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Round #14 - this one took a long count, but Sly, Celeste & Harry Fought to bring it to you, all the same!

Hey folks, Harry here... We've been late before with the Stallone Questions - usually it is my fault. Me leaving the keyboard to go out with my fiancee and enjoy the company of those hitting Austin for my annual BUTT-NUMB-A-THON celebration. However - last night was a completely different matter. I stayed at my post till 3am. The "Answers" never came. This morning at 8:30am, I get a call from Sly's fantastic assistant Celeste. She asks, "Did you get the answers? I sent them last night at 1:30am." -- I told her I didn't. You see - I went to sleep with my Cel Phone - knowing that Celeste or Sly would be calling when the Answers were sent my way, so I climb out of my stupor - with the cel phone - Celeste saying something about how she received an error message in sending me the email, which she didn't discover til this morning. SO I had her send it again, this time I got it. So basically - a Hotel Firewall, firewalled us - and now we have the answers. That said - you should know that Sly and Celeste were answering your questions til 1:30am last night - and technology got in the way. On behalf of Sly, Celeste, the anonymous Hotel firewall and myself - I apologize for the lateness of this set.... but here it is... Wait till you read about the fight.... I want video of that fight.

First of all, I’d like to apologize…we’re late because we had a very very successful LA premiere last night. Bruce and Arnold showed up, likewise the cast of HEROES and many other celebrities. It was incredibly gratifying. Then, early in the morning I had to hop on a plane, which threw the whole Q&A process off.
1. Mr. Stallone, I read your newsweek article today and i agree that it is hard to find people like steve Mcqueen and now a lot of guys are kinda prissy. Me and my brothers definitley arent so if you want to cast us in your movie just give us a call we can skip a few classes if you need us to, but my question to you is how far did you run in the first rocky my little brother says you ran 22 miles from your house to the stairs is that true? thanks for your time and thanks for making great movies Mike Glasner
Perhaps in the movie, that was proper distance from Kensington AKA Fishtown, to the stairs. It would be approximately that far. Considering I have a hard time running 22 feet without getting distracted, it’s a safe bet to say I didn’t rack up all that mileage.
2. Hi Sly, In Chuck Zito''s autobiography Street Justice, he talks about how tight you guys are, and even alludes that Rambo's look in part II(the red head band) may have been you're tribute to him.He also mentions ,that during that time he was doing bodygaurd work for you, there were a lot of knuckleheads coming up to you trying to take cheapshots and getting their 15 minutes of fame by being the guy "that beat up Rocky". I was wondering if was there ever an incident that happened where you actually mixed it up with any of those jerks.If not, what was you're usual response to 'em?Also, do u still keep in touch with Chuck? Thanks , and all the best to you. Alan C. NYC
Actually, there was an incident that required a great physical display of force. Unfortunately, I was foolish enough to be sucked into the fight. Several years back, an individual ran into the back of my car at a stoplight. I got out of the car and said “What are you high?” He said, “Fuck you.” I said “I could’ve had my kids in the car.” He said, “Fuck you and fuck your kids,” whereupon I proceeded to beat him like a dusty Navaho rug, from the middle of Sunset Blvd, through a restaurant called The Source, through the kitchen. Finally, I let him go in the parking lot near a dumpster. Several hours later, I was arrested and taken to the hospital where this cretin, who was larger than me, was pressing charges. Two of his teeth were knocked out and his palate in the front was split. He claimed he came to California to do toothpaste commercials and his career was ruined. Trust me, this was a man who’d never seen the business end of a toothbrush in his sloth-like existence. He gave fungus a bad name. Anyway, I lost the judgment for $375 thousand. Several years later, I was in New York doing a scene in NIGHTHAWKS and a fellow came up behind me and said, “Remember me?” I didn’t, but I did recall he had whiter teeth than a newly constructed Steinway. He said “C’mon, hit me again asshole, I could use the money.” Then I remembered who he was. This is where bodyguards came in handy, not to protect me, but to protect him. They pulled me out and the rest goes down in toothpaste commercial history.
3. Hey Sly Got a question for ya man. On the back cover of the film "Relfections of Evil" it has a quote that says you want drive ball-peen hammer into the filmmakers head. Now from what i heard is that the filmmaker keeps sending you copys of this film and your son sage keeps sneaking them into your film collection. Is this true? Thanks and take care Jason Eisener
I think the filmmaker is exaggerating and I’d much rather elaborate on a story that contains more reader interest.
4. Mr. Stallone, There were many times that I was seated underneath your cryo-cell at the Dallas Planet Hollywood & looked up to see you as a semi-naked skydiver plummeting earthward in a plastic hockey puck. Are you still a partner in the Planet Hollywood chain? And have you thought of opening up a restaurant of your own, maybe on a smaller scale, based on “Rocky”? Mark D. Noack Garland, TX
