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On the 5th Day of SLY Answers: Star Wars, The Old Guard, Politics in film, THE EXPENDABLES & more!!!

Hey folks, Harry here to wrap up our latest chat with Stallone. Now, ya know you're headed to see THE EXPENDABLES on August 13th - if not at some occassional midnight screenings the night before. I'm just so happy I see it this coming Saturday morning. Happy happy joy joy! Now, find out if Sly was ever trying out for Han Solo...

1. Hi Sly! I know you are a huge fan of science fiction movies. Is it true you tried out for the role of Han Solo when George Lucas was having a casting call for the first Star Wars movie? Ryan Pominville Hudson, Wi

1. Ryan, Yes as a matter of fact I did and it didn’t meet with much approval since when I stood in front of George Lucas he didn’t look at me once, obviously being very shy. Then I said ‘Well obviously I’m not the right type.’ but it all worked out for the best since I don’t look good in spandex holding a Ray gun.

2. Hi Harry My question for Sly is in 2 parts, and I think it's something all the collectors out there would love to know the answer to: Hi Sly, I'd be very interested to know which props, weapons and costumes you have kept from your films over the years. This was touched on once before but unfortunately you didn't go into much detail. Would you mind listing which items you have kept for yourself - Maybe your top 10 items? (Obviously not including items you've donated to Planet Hollywood or the smithsonian). As a follow up question - do you have them displayed in your home, or are they just locked up in a cupboard somewhere? If you have any pictures to share I would love to see them! Alternatively, if you have grown tired of them, drop me a line and I'll gladly give you my address ;) Keep up the great work, its good to see the expendables getting a good amount of promotion. I'll be standing by the red carpet in Paris, Berlin and London hoping to see you next month for the premieres! Cheers Gary - UK

2. Gary, I keep some displayed in my home. I have the ROCKY gloves and belt, all the RAMBO knives and prototypes, Rambo’s clothing from FIRST BLOOD to the end, a life size replica of JUDGE DREDD and the frozen John Spartan, and of course my bloody clothes from COPLAND.

3. Sly, Firstly, thank you for being a remarkable entertainer and for bestowing so many awesome memories on celluloid for generations to become. My friends and I have been doing 80's Action Hero nights in anticipation for the be all end all of action epics "The Expendables". I have been put in charge of Stallone night. So instead of doing predictable movies like a Rocky or Rambo, I have decided to present "The Fantastic and Underappreciated Works of Sylvester Stallone". I have chosen "Cliffhanger", "Shade", and my favorite comedy of errors of all time "Oscar". The documentary on "Cliffhanger is priceless by the way. "..Rudolph?!"....Rudolph??" Enough gushing let me get to a question. My question is about my favorite of your non franchised films. Demolition Man. This movie was such a bravura mix of unbelievable action,compelling sci-fi, and gut splitting humor. What was it like to share the screen with Wesley Snipes who you had phenomenal chemistry with, and were there ever talks of a sequel with the John Spartan character? And please no profanity in your response or I will fine you one half credit for violation of the verbal morality stature. -Mathew B. West Covina,CA PS: Rocky Balboa and Rocky IV are equal parts Heart and Fire. And they stuck with me to this day! Thanks for bringing Dolph back!

3. Mathew, DEMOLITION MAN was a great concept and I thought wonderfully directed by newcomer Marco Brambilla, but I think there was a lack of good luck in the marketing, so the film really never caught on as being an off kilter sci-fi film, sort of a modern day parody of the future. But I loved making it, especially my BS sessions with Sandra Bullock and Dennis Leary. Wesley Snipes and I had some of the more painful battle scenes. There was a lot of unintentional contact there.

4. Hi Sly. 1) Have you ever been approached about playing the Punisher and do you have any thoughts about/interest in the character? None of the filmatizations have quite hit the spot and I always thought you were the obvious choice. Especially now you are the only actor I can imagine capable of pulling off an undiluted portrayal of Frank Castle with his Vietnam war origin intact. My imaginary dream project would be a run of HBO miniseries' adapting Garth Ennis' defining run on Punisher MAX mixing real-life horrors with bloody vigilante justice. You are probably not familiar with it, but with Rambo fresh in mind the material and sensibilities should be right up your alley. 2) These Q&A sessions have brought up the issue of the next generation of actors not being as tough/capable as the one that came before, which makes me think of David Fincher's Fight Club. One of the many things it strongly suggests is how young men today don't have the struggles or challenges that defined prior generations and helped them grow into adults, with the main character declaring that he's a "thirty-year-old boy". Have you seen the movie and do you have any thoughts on it? Lastly I have to say I'm delighted that your career has hit a new creative and commercial peak as a writer/director, and I don't think you get enough credit for being able to do so much more than "just" starring in action movies. I hope and believe your writing and directing talents will keep you prolific even as the days as an action star comes to an end (which, given your current pace frankly seems unlikely). All the best, and I hope you will have many productive years left both in front of and behind the camera. Rikard from Norway.

4. Rikard, I’m very interested in THE PUNISHER on several levels and think the story should be resuscitated with or without me. Its just always been mounted improperly. Secondly, I think young men will find their own physical medium in which to prove themselves. It’s not their fault they don’t have a cinematic outlet for their physical prowess. I know in the future they will. There’s a welling desire among young male audiences to see rugged manifestations of themselves. That is why MMA is so successful.

Hi Sly - love it when you and Harry do these Q&As Im writing what I hope will one day be a big budget Hollywood blockbuster. Now deep down I know I havent a cats chance in hell of this happening but every now and then I do a little bit on it - be it an idea, a few paragraphs, a line of dialogue etc. Hell I’m not even at the script stage yet - im focusing on turning the idea into a short story and submitting it to an online competition - it’s a Sci Fi idea that I guess you could say its been done before in a bunch of different ways but I feel that it has an original slant (like what you said the other day about how “everythings been done and it’s a matter of how you reinterpret styles and concepts to make it fresh and original” - great, inspiring words to an aspiring writer) Anyway I was wondering if you could somehow talk us through a little of the trails and tribulations of writing the first Rocky - was it as a short story first? Did you think about turning it into a novel? or did you go straight into it as a screenplay etc how hard was it sitting there and trying to bang it out - the doubts, indecisions (if there were any) Was it a prolonged thing taking years or was it in a few months etc All that stuff…and any advice you could give to first time writers like myself Gonna be getting Expended in a couple of weeks …several times… Best Wishes Sly PC

5. PC, ROCKY was written without any notes or bullet points or treatment format. My style is to just bang it out knowing that 80 percent of it will be useless come the 2nd draft, but each good idea triggers 10 more, so script writing is an evolutionary process. Like a snake shedding his skin after each shedding the project gets stronger and more vital. That old saying is so true: Writers don’t write, they rewrite. I’ve never been hung up on perfection the first time around. I leave that to the geniuses. I’d rather write with fiery exuberance rather than cold logic. That can come later.

6. What happened to Paulie’s robot in Rocky 4? Did you get to take it home after the film? That was awesome… Click Here -Brian

6. Brian, Actually I wish that I had taken that robot and crushed it in a nearby trash compactor. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I had seen that robot perform at a party and was so intrigued I thought ‘My god people haven’t seen something like this since Robby the Robot.’ I got carried away. I would’ve been better off having a vacuum cleaner; at least it would’ve been more in character. Thanks anyway.

7. Greetings to Sly and Harry from Ghana West Africa, I admire both of your works and look forward to seeing Harry in his new higher position and Sly in this summers THE EXPENDABLES (which can no longer be considered a dark horse after comic-con:) My family and I have been fans for a long time and watching THE EXPENDABLES closely since last June when I read Harry's set review of when he saw the team in action and he mentioned a name that is kind of a big deal here in Ghana. Amoaku, as in Senyo Amoaku, he is the son of a well-respected tribal leader and Professor here he is from a tribe of warrior scholars, after reading now we're seeing Senyo looking AWESOME in the trailers and clips (I saw Letterman on youtube!) With all the great action in this film, do you see potential in the him/younger actors of this film apart from the veteran actors? I know you've both made a commitment to breaking new stars and after seeing this African son in all these clips he is like a star here now, but what impacted you to put him in the trailers and all that? Do you see something particular about him or any of the other extras in the film or did you just like the scene? Africa is wondering... Also is the Expendables going to play anywhere in Africa, it doesn't say...? Your The Best Sly, you too Harry...GO EXPENDABLES! Sincerely, Kweku

7. Kweku, When you’re good, you’re good and the proverbial cream rose to the top. I didn’t do him a favor by casting him; he did me a favor by being the embodiment of the character. I’ve always prided myself in being able to identify special individuals, that’s why both pirate leaders were chosen after hundreds were seen. It was simply no contest, you got it or you don’t. And can they go on to greater heights? The sky’s the limit!

