Sylvester Stallone says he was rejected for a role as a further on the iconic gangster movie The Godfather. Stallone has been a movie star ever since he performed Rocky Balboa in the original Rocky way back in 1976. Now he’s making a new career move, taking up a lead role on a TV series for the first time in his career.
Stallone’s scripted TV starring debut comes because the lead character in Tulsa King, the latest Paramount+ series from the incredibly prolific Taylor Sheridan. Headed up by showrunner Terence Winter of The Sopranos fame, Tulsa King issues a New York mob capo named Dwight “The General” Manfredi (Stallone), who leaves jail after 25 years simplest to be sent into veritable exile in the relative backwater of Oklahoma. But in genuine Stallone underdog fashion, Manfredi turns round his scenario by forming his personal group and getting to criminal work.
With Tulsa King getting set to debut on Paramount+, Stallone had event to talk to Empire about his earlier experience in gangster-associated movies. As it happens, a younger Stallone attempted to get into the largest gangster film of all – Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather – however become in the long run rejected. According to Stallone, he isn’t searching for a massive function in The Godfather, however simply desired to be part of the epic movie in any manner possible. He recalled:
“I went to Paramount, and said, ‘Can I be an extra in the wedding scene?’ They said, ‘Yeah, we don’t know if you’re the type of guy.’ I go, ‘I’m not the type? To play in the background, hiding behind a f**king wedding cake?’”
First Look of Sylvester Stallone in Tulsa King
The Godfather wedding scene is of course an iconic series that introduces audiences to all of the film’s predominant players, consisting of Marlon Brando’s Don Corleone, Al Pacino’s Michael, James Caan’s Sonny and Diane Keaton’s Kay. But however hard fans look at the series, they’ll by no means capture a glimpse of a younger Stallone peeking out from in the back of a wedding cake, due to the fact producers wouldn’t even hire him for this modest role. As Stallone himself placed it to Empire when once more speaking about Tulsa King, “Finally I get my gangster shot 50 years later, and that’s perfect.”
Of course hardcore Stallone fans comprehend it has not in reality been 50 years for the reason that actor were given his last “gangster shot” on-screen. That gangster shot in reality got here again in 1991 with Oscar, a comedic mob movie starring Stallone as Depression-era kingpin Angelo “Snaps” Provolone. But Stallone possibly can be forgiven for having seemingly forgotten about Oscar, a container workplace flop that made simply $23 million on a finances of $35 million. Now Stallone does get a shot in a critical gangster project, gambling a non-comedic mobster in a story with Western overtones. Tulsa King arrives on Paramount+ on November 13, 2022.I