Sure, playing an iconic character like John Rambo sounds like a great time for any actor. But for Sylvester Stallone, it can be exhausting at times. And that’s exactly why the ‘The Expendables’ star loves playing ‘Tulsa King’ — it’s a welcome break from Hollywood barbarism.
“When you’re doing Rambo, after a while it’s like this — you want to attack the pancakes in the morning, you want to throw your coffee against the wall, you actually breathe that kind of rage,” Stallone explained to IndieWire in a January 2023 job interview. “If you keep going, it’s reflected in your eyes,” he said. “So [Tulsa King] wasn’t bad at all.”
On the surface, it might seem like Stallone isn’t doing his best in front of the camera anymore — especially since he called “Tulsa King” and his portrayal of Dwight Manfredi “actually pretty easy,” according to IndieWire. But his co-stars claim that’s not the case at all.
“No one works harder than he does,” says Dana Delany, who plays Margaret Devereaux. “I think that’s what surprised me the most: that this guy still wants to do it at this age. He’s still curious, he’s still excited, he still knows everything that’s going on on set and he’s so present. Meanwhile, Max Casella told IndieWire, “I wasn’t quite prepared for how dedicated he was — and how smart.” Garrett Hedlund added, “His work ethic is amazing. He doesn’t call anything. He doesn’t just look at it from perspective a world hero or an icon, but also as a director, writer, artist.”