8. Greeting Sly, In your long career you have had a opportunity to work with a lot of great directors and actors. A prime example of this is, acting legend Anthony Quinn, in 2002's Avenging Angelo. Can you tell us your thoughts on working with Mr. Quinn, as well as any insights into the movie and why you think AA never really found a home. For people who did not see this movie they need to check it out for the simple reason that Stallone does a great job playing Frankie Delano. The part of Frankie was played in a very natural, light-hearted and honest way. If I had to guess I would say that Sly was in a very good place in his life during the filming of this movie because it comes across in his character. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Fan for Life! Craig Farkas Beulah, MI

8. Craig, I loved Anthony Quinn, absolutely adored him. He was in very poor health, but never, ever led on that he was dealing with incredible pain. Even reading lines off screen to him would make my eyes well up because I knew he wasn’t long for this earth, and he’ll never ever come close to being replaced. He was a great man, a great artist, tough as nails, and had pure compassion. The way he hugged and loved his son and daughter knowing that the end was near was absolutely heart shattering. Loved the man. AVENGING ANGEL could’ve been a fine film, but unfortunately we had certain people at the helm that didn’t have its best interest at heart. Too bad, I thought it had great potential. Instead it became superficial.

9. Mr. Stallone, First of all, I wish you the best of success with "The Expendables". My wife and I will both be there opening night (assuming she doesn't give birth that weekend, and even then we may still make it). My question is prefaced with this: Reportedly back in the 1970's, Clint Eastwood (having recently completed "Dirty Harry") ran into John Wayne, who proceeded to let Eastwood know that he wasn't a big fan of Harry Callahan because it was "too violent" compared to the films that made Wayne a household name. With all of your great success in the action genre, have you ever been approached by a member of the "old guard" and been told that perhaps you take things a bit too far and are "too violent" compared to the films they may have made? Thanks. -Michael Lamkin Little Rock, AR

9. Michael, I had conversations with John Wayne and Telly Savalas and Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin on several occasions and all of them had completely different points of view, which is understandable. We are products of the age in which we reach manhood, so naturally anything different than that paradigm seems contrary to great filmmaking. But that’s the same in any field of art. You can imagine if Rembrandt was shown a Picasso. He would have hit the ceiling. Michelangelo working alongside Andy Warhol would’ve been conversation that would have left your jaws agape. Time moves on and styles move with it.

10. Dear Mr. Stallone- I am writing this e-mail in the hopes that it does in fact make it to you. I was born in 1979 and I am the son of a United States Marine and Vietnam Veteran. My father volunteered for infantry duty following high school and eventually ended up in the Combined Action Program living within the South Vietnamese villages and training local militia. It was the Marine Corp equivalent to the Green Beret programs at the time. That being said, some of my earliest memories as a child were watching First Blood and First Blood 2 with my father. He obviously identified with the emotional struggles of the character, compassion for those that didn’t make it home, as well as the political changes that occurred at that time. In 2008 he suffered a heart attack and subsequently had quadruple bypass surgery. He’s back kicking ass but during the time he was in surgery I spent a lot of time thinking of growing up with him and the bonding that occurred while watching your films. I even enjoyed later in life giving him a copy of Copland to watch and taking him to see Rocky Balboa and Rambo. It was great to be able to continue that bond at 30 and 58 when at times in my teens it seemed the only way we could connect was through your films. So thank you very much for providing that avenue, I imagine I am not the only 30ish to share that connection with their father. I live 1200 miles from him now and will unfortunately not be able to see The Expendables together but hopefully we will be able to talk about it. So now my question. As I grow older one of the major things I enjoy about the 80’s action films are their high level of optimism about America and its place in the world. Whether it was Rambo 2, Rambo 3, Rocky 4, Red Dawn, etc. they made American’s feel invincible (and a bit cocky) but also proud of whom we are. The unbelievably ripped action heroes were a great physical manifestation of who we were as a nation. Post 9/11 I think many would love to feel that way again as we have transitioned from the great action heroes to action stars such as Matt Damon, Nic Cage, and Tom Cruise. All great actors but I can’t buy them as action heroes. Movies today seem to have the opposite effect and are focused too much on our flaws as nation and our failed foreign policy (Avatar, Green Zone). Do you feel this is simply because of the changing generations in Hollywood, a true reflection of the national temperature, or just an overall loss in optimism following the end of the American century that is reflected in the stories told on screen? Thank you and sorry for the long message. I’ve wanted to send this for awhile but never really knew where to go with it! Brian W. Thueme Hutchinson, KS

10. Brain, Its 100 percent due to a transition into a different political climate than when the aforementioned films were done. That’s why it’s a minor miracle the last RAMBO would even be released, but I took a gamble there would be many people like you, who may not express themselves as clearly but really do desire to see an action film unfold that wreaks of pride and manly individualism that has unfortunately fallen out of vogue. I believe that everything is a cycle. And once again America will have its cinematic heroes reflect the incredible honor it is to be defending the most extraordinary country the planet has ever known. Just give it time, everything is a cycle. P.S. Give your father my best and tell him to keep punching. Best of life, Sly

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  • July 30, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Good stuff

    by Binkysguy

    Man, Stallone seems like a guy you'd just want to sit down and have a beer with. Keep making 'em, Sly.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:29 p.m. CST

    My First First....

    by The_Lovely_Funkiness

    Sly called the last questioner "Brain". That was pretty funny.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST


    by The_Lovely_Funkiness

    Not First. Pity.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    This guy is seriously the best.

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    Every one of his answers was a joy to read. Like I said last time, a true class act.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by The_Lovely_Funkiness

    Yeah....A false first feels embarrassing. Yeah...sad, sad day...Kind of like coming too early. I will no longer be posting under this moniker. This is my last post as The_Lovely_Funkiness...but I already have my new name locked in, and thanks to Sly, it is the coolest name on AICN...for the time being at least.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Last question was the best

    by TresEquis

    Seriously great question, and very nice response. Sly is a quality dude and very much enjoy this column

  • July 30, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Cool! He answered my Star Wars question

    by RPLocke

    Awesome!!! Thanks Sly!

  • July 30, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    A Demolition Man sequel

    by Michael_Ceras_Hidden_Powers

    Would be friggin awesome. Hell, they could even work it at an angle where in the cryo-prison they keep DNA samples and clone Wesley Snipes. Its never gonna happen, but it could still be a good idea. Glad to see that Taco Bell didn't really win the franchise wars, not yet anyway.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    The last day was a bit limp

    by omega_786

    give us the juicy stuff rather than flying over it...what are you waiting for?...your autobiography. These answers are too brief and don't really do the Q&A justice unlike the Rocky Balboa one. I want to know about those conversations with Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. I want to know your thoughts on why Bronson and Eastwood never appeared on screen (other than an episode of Rawhide. We want more revelations!!!!!!

  • July 30, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    was this a Q&A or multiple choice because...

    by omega_786

    ...the questions were longer than the answers.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST

    love Sly but don't like to be shortchanged....

    by omega_786

    Stayed up all night till 6am UK time to check Sly's talkback...hope the film has more energy.

  • July 30, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Nuff talk...Bring on the movie!

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Cheers Sly

  • July 30, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by omega_786

    1 - Please share your top ten revelations. 2 - Please list your top ten favourite movies (guilty pleasures) 3 - Your top ten most respected actors/actresses. 4 - Your top ten regrets. 5 - How many women have you slept with? 6 - WIll there be another Rocky sequel? 7 - Have you ever taken steroids or HGH? 8 - Ever had cosmetic surgery? 9 - How the fuck did you get the body tone for Demolition Man? 10 - If you want to remake a film - Give the indian film 'SHOLAY' a viewing.

  • July 31, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    FINAL QUESTION ........

    by omega_786

    Seems strange that you career has picked up at the same time as your friendship blossomed with Ahnuld...Coincidence or is the big fella giving you some movie advice?

