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Sylvester Stallone, Karl Urban

Sylvester Stallone [8]

Born:July 6, 1946 (75)
Filmography Rating:7.23 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.99 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.40 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:66.08%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Rocky [1976](30) => Writer / Rocky Balboa
The Muppet Show: Season 3 [1978](32) => Himself
Oscar [1991](45) => Angelo 'Snaps' Provolone
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over [2003](57) => Toymaker
The Expendables [2010](64) => Barney Ross / Director / Writer
The Expendables 2 [2012](66) => Writer / Barney Ross
The Expendables 3 [2014](68) => Writer / Barney Ross
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [2017](71) => Stakar Ogord

Trivia that mentions this person:
Batman & Robin [1997]
  • Joel Schumacher once said in an interview that if Arnold Schwarzenegger had not wanted to play Mr. Freeze, Sylvester Stallone was his second choice.
    Ernest Goes to Jail [1990]
  • Among the famous eccentric actors whom Ernest imitates in jail when trying out for "Mr. Nash", are James Cagney, Walter Brennan, Humphrey Bogart, Barry Fitzgerald, Sylvester Stallone, and James Mason. Of those, Stallone is the only one who was not a classic one at the time. He is the only actor who was still alive and who was still acting in movies during and after the time this movie was made.
    Frequency [2000]
  • In 1997 Renny Harlin was going to direct the film with Sylvester Stallone playing the lead, but Stallone asked too big paycheck and eventually neither Stallone or Harlin was involved in making the picture.
    Masters of the Universe [1987]
  • Sylvester Stallone was offered the role of He-Man.
    Mortal Kombat: Annihilation [1997]
  • This movie had a fair amount of trouble casting. Bridgette Wilson was offered to reprise the role of Sonya Blade, but then turned it down for a role in I Know What You Did Last Summer. Linden Ashby was asked to return as Johnny Cage, but turned it down after reading the script. Lynn 'Red' Williams replaced Gregory McKinney as Jax due to McKinney's health problems. [?] Michael Jai White was scheduled to play as Jax, but eventually he got the lead part in Spawn instead. Sylvester Stallone turn down the role for Baraka. Chris Casamassa was to reprise his role as Scorpion, but he was committed to do stunt work in Batman & Robin. Despite the fact that Robin Shou (Liu Kang) and Talisa Soto (Kitana) reprised their roles from the first film, the roles of the other characters are portrayed by different actors. The only other actor to return was Keith Cooke (Reptile in the first film), as Sub-Zero.
    Rocky [1976]
  • Although Sylvester Stallone famously wrote the first draft of the script in 3 days, it went through nine sizable rewrites before it was purchased by [?] Irwin Winkler and [?] Robert Chartoff. Originally, Stallone's much darker script depicted Mickey (Burgess Meredith) as a bitter old racist, and the film ended with Rocky throwing the fight after realizing he did not want to be part of the professional boxing world.
  • The boxing gloves used in the championship fight were called "Casanovas". They were illegal in the U.S. but Sylvester Stallone says the producers chose them anyway "because of their sleek appearance".
  • In an interview Sylvester Stallone was asked if he and Elvis Presley ever met. Stallone said that in 1976 after Rocky was released, Elvis contacted him and asked him to visit Graceland and a bring a copy of the film with him. Stallone told the interviewer that he was too afraid to meet Elvis, and he didn't go, but he did send a copy of the film. Apparently, Elvis did indeed watch the film with some friends.
  • Rocky's old injury to his finger which enables him to pretend he had broken it, is a real injury Sylvester Stallone suffered whilst playing college football.
  • Sylvester Stallone insisted that the scene where he admits his fears and doubts to Adrian the night before the fight be filmed, even though production was running far behind and the producers wanted to skip it. Stallone had only one take for the scene, despite the fact that he considered it to be the most important scene in the film.
    Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over [2003]
  • Sylvester Stallone said in an interview that he asked his kids about the previous Spy Kids movies and if he should accept the role in the third installment.
    Oscar [1991]
  • [?] Victor Mature was approached for the role of Sylvester Stallone's father which eventually went to Kirk Douglas instead.
  • At the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1991 which went to Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone in his tribute to Douglas recalled the filming of the scene where he hits Stallone in the face. After a swing and miss, Stallone jokingly told Douglas to slap him hard. "Let me have your best", whereupon Douglas proceeded to beat Stallone silly. Stallone said "I learned the hard way: never spar with Spartacus".
    Evita [1996]
  • Mandy Patinkin was considered for the role of Che, which he originated on Broadway. Patrick Swayze, Elliott Gould, Barry Gibb, Meat Loaf, [?] David Essex, John Travolta, and Sylvester Stallone were considered for the role of Che at various times of the film's development.
    The Muppet Show: Season 3 [1978]
  • In the Roman Gladiator sketch, Sylvester Stallone faces off with a lion. The theme song of Stallone's later film Rocky III which he plays Italian-American boxing champion Rocky Balboa is {Eye of the Tiger} by Survivor. Stallone fighting a lion in that sketch, foreshadows that song in the film.
    Men In Black (MIB) [1997]
  • The "known aliens" visible on the screen include Al Roker, [?] Isaac Mizrahi, Danny DeVito, director Barry Sonnenfeld, [?] Chloe Sonnenfeld (Barry's daughter), Sylvester Stallone, [?] Dionne Warwick, Newt Gingrich, [?] Anthony Robbins, George Lucas, and executive producer Steven Spielberg.
    The Expendables [2010]
