Our POW [Picture of the Week] this week is Sly from Bullet to the Head. Click on the photo to see a full-size version. – Craig
Category: Bullet in the Head
June Vigants created the Sly as James Bonomo aka Jimmy Bobo from Bullet to the Head piece above. June was doing sketch commissions through the mail and although I’d never met her, I liked June’s art and decided to commission a few pieces. I wasn’t disappointed. This is the first with more to be posted!
Last year at HeroesCon Gary McKee surprised and gifted me with the sketch above of Sly as Jimmy Bobo from Bullet to the Head. What an amazing sketch and gesture from a great artist and friend.
On October 18, 2013, We Got This Covered posted: Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. Sylvester Stallone: 5 Of Their Best Movies.
Dave Wachter is back and he brought his take on Sly from the Bullet to the Head. I met Dave a few years ago and became an instant fan. I wasn’t the only one to discover Dave’s fantastic sketches! How can you not like a great guy who is a terrific artist?
At HeroesCon this year I asked Dave to draw Sly from his first major movie, the Lords of Flatbush and another piece of Sly from his latest film, Bullet to the Head. Last week, you saw Dave’s take on Sly as Stanley Kowalski, so this week we have Sly as Jimmy Bobo.
You can see more of Dave’s art at his site. – Craig
Sly Stallone as Jimmy Bobo from Bullet to the Head by Ron Salas. Obviously I’m a huge fan of Ron’s art. If you’re a sketch collector, you should be too!
Bullet to the Head is available for pre-orders now and will hit the streets on July 16th. – Craig
On May 26, 2013, The Daily Record posted a brief interview with Sly that they called: Rocky Legend Sylvester Stallone on New Movie Bullet to the Head and Growing Old Disgracefully.
On May 2, 2013, the St. Augustine Times posted Sly Stallone: The Bullet to the Head Interview. Here are a few tidbits:
KW (Kam Williams, interviewer): Let me start by asking what interested you in Bullet to the Head?
SS: Well, I liked the idea of a very simple story with a dark morality. There’s humor in that later on, but you start with the basic idea that you have two total opposites having to work together for a common cause who you know are going to have to take each other out at the very end, at least that was the original premise. I also really liked the idea of doing it with Walter Hill after the first director bowed out. That made the project especially enticing.
SS: Yes, and also because he’s kind of gone down the same path as I did. There was a period when I was pretty much untouchable for about 8 or 9 years until I got a big break with Joe Roth when he helped produce Rocky Balboa. That was a big, big, long shot. Everybody thought it was a joke, but it worked. [Chuckles] I think there’s a lot of music left to play in a lot of these old instruments. And I felt that Walter Hill is a pro at this genre, yet he’s not getting the opportunity. So, when I saw the opportunity present itself, I decided, “If he does the movie, I’ll do it.” And it worked out that way.
KW: Larry Greenberg asks: How did you develop your character, Jimmy Bobo?
SS: I decided to approach it this way. I, Sylvester Stallone, am really not much like Rocky. Rocky is a much more ethical, moral person than I am. [Chuckles] He’s really a great guy. And Rambo is a much darker person than I am, and much more reserved and withdrawn. I thought, let me try something different. What if I, Sylvester Stallone, were transported into the world of hit men? In other words, what if I were the hit man but just played myself. So, that’s the way I approached this character. I wanted to be as casual and comfortable with the character as possible. I said, if Sylvester Stallone were a hit man, this is how he would be. So, pretty much what you see up there is Sylvester Stallone as a hit man. Rather than trying to create a character that was different from me, I tried to make the character the same as me, and just add the story. I don’t know if that makes sense to you. It’s like as if you were going to play a hit man and asked me, “What do I do?” And I went, “No, no, you Kam, you just have to play yourself.” It would be your personality, but you would play a hit man. That would be an interesting choice. That’s different. That’s unusual. So, this was the first time I’ve ever said, “Let me just be myself, but pretend I’m a hit man.”
KW: Is there a message you want people to take away from the film?
SS: That a tiger never really changes his stripes and that Jimmy Bobo is what he is, without regret. But he’s not an amoral person, since he only takes out, as he puts it, “the hard to get at stains.” That his job. He takes out the trash. In effect, he’s doing a service. He’s a people person. He removes the bad people.
Mike Torrance aka The Krayola Kidd is back! Mike returns with Sly as Jimmy Bobo from Bullet to the Head.
You can see more of Mike’s art at The Daily Sketch with The Krayola Kidd (and if you’ve never checked out Mike’s site, you ought to if only to see his Walking Dead cards!) and his Deviant Art site. Mike is available for commissions and his prices are very reasonable.