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

“Driven” Soundtrack!

Dark Horizons reported that the “Driven” soundtrack would be available starting April 24th and gave props to the SZ for the news. What could be cooler than getting props from Garth? How about the interview with SLY that he posted the same day! Paul Fischer conducts an interview in which SLY discusses “Driven,” fitness, the special edition release of “Rocky”to dvd, and more! To check it out, click |HERE|.

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.”

SZ and Warner Bros. “Driven” Contest Winners





1. SYLVESTER STALLONE plays Champ racer Joe Tanto in Driven. What is the name of the movie that starred SLY as a racer named Joe Viterbo?  DEATH RACE 2000

2. RENNY HARLIN is directing SLY in Driven. What is the name of the movie that first paired SLY and RENNY?  CLIFFHANGER

3. SLY wrote the screenplay for Driven. What was SLY‘s original title for the film?  CHAMPS

4. SLY is an accomplished actor, director, and screenwriter. What movie did SLY write that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture?  ROCKY

5. SLY seems to like 5 letter names for his characters. Name three of his characters that have five letters in their last name and the name ends with an “o.”  RAMBO, TANGO and TANTO

6. Most people think that Rocky was SLY‘s first feature film screenplay that sold. It was his second! What was the name of his first?  PARADISE ALLEY

7. The “tag line” for Driven is “Welcome to the Human Race.” What was the tag line for SLY‘s last film, Get Carter“THE TRUTH HURTS”

8. SLY teams with an international cast in Driven. What actor made his US debut with SLY in Nighthawks?  RUTER HAUER

9. Actors and actresses who work with SLY quite often get noticed and move on to stardom [ANNE ARCHER, ARMAND ASSANTE, TOM SIZEMORE, BENJAMIN BRATT, etc.). Who was the actress who got her big break working with SLY in Demolition Man?  SANDRA BULLOCK

10. What is YOUR favorite SYLVESTER STALLONE movie, and why?  This one had no right/wrong answer and here are the movies that made the list (in alphabetical order): Cliffhanger, Cop Land, Daylight, First Blood, Lock Up, Lords of Flatbush, Over the Top, Rambo II, Rambo III, Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V, Tango & Cash.


The Winners!

1. Melissa Knollman 2. Marks Mail 3. Nicholas King 4. Kyle Riley 5. Tony Camm 6. Alan Sears 7. Jillian Decker 8. Troy Barwick 9. Crystal Coger 10. Mike Russo

I would like to thank Ms. Lifrieri and Warner Bros. for their assistance in making this contest possible. Winners can expect their posters in the next few weeks!

– Craig Zablo (April 1, 2001)


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