Why Sylvester Stallone’s break into television in "Tulsa King" Felt like doing a 5 "Rocky" Movies in a row – LaughingPlace.com – Laughing Place | Episode Movies

“The time it took us to do ten episodes equals the time it takes to do five Rockys in a row, five two-hour films in a row with no break in between,” said film legend Sylvester Stallone Tulsa King during one TKA Press conference to promote the new drama yellowstone Creator Taylor Sheridan. “I met Taylor a while ago when I was actually riding in California and he was just working on it sicario back then. I wanted him to write the screenplay rambo because I got lazy. Anyway, we moved on in life and then he became very, very successful with yellowstone. And one day he just had this idea, called me and suggested it to me in about three seconds. I said, ‘I’m in.’ It was very quick.” Very quick indeed, with ten episodes produced Outstanding+Premiering on November 13th.

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Stallone plays Dwight “The General” Manfredi, an exiled mafia member who was sent to Tulsa as punishment. “The goal was to get Dwight as far away from New York and his New York experience as possible,” explained showrunner and executive producer Terence Winter of the show’s Tulsa location. “It really is Central America. It’s as different from New York City as it gets. It’s a beautiful place, but you won’t mistake it for anything other than what it is. You are in the wide sky with wide expanses everywhere. It just feels like being in a completely different place. So for a guy like Dwight, who grew up on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, going out there and suddenly being in the middle of corn fields and cowboys and horses everywhere was really about as alien a landscape as we could possibly put him in. And of course we wanted to increase his stakes as much as possible. So Tulsa was the greatest place. And filming in Oklahoma was definitely wonderful, unlike anything any of us have been through. Really hot. But a great place to shoot and we were really lucky to be there.”

Dwight isn’t the only New York City transplant in Tulsa. “Stacy is a woman who was also transported from New York to Oklahoma and in her forties wakes up and says, ‘What do I have?’ and ‘Who am I?’” Andrea Savage said of her character Stacy Beale. “What surprised me the most was how much humor was brought to the show and how much humor Sly brought to Dwight. I didn’t see that coming. I was surprised when I saw the pilot. That was the thing that really had a vibe about it, there’s fun and there’s life versus the violent gangster stuff. And I think it’s going to be really surprising for people to see some of that humor from Sly and from the genre.”

“For me, what was interesting about Tyson was the opportunity to step into the relatable case of taking charge of his own life,” says Jay Will of his connection to his character, who becomes part of Dwight’s inner circle in Tulsa. “I think as a young person we all deal with that. And I think as the cycle of life continues, when Tyson met Dwight it was a perfect opportunity to look at things that I actually wanted, outside of my parents and the things they wanted for me. And it was a good opportunity to set an example.”

“I’ve never done television before,” Garrett Hedlund revealed, echoing Stallone’s sense of the intensity of producing an hour of story in a week. “But I loved it. We had the best crew, the best possible team, so I looked forward to coming to work every day. My character in it has a lot that he relates to in a secret way with Sly that brings them together, that there’s that bond and that trust that’s very unique and becomes unique as the story progresses, which I find very intriguing found and I loved.” Tulsa King merges the genres western and mafia. “It’s something audiences have never seen before. It’s a combination of all the perfect parts of this algorithm that everyone loved to see. We have the best YouTubers on TV. We have the best actors on TV. It’s going to be a phenomenal experience.”

“And what sets it apart from everything else is that it’s shot like a movie,” concluded executive producer David C. Glasser. “It’s like ten hour-long movies at the end of the day. And I think that differentiates what everyone’s doing… When we went to MTV Entertainment Studios and said, “Look, we want to go ahead and do a mob TV show that’s separate and unlike anything else,” was this the opportunity. And we want to make it look like ten hour-long movies. And I think that’s the opportunity that we were able to take advantage of here. And so you hear someone like Sly who’s never been on TV and Garrett who’s never been on TV and everyone else here that’s a breakthrough for them, that’s the opportunity that we’re going to give the audience here, is a genre you’ve heard of, but a twist that’s never been done before.

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