Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week…

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week…

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week…

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week…

Sly and “Cop Land” Made the Cut

On July 2, 2014, Den of Geek posted 6 Startling Moments of Quiet in Summer Blockbusters.  Sly and Cop Land made the cut and here’s what they had to say…

4. Cop Land (1997): Shootout at the not OK Corral

Okay, this is pushing the definition of summer blockbuster a bit, but Cop Land stars a Hollywood A-lister and was released in August, so it counts.

As soft-spoken Freddy Heflin, Sylvester Stallone hesitates and mumbles his way through the whole film. For once this is intentional, as Freddy is a small town sheriff so in awe of the big city cops who live within his jurisdiction that he can’t bring himself to confront them when presented with evidence of their corruption. Freddy finds himself caught between internal affairs cop Moe Tilden (Robert DeNiro) and the de-facto leader of the corrupt cops, Ray Donlan (Harvey Keitel), and spends a great deal of time being yelled at by both of these acting heavyweights.

When the worm turns, and Freddie finally decides to take action, the film heads towards an inevitable, bloody confrontation. But the shootout that follows has a unique twist: Freddy is deaf in one ear and, whilst abducting the witness Freddy needs to take down the bad guys, Jack Rucker (Robert Patrick) has just fired his gun right next to Freddy’s good ear.

What follows can be described, rather tastelessly, as High Noon in deaf-o vision. We get to experience the resulting gun battle as if we are Freddy, every muffled shot, every shattering pane of glass, barely audible over the screeching of the tinnitus that now passes for his sense of hearing.

It’s a sequence that is at once immersive, alienating and uniquely thrilling.


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Mangold on Getting Stallone for “Cop Land”

James Mangold who directed the just released Wolverine recently spoke about his experience in getting Stallone for Cop Land

“I didn’t want him in my movie,” [Mangold] laughs. [Mangold] told the agent he thought it was a terrible idea.

“He said why. I go, ‘He’s a joke, he’s like a Planet Hollywood jacket-wearing, entourage-driving … he hasn’t made a good movie in years.’ I love Sly by the way, he’s a friend to this day, but I felt like I would be nothing but a mockery to my cool friends to be making a movie with Sly.”

The agent told him to tell this to Stallone’s face, so the two met over dinner in New York. What ?he found was “an incredibly intelligent man”. Mangold changed his mind, but attached ?13 conditions, including that Stallone would have to gain 40-50lbs, he couldn’t change the script, and he could not leave the set early. Not one rule was broken.

Thanks to The HeraldScotland for the post.


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