2010, 7:25 a.m. CST

    I blame Caruso for your broken ribs...

    by just pillow talk

    Let's get 'em!

  • July 27, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Kneel to Stallone

    by Abominable Snowcone

    or at least go to Pat's Steaks in Philly and stand on his footprints in the concrete<p> Today is the release of Sly's Extended version of Rambo, with an extra nine minutes. But what do those minutes consist of? Enquiring minds want to know

  • July 27, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Hey Mitch

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Up the hill

  • July 27, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    an extra nine minutes?

    by just pillow talk

    It's gotta be more character stuff on Rambo.<p>I think one of these days I'll have to pick that up, perfect companion with First Blood. Parts 2 and 3 do not exist.

  • July 27, 2010, 7:56 a.m. CST

    See, now this is great because in out other Sly

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    chats we got all the Rocky and Rambo questions out of the way. The geeks have wised up, or Harry is selective in his picks. Now we can delve deeper into some other subject. Don't get me wrong, we all love Rocky and Rambo, but we've covered that, and want to hear about other stuff too.

  • July 27, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    From what I understand, most of the re-inserted material is dialogue / speech-type stuff that adds a little to the tone. But I was hoping for perhaps another throat-rip or two

  • July 27, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by just pillow talk

    I think that is one movie that pretty much stands on its own with throat ripping, machine gun tearing scenes. A bit more character development wouldn't hurt, and would tie it more closely with the excellent First Blood.

  • July 27, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    The New Breed

    by Fixthe Fernback

    I can understand Sly wanting to eat his dinner in peace so let us list who we think are the new action stars.<P> So we have Daniel Craig (I weep for no new Bond), Matt Damon and Stratham of course. Who do you guys see becoming the action stars of the next decade? Michael Cera?

  • July 27, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    HAARY-I sent my email 5 days ago, and JUST RESENT IT(w correctio

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    please submit old chum

  • July 27, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    ‘That’s crazy.’ Well so is the concept of birth

    by frg10

    buehehehe ... GREAT!

  • July 27, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    What's with him not acknowledging Dwayne Johnson?

    by Kal Reeve

    He's an old school style of action star.

  • July 27, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    He thinks it's "a modern day miracle"...

    by herow/1000faces

    ...that the MMA exists? It's the natural progression of a culture that LOVES violence. I understand being surprised that it's become so popular...but a miracle that it exists? And what's that shit about our evaporating male competitiveness? Men run the show! Get your head outta yer ass Sly.

  • July 27, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Eye of The Tiger, Mr. Stallone.

    by FlickaPoo

  • July 27, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    You caint 'see' red at night. It looks Black. The beret that is

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    So either he did not give a full answer (possibly) or sompin fishy!

  • July 27, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by Underdogthe3rd

    And never come back here.

  • July 27, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Sly, I want to see you do a film with your mom!

    by workshed

    And she has to kick you in the nuts. Repeatedly. One helluva woman!

  • July 27, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Nothing is over! Nothing

    by Abominable Snowcone

    But why is this TB elongated?

  • July 27, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    ...Dirk, I don't think he means literally in the dark...

    by FlickaPoo is just highly visible in a lot of different environments (green jungles especially) and lighting conditions.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Abo, I thought the elongation thing was just me.<p> Had to scroll twenty foot just to find the comments box.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Chavez does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    President Chavez ("Chavez, Chavez, Mexican Greaser" YOUNG GUNS) is a publicity whore.<p> He also threw a hissy fit over the video game JUST CAUSE cos he thought it was secretly about him (it was fictional just like EXPENDABLES).<p> Mind you it worked, he's the only tinpot El Presidente that I can remember by name.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Abo*m*, sorry! Digeridoo does not exist in this dojo.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST


    by scors54

    If you haven't already, rent a little film called "Sexy Beast" with Kingsley and Roy Winstone. Trust me, his Don Logan character will make you forget all sbout Gandhi the next time you think of him.

  • July 27, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Kurt Russell would have been cool

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    He and Sly were awesome together in Tango & Cash.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by blunted666


  • July 27, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by DonJohnson

    Hey Sly, James Woods is an excellent choice for Expendables 2. That guy can chew scenery like no other. You should also know that the fan consensus is that HUNTER should be separate from The Expendables 2. Simply for the reason that to show the horror and danger of the Beast, you'd have to start killing the team members who many will be attached to after the first Expendables film. Hunter should be a stand alone and besides, you are perfect for Nathaniel Hunter! A philanthropist who is a wilderness tracker is a role tailor made for you. You're not too old Sly. Connery and Eastwood were making action movies well into their late 60's and they were more convincing than their younger co-stars. Age has only made you look cooler.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Tom Hardy 4 future action star

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    He has bags of charisma. And fuck all the haters here. Sly is taking time out to answer our questions as honestly as he can - what other genuine movie-star does that? Class act Sly.

