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Sylvester Stallone’s Samaritan Makes Up For His Biggest Missed Casting

Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming superhero film Samaritan is belatedly casting him in a superhero role after 1978’s Superman was a missed opportunity for him. In Samaritan, Stallone portrays Joe Smith, a modest garbage man who hides a big secret from the world. Through a series of events, a local kid comes to discover that Joe is actually the superhero known as Samaritan, who disappeared decades ago.

The level of superhuman strength and invulnerability Joe is capable of is reminiscent of Superman, though Joe is somewhat more susceptible to injury and pain in his older age. While Joe’s identity as Samaritan does not set up an exact one-to-one parallel with he and Kal-El, the curious commonality with the Man of Steel, along with the sheer fact of Stallone headlining a superhero film with Rocky and Rambo similarities is also a surprising second chance he’s landed. Once upon a time, Stallone might have been the Last Son of Krypton himself.
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During the extensive casting process for Richard Donner’s Superman in the late ‘70s, Stallone was considered for the role among hundreds of other actors. Eventually, the then-unknown Christopher Reeve was cast in what became his signature role and one that is still a hallmark of both superhero films and Superman’s character history. Despite not donning Superman’s red cape, Stallone’s role in Samaritan brings him back into Superman’s hemisphere over 40 years later.

Samaritan Is The Superman Character Stallone Never Got To Play

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Stallone had broken out with Rocky prior to Superman bestowing the cape to Christopher Reeve, and his subsequent career made him one of Hollywood’s quintessential action heroes as John Rambo and Barney Ross of The Expendables franchise. Stallone’s filmography would eventually take him into stories involving superpowers and superheroism. While he entered the comic book movie pool in 1995’s Judge Dredd and later appeared as Stakar Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and King Shark in The Suicide Squad, Samaritan is an even deeper dive.

In his portrayal of Joe Smith, Stallone takes on the complete package of powers, a heroic backstory, and a secret identity in Samaritan that he would have in Superman. Samaritan is, of course, a superhero deconstruction story with visible influences of the Man of Steel, presenting itself as what an “Old Man Clark”-type of Superman story might look like in the vein of Logan. That only makes the legitimate Stallone Superman that never happened in favor of Christopher Reeve’s Superman into a late-career pay-off for Stallone with Samaritan.

Stallone was a possible candidate for Superman when his career was just starting to take off. That only serves to make his eventual portrayal of a Superman-esque character in Samaritan that much more wild career turn for him. Stallone’s path to playing a Man of Steel might not have been a linear one, but many years after not getting to do so with Superman, it finally came to be with Samaritan.

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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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