  • July 31, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    My great question didn't get posted. So here it is:

    by Kal Reeve

    Dear Mr. Stallone: <p> <p> I have it on very good authority that a draft of the Rocky IV script featured an unfilmed scene in which God visited Apollo Creed in a dream and told him he would have to die in his match against Ivan Drago so Rocky could fight Drago and win the hearts and minds of the Russian people. Upon hearing about this unfilmed scene, I better understood why Apollo would not allow Rocky to throw in the towel for him. Can you please shed some more light on this meeting between God and Apollo? <p> <p> Also, how are things between you and Mr. Weathers? In your first Q&A with us, you expressed some bitterness toward Mr. Weathers for not allowing footage of him as Apollo to be used in Rocky Balboa. Are things between the two of you better? I hope so, because you two had great chemistry on screen, and I think Mr. Weathers is a tremendous actor who deserved a better career than he received. Thank you and Godspeed.

  • July 31, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Rocky Balboa Q & As?

    by Flummage

    Was Merick not supposed to come up with some links to the previous incarnation of responses? I wasn't interwubbin' around the original time of those, and wouldn't mind reading them if they were, as advertised, a little less perfunctory and promo-y, and somewhat more candid and digressive. And before anyone suggests I go out walking on the moors at a permanent-full-moon that is the AICN Search, I'll ask ye kindly to scratch that itch on some other milky-faced pilgrim, you cheeky japester you.

  • July 31, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    would love to see another demo man

    by Waka_Flocka

  • July 31, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Harry, I thought you were going to pick GOOD questions...

    by Kal Reeve

    for the last day? <p> <p> This Q&A was so-so. Definitely better than the Rambo one. The Rocky Balboa Q&A was reat.

  • July 31, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    T'would Be Cool to Cannonize 'n Make These A Series

    by Flummage

    It's not as if Ain't It Cool News is NPR, or BBC Radio 4, but it's always a shame to see how sporadic and casual-seeming AICN's emblematic name among internet movie reportage is not met with a more vital pulse. Being an AICN reader can somehow feel like subscribing to an irregularly-published fan letter, printed on "charming" vintage presses complete with soup stains and Eau du Obese, in comparison to what passes for the standardized "Web 2.0" journalism website these days. <p> It's a shame there wasn't the fire in the rumbling, creaking AICN engine to have something like this instituted as a regular feature -- an Inside the Actor's Studio-style back and forth, with a direct detour around the well-meaning but awkward-to-observe host -- because, sure, Stallone's a compelling figure, but as a format, it surely lends itself to more than a select few candidates.<p> There's a difference between the kind of conversation facilitated by the standard several minute marketing-handshake for a new film, which they may not be that invested in, and something a little more comprehensive and relaxed. As Walter B demonstrated once again recently, many of the people actually making films, actually like to talk films and film-making, too; afforded the right circumstances, I'm sure there are many people who would similarly enjoy the opportunity to breathe a little and share some of their meanderings, thoughts and experiences of Hollywood.

  • July 31, 2010, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Mr. Stallone... a true gentleman

    by Teddy Artery

    and very generous with his time to entertain all of these questions... Funny not one question about one of my personal favorite films of his, "The Lords of Flatbush".

  • July 31, 2010, 1:09 a.m. CST

    you MUST do Punisher

    by King Conan

    lonely old vietnam vet. ex-ranger. tired of the way his neighborhood has been taken over by crime..a little girl that lives next door he has befriended is killed by a stray bullet. he puts into motion a plan to kill all involved. in the end the kingpin gets caught by the cops and laughs cuz he escapes the punisher. so the punisher, wanted by the police turns himself in just to get into the penal system and kill that bastard!

  • July 31, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    So we need to make up a big BS story to get a question answered

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    seriously, I'm fairly sure most of these people that preface their questions with a long, dreary story are complete BS. Out of 5 days of questions, about 9 total were actually interesting.

  • July 31, 2010, 1:31 a.m. CST

    God, I love this guy!

    by kuldan

    If I sit back and truly think about all the characters in movies, moments in movies, or movies in general that uplifted me, moved me, and truly inspired me, the only person to have multiple votes would be Sylvester Stallone. When I'm preparing for a fight and need to go train real hard on a particular day (and am having a hard time getting motivated), I watch scenes from "Rocky III" and the training montage from "Rocky II." Works every time.

  • July 31, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    King Conan

    by kuldan

    That Punisher synopsis is actually pretty cool. ;)

  • July 31, 2010, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by 11dayempire

    …the notion of Stallone as the Punisher is truly brilliant. Marvel needs to make this happen now; a Punisher who's actually been operating since the Vietnam War, who's become a legend among police and criminals. I could see our entry point into the film being some cops who've been assigned to investigate the Punisher, rather than Frank Castle himself - resenting the assignment 'cause they're being told to chase a ghost/urban legend. Get Garth Ennis on the case NOW.

  • July 31, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    "Most extraordinary country the planet has ever known.."

    by Grievey


  • July 31, 2010, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Stallone should still do LEGEND OF THE DUELIST

    by Monkey_King

    He's perfect to play Benjamin Slade

  • July 31, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Thank You

    by proper

    Nice To See Mr. Stallone Pass Through These Parts Again.The Other Sessions Before Rocky 6 Were Great And I Enjoyed Reading This Too.All The Best Sir.

  • July 31, 2010, 2:43 a.m. CST


    by Michael_Ceras_Hidden_Powers

    F''in Brilliant! That movie needs to get made with Stallone pronto! How about the Ah-Nuld as one of the cops, or at his olden age as an almost-seasoned-citizen, let him be the police chief....or a corrupt FBI boss that is revealed to be the movie's "villain." I might just have to write something if no one else does,

  • July 31, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Sly as the Punisher? Oh yeah!

    by lestat1975x

    Sly IS Frank Castle, nobody is so perfect for that role, come on Sly, give us an amazing Punisher movie!!!

  • July 31, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST

    My question

    by DirkD13"

    "Did you ever get visitation rights to Brigitte Nielsen's boobs?"<p>Seriously, I love the dude, and the underrated one-two punch of Cliffhanger and Demolition Man is the best thing he's done outside of Rocky and Rambo. Be Well.

  • July 31, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    first reviews of expendables coming in and its not good news

    by JackGraham

    Total Film, the excellent and far better than Empire magazine have given it 2 stars stating it has weak characterisation, no backstory, ham fisted weak direction, muddled action and only really praises the cameos of Willis and Arnold stating "these two action heroes bring more in their 2 minute cameos than the orest of the cast does in the entirety" stating that Bruce delivers thr wickedly amusing line regarding stallone and arnolds characters "why dont you two just suck each others dicks"

  • July 31, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    JackG, just went on TOTAL FILM website and there's no such review up. You got a link mate?

  • July 31, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Cobra Kai ....

    by JackGraham

    It may not appear on their website yet as I read the review in their September issue, which i am a subscriber of, and receive before it's on the store shelves. it should appear online soon, but heres a few choice things they say about it in their exact words .... "don't expect a great deal of entertainment" ............."the expendables sadly fires blanks" .........."no defined characteristics, no backstory, no chemistry" ........"stiff jointed action sequences and mucky visuals" ........and finishes with this belter "a lumbering stumbling actioner full of creaks and groans, mostly coming from the audience" it is just one review but total film tend to be very reliable. they did afterall give die hard 4 2 stars.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Sly in Star Wars - does that mean hed have been Indy?


    ive always thought FIRST BLOOD was alittle Raiders influneced...the caves, hijacking the truck bits...

  • July 31, 2010, 7:14 a.m. CST

    TOTAL FILM - the truth

    by omega_786

    I pciked up this maagazine from it's very first issue and it really was a great film review magazine in the UK. FIlms were reviewed by movie lovers and it was quite accurate in its reviews. Sadly as the magazine gained popularity it also seemed to apply the dreaded 'will it win an oscar' type of critique and really started to slate some pretty good films. I think it probabl;y recruited 'critic' rather than fans and reviews suffered as a result. Sadly the magazine has gone the way of 'FILM REVIEW' which was it's main competition. The only real movie review magazine worth a penny is actually IMPACT but the distrubution on this is extremely low but they are a fan of Gary Daniels! So in a nutshell the review from Total Film isn't worth the paper it's written on as the critics just don't 'get' the movie. Change your subscription mate. Nuff Said.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:15 a.m. CST

    btw EMPIRE give Expendables *** stars


    and Empire is MUCH BETTER than TF...<p> aint so bad - both A TEAM and PREDATORS both got ***

  • July 31, 2010, 7:19 a.m. CST

    anyway both EMPIRE (and TF) have made loads of errors


    Empire has got some stuff WAY off target - AOTC getting *****, Superman Returns - *****, Matrix 2 - ****, Rambo only **...the list goes on

  • July 31, 2010, 7:21 a.m. CST

    the only place you may get an honest review...

    by omega_786 is kind of okay as it does tend to be brutally honest.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST


    by omega_786

  • July 31, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    hers what id like to see Sly making in the next few years...