  • July 27, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Master of Flung-Poo

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    Youse is probably correct - still the Hugo Chavez conspiracy is not dead yet!

  • July 27, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    "this politically correct age"

    by geetar

    What "basic male competitive instincts" have been eradicated by political correctness? What the fuck is he talking about? Does he understand what political correctness is? What a thoroughly ridiculous statement.

  • July 27, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    End credits for Expendables

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Please, just show all the dudes working out in weight rooms and cracking on each other

  • July 27, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    i thought you said Vuvuzelas...

    by MamboMan

  • July 27, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    ...dirk, I think I took your comment too literally...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I think you're right. Sly is definitely an anti-Chavez operative.

  • July 27, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Can someone

    by DonJohnson

    ban this scottpilgrim wuss already? This guy is trolling a Stallone thread by trying to pimp Michael Cera (!)

  • July 27, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by MattmanReturns

    Kinda like 2009 was the year of "Year One"?

  • July 27, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    The abusive director of First Blood went on to bigger things

    by MattmanReturns

    Like Red Shoe Diaries, and Law and Order.

  • July 27, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Don't forget WEEKEND AT BERNIES, Mattman.

    by TedKordLives

    Don't ever forget.

  • July 27, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by Dr. Butthole

    You're kidding, right? You're just trolling for fun?

  • July 27, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    I agree with the dude who said.....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ...he wants to hear insider info from Sly regarding movies, like the First Blood questions. No more lame questions like "What do you think of Bruce Lee?" That's a fucking awful question. "Hey Sly, do you watch American Idol? What's your favorite color? Do you like rainbows? Do you want a make a romance film?" No more lame questions...give us insider movie stuff.

  • July 27, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    I will always be grateful for Stallone

    by Andrew David

    He really has earned his place as a true legend, and his commitment to a lifetime of fitness and well being is inspirational. THIS MOVIE WILL ROCK!!

  • July 27, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Ask Stallone how long he is

    by JonChambers

  • July 27, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Did he ever sue 'Sly & The Family Stone' for taking his name??

    by JonChambers

  • July 27, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    READ THIS SLY: There were two references to Kurt Russell

    by timmer33

    Interesting. My question was about Kurt Russell too. Seems people want you to reteam, Sly. Don't let us down!

  • July 27, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Stallone Interviews Are The Best Thing About AICN

    by KISSman24

    I really love these Q&As. Sly seems quite open and honest to all questions thrown at him. Love Sly as well.

  • July 27, 2010, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Poe was drunk before he turned 17

    by TheJudger

    he dropped out of school joined the army did well there, but left, his mother died shortly after his father tried to get him back in school, refused him money, Poe moved in with his aunt, married her daughter when she was only 13 years old. He sent stories to various magainze all the turned him down, he won an newpaper contest by submitting a story and they hired him as an editor, then he got in as an editor for a magazine and they published on eof his stories, he sold another story called the gold bug to a publisher, they made a ton of money off of it, but he saw very little. Poe had to pack shit up and go else where, then his wife got sick and she died, and he would be dead a few years later, from what exactly no one knows, because he joined a group to become sober shortly before this, and he was actually coming out of his funk. I'm a bean town boy mother fucker. I know who poe was. He had very little friends, evetaully his work got him so love, but love doesnt pay the bills, by the time his lady kicked out, that was it for him, and he fell into a hell for a bit, got better and was latter found dying near a trainstation, of what no one fucking knows. But his early life was full of pain and drinking and loss, and trust me no one was cool with him marrying his cousin when she was only 13 years of age. He was a dark fuck who could tell dark fucking tales.

  • July 27, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    FUCK!! I thought this opened this friday!!

    by antonphd

    Goddamn it! I have 2 more weeks until this opens? Sonofabitch! What is there this weekend? Dinner for Schmucks.

  • July 27, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST

    the last answer was jaw dropping

    by strykebr

    I wish Russel, Van Damme, & Segal had gotten in, my hands shutter at the premise

  • July 27, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    9 was a part of the tweet attack on the film

    by brabon300

    holy christ...stallone starts ww3...good for him

  • July 27, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    why did stallone leave connery off the list?

    by brabon300

    the first bond....a mans man...

