Harlin Talks Up Sly

On Friday, March 30, 2001, Cinescape.com posted a very positive piece on “Driven.” The article featured several quotes from director RENNY HARLIN who talked about the problems that he and SLY had getting the movie started and why they teamed up to get it made.

HARLIN also says that his “goal was trying to do to car racing what “Matrix” did to hand-to-hand combat and that type of action movies – so the audience [would see] something that they don’t get on TV, but really use the the technology to make the film almost like a video game in the sense that when we are in the racing sequences the audience really feels like they are sitting in the car and they are steering the car and they really get what the driver gets. And then in the crash sequences, finding points of view and ways of showing that would hopefully be pretty mind-blowing for the audience.”

As to SLY, HARLIN states, “[STALLONE] didn’t want to make it a STALLONE racing movie like “Rocky” or something like that where he is the center of the story… I thought it was very interesting that he took that approach and very smart I think. HARLIN went on to say that the response to SLY in test screenings “scored through the roof because you really, really feel for him.”

Craig Zablo

“Driven” Trivia Contest



Know your STALLONE TRIVIA? Want to win a “Driven” one-sheet poster?

Then here’s what you need to do:

  • Answer the ten STALLONE TRIVIA QUESTIONS listed below.
  • E-mail your name, answers, and home address to czablo@mindspring.com
  • Everyone who answers all questions correctly will be entered into the prize drawing!
  • 10 lucky SZoners win a “Driven” one-sheet poster courtesy of Warner Bros. and StalloneZone!

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Ok, here’s the rules:

  • The posters can only be mailed to addresses in the US and Canada (due to mailing restrictions).
  • Only 1 entry per e-mail address.
  • The contest ends at 5 pm E.S.T. on Saturday, March 31st.
  • The contest is NOT open to any staff members of SZ.com [Sorry John, Jazz, and rOb!]
  • Names of Winners [but not addresses] will be posted on this site with our Weekend Update.


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?

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

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

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?

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.”

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?

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

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

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?

10. What is YOUR favorite SYLVESTER STALLONE movie, and why?

Good Luck!

Craig Zablo [March 27, 2001]

StalloneZone Helps Promote “Driven”

There have been two promotions that have been put together [so far] to promote “Driven” and StalloneZone is proud to have been selected to particpate in both!

The first promotion involves free magnets which have the 2001 CART RACING SCHEDULE on them with a sticker that says “April 27th: DRIVEN opens.”

The second promotion is “Driven” postcards. I have been able to score a limited number of these to make available to SZoners for free!

Craig Zablo

(Update – Unfortunately I no longer have these items available.)


The April 2001 issue of Total Movie, features Going the Distance: ROCKY at 25. The eight page article by Edward Gross (author of Rocky and the Films of Sylvester Stallone) provides an extensive look at Rocky (and its sequels) with over 25 photos (including the one to the left). The article provides quotes from Sly, Talia Shire, John Alvidsen, Robert Chartoff, Carl Weathers, and others involved with the films.
The magazine comes with a DVD which provides a trailer for Rocky and a snippet of the interview with Sly that will appear on the Rocky special edition dvd. All in all, easily worth the cost of the mag!
(Now I’m REALLY psyched for the ROCKY Boxed Collector’s Set! Click |HERE| to check it out!)
Craig Zablo (March 17, 2001)


The March 2001 issue of Impact, features an article entitled Sylvester Stallone: On the Sly. The four page article provides an overview of SLY’s career and features eleven pictures (including the one above). Although hard core fans will learn nothing new, and at least one picture is obviously labeled incorrectly, it still is a positive article which looks forward to SLY’s next decade of films.

Thanks for the tip to -Paul Corr from Ireland and Ernest “Jazzman” Resendes for the mag!

Craig Zablo (March 17, 2001)


The April 2001 issue of Premiere contains an article entitled “They Wuz Robbed!” The article compares the results of two polls taken (one with 25 film professionals such as Quentin Tarantino; and the other with 2,000 film fans) who voted for their choices of who should have won Academy Awards during the last 25 years.
The piece is accompanied with some spectacular artwork by ROBERTO PARADA showing Rocky putting Travis Bickle in a headlock while Ghandi and ET look on!
The article makes for some interesting reading and I’m sure will inspire some lively debate. I plan to discuss my thoughts on the results over at BigBeatty’s message board. I hope to talk to you there!
Craig Zablo (March 17, 2001)

Sly Revives Rocky

The March 13, 2001 issue of The National Enquirer contains an item called “Yo! SLY Brings Back Rocky to Help a Tragic Kid” in the Hollywood Behind the Screens section by Mike Walker.

“In a heartrending revival of his gutsy “Rocky” character, SLY STALLONE played a real-life hero when he suddenly appeared in the hospital room of a badly injured little boy who idolizes him, knelt by his bedside and said gently: “Yo!… Give Rocky a punch!” Sadly, 5-year-old Brandon Zucker, maimed in a Disneyland accident, can’t throw a punch anymore.. or even whisper, “Yo, Rocky!” But STALLONE got a smile from the beautiful kid – and these are rare these days, says mom Victoria, who relives the horror of watching her son fall out of the “Roger Rabbit” ride and get crushed under machinery. SLY’s wife JENNIFER FLAVIN, read in a paper how Brandon used to run through his house wearing oven mitts punching the air like his hero, “Rocky.” JENNIFER showed the story to SLY, who went to the hospital to give the kid a shot of come-from-behind Rocky courage! “His visit did a lot of good for Brandon,” wept Victoria. [Keep punching, kid… and… lookin’ good, Rock!]

– Craig Zablo