I'm doing Rocky 1976 and the next theatre over it's Taxi Driver 1976 - he was there with the mohawk, bloody nose, that took some guts to do. We screened it, it tested okay, Ron Howard was involved with overseeing some of the post-production. We all saw it happen. Love him or loathe him, Sylvester Stallone has built an enviable and highly respected career in Hollywood; plus, he has considerably influenced modern popular culture through several of his iconic film characters. On Burgess Meredith I remember the way Burgess played the scene with me in the apartment in the first Rocky 1976 , and I had never seen such great character work up close.
Nighthawks 1981 was a very difficult film to make namely because no one believed that urban terrorism would ever happen in New York thus felt the story was far fetched. God knows I saw enough of that growing up. Rocky 1976 became the stuff of cinematic legends, scoring ten Academy Award nominations, winning the Best Picture Award of 1976 and triggering one of the most financially successful movie franchises in history! He's lost 24 times, his record is 54 and 24, he's lost a lot but he's philosophical and knows there will be another day. They say, an ex-bodybuilder fell in love with a tall blonde, but left her to start an affair with Maria Shriver. In addition, the flexible gymanst danced in the nightclub. He similarly maintains the same cool demeanor as he ever did and delivers a surprising amount of emotion.
Every film I do is going to be judged against Rocky 1976. I was always so serious about everything! Rambo has reverted into kind of like an id: primitive, reactive and instinctual - almost like an animal. It shows a filmmaker, and a character, grappling with the true nature of violence and war in a way that no similar franchise has ever been willing to do, in a country that has yet to do it. I would be insane not to work with such a brilliant filmmaker. They wanted to make it, but the other cretin that I had optioned it to was so obnoxious, so overbearing, that the producers wanted nothing to do with me or the screenplay. But, for me, it is more about wasting such great potential there was in that idea.
If I could have stayed there, I would have. Or My Mom Will Shoot 1992 once a week on government television has lowered the birth rate to zero. I loved doing ensemble work with Mangold and Harvey Weinstein really made a solid film. Carousel of girlfriends captured him. And the scene goes from there.
So I tell him I should have shot him a long time ago when I had the chance. I had looked all over for big men - but he was the perfect creature. All my life, I always thought that I was alone in these disturbing thoughts, but the older I grew, the more I realized the world is made up of victims, victims of harsh reality, victims of inequality. With much riding on Bly, car owner Carl Henry brings former racing star Joe Tanto on board to help Bly. That's how it works these days. The studio let it sit on the shelf for many months and after over a year it was decided to do a re-shoot. The biggest child usually wins.
So I'm directing that and we move to Philadelphia, and I'm nervous because, how can I come close to Rocky, as a director, but I'm trying. When I arrived on the set, what I saw was two dozen blond, blue-eyed pretty boys that resembled rejects from a surfing contest. You can teach a guy to punch, but the person receiving it has to have the body movement. So we began to reduce his role and make it more of an ensemble, so he's just there as a guy who did his job, wasn't very spectacular, would race like hell, sometimes he'd win, sometimes lose, but he had a certain work ethic code, that old school that could be applied to Jimmy. My theory was that if I fell, the cable would make me sink unless I could cut the harness loose. And they divorced after two years. If you're too envious, too hostile, it all comes pouring down on you.
Laughs I'm giving you a little biographical hint here. I elbowed him in the side of the head and basically pushed him out of the car. No joke, our stunt guys were begging for mercy. So that all made it more ensemble, and then in the editing we reduced it even more. He even thinks I'm the individual responsible for the gerbil rumor. What was in the missing scenes was extraordinary acting by Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner, and the finale was a blood fest that rivaled the finale of Taxi Driver 1976. He wrote or co-wrote most of the 14 films in all three franchises, and directed many of the films.
One amusing note: It was funny, when we were met at the airport by the teamsters they'd have a sign in front of them saying Detox, and all these actors like Kris Kristofferson, Tom Berenger and myself looked like we were going into rehab rather than a film shoot. I really admire that he just wants to keep going. Franco helped Sylvester get in the best shape of his life by forcing him to do the same workout routine he did for the Mr. So a lotta pieces just didn't fit smoothly. She is still active and full of enthusiasm. It often sounds pathetic when you hear actors say that they feel sorry for themselves - I've been very very blessed, believe me - but if I had to do it all over again I could have done both. He first starred in an adult movie before landing minor roles in a number of theatrical releases.