December 1, 2006, - 8:30 am

Me & Sly Stallone, Last Night

By Debbie Schlussel
Last night, I met “Rocky Balboa” star Sylvester Stallone at the Detroit premiere of the movie (my initial, first-glimpse review here). It was a benefit for legendary Detroit boxing gym, Kronk Gym. Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns (a former neighbor of mine, more on that later) was also there, as was Kronk chief and well-known boxing trainer Emanuel Steward.
Seeing the movie again with a crowd of Rocky and boxing fans, I liked it even more. It got a standing ovation and lots of cheers–a big contrast to Wednesday when I saw it with snobby critics and media types, who panned it. It is not a “great!” movie, but it’s not bad, and I liked it.
It’s uplifting, and it’s a classic Rocky deal. It’s also something you can take your whole family to–rare these days. It’s the kind of movie I keep complaining that Hollywood doesn’t give us enough of–politics-free/agenda-free, no sex/violence/obscenity, and a positive story.

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I asked Stallone about his upcoming “Rambo” flick, “Rambo IV: In the Serpent’s Eye.” Yes, there is a sequel in the works for Rambo, too. In the movie, he rescues Christian missionaries who’ve been kidnapped. I asked him whether or not the kidnappers are Muslims, and he said, no, that they are Burmese thugs of some sort. Too bad. We know who kidnaps Christian missionaries, these days, and it’s generally Muslim terrorists, like Abu Sayyaf.
Rambo II was ahead of its time, since he portrayed the guys we were fighting with (against the Soviets) in Afghanistan (now, the Taliban) as the bad guys. And decades later, he was right (though not right about our own military operatives there, which he also portrayed as the bad guys).
The one thing I may ask in a future interview–but didn’t get a chance last night (it was crazy there)–is why we have to see Rocky crying and Paulie doing water color painting (two girlie-man behaviors in the same scene!).
I gotta say, Stallone is just not very photogenic. This picture doesn’t show it, but he looked very hot–way better than in the movie (sucks that I got cut off in the pic). A very handsome guy (and with the salt-and-pepper, his hair looked more natural than the Grecian formula look in the flick). Never thought I’d say that about a 60-year-old.
But the man is in great shape and looks like he’s in his late 40s. He put his arm around me for a quick pic and the man is cut rock-solid. Most 30-year-olds are not in this kind of shape. Very hot.
Can’t help it. I’m a fan.
He does have this weird thing going on with his eyebrows (which is even more pronounced in the movie) that looks kind of transvestite-ish. As for the rumors that he’s short, those are false. Unless he’s wearing lifts or elevator shoes (and I couldn’t see his feet–it was crazy and crowded at the event), I’d say he’s between 5’10″ and 6′, so taller than the average American male. I’m about 5’1″/5’2″ and was wearing my normal four-inch heels. He was still quite a bit taller as you can see in the pic.
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As for “The Hitman” (Hearns), when I was in junior high or high school, one Thanksgiving on the local news, they did a story on how Hearns bought his mother a house for Thanksgiving. It was in our average, middle class suburban Detroit subdivision, and he and his whole family (all his siblings) moved in.
We saw every bizarre expensive car and limo in every pastel color imaginable in front of that house–even a lavender Excalibur. I went to high school with one of the Hitman’s brothers, who was later convicted of murdering his girlfriend. Eventually, the payments stopped being made on the house, and the bank foreclosed. My friend, Mickey and his family now own and live in the Hearns house.

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18 Responses

You look lovely in that picture.
Who’s that guy next to you?

Independent Conservative on December 1, 2006 at 9:56 am

makin me jealous Debbie. grrrr.
Congrats. Go Rocky! (can’t believe I said that one).

BB on December 1, 2006 at 12:14 pm

Hey, I’m jealous of you now……….

anonymous twit on December 1, 2006 at 12:51 pm

“As for the rumors that he’s short, those are false. Unless he’s wearing lifts or elevator shoes…”
Debbie, those “rumors” about him being a “shrimp”, or not being “big” have nothing to do with his height. Research it a little more and you’ll discover what they’re “rumoring” about.
Now he’s coming out with another Rambo?! It’s been 26 years since the first one came out. And, to boot, he’s in with the Hollyweird PC crowd about depicting the kidnappers as a bunch of disgruntled banana pickers. What a shame. He should’ve portrayed them as Amish, at least more people are aware of who they are.
Hang it up already, Sly. You’re becoming a caricature of yourself.
Nice pic, btw.
BTW, was there any mention of Rocky’s son in the new flick? Is his son straight or gay? Is he strung out on drugs? Was he killed in a car crash? Is he going to challenge his father in the next Rocky flick? Or is the movie about the usual unintelligible gibberish that Rocky and Burt Young yell at each other?
What crap!

