Crowining Mr. Sports Movies

On April 9, 2014, Yahoo! Movies took a look at which actor had played the most sports roles in their piece Crowining Mr. Sports Movies by Brian Enk.

Had they counted each Rocky movie individually (as I think they should have) then Sly would have easily come in first.  At any rate, here’s what the said about him…

—Sylvester Stallone: If we were to tally sports movies as a whole, including sequels, the Italian Stallion would be our champ, with six entries as boxer Rocky Balboa in the “Rocky” movies. Sly’s other sports movie credits include “Death Race 2000” (1975), in which he played deadly cross country racer Machine Gun Joe Viterbo; “Paradise Alley” (1978), in which he played Cosmo Corboni, one of three brothers trying to play the wrestling game in 1940s NYC; “Victory” (1981), in which he played a soccer goalie for the Allied forces as they face off against a German team at a WWII prison camp; “Over the Top” (1986), the greatest arm-wrestling movie ever made; “Driven” (2001), in which he plays former CART champion and car racing mentor Joe Tanto; and “Grudge Match” (2013), in which he plays former boxing champ Henry “Razor” Sharp.

LotofSly: Renny Harlin Autograph!

That’s an ultra-rare promotional post card for “Driven” starring Sly Stallone and directed by Renny Harlin.  If you look closer, you’ll see that it’s autographed and personalized to me from Renny Harlin.  How cool is that? 

My pal, Alex surprised me with a package containing it and several other Stallone-related autographs that I’m going to post on the SZ over the coming weeks.  Alex, as you’ve probably guessed is also known as LotofSly on the SZ message boards where he also serves as one of our moderators.  Alex has met more celebrities than anyone else I know, and he somehow always manages to get photos with them.  That’s in addition to being an all-around nice guy… and as nice as Alex is THAT has to be a full time job!


Burt Reynolds Says Sly May Be Easy

On December 6, 2009, PBPulse.com posted a short interview with Burt Reynolds and he talks a bit about several of the films he’s worked on.  Here’s what he had to say about “Driven”:

Driven: “There was a wonderful scene with Sly (Stallone), where I was telling him how I’d driven fast my whole career, and now I couldn’t get out of this chair. He was off-camera, and I could see he’d started to tear up. And I thought, ‘Either I’m doing something right, or he’s easy.’”

You can read the whole article by clicking here.

SZ Exclusive: Sly at “Driven” Premiere

Chris Heathcoat is a longtime SYLVESTER STALLONE fan and StalloneZone “regular.” Chris was lucky enough to attend the “Driven” premiere and generous enough to share his pics with us [Chris did the same for the “Get Carter” premiere], and had this to say:

“Craig:

Not requesting that it is a must, but if there is anything printed about my feeling about the clearest shot of SLY, as I look at it in my 22 years of experience with him it is this…

…From Fans to Critics, many people look at this man and think of his movies repeating a few quotes from his characters that fascinate them. I however see a man who kept me away form temporary highs and gave me one thrill film a year from 1979 (Rocky II) to 2001 (Driven) and when I see this picture I see a man who proves dreams do come true. Thank you SYLVESTER STALLONE!”

Christopher E. Heathcoat

And thank you, Chris!
– Craig Zablo

SZ Exclusive: “Driven” Premiere Coverage by SZoner Randy Rouseau

SZoner, Randy Rouseau attended the premiere of “Driven” which was held at the Mann’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, Monday, April 16, 2001. Randy sent in the picture above as well as those that follow. He said he would send more [containing shots of SLY] once he gets them developed! Thanks to Randy for sharing and for being so quick!

Another shot of the theater

Several Champ cars lined up and waiting to roar down the street!

SYLVESTER STALLONE’s car from “Driven.”

SYLVESTER STALLONE’s handprints from in front of Mann’s Theater.

SLY’s personal car. Very nice!

Another shot of Sly’s ride.

Thanks again to Randy Rossseau!

– Craig Zablo

Sly, Stone and Liotta

The April 9, 2001, issue of People contains the picture above with the caption: “At the MGM pre-Oscar party in L.A. honoring producer DINO De LAURENTIS, Hannibal’s RAY LIOTTA [center] gave a piece of his mind to director OLIVER STONE [ left] and SYLVESTER STALLONE, whose race-car film Driven opens April 27.
– Craig Zablo

Sly Gains Respect

Movie increases Stallone’s respect for Champ car drivers
By Mike Harris, AP Motorsports Writer
April 7, 2001

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — SYLVESTER STALLONE, the star and driving force behind a new movie revolving around the CART series, said his introduction to open-wheel race cars was not what he expected.

“I wasn’t aware that you basically lie down in the car, so it was very odd realizing that you go into the great unknown basically feet first and that was kind of unnerving,” said the man who starred in the “Rambo” and “Rocky” movies.

“Second, there was a rattling all the time I was driving the car, so I thought, ‘This car’s coming apart,’ until I realized it was my knees. So there’s a fear factor that permeates one, and I realized it takes quite a while to get your heart, your body, your adrenal glands to settle down.”

STALLONE, who did a lot of his own driving in “Driven,” which will premier in Los Angeles on April 16 and go into wide release April 27, said he spun out numerous times during his preparation at a Las Vegas driving school.

“It finally dawned on me about drift and precision and powering into an apex and speeding coming out so it’s just getting the actual flow,” he said. “It’s almost like music and you start getting into a hypnotic rhythm. Then you start to push a little bit more and push a little bit more, and I was captivated by that.”

The actor, who appears to be very physically fit, was also surprised by the G Forces a driver is subject to.

“The next day, I was totally aware of it when I had to have someone brush my teeth for me,” he said. “I couldn’t move my hand, I couldn’t form a fist, my neck, forget it, you could use my head for a lamp, I couldn’t move.”

He came away from the project with great admiration for professional race drivers.

“I try to explain to people that driving a race car is like speeding across an ice field.” STALLONE said. “The car is almost floating and that’s the skill of driving, maintaining this car while its barely having adhesion … to the track. It just puts you right to that ragged edge. That’s an extraordinary skill to maintain that balance and coordination.”

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