If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I probably wouldn’t have believed it. But there it was, the MMA great Chael Sonnen being leveled with one punch by actor/screenwriter/producer Sylvester Stallone. You can’t argue with the facts. It was caught on film. Please take a moment to check out the video below and then if you have a moment air your thoughts below concerning the constant pickering of which sport is better – Boxing or MMA?
After reading some of the early buzz on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube you got to figure this movie is going to stir the pot regarding which of the two sports is the most relevant fighting sport:
GTA & Battlefield piloting & trolling by oAngrybird: “See, see, see, MMA fighters can’t fight.”
MrFamous1991: “I used to like Chael Sonnen, but he really is a gutless coward who would do anything for a wad of cash. Even if it’s just a movie, it’s completely pathetic that he would insult MMA like this. I wouldn’t be surprised if he buddies up with Wandy on the Ultimate Fighter because he doesn’t have the balls to talk shit face to face.”
Once again, the creative people of Hollywood came through with another endearing movie that will have movie goers talking, laughing and for the less knowledgeable sports fan – even debating. It’s likely this one screenwriter or maybe two screenwriters were out partying somewhere in Beverly Hills, high as a kite on something, and suddenly started laughing out loud about this “what if” scenario which they eventually sold to some producer who said, “Hilarious, let’s do it! We’ll have the 70 year-old “Raging Bull” pick a fight with the 67 year-old Rocky Balboa to decide which of them is the strongest boxer of the big screen.”
I can already see the headlines: “The Dream Matchup”, “Stallone climbs back into the ring yet again! Rocky Balboa to face Jake La Motta”, “Stallone faces De Niro”, “Geriatric rivals come out of retirement to go toe-to-toe”.
When approached they’re saying the veteran actor Robert De Niro relished the chance to play a boxer again following his Oscar-winning turn as Jake La Motta in 1980’s Raging Bull. But Mr. Stallone was reluctant to join him as he suspected the movie would spoof his breakthrough film, Rocky.
Stallone: “I was worried because it might have come out as unintentional comedy but the way they worked it and with the other cast it started to get good so I stopped being foolish and protective of Rocky and let it go.”
De Niro: “When I heard about it, I always knew it had to be Sylvester to do it. I had to talk him into it – he had reservations, he was worried about it being a comedy but I said, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll do it together and it will be okay.'”
A colleague of mine with Examiner.com, Shaina Moskowitz, the Manhattan Events Examiner, had the privilege of interviewing the two, iconic Hollywood actors in New York and here is an excerpt from her interview:
Moskowitz: I’d like for you two to put on your critics’ hats and Mr. Stallone, what did you think of “Raging Bull,” and Mr. De Niro, what did you think of “Rocky”?
Sylvester Stallone: “I never saw his movie.”
Robert De Niro: “It’s alright, I’ve never saw his either.”
Sylvester Stallone: “Was it any good? At first, I thought “Raging Bull” was about home staying. No, no. It’s one of the most brilliant biographies of all times, just incredible. And it’s timeless, just a perfect, perfect performance. Now I know he’s not going to say that about me so just move on.”
Robert De Niro: “They’re two different styles of film. They were very well done and I was impressed with the ones that I saw and with what Sylvester had done with them as a craftsman in all seriousness. And I thought that scene, and it was one of the Rocky’s with James Brown, that was great.”
Sylvester Stallone: “Oh yeah.”
Robert De Niro: “Yeah, I told you about that scene.”
With a “punchline” delivery like that is it no wonder that these two gents keep making one great film after another?
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