Here’s a new video interview with Sylvester Stallone courtesy of PlanetSly, from the set of Tulsa King. One of the questions put to Stallone is how regular/old school action movies/stars can compete with comic book movies.
When I started out there really wasn’t an action film thing, per se. There would be action film beats like a car chase or something like that. It’s very very difficult to find action guys, real action guys, not karate, not kung-fu, not wrestling. But it’s a unique blend, there have been three or four guys that I will call ‘action guys’, not martial artists, kick, kick kick… you don’t have to be that. I wasn’t that, Arnold wasn’t that, Bruce wasn’t that. So… I don’t know if that’s going to come back because it’s a different era and more importantly, they’re not taking chances and trying to find guys like that anymore.
They’re almost, it’s like politically right now those guys are ‘toxic masculinity’, or those guys are behaving badly. But I think there’s a shift back to that when you see shows like Yellowstone, they’re very, very desirable. But you’re not going to see it for a while until the studio finds a reason to make, these films and right now they think that it’s not exciting enough. Like Marvel, these are 400 million dollar productions. And they’re very exciting, they’re not grounded in reality but they’re entertaining. The reality, First Blood, it’s very difficult, not many people wanna do it. It’s incredibly physical and it doesn’t have any CGI.
And politically, it’s not the era for that king of guy. But I believe it’ll come around.
An interesting video from Stallone with other good talking points besides.