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Sylvester Stallone Looks Forward to Working With ‘Yellowstone’s ‘Brilliant’ Creator in New Project

by Samantha Whidden
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Following the news that he has signed on for Taylor Sheridan and Terence Winter’s upcoming series Kansas City, Sylvester Stallone is speaking out about his new role. 

In his latest Instagram post, Sylvester Stallone declared, “Looking forward to this project with great anticipation and working closely with the brilliant creator, Taylor Sheridan, and gifted Terence Winter.”

The new series Kansas City is about Sylvester Stallone’s character, Sal, who is a New York City mobster. Sal is faced with re-establishing his Italian mafia family in Kansas City. The mobster will encounter “surprising and unsuspected” characters throughout the series. 

Besides being the star of the series, Sylvester Stallone will also act as an executive producer.  David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, and Bob Yuri of 101 Studios are also executive producing. Speaking about the new show, Glaser told Deadline, “Taylor is a prolific creator because of the multi-dimensional characters he creates and the complex world he builds.”

The CEO of 101 Studios further stated that Sylvester Stallone playing one of the characters is truly a privilege. “And on top of that, we have Terence producing the project with us. Who is responsible for some of the most captivating, deeply respected television shows in history. We are thrilled that ViacomCBS has partied with us to help tell this story.”

Sylvester Stallone Previously Opened Up About His ‘Struggling’ Acting Career Prior to ‘Rocky’

During an interview with ABC News in 2016, Sylvester Stallone opened up about struggling in his acting career prior to writing and starring in his iconic film Rocky. “I couldn’t even get casted as an Italian,” Stallone admitted. “I said, ‘If there is one movie I can definitely get into, it would be The Godfather. Because there’s a party scene, and there’s three hundred guests.”

Unfortunately, Sylvester Stallone did not get a role in The Godfather. Following that rejection, he decided to take matters into his own hands and write the screenplay for Rocky. He wrote it in three and a half days. While he said he was offering $360,000 for the screenplay, Stallone stated he refused to sell it unless he could star as the film’s namesake character.

“I just didn’t understand how the rules of life were played at that point,” Sylvester Stallone recalled. “But this character I understood.”

Rocky ended up being a huge success and even scored an Oscar for Best Picture in 1977. The Rocky franchise became a hit, and Stallone’s acting career went into overdrive. Although he came back as Rocky in Creed, Stallone admitted he almost didn’t take the role. 

“I never wanted to do this movie,” Stallone said. “I thought sick Rocky is exactly what is so counter-intuitive to what the optimistic aspect of what Rocky really is designed for. If you’re afraid of something, that’s the commitment of the artist.”