Planet Hollywood is very much alive and well in Las Vegas. The company, which consists of myself and Bruce along with a plethora of financial partners, has purchased the Aladdin Hotel, which is being “face-lifted” for $150 million and reopened as Planet Hollywood. I think all of you will love the concept the hotel is projecting, which is one that’s completely immersed in the long tradition of filmmaking and pop art, pop culture and popping bottles of fine Champagne.
5. Sly, Long time fan. I’ve noticed that you are truly a connoisseur of fine wristwatches. From the Tag Heuer wristwatch you wore in “Cobra” to the sweet Panerai that you wore in “Daylight.” I even understand that you’d given Arnold Schwarzenegger a Panerai as a gift that he subsequently wore in “Eraser.” In watching “The Contender” last year, I noticed that you always had a sweet timepiece on your wrist. What would you consider your favorite wristwatch? What wristwatches do you wear on a regular basis? Michael
Well, I’m very flattered to wear a Panerai that’s named after me called “The Sly Tech,” even though it resembles a bathroom scale because of it’s prehistoric proportions. It reminds me of how the original Panerai was discovered. When I was doing DAYLIGHT, which by the way was the most toxically enhanced film I’ve ever done. By that I mean, the Italians, who were the special effects people, would light actual car tires and would burn molten rubber to create smoke in the tunnels, which made us resemble overworked Welsh coalminers in a matter of minutes. Sometimes the haze was so thick I couldn’t even see my watch, so I went looking for one and there I found this obscure watch called Panerai, which was designed for underwater demolition teams stationed in the murky waters of Naples Bay. If you have never seen Naples bay and it’s renowned clarity, you can do a legitimate reenactment by plunging your face into a bowl of molten fudge and you’ll get the idea. So when Arnold saw the Panerai he liked it and it caught on. Before you knew it, the company grew from a $1.3 million mediocre watch company to one valued at over $400 million and purchased by Cartier.
6. Hi Sly, Having worked with Peter Boyle in F.I.S.T. do you have any words you'd like to say about your co-star after his recent passing? Ciaobello. Simon (seppukudkurosawa) Brighton, England.
I liked Peter a lot. He was very campy around the set and sometimes I couldn’t keep a straight face during the one scene in F.I.S.T. where he kept mispronouncing “Bolsheviks,” which came out the first few times sounding suspiciously like “ bull shit with dicks.” Good guy…would’ve been a great Popeye Doyle.
7. Hi Harry- This is by far one of the coolest things I've ever seen on the web. Thanks, Sly- for doing this for your fans!! What did you think of Eddie Murphy's routine from "Eddie Murphy Raw" where he jokes about short Italians getting "muscles" after seeing Rocky? My friend and I (who are both short Italians) always joke about it... Thanks again!! Rob Toscano Fairport, NY
I didn’t recall the routine that much. I think I was overwhelmed by the red leather outfit, or something like that. But, I know Eddie for a long time and I’ve always had an open line of communication with him. Actually, when I was suppose to play BEVERLY HILLS COP I knew me doing gay jokes and moving like an intimidating mud slide through Beverly Hills would not deliver the comic torque Paramount was looking for, so when I suggested Eddie Murphy, it was one of my better moments. Of course, now everyone lays claim to discovering talent.
8. Hi Sly! Being a Frank Frazetta fan, I seem to remember you owning one or two of his canvases. One I think is "Leopard Woman" (?). I was wondering if you commissioned it and if there's any anecdotes of interest regarding the artist? Craig Vancouver
Hmm, no I never owned any Frazettas, but I was taken by his, I don’t know what you’d call it, “java chick eroticism.” Ya know, “prehistoric pants pulsation.” I don’t know, but his paintings were definitely highly inflammatory in an erotic and neurotic sense. I wanted him to paint a poster for PARADISE ALLEY, which now in retrospect sounds like perhaps one of the top five dumbest ideas since we crawled from sulfuric ooze. What the hell did three Italian brothers in NY in 1946 have to do with naked nubiles chained to pillars or fleeing for their lives from Viking giants? Go figure.
9. Dear Mr. Stallone, I watched the "Ali Rap" special on ESPN the other day and saw that you were a participant. How did you meet Muhammad Ali? What are some of your favorite Ali-isms? Also, it seems like the Apollo Creed character is loosely based on Ali. Can you elaborate on that? Also, what other real life boxers influenced characters in the Rocky movies? Thanks! Tommy Los Angeles, CA
The first time I met Ali I was a complete unknown and I went up for an autograph and I thought at the time that he was at a banquet with a buttered roll perched in his right hand, so the autograph had to wait. But he seemed like a nice guy. But we really hit it off when he made an appearance on the Oscars in 1977. Claiming “ I’m the real Apollo Creed.”
10. I got a question for Mr. Stallone. If you could fight one person alive or dead who would it be? SRL
It would have to be some cancerous lesion on the surface of humanity such as Hitler, Stalin, or some other assorted mass murderers or perhaps just a sadistic individual who has caused incredible grief to a number of families a la a serial killer. THAT I could certainly justify enjoying. But as an athlete, I would’ve liked to have sparred with Rocky Marciano, and even though I would’ve received a fair helping of brain damage, the ironic twist of it all would be worth a few cherished brain cells.

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