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Sylvester Stallone: ​​"Cinema would never have thought of me for a character like that"


In Tulsa King, to be seen this Sunday on Paramount +, the world star takes on the role of a capo downgraded by his hierarchy upon his release from prison.

Call series from the SVOD platform, Paramount +,

Tulsa King

stars Sylvester Stallone in the role of a downgraded godfather sent to redeem his “title” on the borders of the United States.

The star was in London.

TV Magazine met him.


- How does one come to television after fifty years of film career?

Sylvester STALLONE.

- Simply by having a good agent and because it's one of the most incredible stories I've read in a long time.

Cinema is not dead.

Far from it.

However – and I'm probably not the first to say this – it's on the side of the small screen that we currently find some of the most exciting projects.

I had never done TV, but I did not hesitate for a second.

A few words about this series that you play?

This is the story of a New York mafia godfather whose hierarchy decides to transfer to the borders of Oklahoma on his release from prison.

For him to be forgotten forever.

To give him a lesson in humility.

And for him to take control of local business.

The punishment is bitter.

But Dwight, my character, is not lacking in resources.

And, after 25 years in jail, he's in a pretty voracious mood... (Smiles.)

"He's smart, earthy, cool, dressed like a prince in the land of the Red Necks, absolutely without gene, convinced of his omnipotence..."

Is that what you liked about him?

Right away, yes!

He's clever, earthy, fit, dressed like a prince in the country of the Red Necks, absolutely without gene, convinced of his omnipotence, but totally out of step with the habits of the little thugs of the lost corner in which he disembarks.

He also has a rather heavy personal history and the not necessarily very identified desire to reconnect with his family.

Not easy when you are a notorious mafioso…

It's a series about the mafia, but it's also a comedy...

A mixture that may seem odd at first glance, but which broadens the possibilities so much, especially in terms of play. I love mafia stories.

I love comedies.

As long as the work is well written, which is the case, combining the two opens the way to tasty dialogues, dantesque situations and self-mockery.

I've played so many dumbed-down, hyper-serious guys… In today's world, a little self-mockery can't hurt.

Did you know the work of the authors?

I know that they are behind


, one of the most captivating series of the moment, which says a lot about contemporary America.

Not that of posh restaurants in New York or Los Angeles, but that of shabby cafeterias on the outskirts of cities without urban planning, out of the way, unknown.

A basically rural America, which is hardly ever spoken of except at election time.

I had no idea that shooting ten episodes of a series would be so difficult.

But, if a season 2 is needed, I will definitely go back!

Source: lefigaro

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