    Rambo Begins, Expendables 2, The Punisher, Michael Mann Heat style epic cop drama with Arnie or B Willis

  • July 31, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    The only opinion that counts is Vern's

    by palimpsest

    Get that man in the cinema. Buy him a popcorn and the beverage of his choice and allow him to review THE EXPENDABLES>

  • July 31, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    wow just realised - no one asked a Jim Cameron Q


    he co wrote Rambo 2 with Sly<p> also: No Judge Dredd Q and nothing on the proposed Cliffnager sequel (or did that evolve into Daylight?)..<p> oh well no matter - a load of great Qs were answered so thanks to Sly and Harry for that

  • July 31, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Sly needs better material to suit his personna

    by omega_786

    Sly is at his best as a beast trying to contain his fury within a society that sees such behaviour as a danger, The only way he can vent that fury therefore is through 'legal' means such as soldier, boxer, cop (COBRA worked to that extent as Cosmatos knew what he had (Sly's personna) to make the film around although Sly doesn't seem to see it that way). The only other characterisation tha Sly can work with is vigilante (hence his desire to do Death Wish) and a couple of others within that mould. I know Sly has profiled himself and this is old news to him....psychology will play a big part in his life...rule no.1....know thyself.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Why didn't VERN get a preview?

    by omega_786

    Now that is the million dollar question.

  • July 31, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    I submitted a FIST question, but it got kicked back

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    because of Harry's crappy e-mail link, even after the fix. I love these Stallone Q&A's Harry, but e-mails not going through is pretty lame. If it was my screw up then I apologize, but I don't think it was.

  • July 31, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    And Maury Chaykin is still dead

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Get an obit out AICN.

  • July 31, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Talkbackers suck O'Donnell Taint

    by Behemoth

    as in, "Rosie" O'Donnell. <p>Seriously, some of you worthless bags of turd are just beyond belief. It's not enough that Sly Stallone takes the time to answer some questions personally for FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS. No, that's not enough. You want "more," you complain about questions chosen, you complain about the "energy level" or being "short-changed." You short-change the universe, you pieces of chimp dung. You accomplish nothing, do nothing, but parasitically feast on the deeds of others. Stallone is a great man. He's an inspiration. He'll have a legacy to leave behind. You saps? You'll leave behind a stain, and that's about it. Chump ass pig effers. Choke on Dom Deloise's fossilized scrotum.

  • July 31, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    No Carl Weathers live from Sly???

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • July 31, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    In response to Bohemoth's intellectual comment

    by omega_786

    Websites like this are successful based upon visits to their site. In order to attract visitors they provide content like this Q & A with celebs. As a consumer of that content at a price to me (internet connection and my time) i expect a degree of quality. Regrettably this Q & A lacked that quality. Normally i would write a letter of complaint to the internet regulator, AICN and Sly. But prefer to bitch on the forum instead. I know that you are satisfied that a celeb like Stallone passed through. Sadly that's not enough for me as i have more self esteem and would have wanted more clout for my buck rather than a few crumbs (better customer service). I may be one of the many but i am identical in many ways to Stallone and every human on this planet bar the path of our respective destiny and unlike you am not into celebrity worship. Therefore i have the right to ask for an output equal to my input and complain when i don't get it.

  • July 31, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Ryan Pominville?

    by I am the Terminator

    so, I guess we know who that fucknut RPLocke is now.

  • July 31, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST


    by Billyeveryteen

    Thank God he didn't get it.<p>Shouldn't he be beating some meat somewhere?

  • July 31, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    omega_786 - go get some sleep


    i know you stayed up till 6am to check this final Q/A and must be devestated your questions didnt get answered but let it go and catch some Z<p> i picture you alone in a small dark room, lit by the LT - anxiously awaiting the 5th Q/A - alternating your time between the refresh button and YouPorn - then...finally...after hours of waiting and jacking off the 5th Q/A appears and you move your shaking hand to guide the mouse and click on it and your heart beats fast and the adrenalin kicks in as you go question to question expecting to see yours there - getting more and more disheartened as your question isnt there..until finally you come to q10 and its all over - you sit there in a state of shock, pants around ankles, used tissues all around in a dark begin to cry...then get angry calling Harry and Sly names...then you lean over and collapse on your bed and cry yourself asleep for being so stupid as to think Sly would ever answer your question...<p> you may scream - there will be no shame

  • July 31, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Sly Typo

    by Autodidact

    It's "Brian" man!

  • July 31, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    btw omega - your questions were terrible


    if those were the ones you sent - they were either totally LAME (whats your fave movies, who is your fave actor, whats your fave colour etc )or plain rude (plastic surgery, how many women have you slept with etc)

  • July 31, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    CARTMANEZ...don't judge others by your standard

    by omega_786

    ...while you sit on your armchair with your finger and thumb on your dick and the other hand on your mouse...sweating like a fat serial rapist.

  • July 31, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    seriously get some sleep dawg


    tomorrow is another day

  • July 31, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    btw CARTMANEZ...

    by omega_786 obviously don't get 'irreverent' humour.

  • July 31, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Hey.. i'm in the UK. It's 3.30pm ....

    by omega_786

    ...looks like you're the one that needs some sleep.Like i said put the tissue box down son...nice and slow and back the fuck away......

  • July 31, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    That last answer must've killed the libs on here...

    by Snake Foreskin

    Stallone is the man. USA! USA! USA! America is the greatest nation the world has ever known. With luck, we will pull our collective heads out of our asses and vote people into office once again who have our best interests at heart. And it's not the Dems. November '10 is our chance to Reclaim America! Maybe then we'll start seeing great American action heroes again. Not hand-wringing, guilt-laden "heroes" like Matt Damon in Green Zone. What an embarrassment and a sorry excuse for an action movie! I want Hollywood to at least pretend to love America again!

  • July 31, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    hey cos 9.30am is too early to be up right?


    for you anyway - now go mop up your mess before your momma sees it

  • July 31, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Did i ask a question via Harry?

    by omega_786

    Absolutely. I asked him about his stint in Bollywood and his small action scene. Check it out on You tube.

  • July 31, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST

    CARTMANEZ...come out of the gutter....

    by omega_786

    i have a standard....and it aint where you are. Gonna have to leave you there unless you can raise your conversational skills. Did you go to school? Just asking....

  • July 31, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    omega 3 - go have some lunch


    if you aint gonna sleep go eat

  • July 31, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Wow, I never realized there was so much male anxiety

    by rbatty024

    People seem to think men have lost something in recent years. It's certainly not like it used to be in the eighties, when men could proudly sit on their asses and watch action heroes on steroids kill people. I love a good, absurd 80s action film as much as the next guy, but the death of the genre hardly means the death of the American male.

  • July 31, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Stallone and Snipes

    by Hipshot

    I share a martial arts instructor with Wesley, who was around when Demolition Man was going. And, yeah, Stallone pushed at Wesley, Wesley pushed back, and they got into it all right. Seriously wish I could have seen that.

  • July 31, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by Shaner Jedi

    no, it's not the death of the genre means the death of the American male but the decline of the American male is reflected in the decline of the genre's heroes.

  • July 31, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Thank Christ...

    by Fred_Phelps_Felches_Fags

    Somebody asked about that fucking robot in Rocky IV. Dolph is the man in that one, but other than the scenes with him, I'd place Rocky IV right there next to V. Seriously, fuck that robot. For me, it's Rocky, Rocky II, and Rocky Balboa. Then again, there are sequences I downright love in Rocky III. Perhaps I've put too much thought into this.

  • July 31, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Just incredible. Thanks Sly!

    by Star Hump

    Great reading. I wonder if Sly has ever considered writing an autobiography.<p> OK, bring on The Expendables. That, and Inception have been the 2 films I've wanted to see the most this summer.

