Tulsa Kingstarring Sylvester Stallone, who plays a mob boss who gets out of prison and ends up in Oklahoma, debuted on November 13 on Paramount Plus. The show comes from Taylor Sheridan, the mastermind behind it yellowstone.
Stallone plays Dwight “The General” Manfredi, who is serving 25 years in prison and is exiled to Tulsa by his boss. “Realizing that his mob family may not have his best interests at heart, Dwight slowly builds a crew from a cast of unlikely characters to help him build a new criminal empire in a place that works just as well for him.” another planet,” Dwight told Paramount Plus.
Also present are Andrea Savage, Max Casella, Martin Starr and Domenick Lombardozzi.
At a TCA event in September, Stallone said he met Sheridan many, many years ago through her love of horses when Stallone was working on one rambo Script.
More recently, Sheridan has been in touch Tulsa King. “And one day he just had this idea, he called me and he suggested it to me in about three seconds,” Stallone said. “I said, ‘I’m in.’ That was very fast.”
Sheridan’s work also includes Mayor of Kingston, 1993 and 1923.
Terence Winter is the showrunner. His credits include The sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.
Describing Stallone’s general at a September TCA meeting, Winter said, “Dwight was an incredibly loyal soldier, kept his mouth shut the whole time, sacrificed everything he had, including his relationship with his young daughter, from whom he has been estranged for 18 years was. Accordingly, if he opts out, he really expects an appropriate form of compensation. Instead, he’s being informed by his boss’s son, who is now in charge, that he’s being sent to Tulsa, which might as well be another planet for him.”
Of course, Stallone also made a name for himself in films Rocky to rambo and countless other images, typically showing him knocking down a lesser enemy. He learned some lessons from watching TV for Tulsa King. “It’s harder, faster and longer. That’s it,” he said. “You have to be really fast. You have to be bouncy. With sequences that don’t follow the natural order of things, you often have to work asynchronously. But most importantly, you need to keep your energy up, and it’s extremely quick. Say it like this. In the time that we did 10 episodes, that’s the equivalent of the time that we did five rockies in a row, five two-hour films in a row with no break in between. So I had great respect for the crew in their diligence and perseverance.”
Stallone, 76, said he’s tried to work in gangster projects for most of his life, which stems from failing to make it as an extra The Godfather. “I tried to get into gangster movies, but it just never happened,” he said. “So finally everything comes to those who wait.”
A gangster with nuance
Stallone liked that Tulsa King Character is a gangster with some nuances. “I wanted to play a different interpretation of a gangster, because mostly gangsters are ‘die’ and ‘die,'” he said. “This is a fellow who is very educated, reads Marcus Aurelius, reads Plato. He’s into Machiavelli. He also likes the classics. He’s a different animal than you would normally see in a, quote, ‘gangster’ movie.”
Paramount Network will air the first two episodes on Sunday, November 20th yellowstone.
Tulsa King Executive Producers are Sheridan, Winter, Stallone, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari, David Hutkin, Allen Coulter and Braden Aftergood.
Stallone said growing up in Philadelphia meant hanging out with gangsters from time to time. “I grew up with a lot of these mugs and they’re very interesting,” he said. “You always bump into them in Philadelphia whether you like it or not, especially in South Philly. So I have the pace, I have the idea, I have the attitude, so I understand street life very, very well.”
Tulsa King Reviews have been mixed. United States today said (opens in new tab): “The crime drama about an elderly gangster forced by his bosses to move from New York to Oklahoma is a mess, with moments so badly written they’re pathetic. It’s part half-assed western, part fish-out-of-water comedy, and part mob-movie knockoff, with bad wigs and worse accents. It’s all a bit embarrassing to be honest.”
RogerEbert.com liked it better (opens in new tab). “There’s a lot to like about Taylor Sheridan’s Tulsa King — clearly his next step in his plan to dominate the armchair demographic following his hit western drama Yellowstone. Most of it lies in its light, bubbly tone, with the charm of a sage in a foreign land of something like Get Shorty (Book, Movie and TV Show).”
Winter concluded of Stallone’s character, “While he’s in Tulsa, he’s not only trying to right his past mistakes, he’s trying to rebuild his life, his relationship with his daughter, and a new crew from a very different and unlikely group of candidates rebuild. ” ■