Our POW [Picture of the Week] this week is Sly and Burt Reynolds from Driven. Click on the photo to see a full-size version. – Craig
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.
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!
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.
The picture above (minus the SZ tag, of course) appeared earlier in the week at DARK HORIZONS in an item about Warner Brothers’ 2001 movie line-up.
Entertainment Tonight’s website ran an item on Thursday saying that Sly and Jennifer co-hosted the opening of Downtown Disneyland in an event which benefited the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Sly also announced that his next movie will be a comedy. The picture above accompanied the item.
Earlier this week I received an e-mail from Simon Barber who is the new web master of Frank Stallone’s Official Website.
If you haven’t checked out Frank’s site in a while, you really should. Frank and Simon have updated and re-designed all areas (and have added more content as well)! You can find them at FrankStallone.com (they’ve moved from the old location) or by clicking |HERE|. Be sure and tell them the SZ sent ya!
[January 14, 2001] – Craig Zablo