  • July 31, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    wake up snake forskin

    by awardgiver

    movies and reality are not the same thing, just keep repeating that. take care of your own life and stop trying to live thru fantasies. And Harry is a lib, and friends with sly. So stfu. you look like a complete jackass on a movie talkback.

  • July 31, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Harry, give me access and I will CORRECT all the spelling errors

    by catlettuce4

  • July 31, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    What was John Wayne's problem?

    by hallmitchell

    He also wrote a letter to Clint after the film. Lone Plains Drifter came out. John had issues with how " the folks" were portrayed.

  • July 31, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Did you hear that studios!!!

    by hallmitchell


  • July 31, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    THE PUNISHERS - Best to worst?


    er.. 2008, 2004, 1989?<p> have i got the general opinion there?

  • July 31, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    omega_786 got his shit pushed in

    by Star Hump

    Haha. Good stuff Cartmenez

  • July 31, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    well John Wayne was a Repubican

    by Star Hump

    so he was clearly mentally ill. Explains why he pulled all the weird bullshit he did. They named an airport in California after the old coot. What a world.

  • July 31, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Sly's the best!

    by Joe Huber

    What other superstar of his magnitude gives these kinds of interviews? To the fans, for the fans. From Rocky to Rambo and highs and lows in-between this man always gave his all to try and entertain us. I never thought of Sly as Punisher but he'd be perfect! Marvel heads up here. Don't be cheap and let Sly do the directing too and stand out of the way! Maybe bring in Dolph as a villain! Kinda a nod to Dolph as Punisher as well as their "rivalry" from Rocky IV. Demolition Man left it hard for a sequel to be done. I'd really like to see a sequel to Tango & Cash. Speaking of chemistry, Stallone and Kurt Russell were hilarious together!

  • July 31, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    I still think Sly would have been good in Star Wars

    by RPLocke

    Maybe not has Han, but maybe as a Rebel Pilot, or something.

  • July 31, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Go USA

    by cylon_conspiracy

    I've really liked reading these questions over the last several days. I loved Sly's take on where we are as a country now and the current crop of "Action" movies where America is a bad guy, and "exceptionalism" is a bad word. But the action movies of the 80s were very optimistic and patriotic and I do hope they come back in style again. I'm fortunate to have been a kid when these movies were being released on VHS so I got to see them in their prime. If anyone could bring that type of film back, it's Stallone. Hell even in 25 years when he maybe isn't as confident on screen he could still write and direct those types of films. I think Stallone will take the Spot that Eastwood, he'll be around for a long time and will make better and better work as time goes on.

  • July 31, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Cartmanez and Omega re Total Film/Empire

    by JackGraham

    I'm quite happy with total film as i generally agree with the majority of their reviews, unlike Empire which praises pieces of shit all the time and gives 5 stars unmissable to the likes of Attack of the Clones and Superman Returns. Having read Empire in the past I can say with alot of certainty that when Empire gives a film 3 stars, it's gonna be a bit crap. Cartmanez you mention Empire gave 3 stars to Predators. Have you seen Predators. In my opinion it's garbage, hated it. it's a 2 star movie at best. They continually give 3 star reviews to films that are shit. i dont trust a 3 star review. it's too middle of the road but usually leans towards shit. As for Total film being written by critics rather than fans, I'd ask how you know this, or is it just your opinion, because if its not based on any fact then your reasoning for total film sucking is pointless. did you used to work there?

  • July 31, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    re: total film

    by omega_786

    based upon my opinion after collecting these issues for quite some time. You could see the progression of how the reviews were going. Like AICN...started of with giving a real honst review of movies until they we started to get watered down reviews...

  • July 31, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Thanks, AICN, and thanks, Sly.

    by DarthCorleone

    An awesome feature. I greatly enjoyed reading these.

  • July 31, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Omega ...

    by JackGraham

    I recall in the beginning of total films run they had reviews out of 10, which i didnt really like, ive been reading total film since issue 1 back in the late 90's, 97 i think around the time of Lost world and Batman and Robin etc. I think Mel Gibson was on the first front cover, i could be wrong, how ironic, considering his current erm problems. anyway, back to total film, i agree its probably changed, in appearance, features and its critics but such is the nature of any publication. i still prefer it to empire. ultimately though its our own opinions that matter. i just like to get the heads up on what others think before i see it for myself.

  • July 31, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Big Hollywood even liked the last question

    by cylon_conspiracy

  • July 31, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    if anyones interested


    the 'mainstream' press are reporting 'the Sly is considering Rambo prequel' notion from Q/A #4 - so whoevers question that was congrats buddy your question made it into the mainstream press - go out to the bars and celebrate

  • July 31, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    btw if for whatever reason Sly dosnt do Rambo 0


    then at least do it as a graphic novel...same goes for Rambo V - turn the script into a graphic novel so us fans can read it

  • July 31, 2010, 5:13 p.m. CST

    it aint over till its over


    but i think its over - unless Harry and Sly been holding out and gonna be giving us a special encore<p> btw its Scott Pilgrim that gonna be crashing and a burnin my friend - not Slys movie LOL

  • July 31, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Sly's movie will do fine.

    by RPLocke

    Scotty Pilgrim will be crashing and burning by this time next week.

  • July 31, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Total Film -

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Have never once given any Sly, Bruce or Arnie movie any credit whatsoever. Snobs.

  • July 31, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    What's with the double dip questions?

    by seasider

    Some even triple dipping. Come on Harry! If you're gonna cherry pick through thousands of questions for someone as busy as Stallone, at least lay down some clear ground rules on double dipping and the ridiculous length of some of these questions so we're not wasting his time.

  • July 31, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Didn't that fucking robot and his family end up here......

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • July 31, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I want Frozen John Spartan. SELL IT TO ME!!!!!!

    by Stuntcock Mike

    I'll have it facing out the front window of my house as a warning to would be thieves/ assassins/ rapists.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Stuntcock Mike

    by Moxie

    I'm not sure a naked Sly figure would have the effect you are expecting.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Poor Rocky had to give his Robot up

    by RPLocke

    When Louie made that bad business deal.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:08 p.m. CST

    I mean Paulie made that bad business deal

    by RPLocke

    I forgot his name.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    all softballs

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    im a fan too - but im not afraid to ask questions with balls - where were those questions?

  • July 31, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Re: John Wayne

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Sly said it perfectly. From our vantage point, we have perfect vision - we can see how Dirty Harry and High Plains Drifter and the rest sort of contribute to the tapestry. From Wayne's perspective, when all those things were new, image the shock of portraying a whole town of vile people as the "heroes" or a vigilante cop as the "good guy." Remember: Wayne's coming from a 30s, 40s, and 50s era vision of men and society. Those things must have seemed anathema to him. Kinda like the guys today (me, included) who rip on the modern action heroes when compared to our beloved 80s icons - Sly , Arnold, Bruce, Carl, Dolf, Chuck, Jean-Claude. We bemoan the decline of the star just as John Wayne did during his time.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by The Bicycle Sharer

    That would be "imagine." Duh.<p>And, as a side note, Wayne also hated the portrayal of the townsfolk in "High Noon." He didn't like to see the populace shown as generally vile, cowardly, or in any way less than goodhearted, hopeful, and helpful.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Harry, you fucking twat

    by BunnyMcNibbnles

    So, you have this awesome thing where Stallone ANSWERS QUESTIONS from the fans and you give him questions about..... the fucking robot from Rocky IV? You are a piece of fucking shit. I don't care how cool this is or if Stallone ever does this again. I am thankful that HE took the time to do this (although, he's really just trying to make people go see his shitty ass new movie, he really doesn't care about any of us - you people know this, right?), but you need a kick to the nuts. If you're going to have something like this, FUCKING TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. Are you telling me that, out of all the questions that were sent in, the one about the fucking ROCKY IV ROBOT was better than the other ones? Go fuck yourself.

  • July 31, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    My dad's the same way

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    Showed him "Miller's Crossing." Got to the end and he said he didn't like it.<p>"Why not?" I asked him.<p>""Cause there wasn't a hero," he replied.<p>"What about Gabriel Byrne?" I said.<p>"The guy who slept with his buddy's girlfriend? He caused the whole thing. That ain't a hero."<p>See? Different times, different perspectives.

  • July 31, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    And the winner for Most Pointless Vitriol of the Day goes to...

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    BunnyMcNibbnles! (And, by the way, ain't that ironic with that name!)

