Friday, December 01, 2006

3 lbs. delivers bulimic ratings

... and gets pulled. Ouch. Three episodes? And "Jericho" is still on the air?

BTW, Sly Stallone was a pretty good interview. They gave us like 25 minutes -- that's a lot for a movie interview, and the TV and radio guys were just getting 5 minutes. Must be my good looks and charming personality.

Anyway, the highlights:
- Everybody asks if he's short. Not exceptionally -- he was about the same height as me (5-9), but he has this ginormous head and huge hands (and he's still pretty ripped), so he gives the impression of being bigger than he really is.
- He didn't want to end with "Rocky V" because it, well, sucked.
- He had a lot of trouble getting the studio to finance the film. The old head of MGM thought it was a terrible idea. The wife of the new studio head read the script and loved it.
- He's working on a script for "Rambo IV," but thinks it would be weird to do another Rocky and another Rambo back to back. Which it would be.
- A lot of "Rocky Balboa" is autobiographical -- him coming to terms with his own family and growing older.
- He says he didn't make the movie to reach out to new fans. He was more interested in ending the story for the people who have watched since the beginning.
- He auditioned other real fighters before settling on light heavyweight Antonio Tarver to play the fictional champ, Mason "The Line" Dixon. He needed a fighter who could speak his lines, but also someone who wasn't so physically overwhelming that Stallone would look ridiculous in the ring with him (although that was the entire plot of "Rocky IV").


At 2:47 PM, December 01, 2006, Blogger V said...

Yikes - I actually thought that 3lb could be interesting, but I'm a bit overwhelmed by the medical / legal dramadies we have on the air these days...

At 3:39 PM, December 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a totally random question for you: Are any local stations going to air The Yule Log on Christmas?

At 4:37 PM, December 01, 2006, Blogger AndyW said...

I'll ask, but I think that got relegated to some cable channel. It's definitely on somewhere, though.

At 5:33 AM, December 04, 2006, Blogger Eli the Mad Man said...

Yo Andy... hate to break it to ya man, but 5'9" is in fact short. At least to us over six feet. ;) Where will the interview with Sly pop up at?

At 8:06 AM, December 04, 2006, Blogger AndyW said...

The movie opens Dec. 20 and I think we're doing an all-Sly cover the Sunday before.


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