  • Ross (Sylvester Stallone) quips that Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wants to be President - a tongue-in-cheek reference to real-life California governor Schwarzenegger's political ambitions.
  • Sylvester Stallone sustained fourteen injuries making this movie, including breaking a tooth, rupturing his ankle, and getting a hairline fracture in his neck that required the surgical insertion of a metal plate. He also had bronchitis and shingles during the shoot.
  • Mickey Rourke said he did this film as a favor to Sylvester Stallone, who years earlier, when Rourke was in a career slump, offered him a major role in Get Carter and helped to pay part of Rourke's salary himself.
  • Wesley Snipes was offered the role of Hale Caesar but couldn't accept because, due to his tax problems, he wasn't allowed to leave the United States without the court's approval. The role was taken by Forest Whitaker and rewritten for Whitaker, but he was forced to leave the film due to a scheduling conflict. The role was then offered to rapper [?] 50 Cent who turned the role down to focus on his music career. After a few days, Sylvester Stallone decided to cast former NFL player Terry Crews in the part. In 2014 (after finishing his prison sentence), Snipes ended up appearing in The Expendables 3.
  • In the Church scene, Arnold Schwarzenegger's character says that Mr. Church should give the job to Ross (Sylvester Stallone) because he "loves running through the jungle", an obvious reference to the [Rambo] franchise.
  • In Germany both Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger share the same voice actor ([?] Thomas Danneberg). This, the first movie with both stars on screen, required Danneberg to do the voices for both actors. While keeping Stallone's voice raspy and low, Schwarzenegger's was dubbed lighter, but it's the same voice.
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme was offered a role, but he turned it down claiming that there was no substance in the character. Rumor has it that Dolph Lundgren replaced him but actually the part of Scandinavian Gunnar Jensen was written by Sylvester Stallone with Lundgren in mind. Van Damme appears in The Expendables 2.
    The Expendables 2 [2012]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, in this film says "Yippie Kai Yay", (a reference to Bruce Willis's role in Die Hard as John McClane), after he says "I'll be back", when Bruce Willis steals his line. Arnold was considered for the role of John McClane in Die Hard along with Sylvester Stallone himself.
  • Sylvester Stallone asked Chuck Norris to include a reference to The Chuck Norris facts (a popular internet meme) in the screenplay. Norris's wife [?] Gena O'Kelly suggested him the one with the cobra. ("Chuck Norris was bitten by a cobra, and after five days of excruciating pain... the cobra died.")
  • Sylvester Stallone explained that his casting was looking particularly for actors who had not experienced recent hits: "I like using people that had a moment and then maybe have fallen on some hard times and give them another shot. I like those kinds of guys. Someone did it for me and I like to see if I can do it for them."
  • John Travolta and Nicolas Cage were considered to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in this film. Ironically 15 years previously, Travolta and Cage took the roles of Sean Archer and Castor Troy in Face/Off which was made and written for Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
  • In September 2011 Sylvester Stallone confirmed that he was in talks with Nicolas Cage and John Travolta about roles in the film and that scheduling would be the only obstacle to their involvement.
  • Liam Hemsworth was originally cast in The Expendables but when the script was re-written, his role was cut out. He later got a call from Sylvester Stallone to be in this movie.
  • The fountain pen that Barney Ross pulls out to write on the napkin is a Montegrappa Chaos limited edition pen that Sylvester Stallone, a long time Montegrappa aficionado, helped design. It includes a skull and other symbols inspired by The Expendables.
    The Expendables 3 [2014]
  • After the release of the film, Sylvester Stallone admitted the PG-13 was a mistake, saying "I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again."
  • Terry Crews begged Sylvester Stallone during production not to kill off his character.
  • Sylvester Stallone offered a supporting role to Jackie Chan but Chan refused, due to scheduling conflicts, and he also prefers to play a lead role.
  • Bruce Willis was set to reprise his role of Mr. Church, at a salary of three million dollars (750,000 dollars per day for four consecutive days). When he demanded one million dollars per day instead, Sylvester Stallone and the producers refused, and he left the film. Within three days, Stallone was able to get Harrison Ford to replace the Church role as a new character. Ford's "short notice" quip, as used in the trailer, alludes to these events (which were well publicized long before the film premiered).
    Deadpool 2 [2018]
  • Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen Lang, Ron Perlman, Pierce Brosnan and David Harbour were all considered for the role of Cable.
    Jack Reacher [2012]
  • Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Cary Elwes, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Mel Gibson, Stephen Lang, Dolph Lundgren, Edward Norton, Ron Perlman, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vince Vaughn, Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis were all considered for Jack Reacher.
    Ice Age [2002]
  • Johnny Depp, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Kline, Robert De Niro, Albert Brooks, Nicolas Cage, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Costner, Keith David, Bruce Willis, Jeff Bridges, Jim Belushi, Michael Keaton & Val Kilmer were all considered for the role of Manfred before Ray Romano was cast.
    Romancing the Stone [1984]
  • Sylvester Stallone turned down the role of Jack T. Colton in order to star in Rhinestone (1984), a decision he deeply regretted.
    Pretty Woman [1990]
  • Albert Brooks and Sylvester Stallone turned down the role of Edward Lewis.