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Sylvester Stallone was spotted filming his new Paramount+ TV series “Tulsa King” in New York’s Brooklyn borough on Wednesday morning.
The 75-year-old actor looked completely in his element on set wearing a leather jacket and black trousers as he strolled the city streets as reformed mobster Dwight.” The General” Manfredi.
The network revealed that Stallone’s show is scheduled for a Nov. 13 launch date on both the Paramount+ streaming service and the Paramount cable television network.
Two episodes of the Taylor Sheridan-created series will be immediately available on the streamer, with new shows premiering every Sunday. Paramount will also air a television preview after the season five premiere of Sheridan’s “Yellowstone,” with episode two airing after the Nov. 20 broadcast.
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“Tulsa King” tells the story of Manfredi (Stallone) as he rebuilds his life after being exiled from the family by his crime boss after a 25-year stint in prison. Manfredi is forced to create his own family in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a cast of unlikely characters.
He plays alongside Garrett Hedlund, Martin Starr, Andrea Savage, Max Casella, Domenick Lombardozzi, Vincent Piazza and AC Peterson.
Sheridan told Variety in April that he came up with the idea for “Tulsa King,” wrote the pilot, and convinced the legendary actor to sign on to star in about a week.
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“I was talking with a producer, and it’s COVID,” he said. “Everybody’s going a little crazy. He was asking me for ideas. I said, ‘Look, whatever you need, in my opinion, to have an interesting TV show is to take a really fascinating character and drop them into a world we know nothing about. ‘”
Stallone’s Mafioso role also marks the first time he’s starred in a TV series despite more than five decades in the industry.
He didn’t get into television work until 1973, where he was credited as a writer on an episode of “The Evil Touch,” and stepped away from the small screen for a few years before moving on. return to play Elmore “Rocky” Caddo in a 1975 episode of “Police Story.”
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Stallone’s first uncredited film stint was in 1969 when he played an extra The Square Root, followed by a “Restaurant Patron” in “Downhill Racer” and a “Soldier in Catering Area” in the movie “M*A*S*H” from 1970. .
Its big breakthrough, however, was the 1974 coming-of-age tale “The Lords of Flatbush,” starring Henry Winkler, about a group of teenage friends and their antics growing up together in a neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Stallone became a household name with 1976’s “Rocky,” the boxing drama he not only wrote, but also starred in, with John G. Avildsen in the director’s chair.
The film garnered critical acclaim and 10 Academy Award nominations at the 49th annual in 1977.
“Rocky” won the coveted Best Picture trophy, beating out “Network”, “Taxi Driver”, “Bound for Glory” and “All the President’s Men”. Avildsen won Best Director, while Richard Halsey and Scott Conrad picked up the Oscar for Best Film Editing.
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