  • July 31, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by BunnyMcNibbnles

    My "vitriol" is partly for show. I really do appreciate Harry and what he does, but seriously - COME ON. We get this little 'event' like.... every two years and the first one was so amazing (the Rambo one was OK). Do we really have time for dumb questions? The point of this is to get candid answers to interesting questions. No one (except geeks who think they're funny by asking assinine things) give a flying fuck about the Rocky IV robot.

  • July 31, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Here's a question for Stallone....

    by BunnyMcNibbnles

    .... in place of the stupid fucking robot question. As most of us know, you were in a porn film years ago. How did you make the transition from doing that stuff to making Rocky? Did you find that it was harder for people to take you seriously? How did you even wind up being in a porn film? Now, THAT'S a question.

  • July 31, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    You are right Scottpilgrimfan

    by BoopyBeepy

    That bicycle and father conversation was fucking embarrassing. hahahahahaha sounds like something from Glenn Beck.

  • July 31, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Who didn't like Rocky's Robot?!!

    by RPLocke

    Why can't Rocky like cool tech things?

  • July 31, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Brain or Brian?

    by Tacoloft

    Was that intentional?

  • July 31, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Dolph Punisher was good

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    I dont get it, we've had 3 Punishers each a product of their times, the 80s bodybags version, the mid-2000s reflective character study, and the late 00s cartoony one with ridiculous OTT and of all of these the Dolph version was still the best back when action movies were still about the crime ridden renegades of the 70s/80s.

  • July 31, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    They are actually filming all the changes pixar suggested

    by UltraTron

    for Tron Legacy. They are even going further with the young Flynn shots you saw. It's very strange to see a studio try to do something right. They should have had pixar write the thing in the first place.

  • July 31, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Forget a Demolition Man sequel

    by Nerd Rage

    without Snipes. He was the best part of that movie.

  • July 31, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    as i said - softballs - i have a serious question for mr stallone... Q: your new film is being sold as a sort of throwback to 80s action movies - more than once during these q&a's contemporary action film stars were mentioned in comparison to 80s action stars (in less flattering light) - their differences were touched upon and how the more recent action stars (starting with michael keaton and keanu reeves in the 90s to now with cage, dwayne johnson, statham, snipes whoever) are more complex (show character flaws, less 2d), therefore harder to swallow as "heroes" - wouldnt you agree that the differences between then and now are minimal at best - and having more conflicted, more human, more relatable heroes is a plus in a big action movie? - because the average imperfect male viewer might see some of himself on screen - besides in most cases the real difference between action movies then and now is just on the surface - i base this on the recent (last 10-15 yrs) works of statham, rourke, van ham, li, cage, johnson, snipes, smith, cruise etc - to me its all the same product, just different packaging - different references and zeitgeist - aint it? - also... at your age are you pressured (internally or by studios/backers) to continue to present yourself as considerably younger in order to sell projects like "expendables"? - who is its target? - i miss some 80s action movies too, but back then they didnt star guys in their mid 60s - theyd never get made back then if they did - im 45, in better than average physical condition but still look my age, gray hair some wrinkles etc - are clooney's forays into action films meant to appeal to guys like me? because he still looks human?

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Sly as The Punisher!! God please!!

    by liljuniorbrown

    That would only be the most perfect fit ever. Let him write and direct it on HBO,Starz , or Showtime as a mini series. That would be a license to print money and the greatest comic story ever protrayed. I swear I'd do anything to make that happen.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Sly is it true what Tom Hardy recently revealed?

    by ganymede3010

    That your average Hollywood Male Actor has taken it up the ass? And for the record. I no longer like Tom Hardy after reading that. You can't call yourself a man when admittedly take it up the ass.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST


    by Arch Nemesis

    For sale! Spam!

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by corvette63

    As someone who listened to Sly's commentary on the first 3 Rocky's and Rambo's, I really enjoy hearing Sly's insights on this latest exchange. I look forward to seeing the documentary on the Expendables and the Expendables as well.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Sly as Frank Castle, THE PUNISHER??!! --Hell, YES!!!

    by JDanielP

    With a solid script and a really talented director, THAT could be a GREAT surprise. <P>I've STILL yet to see a director take full advantage of the character's imagery, which can be as powerful as Batman's, image that can make a criminal shit his pants! <P>And why is EYE OF THE TIGER playing on the radio??!! LOL

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Re: Ultratron - The Pixar/Tron changes...

    by SK229

    But the guys from Pixar actually run Disney now. They're not separate. Disney owns Pixar and the guys from Pixar basically run Disney, aside from Bob Iger... but I'd wager that Jobs and Lasseter actually have more clout since you can't replace them like you can a CEO. Steve Jobs is Disney's largest shareholder by a country mile... he's even getting involved in the reinvention of the Disney stores. I think this 'story' is kind of a marketing ploy, even if it is true, because to many people, Pixar is still its own entity (and it sort of is) but it only makes sense that they could order changes and reshoots because they actually control the purse strings. I even think one of those guys runs Disney's live-action division and Lasseter is head of all creative affairs in his title as Chief Creative Officer. It would only make sense that they'd have their top guys, just like any studio heads, watching and giving notes on other films made within the company. The only difference is the top guys just happen to also be creative geniuses... which is the reason Disney bought Pixar in the first place. They paid $6 billion to have the creative team at Pixar and the 'culture' of Pixar marry directly and irreversibly to Disney. After Eisner's INCREDIBLY, INSANELY, ARROGANTLY, DEFIANTLY IDIOTIC STUPID DECISION TO BASICALLY TELL PIXAR TO FUCK OFF, it was the only option to get back into the Pixar business. Looking back now, the fact that this is what was needed to reverse Eisner's indiscretions will probably be the only thing anyone will remember him for, despite the fact that he actually brought Disney back from the brink of destruction and built the company up to the point where it was in a position to buy Pixar in the first place. A mighty big fuck-up, that's for sure...

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    What other actor does this? Wow, thanks Sly.

    by Orionsangels

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    if you go to....

    by emeraldboy you will see old movies with funked up posters. and one of them is for rocky. its all part levis 2010 rolling movies roadshow in association the alamo draughthouse. shouldnt sly be promoting the expendables. and is it a little coincedental that sly is on here with harry at exactly the same time as the alamo sponsored levi rolling movie roadshow?

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    The problem with Rocky's robot


    It was silly and absurd. No one, even with heavyweight boxing champ money, owns a fully-functional robot. Not in 1985 and certainly not today. No one even owns those Ossimo robots the Japanese made a few years back. But I will say that Rocky's robot ties into the "nature vs. technology" undercurrent of Rocky IV, and how rapidly-advancing technology is encroaching not just into sports but into everyday life. So Rocky's robot wasn't completely pointless in regards to the film's thematic elements. Also, Demolition Man has to be my favorite non-Rocky, non-Rambo Stallone film. It was a fun action film that both pokes fun at and revels in action movie cliches. It also bears surprisingly thoughtful utopian/dystopian social commentary that you seldomly see in action films.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Re: Snake Foreskin, Stallone is not republican

    by awepittance

    " Sylvester Stallone is telling America he doesn’t like the War in Iraq and didn’t vote for Bush in 2004." "Unlike the rest of Hollywood, Stallone was smart enough to make an antiwar movie that’s not about the Middle East. And he wasn’t about to make a pro-Iraq-war film; 2004 was the first year he didn’t vote for a Republican presidential candidate, even though the man was born on the same day as he was and has pecs almost as big. Stallone’s particularly galled by Bush’s tough talk. “You see Bush, and you see the obstinacy and the arrogance. Go out there and ride in a humvee 10 times, and then I’ll listen to you. Take the ride. Have your bowels go into a square knot. Then I’ll respect you.” Stallone is awesome at tough talk. . . ."

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Outside of Rocky and Rambo, Cliffhanger is awesome

    by RPLocke

    I can watch that movie over and over, It's always exciting to me. The locations and stunts were great.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Sly as Punisher would be awesome.

    by ganda1f

    It would give him the opportunity to do a Rambo *and* Death Wish-esque character, without the risk of sullying an existing character.<br><br>(Because, quite frankly, Sly could film poo in a bowl for two hours, put it on screen, and it would still be better than the most recent Punisher film).<br><br>So, yeah, Stallone as Punisher is my fondest dream, and others seem to like the idea too, but when mentioned Stallone gives the impression he isn't terribly interested. Which is fair enough, but a little disappointing.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    cliffhanger is stallones best action

    by emeraldboy

    went to see it when opened the savoy big screen one. with my mother. the opening scene is the best, really great. the only quibble was the violence, I think it was excessive, especially the demise of the old guy. and that infamous scene where the baddies torture stallone. too bad stallone never really got to broaden his range. then all his films are a little dumb. in a way.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Most impressive and proud KA master spy of Soviet motherland, trenned since child.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Stupid Amerikan subject cutoff.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Does anyone here wanna talk to Sean Young?

