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House Of The Dragon Actor To Star In Sylvester Stallone Boxing Drama

House of the Dragon lead actor Paddy Considine is set to star in an upcoming boxing drama, Giant, produced by Sylvester Stallone. Considine starred as King Viserys Targaryen in House of the Dragon, the spinoff prequel series to Game of Thrones. His character was the King of the Seven Kingdoms, and his actions in season 1 of the show led to the ultimate demise of the realm and the Targaryen family. The actor also recently appeared in Peaky Blinders as Father John Hughes.

According to a report from Deadline, Paddy Considine will star in Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming boxing drama. The House of the Dragon actor’s involvement in the project was announced alongside the casting of Mena Massoud. Massoud is known for his work in the 2019 live-action version of Aladdin, in which he played the titular character. In a statement released with the casting news, Giant director Rowan Athale said that the film has been in the works for many years, as he has been waiting to bring the story of boxing trainer Brendan Ingle and his protégé, Naseem, for some time. Check out Athale’s full comments on the film below.

“I have wanted to bring this movie to screen for many years. The story of fabled boxing trainer Brendan Ingle and his tempestuous relationship with protege “Prince” Naseem is both legendary and truly cinematic. It’s exciting, necessary, hilarious, and heartbreaking, and to be making this movie with the incomparable Paddy Considine and Mena Massoud, and with the support of the one and only Sylvester Stallone and his Balboa Productions team, is a dream come true.”

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Everything We Know About Giant

Sylvester Stallone training in Rocky II

The announcement of Giant getting the green light is the first bit of real information that has been released about the upcoming project, but it offers some important details. Paddy Considine is coming off of one of the most beloved performances of 2022 with his painful portrayal of King Viserys Targaryen. Much of Viserys’ life within House of the Dragon tasked the character with desperately holding onto all the important people and pieces in his life that were always destined to eventually break apart. His example is imprinted on his daughter, Rhaenyra, and it looks like Considine will be in a similar leadership or mentorship role in Giant.

Giant is now the seventh Sylvester Stallone-produced project in development through his Balboa Productions production company. According to the film’s synopsis, the biopic is based on the true-life story of British-Yemeni boxer Prince Naseem “Naz” Hamed (Massoud) and his rags-to-riches ascent to a world championship under the guidance of his Irish boxing trainer, Brendan Ingle (Considine). It will follow Hamed from his humble beginnings on the working-class streets of Sheffield, England, and his discovery by Ingle. Ingle is a steel industry worker turned boxing trainer. The film will also tackle the rampant societal issues of the1980s and ’90s Britain, including rampant Islamophobia and racism.

Giant will continue Sylvester Stallone’s storied history of boxing films. Though the veteran performer and filmmaker isn’t expected to be in the film in any meaningful capacity, his presence behind the scenes should be felt through what happens on the screen. Stallone most recently produced and starred in the Paramount original streaming series, Tulsa King. The ten-episode crime-drama series received mostly positive reviews, which adds a little bit more excitement to the iconic actor’s newest project. No timeframe has been given as to the scheduled release of Giant, but with casting announcements underway, production should start to ramp up soon.

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Source: Deadline

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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