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Sylvester Stallone is taking on the role of his life.
The 75-year-old actor shared with Entertainment Tonight at the UK premiere of ‘Tulsa King’ that he was thrilled to play the role of Dwight ‘The General’ Manfredi.
“I’ve always wanted to play a gangster ever since…I started my career mugging everyone…but it never happened. I wonder why, but better late than never,” he said. he declared. “Taylor Sheridan wrote an idea, a script that was really good and Terence Winter, who wrote ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’, they put it all together and what you have is East meets West.”
He continued: “[My character, Dwight,] gets out of prison after 25 years, expects to be rewarded for keeping his mouth shut, and he’s betrayed.”
He added that his character’s next mission is to rule Tulsa in “a different world, a different kind of people, and he’s starting to get indoctrinated into the western kind of life. So it’s a combination of the two.” It’s a dark comedy, but it can also get rough.”
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The drama series stars Garett Hedlund, Jay Will, Domenick Lombardozzi and Max Casella. It will air in November.
Stallone recounted how he was introduced to one of the show’s writers, Taylor Sheridan.
“My daughters and I used to train – I used to play polo a lot; a long time ago people said, how can you afford it? I played with the worst horse on the planet, but I learned and eventually after I made some money, I started going into barrel racing…. It’s very, very tricky, and I took my girls there and Taylor Sheridan was in the same barn, and he didn’t. hadn’t succeeded yet,” Stallone said.
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“He was still playing and I think he was still doing ‘Sicario’, just on the verge, and I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to do another ‘Rambo’, do you want to write it?'”
Stallone continued: “He said, ‘No, I’m kinda busy with my own thing’, and then we had a conversation. He ended up buying my daughter’s horse, then he bought a second one… but they are the first start of his transition to becoming this megastar.”
The ‘Rambo’ star hasn’t shut the door on possible cameos on Sheridan’s Paramount+ shows, including ‘Yellowstone,’ which stars Kevin Costner.
“Absolutely,” he said, before acknowledging that he and Costner have known each other for “centuries.”
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“He finally met a guy who said, ‘I just wish I had a retirement home. Do you mind if I buy your whole ranch? I have an offer you can’t refuse.’ … That would be great. Good man.”
The Oscar winner is thrilled that his fans are seeing him play a role he’s never played before and seeing him in a new way.
“You’re probably going to see, for better or for worse, who I am,” Stallone said.
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“A lot of actors come in, who should I turn into? I think if you just say what’s going on – what would it be like if Sylvester Stallone…just became a gangster? The personality is mine; I I’m a gangster but I’m not changing the way I talk… You have your personality the way you are right now… You never see it coming You don’t automatically become the stereotypical gangster It’s too obvious . Just be yourself.”