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.
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:
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
USA Today features an article by Scott Bowles about the extra bonus material found on DVDs. References to “Driven” are made which will excite most STALLONE fans.
“After five takes of an elaborate race scene for his movie Driven, director RENNY HARLIN requested yet another shoot. The crew was growing tired and frustrated. Didn’t they have enough footage? ‘Yes, for the film,’ HARLIN responded. ‘But we need more for the DVD…’ “HARLIN shot 1.5 million feet of film – 150 times longer than the movie itself – and his first cut of Driven ran longer than 4 1/2 hours. You can’t see that race epic at the local cineplex, but you may on DVD, he says. HARLIN also hopes to turn the disc into a video game of sorts, allowing viewers to take “virtual races” in the movie, as well as choose camera angles and character perspectives.”
Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes is back with another scoop! In the May 15, 2001 issue [#662] of HELLO! mag there is a feature entitled Micheal Schumacher and his Wife Corinna. There’s a pic with the caption: “A rare celebrity moment for MICHAEL as he poses with SYLVESTER STALLONE while making the film Driven.”
Thanks to Jazz for the tip! – Craig Zablo
Variety announced that SYLVESTER STALLONE, making a tentative comeback with current box office champ “Driven,” discharged the William Morris Agency early Monday morning to return to International Creative Management. STALLONE had been represented by Jim Wiatt at William Morris for the last year and a half, having followed him when Wiatt quit ICM.
STALLONE is currently shooting ``Avenging Angelo,” playing a mob bodyguard, and will star in “Dolan’s Cadillac,” which is scheduled to begin production after any industry strikes this summer.
“Driven”Opens in first place! SYLVESTER STALLONE sped to box office glory on April 29, 2001 “Driven,” the race car thriller he wrote and co-starred in, opened atop the box office rankings according to studio estimates. [Reuters]
SLY STALLONE made an appearance at Planet Hollywood: New York City to celebrate the opening of ‘Driven’ April 26, 2001. [Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]