Thee_Bruno on December 1, 2006 at 12:59 pm

Debbie:
Jeez louise, have you no pride? Sly is hot? holy cow…. Stop that fawning and go to your room. What would your father say?
REALLY, HE WAS. I CALL ‘EM AS I SEE ‘EM, AND I KNEW THIS WOULD LEAD SOME TO QUESTION MY JUDGMENT IN THE HOTNESS DEPARTMENT. HE LOOKS AWFUL IN PHOTOS AND IN THE MOVIE, BUT IN PERSON, VERY, VERY HANDSOME. LOOKS GREAT. YOU HAD TO BE THERE.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

J-Lin on December 1, 2006 at 2:53 pm

You ARE trying to make me jealous, ain’t you???
DESPITE all my militant black ramblings…the MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN i’ve ever met in my life were “jew girls”!!!
Given a choice between YOU, Christina Applegate AND Marilyn Monroe…call me stupid…but YOU iz IT!!!
SELL a Debbie Schlussel calendar and you can sign me up for as many as i can afford…and that’s 100K IF i ever hit the lottery…but you ALREADY KNEW that didn’t you Debs:)
Just putting it up here for the record…Debbie IS the hottest ‘Jew Girl’ on the planet

EminemsRevenge on December 1, 2006 at 3:02 pm

Come on Deb, I hate to break it to you, but you could stick that face in dough (his, not yours)and make gorilla cookies. Not photogenic may be the understatement of the year. What’s Stallone going to do next with Rocky? Perhaps he can take on an alien? (space, not illegal) or Julie Myers.
Rocky: Great film.
Rockys 2 through how ever many there have been: Yo, I don’t think so.
But I did like Demolition Man!

Southernops on December 1, 2006 at 6:36 pm

OK Debbie, so you think a wealthy, famous guy is hot even though he looks like dog food. That’s typical. After subjecting me to that bizzare testimonial, you could at least post a few extra Schlussel pics. And I don’t mean another face shot.

Anonymous1 on December 2, 2006 at 12:12 am

You mentioned “Rambo II”. In “Rambo II” Rambo was freeing POW’s in Vietnam. “Rambo III” is where he is fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan to save his friend, the Colonel.
You were incorrect in saying Rambo was fighting the Taliban. In that movie, Rambo is helping the Mujahedeen, which would later form the Taliban. In “The Living Daylights”, James Bond also helps the group. At the time the CIA was helping the Mujahideen. Of course, the US had no way of knowing that they would later become our main enemies after the fall of the Soviet Union. At the time, the USSR was our enemy and by helping the Mujahideen we were able to hurt the Russians.
But, regardless, it was cool that you got to meet Sly. I would have given him a hard time for making “The Specialist”. That movie sucked ass.
THAT’S AN INCORRECT CORRECTION. I NEVER SAID HE WAS FIGHTING THE TALIBAN. PLEASE READ MORE CAREFULLY. I SAID THE MOVIE PORTRAYS THEM AS THE BAD GUYS. AND YES, THEY WERE THE MUJAHIDEEN, THEN, BUT THEN SOME BECAME THE TALIBAN (OTHERS WERE FROM THE NORTHERN ALLIANCE). AS FOR “THE SPECIALIST,” AGREED–TERRIBLE MOVIE (AND IT HAD CROTCHWOMAN–SHARONE STONE–IN IT).
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Travis on December 2, 2006 at 6:22 pm

Briefly, as I haven’t much time …
(and I don’t mean to burst any bubbles)
1.) Mr. Stallone happens to be 5’9″ tall in his bare feet. He is well-known to wear lifts and or high heels.
2.) If Emanuel Steward was as passionate about keeping Kronk open, he would have taken the proper steps years ago to make that happen. BTW, he ruined (Biggs, Breland, etc., etc.) just as many fighters as he takes credit for.
3.) Rocky was a great boxing movie. It became so tired after #2, I couldn’t bring myself to watch them.
4.) RAMBO? Sorry, Army Combat Arms here and those flicks were too silly for words.
Have a nice day.

Rocketman on December 4, 2006 at 2:55 pm

(i’ll just twiddle my thumbs and wait for my post to show up … )
(sigh)
~(ƒ)~

Rocketman on December 4, 2006 at 3:53 pm

Honestly, I thought that was a picture of Sly with his girlfriend / wife, whatever he has. Didn’t recognize you at all. Photos are deceiving though because that photo is much better than your website photo. IMO.

VinceG on March 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Debbie–you look amazing!

Sorry to say, all of Sly’s youthfulness is brought to you by major plastic surgery. What a run he’s had!

esther on March 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Deb, hot. Sly, not.

Dave on March 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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