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    I found her Youtube channel. Seeing as how you all go ga ga at the chance to talk to anyone in the biz and all. Search "msyPARIAH" on Youtube, and you can chat directly and watch the private videos of Seaaaaaaaan Young. She's no Stallone....but let's be guys have nothing better to do.....amirite?

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Most impressive and proud KA master spy of Soviet motherland, trenned since child.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    If you just search through the hundreds of videos....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ...that Sean Young has favorited on gives you a window into her mind.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 7:35 p.m. CST

    You can ask Sean Young.....

    by Jehovahs_Witness

    ....what Harrison Ford's lips feel like....or what Jim Carrey's lips feel like....or what Matt Dillon's lips feel like....ya know....stuff you guys think about all day long.

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Did anyone ever call Sly out

    by kolchak

    on him saying that at no point was there going to be another Rambo, when there OBVIOUSLY was?

  • Aug. 1, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Never say never, kolchak


    i guess after Rocky Balboa, Sly wanted to revisit the other other iconic character he's known for. and i felt that Rambo 4, like Rocky Balboa, was a fitting sendoff for that character, with Rambo finally coming home after all these years. though now i truly believe there won't ever be another Rambo or Rocky film. i think Sly really knows that both characters have run their course and he should walk away on a high note, not to mention that he's done a total of 10 movies with these characters, he's in his 60's, and you get to a point where another Rocky or Rambo film is just absurd.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Stallone as the Punisher

    by killianx

    Already happened it was called least i figure that will be the closest thing we will ever see to it actually happening

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 6:14 a.m. CST


    by JonChambers

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Kneel to Sly

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I didn't have a huge problem with the Rocky IV robot. Not enough to keep me from enjoying the rest of the movie. Sheesh. Some people treat it like the Jar-Jar of the series. Sheesh.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    a class mate of mine in primary school...

    by emeraldboy

    his dad owned a video repair and video rental shop. Its was near the end of school days, so as a treat the teacher allowed us to see a video. he choose commando and predator. first time I saw arnie. I brought in labyrinth which didnt go down to well. but he brought in Rambo first blood part two. we didnt get past the part where rambo unpeels part of his own skno. teacher turned it off after that. why did sly always get the same sort of roles. and why did he cease to write his own stuff after rocky and rambo? he spent the rest of the 1980s and 1990s working from other peoples scripts and not his own. I have often wondred the same thing about arnie. I know arnie never wrote any of the scripts hinself. I can just imagine what would have happen if arnie went to a movie exec to ask to write a movie. AHNALD: I WAAAAANNNt TOOOOO WRRRRRITE A MOOOOVIE. movie exec to head write: ARNIE wants to write a movie: arnie enters the writers room. and its empty except for a open window. the writers would have jumped out a window of 7 storie building rather then work with arnie.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    it was tales from the crypt. I just remembered. I didnt see this film but he did a remake of christmas in conneticut. with dyan cannon.he directed that. and that is why he hasnt been behind the lens since.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    but he hasnt written a movie script..

    by emeraldboy

    thats point. or directed a hollywood film.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Cliiffhanger suffered from a laughable villian ...

    by JackGraham

    as much as i like John Lithgow (who can forget his candy cane munching, floats to space and still breathes performance in santa Clause, I can't) but his villian in Cliiffhanger was a bit dumb and hissy. i recall the scene where he shouts "damn you Walker" as his very fake looking chopper is twisting and turning, and the look on his face as it plumets to the ground, quite funny. i like cliffhanger but i wouldnt ever call it stallones best, that list would include First Blood, Rocky, Rocky Balboa, Nighthawks, Tango and Cash and Copland.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    add rocky 4 to that list ... a guilty pleasure of mine

    by JackGraham

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    slys worst would include ...

    by JackGraham

    Rocky5, Oscar, Stop or my mom will shoot, and Driven. Can't comment on Dtox or spy kids 3 cos i havnt seen them but i'm betting if I had they could be on this list.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    slys most entertaining would include ...

    by JackGraham

    First Blood, Rocky4, Tango and Cash, Demolition Man, The Specialist and Rambo(4)

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Slys most middle of the road merely just ok/good films include .

    by JackGraham

    Rocky 2 and 3, First Blood part 2, Cobra, Lock up, Assasins, and Daylight.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    ,,, and where the hell is everybody!!

    by JackGraham

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    films that don't star Sly but Sly appears anyway ...

    by JackGraham

    Twins, Gremlins2:The new batch, Son of Rambo.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Films that would have benefited from slys direction ...

    by JackGraham

    Die Hard4, Terminator3, Terminator Salvation, and Nanny Macphee.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Killik ....

    by JackGraham

    Demolition Man appears in the most entertaining list, and I havn't seen Judge Dredd, I know, it's like the 10's, get with it Jack.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:19 p.m. CST

    films that could be made before talkbackers appear here ...

    by JackGraham

    Around the world in 80 days!!!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    worlds that could be built before talkbackers appear ...

    by JackGraham

    A Predator homeworld that makes us forget the alien hunting planet of Predators!

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    sly are you out there ... please consider Die Hard 5!!!

    by JackGraham

    bruce is your mate right? he loved Rambo and Expendables right? you hated Die Hard 4 right? Makes sense dont it?

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    asimov are you out there ... Star Trek Rules!!!

    by JackGraham

    and Nolan Sucks!!! Asimov?

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    I liked Lithgow in Cliffhanger. Perfect Villain. He just wanted the money. But, the ending of Cliffhanger totally ripped off Indiana Jones.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Good on Sly answering the questions

    by Disco_sucks

    And the cast alone is enough for me to buy a ticket for the Expendables. But let's be honest, apart from most of the Rockys, the first Rambo, Demolition Man and probably Copland, Stallone's career has been an almost unbroken stream of shitty films.<p>Cobra - a farce. Cliffhanger - crap and it never looked remotely realistic. Judge Dredd - misconceived. Lock Up and Over The Top - gay. The less said about Driven, Get Carter, Stop or My Mom Will Shoot, Oscar, Rambo 3 and Rocky 5 the better. And this is a 35 year career at the top. You know, good on him once again but his critical discrimination is for shit.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:47 p.m. CST

    there is a certain director, who over the past few..

    by emeraldboy

    years has made two films with giant robots in them and there is a third one on the way. this director makes billions at the box office and yet everyone hates this director. Nolan also makes commercially successful films and everyone loves nolan. inception is no. one for a third week in a row. the director who has made the two giant robots movies also gets to be number one and yet the people who go to see his films are dumb as two short planks apparently. both these filmmakers make blockbuster films. yet everyone hates the guy who makes a gaxillion dollars at the box office with his alien robot franchise and the other guy nolan cant put a foot wrong, also makes a gazillion dollars? am I missing something here.....

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by SaluteYourShorts

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Rocky was a feelgood movie...

    by emeraldboy

    which caught a moment. people like an underdog. people also like a fighter hero ie an american who goes into the jungle and kicks us ass. there has never been a hollywood film which tells the story of us soldiers who slaughter the innocence. hollywood believes that this is not something us audiences want to see. rambo and its sequeles were made when the regan administraion were in office and many saw a link between the two. stallone has never been allowed to broaden his range has an actor and i dont know if he has a range to broaden. i was too you to see sly's films in the eighties. cobra got a cinema ban. he played the same character in 5 films ie rocky. and played john rambo 4 times. woody allen gave him his big break. but if you play only two characters. is that progress.?