  • July 27, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    that sly takes time out for the geeks

    by brabon300

    is what still makes him special

  • July 27, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Questions from Schmucks...

    by slickjohnny

    ... and #1 is the winner.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Sly in a horror film

    by brocknroll

    If Sly did a horror film, I don't want to see him battling zombies, vampires, werewolves or any other supernatural monster. I think it would be more interesting if Sly tried battling a serial killer. Kind of like a Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers movie. Sly should do horror. I think Sly would make a successful horror movie and Sly would make a horror film scary. After all, Sly is a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan and he could get all the inspiration from him. If Sly were to try writing a horror film, he may have to team up with another horror writer though. Sly doesn't have much horror film experience so he may have to work with other people in the horror film business. Yes, I want to see Sly in a Western too.

  • July 27, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Nobody takes a beating like you and goofy. Ok so you were

    by UltraTron

    being tortured on the set by David Curuso and you are such an unpredictable animal that they have security on stand-by, ready to break your ribs if you get out of line? How much did they pay for that beating? Do you have a limit in your contract that says they have to stop beating you at some point or can they just do whatever they want and then get security to break your ribs?

  • July 27, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST

    CGI Blood, Julie Benz, Shitty Lighting, Bad CGI fire

    by ndally

    Rambo sucks balls due to the above reasons. Why all the love? I love badass action flicks but Rambo was awful not even remotely fun(which is all I ask for). But why all the CGI blood? And the lighting looks like shit Julie Benz can't act and the fucking music was terrible. I wanted to like Rambo I really did but Sly just looked so plastic and fake I couldn't help but think he was doing Rambo just for the sake of it. Sure the man is a legend but why aren't you selecting hard hitting question Harry? All of them are suck up kiss ass bullshit. Sly clearly has no love for his roles otherwise he would have made Rambo look and feel like the earlier flicks like using squibs instead of CGI or taking it easy on the color correction! It's just lazy film making and it's bullshit. Your directing is comparable to tracing. And if I need to explain that comparison then fuck..I've got nothing

  • July 27, 2010, 11:22 p.m. CST

    What do you want from the guy? He's just an actor.

    by UltraTron

    Not much better than a porn star. Actors are pretty much getting replaced along with screenwriters as soon as the tech evolves. Rambo could easily have been spit out of some random story spewing program

  • July 27, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Sorry I meant he was a pornstar,writer/actor/director

    by UltraTron

  • July 27, 2010, 11:34 p.m. CST

    where's the dignity?!!!

    by ludmir88

    just kidding.

  • July 28, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • July 28, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    stallone is a cool dude

    by Calvin_Crack

    i like his answers

  • July 28, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST


    by JaviT

    thanks for the tip! I've heard of it, but yet to see it! I will definitely check it out!

  • July 28, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    "Opened the door for hundreds of predecessors"...

    by Knugen

    actually makes sence if you know what you are talking about. Bruce Lee not only laid the ground work for future stars, but opened up a vast treasure trove of wuxia and other martial arts films to the western audiences.

  • July 28, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST


    by blakindigo

  • July 29, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Okay, I just pictured Cher

    by CherryValance

    working at the pet shop in this outfit ( :D So much to say about these answers. First, I'd love to see a Stallone horror movie, but much moreso a western. Has to be done. And I think he knows who his costars have to be. Secondly, the "overly handsome side" business. Oh please. Mr. Stallone is one of the best looking actors ever. I'll refer you all to Nighthawks and/or Rocky III. Who looked better than that? No one. I don't know if that's false modesty or bad eyesight but it's 100% inaccurate. Who's that good-looking now? I can't even think of anyone close. And some of the other guys. Dolph? Hel-lo? Pfft.

  • July 30, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST

    I'm Venezuelan myself...

    by Marksman91

    And am REALLY looking forward to The Expendables, and it pisses me off so much that it might not play in my country. Chávez has done of course far worse. Believe me, barely anyone these days supports his government now. He's really become hated by many, if not most Venezuelans these days, I myself included. He's always saying bullshit like the US wanting to assassinate him, and usually uses that kind of BS to draw attention away from the country's real problems. I hope it doesn't get banned, I'm perfectly willing to pay my money to see this film in a theater.

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  • July 30, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Bette Midler

    by MegaStiffy

    as Adrian?? hehehe