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    jim carrey did a similar thing..

    by emeraldboy

    with cable guy. I have seen nearly all of carreys films including that and I thought he was outstanding. but his own audience didnt like it and he went back to the kind roles his audience likes. ie light slapstick and face pulling. I thought and still to this day think copland was an immense performnance, the best in his career. i think it is down to the way sly talks. he may not be dumb but to some he sounds and they were like copland man its just stallone as a cop. forget about it. they only actor to evolve has been bruse willis. I have nearly all his films too and used to watch MoonLighting. willis is only a slightly better actor.slightly. arnie is another actor who never really progrossed in his career.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Stallone's Han Solo

    by Nem_Wan

    I can imagine it being great, not better but not worse than Ford. In Lucas' ensemble casting, if Stallone was Han, it would have changed the casting of Luke and Leia as well. It's not a question of Stallone being good, but of who would have been best to keep up with him. Being a writer himself, I imagine Stallone would have had the same desire and ability as Harrison Ford to collaborate on how Han was written. Would Stallone have come up with "I know"? I don't know, but I do know that despite the Spandex pants, Stallone's space pirate would have been as much a favorite, stand-out character as Ford's. Just different.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    John Wayne in McQ

    by wilbur gray

    John Wayne must have had a "If you can't beat 'em,join 'em." attitude for the action movies of the '70's.McQ is his version of Dirty Harry and Big Jake has the violence and gore of a Peckinpah film.Next time hopefully Stallone will elaborate on his conversation with Wayne.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    If Stallone was Han, they wouldn't need Chewie

    by RPLocke

    Cause Stallone would just pick up those Troopers like they were a slice of pizza.

  • Aug. 2, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    arnie did progress

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    compare conan the barbarian to say eraser. c'mon.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Once again we've failed

    by NippleEffect

    we didn't make Sly cry<p> I'm so despondent

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:49 a.m. CST

    I thought Arnies performance in End of Days was very good ...

    by JackGraham

    i was pleasantly suprised by how good he was in that fairly entertaining film. he was essentially playing Riggs in Lethal weapon, but it was the first time i'd seen arnie play vulnerable, and cry, and get crucified for christ sakes.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

    end of days was

    by emeraldboy

    at the end of his career.. sly played american underdog types. arnie became the one line guy. bruce was tough talking, slightly ass-hole-ish wiseguy cop guys.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST

    when you went into an arnie film..

    by emeraldboy

    you expected him to do his shtick. i loved the way in the last action hero he messed around with his own shtick. but that is not what the audience wanted. they wanted arnies shtick. but by end of days arnies shtick had become tired. this i think arnie knew too. so put in the darkest performance ever. in a very dark film. and box office said ewwww. arnies film career was a good as over.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:49 a.m. CST

    what film did he star with his son sage?

    by emeraldboy

    cant remember, rocky 4 i think? the coppolla rule of mis-directing is never ever allow your kids to star in a film if they are not very good. Father and son, ie sage and his dad love each other in a paternal way but, whoever thought he could well, he will have to look to his dad for that.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST


    by Gluecifer

    "the most extraordinary country the planet has ever known" When will people understand that there ain't such thing as "the greatest country on earth"? Sly, I thought you were a wiser guy. For The expandables II, chose only a casting 100% American and put the action in the fuckin' USA. Many moronic US nationalists would be so pleased.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Rambo - Extended cut

    by HarryBlackPotter

    It's okay, but not radically different from what you saw first time round. I honestly don't see the need to get this unless you're a rabid Rambo fan, but to me it was like Stallone put some deleted scenes back in which weren't that significant to begin with. But that's only my opinion. As for Arnies last great film? Well, after the Batman & Robin debacle, he kinda just gave up, didn't he? Last truly great Arnie film was True Lies. Eraser, 6th Day and End of Days were all mediocre.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Seeing this tonight...

    by shaneo632

    Press screening ftw.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:09 a.m. CST

    the 6th day..

    by emeraldboy

    is where I gave up watching arnie. awful film. you could see that heart wasnt in it anymore. batman and robin actually a farce.!

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST

    i loved the true lies...

    by emeraldboy

    where he kidnaps BIll paxton. very funny. it was a good films that.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    rambrandt would have embraced picasso.

    by anorexia_androidosa

    artists know art. sly obviously does not.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I could be wrong but I believe Sage was in two

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    movies with Sly. He played Rocky Jr. in Rocky V, the movie that doesn't exist. He was also in Daylight, if I recall the title correctly where they're stuck in a tunnel that's flooding.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    or stallone's career twilight.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Liked the Extended Cut

    by seasider

    It is true that most of the new stuff you see are from the deleted scenes that were on the regular edition DVD. But there a number of little things added or changed as well. The extra footage I think adds more to Rambo's character and his relationship with Sarah. Most of the blood and guts is still there but controversial scene with the child stabbed is gone as well as the bit with the guy getting his legs blown off while flying through the air. There's a tiny bit of female nudity added but it's the blink and you'll miss it kind. Overall I'd recommend this cut over the theatrical version if you haven't bought the movie yet. The production diaries are pretty good too.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    i was too young to see rambo in the cinema..

    by emeraldboy

    and as i said when we saw either rambo 1 or two, the teacher turned off the video.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    to say that nmovie doesnt exist is

    by emeraldboy

    a fairly stupid thing to say.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    ROCKY 5 was actually the BEST in the series

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Rocky 5 was actually the BEST in the series<P> That's what I'd be saying if I was fucking insane.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    from the people who brought twilight..

    by emeraldboy

    comes babar the movie. arrrrgh.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    His son was in Rocky 5 I believe.

  • Aug. 3, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I was touched by Brian Thueme's story.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I hope Sly will arrange an opportunity for he and his dad to see "The Expendables" together somehow, somewhere. We've got to honor our real heroes as much as or more than we look up to our on-screen heroes. My thanks goes out to your dad for his service, Brian, and I hope you'll be seeing him soon in a theater watching "The Expendables".

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  • Aug. 4, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Q&A finding its way into the press


  • Aug. 4, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    to the guy writing the Sci Fi movie...


    Sly saying everythings already been done - its true, Star wars (LOTR, Campbells heros journey, Flash Gordon etc), Indy (that Chuck heston movie, 30s seriels, Bond etc) Terminator (Outer Limits, slasher movies) Matrix (Terminator, PKD, Gibson, animes etc) Avatar (Dances with Wolves etc)<p> virtually everything is a copy of various stuff packaged up differently or done in a different genre...

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    hey dulala - FUCK OFF!!!


    stop poluting Slys thread with your SHIT!!<P> GET OUT!! GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE....NOW MOTHERFUCKER!!!!

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 6:41 a.m. CST

    sorry for the lauguage everyone


    that fuckers been getting on my nerves for a while now

  • Aug. 4, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    total film 2 stars, empire 3 stars ....

    by JackGraham

    empire gave 3 stars (which means good in their ratings) to Clash of the Titans, enough said.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Positive review from TH Guardian

    by palimpsest

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

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  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Stop ! Or My Mom Will Shoot

    by PTSDPete

    Is the death of America.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Yo ! Thing was

    by PTSDPete

    Fuck it. Whatever.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Total film review

    by Dark_Equalizer

    Expendables got slated in a review in Total Film 2 stars. Said it has no characterisation

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    How come no good guy dies in these movies anymore?

    by leo54304

    Remember the ensemble action movies from the 50-70s when you didn't know who was going to survive? Movies such as Magnificent 7, Guns of Navarone, Dirty Dozen, Wild Bunch, etc were movies you knew there were going to be casualities. In expendables bet no one bites the bullet.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    RE: Stallone's early life in European schools

    by Rollover Tomasi

    The question was asked by a talkbacker earlier about whether he was really poor at the time that he made Rocky. Not sure of the answer, but I can confirm that it is true that he went to at least one prestigious private school overseas (in Switzerland, I believe it was). I know someone here in Maryland that knew him then, hung out with him in a small group of friends. She has photos with him and their close, small group of friends. I think she even dated him briefly. I'm not sure if this means he was "rich", but he wasn't digging through the trash for lunch, either. I'm not sure he was implying that he was poor, but rather that he was young and trying to make his own money and wasn't making any then. That doesn't mean that his parents weren't well off, etc.

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  • Aug. 6, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I'm sure I'm considered a Liberal by many

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    But I loved Sly's answer to the last question and I agree with him. Generally speaking, the US has lost its pride as a nation. And I'm not trying to get into an anti-US flame war here. All I mean is: Every citizen should have a reasonable right to pride in their country ("reasonable" meaning they don't harm other people to prove their patriotism, etc.). Americans have most definitely lost their pride. And the sad part is, due to the "modern" social and political climate, we're actually *afraid* to have pride in the USA anymore. Ok, stepping down from soapbox now.

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